West Philly adaptive reuse of a historic bank in a former fresh food desert
Putting into practice a Greening Groceries research project completed for The Food Trust, Re:Vision designed the adaptive re-use of a 5,000 sf Greek-revival style bank in West Philadelphia into an appealing food-shopping venue for Mariposa Food Co-op. The project was designed to be developed in three phases, including retail space, community gathering, and a roof top farm. Re-using the old bank building presented the team with opportunities to uncover and re-purpose existing materials, such as terrazzo flooring and former marble wall panels which became countertops. An open layout coupled with light tubes greatly improves the shopping and working environment, as well as energy efficiency.
Given that grocery store utility bills are dominated by refrigeration, the team selected high-efficiency refrigeration units circulating benign glycol
Open refrigerator cases were limited and outfitted with night curtains
Tube skylights and daylight sensors minimize lighting energy consumption
Salvaged materials used throughout for custom designed display furniture and cash wraps
Grand Jury Prize for Preservation/Renovation, Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
– Bull (Eric) Gervasi, Produce & Facilities Manager, Mariposa