Friday, August 29, 2014



Street View
 On Wednesday evening Mr. Loch requested, and was unanimously granted by the Allentown Parking Authority, an extension for the sale of its lot at Ninth and Walnut Streets until November 6th.  This will allow Mr. Loch time to identify a major tenant, so that he can then close on the property and proceed with Planning and Zoning approvals for the 33-story high-rise Tower.  Construction of the 130,000 square foot building could begin as early as March 2015, depending on the progress of tenant negotiations.

Sample Living Space
The Landmark Tower includes space on the first floor for a restaurant, bank or other retail stores, office space on the second through twenty first floors, apartments on the twenty second through thirty third floors including five floors of penthouses, and a substantial attached parking deck.  At thirty three floors Landmark Tower would become the Lehigh Valley’s tallest building.

Sample Living Space
See the links below for the full articles, and contact W2A if you'd like additional information about this exciting project.

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