Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania

Adaptive Reuse of residential and agricultural buildings for visitor services at an ecological non-profit

Three big ideas:

Field Research,
Flexible Community Space,
Adaptive Reuse

The Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT) is doing hard and needed work for nature to restore and preserve hundreds of acres of land along the Pennypack Creek in Montgomery County, PA.  Working closely with PERT staff, Re:Vision facilitated a needs assessment and evaluation of their existing buildings, which had been adapted over decades as their services and needs evolved.

The first two phases of work completed were a field station/multi-purpose space and gender neutral and accessible public restrooms.  The BLBB Field Station includes laboratory stations for soil and water research, flexible space for classes and events, and presentation equipment.  The original visitor restrooms, in the basement of a historic barn, were dark, poorly ventilated, and not ADA accessible. This area was gutted and re-fitted out with ADA compliant, water-efficient, and gender neutral restrooms for visitors of the preserve.  Future phases of work include energy efficient and open-space renovations of the staff headquarters.

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