Construction is officially underway on the Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center in West Philadelphia’s Mill Creek neighborhood, a new 12,300-square-foot facility designed by JacobsWyper Architects. Named after the late U.S. Congressman and Councilman Lucien Blackwell, who represented the area for many years, the center will contain a regulation-size basketball/volleyball court, multi-purpose Community Room, warming kitchen and outdoor patio.
The building’s exterior will feature of a mixture of brick and metal panel wall systems, as well as an energy-efficient, state-of-the-art polycarbonate translucent wall system. With the facility’s location over an old mill creek bed resulting in poor soil conditions, a Geopier ground improvement system will be employed to provide additional structural stabilization for the building.
The project will pursue LEED Silver Certification upon completion, which is expected in early 2018. It will be owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority and operated and programmed by the Department of Parks and Recreation.