Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is a non-profit community service organization that provides child and adult care to the Nicetown/Tioga neighborhood of North Philadelphia. MNM, which had operated a before- and after-school program as well as adult care programs for seniors and challenged adults in existing leased facilities in the area, renovated a 32,000-square-foot warehouse to accommodate its expanding programs. The warehouse is mostly one-story and is comprised of several connected structures built over a period of years. The handsome, imposing structures provide an exciting, spacious and attractive environment for the Ministries’ clients. BH+L used a palette of bright colors and exposed skylights that had been roofed over to create a warm, sun-filled interior. Awarded a LEED Silver certification – a first for a North Philadelphia building -- the building contains classrooms, computer labs, activity rooms, an auditorium and an enclosed courtyard/outside play area. The project was also the first project in the nation to receive LEED credit points for incorporating a charrette workshop into the design process. The project was featured in an exhibit at the Philadelphia Architecture Center entitled Infill Philadelphia.
Mercy Family Center has been awarded the 2011 Grand Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
Mercy Family Center