Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

The American Bible Society’s (ABS) Faith and Liberty Discovery Center (FLDC)  is envisioned to be a 40,000 sf-square-foot new museum located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. The Center will offer a highly-interactive experience that allows visitors to explore the Bible as a cultural force and reflect on its influence on faith, liberty and history. JacobsWyper is working in conjunction with Local Projects, an award-winning experiential and exhibit design firm, who’s portfolio includes the 9/11 Museum & Memorial in New York City, to craft the uniquely immersive environment
that juxtaposes historical artifacts with cutting-edge technology. In addition to the design team, the client has assembled a team of historians, religious experts, and legal scholars from across the nation to help create the stories through film, interactive
media, imagery, artifacts, discussion, and reflection.



Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


40,000 sf

Project Principal

David Searles

Project Manager

Philip Hartzell

FLDC Render

JacobsWyper worked with ABS to understand their programmatic needs and how to best fulfill their lease agreement for this complex tenant fit-out. The JacobsWyper team included consultants for landscape design MEP/FP, Lighting Design, Tele/Data, Security A/V and acoustical services. The consultant team explored and proposed best solutions for locating the Museum, ground floor retail, plaza level offices and conference space. To create the maximum amount of space a new curtain wall was designed extending the building out to the drip line. Currently under construction The Faith & Liberty Discovery Center is scheduled to open in 2020.

FLDC Final Design
FLDC Render