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Ironworks at Pencoyd Landing

Repurposed Steel: Historic industrial factory readapted into waterfront retail and hospitality destination

Ironworks at Pencoyd Landing is a historic industrial landscape located along the banks of the Schuylkill River, northwest of Philadelphia. Existing structures and materials from the historic landscape were analyzed and adapted into a complete transformation of the site. By incorporating bits and pieces from the original Pencoyd Ironworks building into the design, history is made visible in the steel outline of the former complex. The now modern waterfront complex features an elegant river walk where you can meander along and stop for coffee or a meal at the Landing Kitchen or admire the surviving ironwork structures.

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Location:
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
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Square Feet:
7,000
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Stories:
1
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Service:
Structural
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Industries:
Commercial
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Primary Material:
Steel

Project Highlights

  • The development also supports hospitality services while engaging the community through the creation of the public plaza and a continuation of the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
  • DCI+MacINTOSH worked with the landscape architect David Rubin to repurpose Pencoyd factory’s steel girders for a pedestrian ramp linking the new riverwalk to the Marriott Residence Inn. The ramp spans a water retention basin layered with slate.
  • For the event venue, a portion of Pencoyd’s existing pump house was repurposed into a boutique-style banquet hall; the scope also added 7,000-sf of new space to the venue.
  • For the pergola structure, the team relocated original steel factory trusses and connected them to new foundations.

Award

  • 2022 Montgomery Award Recipient
  • 2021 Architects Newspaper, Best of Design Awards, Winner of Urban Design
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Robert MacIntosh

Principal, Wilmington

PE

I love to solve problems – Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, cryptograms, brain teasers. Then, there’s combining problem solving with math, drawings and construction that is our trade by nature. By never settling for ‘cookie cutter’ solutions, but instead developing tailored engineering designs specific to each project… well, that makes for a very rewarding career.”

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