Fishtown Lands A Big Catch At Northbank

Dan McCauley
Principal & Partner


Northbank, is a $300 million residential community under development in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia which will include a mix of apartments, condominiums, and townhouses. This development is positioned on thirty acres along the Delaware River.

Several development teams have joined together as the prime developer: including Concordia Group, D3 Real Estate Development, and Res-mark Cos. In addition, national luxury home builder, Toll Brothers, purchased a portion of the site to develop high-end condominiums.

Northbank rooftop terraces offer breathtaking views.

Toll Brothers and The Martin Architectural Group have worked together over the years on condominium buildings, single-family, and townhouse products. The connection runs deep, as Martin principal, Dan McCauley, began his career at Toll Architecture. From the first days running the print room, through drafting houses, to becoming the Studio Leader of a 12-person team responsible for $600 million dollars in construction per year, Dan’s work with the production builder led to a strong contractor-based understanding of design implications.

Toll Brothers reached out to Martin when they decided to bring their high-quality stacked townhomes to the Northbank development. Stacked townhomes can be quite versatile for higher density sites, providing four-story townhomes consisting of two, two-story residences. Martin has designed stacked townhomes for developers in multiple locations, and the understanding of the Toll Brothers’ process was vital to its success. Together this team documented and permit-ted52 individual buildings, providing 104 condominium units, which rounded out the entire Northbank product line. Contemporary elevations with open floor plan concepts and rooftop decks are now commanding $600 thousand as a starting point.

As a community, the development team worked alongside the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. to expand the trail systems for the enjoyment of the waterfront. The location of this site provides a perfect blend of proximity to the center city and neighborhood authenticity. One of the most sought-after communities to live in the country, Fishtown Philadelphia provides walking distance living to Penn’s Landing, The Fillmore small concert venue, the River Casino, and dozens of one-of-a-kind eateries and bars. Center City Philadelphia is less than 5 miles away, and access to New Jersey couldn’t be more convenient.

Northbank rooftop terraces offer breathtaking views.

The Martin Architectural Group proudly worked to make this vision a reality for our client. The success of this development matches our experience with other projects both within urban settings, as well as suburban projects. The connectivity, neighborhood amenities, and authenticity of the designs most often make for the most successful outcomes.

Over Fifty-Five years ago, The Martin Architectural Group started on the premise of providing high-quality designs for home builders. With massive success in that arena, the firm expanded to large density multi-family projects, retail centers, and mall transformations, adding various other sectors, and still, the home builder DNA lives within the firm.

Dan McCauley is partner at Martin Architectural Group.


 ARCHITECTS AND URBAN PLANNERS 

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transitoriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLAN

www.MartinAIA.com • 215.665.1080 • 240 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia

We conducted a study…. kinda



A couple of weeks back we launched a poll on our LinkedIn asking industry professionals what was the first thing that came to mind when they saw “The Martin Architectural Group.” The results are in! Here’s what we learned:

More than 70% of you think of multi-family/mixed use which makes a lot of sense! From duplexes to high rise over retail, multi-family and mixed use account for over 60% of our projects.

The BRIT, CT
The Monarch, MD

23% of people think of mall repositioning. Mall repositioning is our largest growing sector-from razing the entire site, taking an indoor mall from the 70s to a modern open air shopping experience, to surgically removing a dead anchor and introducing apartments.

The Grove At Newark, DE
Waugh Chapel, MD

The remaining two categories had a significant dip with 6% of people thinking of single family/townhomes first! Fun fact- our firm was founded in 1967 to specifically fill a need for home builders of singles and townhouses. With clients from Pulte, Beazer, K.Hovnanian, Lennar, and nearly a hundred local developers, we have designed and documented over 30,000 single family homes and townhouses.

Gibson’s Grant, MD
Cascades Flats, VA

Lastly, less than 1% of industry professionals think of us for land planning and master planning. This was the biggest shock to us- as we perform density studies and land planning for hundreds of sites per year. From single family communities, to challenged multi-family sites to mall or retail center repositioning, our firm has helped plan well over 100,000 acres of development!

