Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Roberto Clemente Charter School gets Allentown Zoning Board OK to expand

W2A Design Group is proud to assist the the Roberto Clemente Charter School, which currently serves grades 6-12 at 136 S. Fourth Street,  to expand their capabilities to also serve 320 elementary school students in the former Garfield Elementary School building located at  501-509 Cedar Street in Allentown.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Crayola Store Receives Outstanding Merit Award!

W2A Design Group is proud to have served as Architect of Record for the new Crayola Store at Crayola Experience in Easton PA, which was recently awarded an Outstanding Merit award from ARE Retail Environments.  Follow the link below to the April publication featuring this whimsical and exciting project!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ribbon-cutting at New East Side Fire Station

W2A Design Group proudly joins Allentown officials and fire administration in the Ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the new East Side Fire Station! W2A Design Group designed the new East Side Fire Station for the City of Allentown, which involved the demolition of the existing 50+ year old 2-bay station, and replacing it with a new state-of-the-art facility on the same site. 

The new 8,000 square foot, two-story building is identifiable as a fire station, and is welcoming and accessible to all. The building has an approachable scale, and incorporates contextual, quality materials in a present-day interpretation of traditional building elements and detailing. 

As a career station, the building provides both public and non-public functions “24-7”, but organizes those functions into an understandable and spatially efficient layout. Three drive-through Engine Bays provide space for fire apparatus, and living quarters and work space on the second floor provide for a maximum of ten firefighters. Living quarters include separate male and female bunk rooms with private shower rooms, Kitchen, Day Room, Office and Exercise Room.

City Officials and Design Team Officially Open New East Side Fire Station

Allentown's New East Side Fire Station

After 2 1/2 years, Engine 13 is finally back home at the East Side Station on North Irving Street

Firefighters' Eating Area

Corridor to Bunk Rooms, Exercise Room & Office

Kitchen gas range (donated by UGI) provided with automatic emergency
shut-off  capabilities tied to the station's communication / dispatch system

Locker & Shower Rooms

W2A Associate Vice President and Project Architect Christine DeOliveira Carl
pointing out Project Team Members on Dedication Plaque

Welcome to Allentown's New East Side Fire Station, Home of Engine 13

See the links below for more articles and photos of the Ribbon-cutting ceremony of Allentown's new East Side Fire Station.,0,1238085.photogallery