Congratulations to the GBCA members that worked on projects being honored by Green Building United! Green Building United announced the finalists for the 2019 Groundbreaker Awards.

2019 Groundbreaker Awards

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Location: Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103



The Groundbreaker Awards recognizes and celebrates green building leadership, innovation, and impact in Greater Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley, and Delaware.

Green Building United will highlight both built projects and community leadership moving our region towards a sustainable, healthy, and resilient built environment. Projects can be new construction or renovations; commercial or residential; exteriors, interiors, and/or sites, but must have been completed within the past three years and be located within our region.

Congratulations to the GBCA members that worked on four of the 2019 Groundbreaker Awards Finalist Projects!


Project Finalist: Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center

746 High Street, Easton, PA  18042

General Contractor: Turner Construction Company

Other GBCA members on the project:

  • Dale Construction
  • EDA Contractors, Inc.
  • Old Philadelphia Associates, Inc.
  • Precision Door Company
  • Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Steven Kempf Building Materials, a GMS Company

In Fall 2019, Lafayette College will open its largest capital project in history: the 103,000-square-foot, five-story Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, which embodies Lafayette’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. Targeting LEED Platinum Certification, Rockwell will require substantially less energy than similar academic buildings as the energy consumption benchmark for the building is 49 percent below that of peer science buildings. Sustainable features include filtered green hoods in laboratories, heat recovery enthalpy wheel, air quality monitoring, high efficiency chillers, natural ventilation, and an efficient envelope.


Project Finalist: Stemmler Hall

3450 Hamilton Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104

General Contractor: Torcon, Inc.

Other GBCA members on the project:

  • Anthony Biddle Contractors Inc.
  • AT Chadwick
  • Binsky & Snyder, LLC
  • Central Salvage Co. Inc.
  • D’Andrea Bros
  • Dale Corporation
  • EDA Contractors, Inc
  • M Schnoll & Sons, Inc.
  • Mara Restoration
  • Old Philadelphia Associates, Inc.
  • Ritter Contracting, Inc.
  • Roman Mosaic and Tile Co.
  • Southern New Jersey Steel
  • Torrado Construction Company, Inc

Stemmler Hall, a massive 230,000-square-foot building in the heart of Penn’s medical campus, has provided a space for inspiring research to take place and for students to learn since it was built in 1978. The University, employing the latest technological advances, decided to repurpose and upgrade the buildings infrastructure and mechanical components. The renovation has yielded a state-of-the-art flexible research building, complete with lab space, classrooms and administrative offices. Serving a wide variety of the medical campus’ needs, Stemmler Hall has risen to be one of the most energy efficient research buildings on the Penn’s campus.


Project Finalist: 1800 Arch Street

1800 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

General Contractor: LF Driscoll

Other GBCA members on the project:

  • AmQuip Crane Rental, LLC
  • Apache Industrical United
  • B. Pietrini & Sons
  • Bayshore Rebar
  • Carr & Duff, Inc.
  • Chesco Coring & Cutting
  • DM Sabia & Co.
  • Doughterty Electric
  • EDA Contractors, Inc.
  • George Young Mammoet
  • Med-Tex Services, Inc.
  • Re-Steel Supply Co., Inc.
  • Richard S. Burns & Company
  • The Watson Organization, Inc.

Also known as the Comcast Technology Center, 1800 Arch Street is a 60-story, 1,121-foot high vertically integrated mixed-use development located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. The project encompasses over 1.3 million rentable square feet of open plan offices, a 219-room Four Seasons Hotel together with four public restaurants, and associated ballroom and meeting facilities, broadcast studios, and other uses. The project has been designed to achieve LEED Platinum Certification for Core & Shell, as well as interiors. It also incorporates a state-of-the-art chilled beam mechanical system, automated solar oriented shading, as well as passive shading devices incorporated into the building facade.


Project Finalist: 2 Liberty Place Chilled Water Plant

50 South 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

GBCA Member on the project:

  • Falasca Mechanical Inc.

Two Liberty Place Chilled Water Plant Project entailed the complete redesign and reconstruction of a 4000-ton thermal plant serving a 58-story building. This project entailed the demolition and removal of two existing 1000-ton chillers and all the cooling towers. Four new YORK hi-efficiency centrifugal chillers and 12 new cooling towers were transported to the 38th floor via the building freight elevators and assembled on site. The design/build project was performed on a fast-track schedule and chilled water delivery to the tenants and residents was never interrupted. Project result is a significant (47 percent) energy reduction during the first 10 months of operation.