Annapolis Towne Centre, MD
Westphalia Towne Centre, MD

We loved learning what leading industry professionals thought of when they heard of TMAG. Interested to learn more about our services?

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 ARCHITECTS AND URBAN PLANNERS 

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transitoriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLAN

www.MartinAIA.com • 215.665.1080 • 240 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia

A Message From Our Partners


The beginning of a new year is always a time to reflect on what has been accomplished and establish new goals for the future. We sat down with our principals, Jim Riviello, Drew Romanic, and Dan McCauley, and had them look back at 2021’s triumphs and what they are most excited for in 2022.


Jim Riviello
Jim Riviello, AIA, LEED AP, CGP
Principal & Partner

As you reflect on 2021, what would you say is the firm’s biggest accomplishment? 

2021 was a tough year for everyone as we continued to adjust to limited time working together as a team in the office. I believe it is very important for A+E teams to collaborate in person, however we are definitely adjusting to our current reality. I also would like to note that through our marketing efforts, even with far less face time at events, we welcomed a number of new clients and have seen revenue growth over the previous year.

What is your outlook on 2022, both for the industry and TMAG?

My outlook remains optimistic.  We understand the cost and supply of materials and labor shortages will hold back the homebuilding industry from its potential, however we are seeing a strong interest from our clients to keep moving forward with projects.  

If you could visit any architectural landmark in the world, which would you go see?

I think I would like to go to Dubai and experience all the modern skyscrapers and other wonders that are possible today.  I assume the golf courses in Dubai are amazing also. Then I would go see the great pyramids and soak in those ancient alien spirits. 


Drew Romanic
Drew Romanic, AIA
Principal & Partner

Is there a moment in 2021 that sticks out to you? Any major moments of team collaborations, wins, lessons?

Getting multiple projects from a new client that has placed tremendous trust and confidence in our firm with their vision, as well as returning clients moving forward with projects that we have been involved in for years. We are very lucky and grateful to have a team of professionals, collaborating and committing their time to these clients and projects to make them what they have become.

What big shifts in the space do you predict happening in 2022 and beyond?

The migration to the suburbs and higher density living. People are in love with the idea of city living, but want and feel they need more space around them. The repositioning of suburban properties to include residential living is a robust and aggressive trend that allows a failing mall or neighborhood center to become vibrant and relevant once again. Martin Architectural has been privileged to be involved in many mall and retail site redevelopments and are now enjoying participating in this new vision, replacing a dark space with new vibrancy and energy.

What is your favorite architectural building and have you had an opportunity to visit?

This was difficult – but I select Farnsworth House by Ludwig Meis van der Rohe. I have not had an opportunity to visit. Maybe this year…


Dan McCauley
Dan McCauley, AIA, LEED AP
Principal & Partner

In 2021, what is the time you felt the proudest of the TMAG team? Teamwork, overcoming big challenges, wins, etc.

For me, looking back at all of the great accomplishments of 2021, besides the complete flexibility, tenacity, and resiliency TMAG has shown adapting to our changing circumstances from the pandemic, I felt proud of the TMAG success of projects underway in both the states of Connecticut and Florida.  Connecticut had been a focus for our team to provide multi-family services, and we have multiple projects under design and construction last year, thanks to consistency and perseverance. Florida, a state we had an office in for almost 40 years, continues to shine with new land studies, exceptional multi-family projects, and even civic centers. 

What are you most excited to see in 2022? Both in the industry and for Martin

I’m most excited for the industry to participate in the shifts occurring in the retail and multi-family sectors, primarily the revisioning of shopping centers and declining malls for modern uses.  Mixed use concepts have blurred recently and the challenges of the pandemic opened investors and developers to new ideas on how to use existing developed sites and allow creative teams, such as TMAG to maximize their use and reinvigorate traditionally one use sites.  As far as Martin, I am looking forward to the opening of Chevy Chase Lake in MD.  With three residential buildings, each with ground floor retail, and subterranean parking, the project has been “on the boards” and in construction for a combined 6 years.  It’s a massive $200 million dollar complex adjacent to a new Purple Line station.  This one is a flagship project- I truly cannot wait to see it completed.

