Working along with J.W. McGrath Organization, Sikora Wells Appel helped develop a concept plan that would transform Williamson Park into a new town center. "The concept is inspired by elements found in three nearby successful town centers - Princeton, Ardmore and Haddonfield." - according to our very own Dan Chieco. Click here to read more about this exciting plan for Morrisville Borough.
We are pleased to announce that Melody has joined our office as an intern this summer. She is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Landscape Architecture program with an anticipated graduation date for the Spring of 2021. Prior to moving to the states, Melody attended Beijing Forestry University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. As a landscape designer, Melody looks for innovations in combination with various disciplines. Welcome Melody!
Frank Cerami, Owner and Chief Marketing Strategist of Cerami Creative, was at our award-winning Rowan College at Burlington County Quad project last night flying their hi-tech drone to capture video of the site and landscape design. #rcbc #droneimagery #landscapearchitecture #sitedesign #campusdesign #awardwinning
We’re thrilled to see our 2100 Hamilton project in the March issue of Philly Mag! Located prominently along the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, 2100 Hamilton is a proposed 10 story luxury condominium designed by Cecil Baker + Partners. Built entirely over structure, the site design features an expansive lush meadow garden, outdoor living room with a pergola, fireplace, and suspended lounge chairs, an event plaza, custom seating, and sophisticated water features. This urban oasis will feature stunning views of Center City, the Barnes, Rodin Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art while providing a sophisticated and contemplative space that is both an amenity for the residents and an enhancement to the neighborhood. #landscapearchitecture #architecture #greenroof #roofgarden #horticulture #meadowgarden #design #luxurydesign #philadelphia #benfranklinparkway
28 Foot PVC Pole
Two Smart Phones
Two Smart Phones
Team Viewer App
Bluetooth Remote Shutter
Arrive to work in your finest holiday attire
Construct pole from PVC piping, fasten selfie-stick to end
Using Team Viewer app, access Samsung Galaxy from IPhone on the ground
Place PVC selfie pole on wood stake in ground
Attach stabilizing ropes and velcro cables to support structure (trellis)
Locate center of snowflake
Arrange employees in snowflake pattern
Ensure proper phone camera angle using Team Viewer app
Take photos using Bluetooth remote shutter
Digitally enhance photo
Add Drone to Christmas list
The Main Entrance Plaza at the newly renovated Villanova Pavilion. Construction is wrapping up and we're getting the first built glimpses of the original design that started two years ago. The new space elevates the visitor experience and offers seating and outdoor event opportunities for the University and celebrates the history of Villanova Athletics.
Staking out future trees for the Inspira Hospital project in Mullica Hill, NJ. This 100-acre former peach orchard was reimagined by Sikora Wells Appel from Master Planning into Construction. This vast open space will be home to native wildflower meadow and a naturalistic placement of trees to screen unwanted views and frame desirable ones.
RCBC Quad Transformation is featured as a case study by Landscape Forms. Driven by the institution’s planned transformation from a two-year commuter college to a four-year college, RCBC’s new quad gives students a “sense of community” and a feeling of a “home away from home”. This outdoor environment was achieved by creating a variety of outdoor gathering spaces with multiple seating options, sweeping walkways that form new connections to surrounding buildings, garden plantings, and an expansive lawn space for events and active play. All spaces are accessorized by site furnishings and new light fixtures, giving students places to socialize, study, or sit quietly. To read more about this exciting project click here.
After so many years of planning, it's exciting to see the beautiful new student housing at Villanova take shape and the quads begin to form. There will be two large main quads and two smaller courtyard spaces, all of which will be linked by covered archways through the buildings. It's apparent already that these spaces will be iconic and memorable for the students that will soon call these buildings home.
Construction is well underway at the new Inspira Medical Center, a 550,000-sf hospital located in Harrison Township, NJ. Situated on a prominent 100-acre site at the intersection of Route 322 and Route 55 the project is scheduled for completion in late 2019.
