BWA was honored to join Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Senator Bob Casey and other dignitaries at the official opening of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, held Friday, Oct. 2, to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. The Center, located in the basement of Benjamin Franklin High School, provides shop and learning spaces for ten separate high-tech skill areas, such as mechatronics, computer-aided drafting and design, precision machining, welding, and industrial equipment maintenance. BWA architecture + planning provided full design services for the $6 million renovation project.
At the ceremony, city officials noted their high hopes for the Center. “The Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering will play a critical role in the growth of Philadelphia’s economy,” said Mayor Nutter. Dr. Hite spoke not only of the advanced educational and career opportunities for Philly students, but also of providing employers, “a pipeline of smart, committed and job-ready talent for hire.”
Throughout the project, BWA’s design team worked with members of a special advisory committee that included regional manufacturing professionals. Further inspiration came from a visit to the Lehigh Career andTechnical Institute, on which Philly’s program is modeled. Clyde Hornberger, former executive director of the Institute, advised the school district on the Ben Franklin center.
The Center is just the latest Career and Technical Education (CTE) project BWA has completed for the School District. Others include a dental hygiene suite at Kensington Health Sciences Academy and culinary arts suites at Martin Luther King and Strawberry Mansion high schools.
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