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This newsletter is yet another variation of Creativity Delivered – keeping you up to date on the latest architectural trends and on our newest projects.
OMNIA Group in the news
Once again, OMNIA Group Architects is in the news. Bucks County is buzzing with reports about the redevelopment of the old Acme site along Sycamore Street in Newtown. The big news - the announcement of a deal between the developer and an anchor tenant, Anthropologie, will cap a long effort on the part of the Newtown community to develop a space at the heart of their community. The even better news - OMNIA Group Architects was selected to design the complex by the developer. They selected OMNIA for their creativity, capability and experience with large scale urban and suburban infill projects.
Anthropologie will occupy a large part of the 20,000 square foot retail component of this 3 story mixed use residential and commercial project. The 2nd and 3rd floors consist of 26 luxury rental units. The total project, including a 2000 square foot stand-alone retail building exceeds 62,400 square feet.
The new design marries a traditional village aesthetic with state of the art modern living and retail and features natural materials, high ceilings, beautiful ornamental detail and lighting. With ample off-street parking, the project addresses an important need in the retail core of the town while the look and placement of the buildings enhances pedestrian scale.
In other news...
OMNIA Group Architects continues to expand its urban footprint with the design of a 5 story, 32,500 square foot apartment complex in center city Philadelphia. With a ground level parking garage and 26 apartments above, this edgy infill project will serve a big need in the community with studio, 2 and 3 bedroom units. The street facades feature a mix of dark brick, aluminum panels, limestone and wood in a vibrant mix of color and form consistent with the neighborhood’s move to a more modern aesthetic. Complex zoning and building code issues were addressed at the schematic stage, allowing the developer to proceed quickly with budgeting and approvals.
OMNIA Architects met the aggressive schedule by concentrating manpower and leveraging their knowledge of tricky factors such as structure, fire ratings, handicap code compliance, and sound control.
With a deep bench of highly experienced engineers, sprinkler, plumbing, heating, and electrical design were quickly dispatched. According to OMNIA Partner, Gene Grimaldi, “This is not the largest apartment building we’ve done, but the site and zoning challenges, along with the aggressive timeline, required us to really think this one through.”
The client is thrilled as they received permit drawings 2 weeks ahead of schedule.