BWA Principal Richard Winston (2nd from left) and Project Architect Eric Heidel (4th from right), with ACHIEVEability stakeholders at the ribbon-cutting. Photo Credit: ACHIEVEability. Read more about the event and this great organization here.

On May 23, project architects from BWA attended the ribbon cutting and naming ceremony of the Lawsen Residences at Von Louhr. BWA worked with Philadelphia non-profit ACHIEVEability to renovate these 24 apartments for low income families.

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Von Louhr building, located at 61st and Ludlow Streets in West Philadelphia. The afternoon’s celebration honored ACHIEVEability’s 30 years of serving the local community and included presentation of a 100th Anniversary Recognition Award by the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia in acknowledgment of ACHIEVEability’s stewardship of this historically-significant building. BWA worked with ACHIEVEability to preserve Von Louhr’s ornate masonry and intricate woodwork while sensitively incorporating modern elements such as energy-efficient HVAC, appliances, windows, insulation, and an elevator to accommodate residents in two handicap-accessible units. BWA has been involved in the $7 million project since its beginning in 2010. Construction will be completed by the end of June 2012.