Berks County Community Foundation

Reading, Pennsylvania

Community-focused LEED Platinum office building

Three big ideas:


Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) transformed a parking lot on a prominent street corner into a vibrant gathering space with foundation offices, community conference center, and tenant spaces for other non-profits. With the intent of inspiring others to build more sustainably, BCCF challenged the team to set an example of environmental stewardship that is both visually compelling and economically defensible.  Significant public participation, including a week-long design charrette, was used to build support for the project and meet the needs of a diverse community. Within the building, visitors delight in seeing green roof terraces, a winding central stair made of wood reclaimed from the Coney Island Pier, and stormwater flowing through a clear pillar on its way to a cistern for re-use.

Fast Facts


4,000 sf of dedicated community programming space

Skewed building orientation optimizes passive solar heat gain

Rainwater harvesting of roof drainage and HVAC condensate for toilet flushing

Wood stairs salvaged from Coney Island pier

LEED NC Platinum

Design Award of Honor, PA Council Society of American Registered Architects

““Re:Vision was very helpful on identifying funding sources and they were very sensitive to opportunities to make the building economically viable within our quality demands...and I can tell you that the results are great. We are convinced that even our "Platinum" status did not add construction costs. That means that the 43% energy savings and 85% water savings are just ours for the keeping.” ”

– Kevin Murphy, President of BCCF

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