2020 | Philadelphia, PA

Horizon House’s ‘people first’ headquarters expresses a holistic view of wellness for its 250 staff and thousands of program participants. As co-developer and anchor tenant for the New Market West building, Horizon House occupies three floors with homeless services, health clinics, administrative services, developmental services, behavioral health therapies, a model apartment to prepare participants for independent living, and shared spaces for gathering and learning, including a green roof terrace. The open and welcoming space reflects an open-door policy and brings new levels of collaboration and safety. In addition to practical matters of durability and hygiene, sustainable interior materials were selected for low-embodied carbon and reduction in ‘redlisted’ chemicals. For Horizon House, a green building simply made sense for promoting wellness, saving operating costs, and signaling to staff and participants “you matter.”


Green Building United Groundbreaker Award Finalist 2020