Construction has officially begun on improvements to the Independence Visitor Center (IVC), located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Led by JacobsWyper Architects, the project aims to create a more informative and interactive experience for the 2.5 million guests (on average) who visit the IVC each year.
Excavation work is currently underway for Phase 1 of construction, which includes an expansion of the gift shop and a new addition to the southeast portion of the building. The addition will contain new restroom facilities and also allow for enlargement of the second floor outdoor terrace. New information and ticketing desks, a completely reimagined cafe, a revamped theater and other architectural enhancements will follow in subsequent construction phases.
In addition to the IVC, JacobsWyper is currently designing the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center for the American Bible Society, which will be located across Independence Mall on the ground floor of the Wells Fargo building. That project will bring a new, interactive attraction to the Mall that allows visitors to explore the Bible as a cultural force that has influenced faith, liberty and history.
“Working on and around Independence National Historical Park is an amazing honor for JacobsWyper,” says partner and IVC project manager David Searles. “We take great pride in the opportunity to enhance our country’s birthplace with enriching architecture while respecting the storied heritage of the park.”
Visit the Independence Visitor Center’s official renovation website to learn more about the IVC enhancement project.