What is one architectural landmark that you haven’t visited that you wish to see one day?

That’s easy- The Great Pyramid of Cheops!  Put your mind to these facts: The Great Pyramid, is the oldest and largest, constructed over 5000 years ago!  The building stands alone as the only remaining “Wonders of the ancient world”, all others have been destroyed over time.  The sharpness of the pyramid’s shape, and the simplified concept of a wide heavy base with a decrease in width to height has kept it resilient to massive earthquakes, wartime destruction, and simply gravity.  The fact that it exists as a monument to one man, one Pharoah, and to this day scientists and archeologists attempt to figure out how it was made, tops my list of landmarks to visit.

 ARCHITECTS AND LAND PLANNERS 

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transit-oriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development. Image of THE BRIT located in New Britain, CT

www.MartinAIA.com • 215.665.1080 • 240 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia

A Glimpse of What’s to come… a look inside the new golden beach civic center project

Issue 54, May/June 2021, Page 16

Golden Beach Civic Center in Miami-Dade County Florida

For Gatherings of Lake Nona, Mansion Concept Architecture Spells Success

Gatherings of Lake Nona is the latest 55+ condo community developed and built by Beazer Homes. The large Planned Unit Development (PUD) is located in Orlando, due south of the international airport. Designed by The Martin Architectural Group, the fourth of eight planned Gatherings condominium buildings is under construction and actively selling.

The Gatherings at Lake Nona Amenities

The design, which the architect calls their “mansion concept,” was first designed for a regional builder in the Mid-Atlantic region more than 20 years ago. Since then, the design concept has been used by the architect for other national and regional builders. Beazer started building with the mansion concept for their Gatherings sub-brand since 2001, taking the design from Maryland to many of its divisions on the East coast and South.

So why has this design concept been so successful?

The Gatherings at Lake Nona

“Gatherings offers a unique lifestyle opportunity for buyers 55 and older,” explains Troy Radelat, Area President at Beazer Homes. “Buyers are drawn to Gatherings because they can focus less on home maintenance and more on the things they want to do. And because we build Gatherings in vibrant communities where people already want to live, the mansion concept is really responsive to the communities’ surroundings.”

At Lake Nona, residents enjoy unparalleled access to the wellness-driven master planned community. The premier Orlando location is underscored by easy access to Lake Nona Medical City and resort-style amenities onsite.

“At the heart of Gatherings living are built-in opportunities for socialization, fitness, and recreation in an area bustling with energy,” Radelat said. “It invites a rich social experience to grow among a community of adults in similar life stages.”

Jim Riviello, partner at The Martin Architectural Group, notes a growing body of research supporting the mansion concept that lends so well to Gatherings living.

“There is a growing population of active adults 55 to 75 years old who are looking for a lifestyle which allows them to lock and leave for travel. They want their homes to be low maintenance on a controlled-access property. They also say they’re looking for the ability to establish relationships with neighbors while they age in place,” Riviello says. “In addition, there is a subset of active adults we call “solo-agers,” for which the mansion concept is highly desirable. The “solo-agers” are approximately 32% of adults who are single or divorced. They are looking for a for-sale product which is reasonably priced with all the conveniences of an apartment. This product meets that need.”

The Aspen Model interior
The Chestnut Model interior

Homebuyers 55 and older are typically looking to downsize, live in location that is close to family, friends or currently close to an area they currently live. The units at Gatherings range from two to three bedrooms, typically from 1,368 square feet to 1,805 square feet with private garage parking and available storage units, accommodating a variety of needs.

In the Gatherings of Lake Nona community, buyer trends are shifting younger, capturing the interest of those still in the workforce. As more people are able to work from home, Beazer is seeing buyers begin to downsize and prepare for their future at an earlier age. The design of the two or three bedroom floorplans with two bathrooms still give the homeowner the ability to accommodate guests with the ease of low-maintenance.

As the market for 55+ housing grows in suburbs around large metropolitan areas, homes built with the mansion concept offer a unique opportunity for buyers to downsize while maintaining a residential scale and feel.

Ground floor of a mansion product
Upper floors of a mansion product

For inquiries regarding the 55 + Active Adult Design and Architecture you can contact The Martin Architectural Group and our Florida Office.

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transit-oriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development.


Deco Green multifamily, mixed-use project in Lake Worth Beach moves forward

Deco Green multifamily in Lake Worth Beach, Florida

Citybiz Interview with Drew Romanic and Daniel McCauley

Net Zero is a Net Positive

It has been 51 years since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Since then, the percentage of Americans concerned about climate change has climbed to two-thirds, with sentiment especially strong among millennials and Gen Z.

Some developers see this as an opportunity to appeal to a younger demographic. Net zero buildings can be attractive to tenants because they offer lower energy costs and appeal to those who are concerned about climate change. The question remains, how feasible is it to build to net zero and still turn a profit?

Net zero means a project site produces as much energy as it consumes. This can be accomplished through a combination of energy efficient construction and by generating energy on site through sources such as solar, geothermal, or wind.

East of Market is redefining apartments in Frederick, MD.

Jim Riviello of Martin Architectural Group explains, “There are a number of ways to design a building to achieve net zero. We start with a tight building envelope and less thermal bridging to eliminate drafts and greatly reduce the exchange of heat and cold. To achieve that, we use continuous insulation, thermally broken triple glazed windows, and reduce exterior wall penetrations.”

Residences built this way are more comfortable in winter and summer months and cost less to heat and cool. These are obvious benefits for tenants, but there are savings on maintenance for owners, too.

“When we reduce the air flow through an exterior wall, we reduce the potential for humidity in the wall assembly,” says Riviello. “Humidity is the enemy of buildings, and when you reduce moisture in the wall , you also reduce the opportunity for mold.”

Another way to reduce humidity is to build all-electric residences. This eliminates burning fuel in the unit, which produces moisture and requires greater ventilation.

“To keep the ventilation efficient, we provide ERVs or HRVs,” says Riviello. “This equipment allows the ventilation air to be preheated or precooled by recovering energy from conditioned exhaust air. With a tighter envelope and fewer air changes per hour, electric heat pumps can work in colder or hotter climates than previously possible. We are also seeing the use of heat pump water heaters, which use warm corridor air to heat water.”

“One other advantage of controlled ventilation is that we can filter the air being exchanged, a selling point for people with allergies,” adds Riviello.

You might think this all sounds more expensive to build, and it has been, however, with products becoming more available and widely used, prices are coming down. When you take into account the long-term savings in maintenance for owners and energy costs for tenants, net zero becomes a more cost-effective choice. It also gives developers an advantage when applying for HUD financing.

“Overall,” says Riviello, “We are designing better buildings with fewer potential problems.”

The Martin Architectural Group is currently working with The Duffie Companies to design a net-zero multi-family apartment community in the city of Frederick, Maryland. The project includes five buildings and a clubhouse with 260 market-rate one, two and three-bedroom units. Each building also has 14 individual garages for rent and a rooftop amenity.

It is worth noting that three apartments in each building are designed for multigenerational families. There is increased demand for multi-generational living among Americans, with 20 to 30 percent considering it for their extended families or live-in employees.

Tim Kamas, Vice President of Development and Construction for Duffie, explains, “In our market, prospective tenants are looking for communities with proximity to shopping and entertainment, but building owners still need to set their properties apart from the crowd. While the utility savings are an obvious benefit, we find that high performance construction methods produce the most comfortable and quiet properties possible while creating value.  For the most part, our analysis has shown that any additional cost pays for itself in five to ten years (if not faster, when you take into account available grants and tax credits).”

“Aside from lower utilities and increased comfort, there is no easier way to help the environment than by living in a building designed to be highly sustainable,” adds Kamas. Whether or not you are building from the ground up, it makes sense to use energy efficient design and materials. Not only does it save money in the long run, but your grandchildren will thank you.