Two of our projects were featured in Temple's Winter 2018 edition. Both landmarks paid tributes to Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O'Connor and Trustee H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest for their lifetime commitment and support of Temple University. Also, four of our staff who worked on these projects are Temple Alumni: Matthew Nelson, TYL '12, Stephen Panasci, TYL '14 (project designer for O'Connor Plaza), Jason Domingues, TYL '15, and Brad DiPadova, TYL '16 (project designer for Lenfest Circle).
Daniel Chieco attends Penn State’s 32nd Annual Stuckeman School Career Day. The event enables professional firms to interact with Penn State students majoring in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design. Dan had the opportunity to meet with many talented Landscape Architecture students to talk about their studies and interests, view portfolios, and discuss possible summer internships. Over 60 design firms participated in this year’s event.
Sikora Wells Appel was honored to receive the Commercial Design Project of the Year Award from Unilock New York for our Campus Quad design at Rowan College at Burlington County in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Dan Chieco and Matt Nelson are pictured with Peter Chang of Unilock Pavers at their annual Awards of Excellence dinner in White Plains, New York on November 17th, where Dan and Matt were invited to accept the award from Unilock’s Commercial Division.
We were proud to have been a part of this year’s amazing 2017 FEASTIVAL to support FringeArts in Philadelphia. Each September for the past seven years, this premier arts festival has joined forces with Philadelphia’s world class restaurants, and has become known as “the best party in Philadelphia”. The celebration included acts by performing artists, flowing libations, and delicious foods from 75 Philly restaurants.
As campus life slowed down for the summer, construction projects ramped up all over the University. Founder’s Garden is a quiet garden space located at the heart of Main Campus, at the intersection of Polett and Liacouras Walks. The garden, first installed in 1968, received a much-needed renovation. Updated features include a double-sided water wall, a new Temple Owl sculpture, new paving, a curved granite bench, moveable seating, new lighting and lush plantings. We are proud of this fresh update to a classic modernist garden and look forward to seeing it occupied by students, faculty and visitors.
On Thursday, September 14, 2017, Rowan College at Burlington County, along with the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, celebrated the opening of the new Student Success Center and Campus Quad. The celebration included a musical performance by RCBC students, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity for the Burlington County community to tour the new Student Success Center. Joe Sikora, Dan Chieco, and Matt Nelson attended the event - each of whom played active roles in re-envisioning the Campus Quad and led the design efforts.
At the heart of the campus, the new Quad was designed in concert with the Student Success Center as part of the institution’s planned transformation from a two-year commuter college to a four-year college. The Quad balances a large open lawn space designed to hold large events including graduation; with smaller areas for gathering, dining, and studying. As the central activity hub, the Student Success Center Plaza was created with flexibility in mind - handling daily outdoor dining, outdoor classes, and other events. By contrast, the Grove is a more intimate space, incorporating a variety of shade trees, groundcover planting, stone dust gravel, and moveable tables and chairs for individuals and small groups. A network of new walking paths serves to connect students to each building as well as the parking lots and other areas of campus.
© 2017 RCBC Staff Photographer, and Sikora Wells Appel
Delaware Technical Community College is undergoing a campus transformation to expand their facilities. We led their courtyard renovation project located at a major hub on their Stanton Campus. The improvements included a large canopy structure, terraced wood benches, a raised wood deck that doubles as a performance space, a dining terrace, a bluestone patio with movable seating, a rain garden with footbridge, and lush plantings.
We were invited to respond to LASN magazine's Call for School and Campus projects. To read the complete article in their June issue click here.
Construction is nearing completion at Rowan College at Burlington County located in Mt. Laurel, NJ. At the heart of campus, the new Student Success Center has been designed in concert with a new campus quadrangle that balances a large, flexible open space with smaller, more intimate zones for gathering, learning, and studying. The large, open lawn area is contrasted by the woodland walk, and tree grove area. A wide variety of built-in and movable furnishings provide ample space for sitting, gathering, and eating. Construction will be completed this fall.
Construction Images below: