Philadelphia Navy Yard | Philadelphia, PA
Building 57 is a historic manufacturing building located at the former Philadelphia Navy Yard. The building was originally constructed by the US Navy in 1919 and is in a National Historic Register District. The structure is over 310,000SF with wide open spans and ceiling heights that exceed 60’ in alternate bays. Historically, the building was used to fabricate steel and aluminum parts and to lay out and manufacture boiler structures including casings and tubes. After the Navy ceased its operations on site in the late 1990’s, the building fell into disrepair and suffered from water infiltration, vandalism, and neglect.
In 2013, Rhoads Industries bought the building for maritime manufacture. We were asked to address needed renovations, historic preservation issues and to assist in designing renovations within the guidelines of historic preservation requirements and to support Rhodes in securing Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits for the project. As Rhoads partnered with Northrop Grumman to manufacture submarine engines, we worked to develop a joint space needs program, structural and mechanical improvements, and exterior cladding improvements. The exterior improvements address building envelope and security issues, while conforming to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Structures. The scope of work also included the development of a phased master plan so that the overall design and construction work can be implemented incrementally as additional manufacturing contracts are secured.