 ARCHITECTS AND URBAN PLANNERS 

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transitoriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLAN

www.MartinAIA.com • 215.665.1080 • 240 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia

 Don’t blame the internet (or COVID-19) for killing malls 

Drew Romanic
Drew Romanic
Principal & Partner



It’s been a tough year for retail. Actually, it’s been a tough couple of decades, especially for big indoor malls. E-tail is often cited as the reason for their decline, but the problem is much older. One reason is that for the last 50 years, malls were built too closely together. This has hastened their decline, with some malls changing hands for pennies on the dollar.


Owners who are able to adapt may find they are sitting on goldmines: acres of mostly unused parking lot close to established neighborhoods, mass transit and interstate highways prime for redevelopment.

Singles, young couples, and empty nesters often want to live in walkable communities, close to shops, restaurants and entertainment, but such neighborhoods are in high demand and short supply. To meet the need, residential development can take the place of dying anchor stores, creating a captive audience for new stores and services.

Hunt Valley Mall

Take, for example, Hunt Valley Mall north of Baltimore, Maryland. Twenty years ago, it was on life support—a bland, nearly empty shell of its former self. That’s when the owner, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, came to Martin Architectural Group looking for a new concept.

In collaboration with GGC, Martin began redevelopment by taking down the claustrophobic indoor mall and creating an outdoor main street shopping area with a Wegmans Food Market, a cinema and restaurants.

Over the last two decades, as GGC and Martin saw opportunities in the marketplace, they pivoted, adding office space, more restaurants, market-rate apartments, senior living and a hotel. The once desolate mall is now a vibrant 24/7 community that supports the shops, which in turn provide the walkable lifestyle that residents desire.

Hunt Valley is successful because it was designed to be a fun destination. The original master plan included community gathering places around a fountain and fireplace, a bandstand, restaurants and a theater. For Martin, every project is unique, with the type of structures, residences and amenities determined by climate, demographics, site characteristics, land assignments, REAs and lease covenants.

It’s important to note that mall redevelopment is not for the faint of heart. A team of experts, including an architect/land planner, land use attorney, civil and traffic engineers, all with experience in mall redevelopment, is a must.

Just as important if not thee most important consideration of redevelopment is buy-in. If you cannot get that buy in from open discussion with the community and municipal authority you will be in purgatory. Without the cooperation of the local planning and zoning board as well as town council, it is a non-starter. For example, The Promenade at Granite Run (formerly Granite Run Mall), spent several years in discussions with the municipal and community leaders, in order to gain approval to re-vision the property to a horizontal mixed-use project, with two phases of rental apartments planned. Phase two was conditioned on percentage of occupancy of phase one, based on concerns from the municipality of the apartments’ delivery to the market. Michael Markman, President of BET Investments gives the following advice: “Working on zoning ordinances for a dead mall can be a long and arduous process. While most municipalities want to see their properties redeveloped, they often have concerns related to new uses that previously did not exist on the property. We found that maximizing the list of potential uses in the ordinance can help with creating a new and successful mixed-use environment. It is probably a good idea to look at the better mall redevelopments around the country and including every potential use that has been considered in the past. Keep in mind that there may be pushback with non-customer related uses such as warehouses, but the key is making your new ordinance as broad as possible when the mall is dead as there may not be as much flexibility if you are successful in your redevelopment.”

The devil is in the details – many items require discussion and reassessment, from signage to accessible routes through and around the property. Currently we are seeing those routes to include connecting pedestrian pathways, as well as connecting to the surrounding neighborhoods. These are all good things that take time, energy and a dedicated team.

Most importantly, you need deep pockets, a strong stomach and a lot of patience. You will have to work with local government, tenants and neighbors, some of whom won’t like you. Zoning will have to be changed, and tenants may have to be relocated.

It’s a lot to consider, but when faced with losing the mall or revisioning it as a vibrant part of the community, the choice is clear.

 ARCHITECTS AND LAND PLANNERS 

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia at Granite Run

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transit-oriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development. Image of the new CHOP center at the revisioned Promenade at Granite Run

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS 

www.MartinAIA.com • 215.665.1080 • 240 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia

Saving High Design by Digging a Deeper Hole

Architects are often thought of as ivory tower thinkers, designing glass skyscrapers and high end neo-traditional communities. But saving money? Not often.

