New Spire at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

photo (1)On March 28, 2014, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church celebrated the delivery and erection of their new spire. Atkin Olshin Schade collaborated with consultants CVM, Levine & Company, and Campbellsville Industries, the spire fabricator, from Kentucky. The 31’-6” high spire is made with a structural aluminum frame clad in lead-coated copper and topped with a 3’-0” finial. The original spire, which dated from 1929, was in a serious state of disrepair. Before dismantlement, it was laser scanned to assure an accurate reproduction. The new spire is a faithful reproduction of the old, and is engineered and detailed to last generations. Delran Builders coordinated the entire successful design, engineering, and installation process.

Proud Sponsor of Change Labs


Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is proud to sponsor Change Labs’ event “Growing Strong Communities Through Creative Entrepreneurs” taking place on March 28th in Shiprock, New Mexico. In 2008, The Economist labeled the Navajo Nation the last frontier for entrepreneurship and years later many of the obstacles mentioned in the article still exist. Even with a ready workforce and plenty of business opportunities, many new businesses struggle to remain open. At Change Labs, participants will attend workshops and explore how to overcome these challenges by learning from others in similar environments. The event also hopes to connect promising entrepreneurs with mentors and other resources they need to succeed. For more information, please visit:

Two Day Public Professional Course on Public Interest Design


University of Virginia School of Architecture, February 21 – 22, 2014

Jamie Blosser, Associate and Director of our Santa Fe office, will be giving a two-day professional course on Public Interest Design. Jamie is founder of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative and has spoken on this topic around the country. The program is being presented by SEED Network, Design Corps and the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Jamie, along with the other instructors, will provide design and planning professionals with in-depth study on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities. Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design. The curriculum is formed around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) metric, a set of standards that outlines the process and principles of this growing approach to design. This process provides a step-by-step aid for those who want to undertake public interest design. For more information and to register please visit,

CLS Featured in AIA Philadelphia CONTEXT


Our project for Community Legal Services’ North Philadelphia Law Center is featured in the Winter 2013 issue of CONTEXT, the journal of AIA Philadelphia. To view the feature, as well as the rest of the magazine, please follow this link:

The project also recently received a GBCA Construction Excellence Award for Best Commercial Project Under $10million. Clemens Construction Company, a member of the General Building Contractors Association, accepted the award at the 16th Annual Awards Ceremony.

Construction Nearly Complete at St. Peter’s School!


Construction is nearly complete at St. Peter’s School in Society Hill. We have worked with St. Peter’s for several years, having completed a Master Plan for the Church and School in 2009. This summer an electrical fire consumed the interior of the Pre-K and Kindergarten wing of the School’s first floor. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the accident and once the fire department cleared the space, St. Peter’s school contacted our firm to help rebuild. We were able to recreate many of the original features of the space and update the lighting and finishes to create a playful and relaxing place for the smallest children at St. Peter’s. The renovation, constructed by Wolfe-Scott Associates, has already received rave reviews from the School. The spaces will reopen after the Christmas break.

“We have started to move items into the newly restored Pre-School/Pre-K area. Our teachers are delighted, and I would like to thank you again for everything you have done to provide us with a beautifully renovated space.”
Deborah Fluehr, Business Manager St. Peter’s School

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation ProjectAtkin Olshin Schade Architects is featured in November/December issue of The Pennsylvania Gazette, the alumni magazine of the University of Pennsylvania. Fellow UPenn alums, Tony Atkin, GAr’74, Jamie Blosser, C’91 GAr’96, and Shawn Evans, GAr’95, and our firm’s work at Owe’neh Bupingeh and Santa Domingo Pueblo are mentioned in an article titled, “Preserving Pueblos.” Our team, which also included Penn alumni Tom Pederson, GrCP’00, and Kristen Suzda, Gar’07/GHP’07, has worked to address the housing shortage and preservation issues at several pueblos in New Mexico. In 2005, when the Owe’neh Bupingeh project first began, only about 60 original homes remained and about half of them were occupied despite their dilapidated condition. The preservation plan created by our firm, allowed for 25 homes to be rehabilitated and modernized and four new ones to be built. To read more on this project and our involvement, you can find the full article here:

If you build it….

We were up at Community Legal Services recently and were delighted to find that the shower we installed in the basement is really encouraging people to bike to work.


We found two bikes stored in the basement next to the lockers CLS installed for their employees’ gear, multiple sets of shower and bike shoes in the bathroom next to the shower, and a drying rack for damp towels.

We also talked to one employee who has lost fifteen pounds in less than a year just by biking to work 15 miles each way 2-3 times a week — and he told us that it’s only possible because of the shower.

We didn’t even think to ask about lunchtime workouts made possible by the shower!

We just might have to start putting a shower in every project we do.