W.S. Cumby provided pre-construction and construction management services for the renovation, addition, and new construction projects at the intersection of Cottman and Castor Avenues, in Northeast Philadelphia.
The buildings were being renovated to become the new home to the non-profit organization PATH (People Acting to Help , Inc.) Founded over 40 years ago, PATH is a leading human services provider, with a $42 million annual budget and 650 staff positions. The organization serves over 4,100 children, adolescents, and adults each year through a comprehensive array of evidence-based mental and behavioral health clinical programs.
For years, operations had been scattered among a number of sites throughout Northeast Philadelphia. In 2018, the organization began to explore ways of consolidating operations into a single large facility. The recent closure of the Firstrust Bank at 1919 Cottman Avenue – located at the prominent intersection of Cottman and Castor Avenues, just a mile south of the old headquarters at 8220 Castor Avenue – presented a unique opportunity to achieve these goals.
The project included the total renovation of the original 4-story, 40,000 square foot Firstrust Bank Building into private and shared office spaces for care workers as well as individual and group meeting rooms. A 20,000 square foot addition was added that provides space for staff conference rooms, presentation rooms, lounges/break rooms and kitchenettes.
While the renovated building and addition were designed to provide services for adults, a new building, designated solely to provide services for children under 18, was constructed directly across a landscaped courtyard. The new 4-story, 20,000 square foot building was designed to mirror the first, on a slightly reduced scale.