“Anyone can come up with high design. Getting it built for the right price. That’s a trick,” says Dan McCauley, partner and principal at The Martin Architectural Group.

Working with design architect David M. Schwarz, Martin came on as architect of record, responsible for documentation and completion of the high-end, mixed-use Chevy Chase Lake project in suburban Washington, DC.  The project consists of 530 residential units in three buildings above retail and subterranean parking.

“It’s nice to work on a project from design to completion, but this one presented us with a unique challenge: to bring the project to fruition on budget without changing the original design,” says Martin’s project manager Scott Hartner.

The Martin team was brought on board after years of initial designs and planning with the developer, its partner, and the municipality.  As designs progressed, the project was $20 million over its $120 million budget. No one wanted to change the original concept, least of all the owners and developer The Bozzuto Group. 

Chevy Chase Lake photo courtesy of Bozzuto Construction Company

“Projects of this scale and complexity will always face challenges,” says Steve Knight, principal of David M. Schwarz Architects. “Design and construction for Chevy Chase Lake have taken place during a period of notable cost escalation, so creative cost control was an important part of the process throughout.”

Martin’s team met with Knight, the contractors, the landscape architect, civil engineers, structural engineers, MEP teams, and interior designers to find ways to save money. They made modifications in materials, landscaping, and interiors worth $4.5 million in savings, nowhere near the $20 million they needed. Martin decided to dig deeper.

Among the project’s design complexities was its trapezoidal footprint and underground garage. The original garage design averaged 471 feet per parking space, because of its unconventional shape.  The weight of landscaping and emergency vehicle traffic above the garage outside of the building footprints required additional structural components and waterproofing.

While the three building designs couldn’t be altered, the garage was fair game, so Martin’s team “blew it up.” That’s how it earned the nickname “The Nuclear Garage.” They started from scratch, simplifying the shape into a rectangle and adding a third subterranean level to recoup lost space. Then they did the hard work of getting approval from the original designer, and geotechnical, civil and structural engineers.  With the team’s buy-in, Martin presented the new garage design to the owner, developer, and contractor. 

“As the architect of record on the Chevy Chase Lake redevelopment, Martin Architectural brought important attention to detail throughout construction documentation and administration, combined with creativity in resolving the typical challenges of construction,” says Jeff Kayce, SVP and Managing Director of Bozzuto Development. 

“For instance, as we pursued cost reductions prior to closing, Martin proposed a major revision to the below-grade garage. Ultimately it saved the project several million dollars and will deliver a better experience to the community,” adds Kayce.

By changing to a more efficient grid design, reducing the need for waterproofing, and lessening the structural loads, the new garage saved $4.5 million. Overall, the entire design team along with Martin’s value engineering saved nine to ten million dollars in construction costs. 

President of Bozzuto Construction Mark Weisner says, “It is creative thinking like this and a lack of staunch ego that allows for a true team approach to the design process.”

According to Dan McCauley, “We ended up with a better project going backwards.” Martin solved a functional issue that saved money and increased constructability, bringing the project back on track.

Working with the same client on another project, Martin agreed to become the architect of record after the design phase had already been completed by another team. At the same time, they were both designer and architect of record for a nearby project with the same construction company. Later the construction manager questioned why the latter project consistently came in cheaper than the other of similar size and style. 

“When we start a project, we think about the things that reduce costs without sacrificing good design. We add value engineering into our design process,” says McCauley. “That’s our job.”

Bozzuto’s Weisner adds, “When I think about Martin Architectural, it is their willingness, and I would even say eagerness to be challenged that comes to mind. Throughout their design process they want to know if what they are providing makes the most sense for the client in regard to design aesthetic, function, maintainability, and overall upfront and long-term cost.”

 ARCHITECTS AND URBAN PLANNERS 

The Martin Architectural Group was established in 1967 with a commitment to client service and design excellence. Our diverse portfolio includes mixed-use, multi-family residential, senior living communities, retail and office designs, transitoriented developments, and sustainable projects. We are award-winning architects and planners committed to delivering the highest quality professional services to private sector real estate development.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PLAN

www.MartinAIA.com • 215.665.1080 • 240 N. 22nd Street, Philadelphia