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March 29, 1992 | By Donald D. Groff, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The Smithsonian Institution's popular Insect Zoo will undergo a $500,000 renovation through the largesse of - get this - an extermination company. Atlanta-based Orkin Pest Control will fund the renovation as well as education programs for students and teachers. The rebuilt zoo will include an aquatic exhibit, rain forest and desert environs, and a backyard exhibit to help identify insects around the home. Ironically, the only termites currently at the Insect Zoo are not formally on display.
NEWS
January 25, 1987 | By Ann Marie Escher, Special to The Inquirer
Strawbridge & Clothier this month undertook renovation of the interior of its department store in the Exton Square shopping mall. The new look will cost Strawbridge & Clothier $1.14 million, according to a building permit issued for the construction. The renovation work is expected to last until October. The store will have new wall facades, arches, carpets and drop ceilings, and shiny new lighting fixtures. "It's part of an ongoing renovation program," said William Timmons, public relations representative for the Strawbridge stores.
NEWS
April 14, 2002
Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Commission is planning a renovation of LOVE Park that would end its status as a skateboarding mecca. Should it proceed with those plans, alter the plans to accommodate both skaters and other users, or is there another way to go? Tell us how you'd design LOVE Park. Send essays of about 150 words by April 22, including a phone number for verification, to Voices/LOVE, The Inquirer, Box 41705, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Send e-mail to inquirer.letters@phillynews.
NEWS
August 21, 1988 | By Maura C. Ciccarelli, Special to The Inquirer
Most renovation work in the Colonial School District should be completed by the start of the school year, Superintendent Richard Creasey told the school board Thursday night. "If you were to walk through the (Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School) building today, you'd see that 85 to 90 percent of all the lighting, ceiling work, carpeting and painting is completed, and that's good, because those are the last things that have to be done," he said. Creasey said much of the summer was spent restoring floors, ceilings and walls in the high school, which is in the final stages of a major renovation.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2001 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The six-year-old downtown Philadelphia Marriott is about to undergo its first major makeover. New mattresses, bedspreads, carpet and wallpaper are part of an $11 million room renovation project that is expected to begin Sept. 15 and end Feb. 1. "The renovation really shows Marriott's commitment to the city of Philadelphia," Matthew Carroll, a spokesman for Marriott International Inc., said. The $200 million hotel, with 1,400 rooms and an indoor walkway to the Convention Center, is considered an integral part of the city's convention business.
NEWS
September 10, 1992 | By Melody Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
At least 370 students will step off the school bus this week at newly renovated Primos Elementary School. "Primos will make you proud," Assistant Superintendent James Blackburn told Upper Darby School District board members Tuesday night. The two-story school on Bunting Lane in the Primos section of Upper Darby was closed in 1981 because of declining enrollment. Now enrollment is increasing, officials said. About $3.1 million was spent this year on new windows, carpets, paint, telephone and electrical systems as well as fees to the project manager and architect, Nancy DeLibero, assistant business manager, said in an interview.
NEWS
February 21, 1993 | By James Cordrey, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The $14.07 million plan to renovate and expand Upper Merion Area High School moved a step closer to implementation Wednesday night as the school board considered recommendations on project approvals from school officials. At the school board's workshop meeting, John E. Schank, director of business affairs, asked the board to approve specific projects that would renovate the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; add to the athletic wing; relocate the library, and renovate the old library into a medical suite.
NEWS
February 22, 1987 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judy Faulkner and Edith Silberstein say that when they look around at the Victorian-era houses of Merchantville, they see many of those homes in some state of historic restoration - perhaps an old porch is being rebuilt, or unattractive siding is being removed. "There's a real surge in restoration that we've noticed just on the exteriors of homes . . . within the last six months or year," Faulkner said. Those sights please the two women particularly, since Silberstein is the president and Faulkner is the secretary of the Merchantville Historical Society.
NEWS
June 18, 1989 | By Jonathan Berr, Special to The Inquirer
The Northampton Board of Supervisors voted to accept three bids for renovations to the township building at Wednesday night's meeting. H.C. Brody of Philadelphia was awarded a $380,445 contract for the general- contracting work, while Robert's Servicing of Warminster was awarded a $118,000 plumbing contract. The $27,800 electrical contract was awarded to John W. Kay Inc. of Richboro. The supervisors also voted to allocate $9,459. to the Tri-Hampton Rescue squad to help the squad pay for worker's compensation insurance to cover paid employes.
NEWS
August 1, 1991 | By Rob Wingate, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Merion Area school board has named the Quandel Group Inc. to be construction managers for its $13.6 million project to renovate the high school. The board picked the Harrisburg company Monday. There were 12 other applicants for the job. Quandel specializes in renovation and construction projects for school districts across Pennsylvania. The school board had unanimously approved a bond issue in late May to finance the renovations. Upper Merion's plan calls for major renovations in almost every part of the high school complex.
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BUSINESS
February 3, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
MRP Realty is placing a big buy order on Philadelphia's original trading floor, the Bourse building. America's first formal commodities exchange is the main draw in a package of buildings in which the Washington developer acquired a controlling stake Monday. MRP's plans for the 10-story Bourse include higher-end dining and cocktails on the ground floor, with the offices above revamped into what it hopes will be some of the city's most enticing workspaces. The renovations are part of $40 million in improvements to be made to the Bourse and two nearby midcentury office buildings that MRP now possesses in a venture with Philadelphia's Kaiserman Co., the properties' previous sole owner.
SPORTS
January 30, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.
NEWS
January 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
When it asks for its piece of the state funding pie, Rutgers University's facilities wish list will be heavy on renovation. The university's board of governors has scheduled a special meeting Thursday to sign off on a slew of projects for which it will seek $98.5 million in state funding. New Jersey has prepared a $180 million round of bond funding, a continuation of a pot that in 2013 allocated more than $1.3 billion to higher education construction and infrastructure projects. That money came from several sources, including a 2012 bond referendum authorizing $750 million.
NEWS
January 5, 2016
ARDMORE The Ardmore Free Library will reopen Monday after nearly a year of renovations. It's the oldest branch in the Lower Merion Library System, with parts of the building dating to 1917 and others to 1927. The renovations opened up more usable floor space, said head librarian Jane Quin, including a loft that had not been accessible to the public before. Other improvements include a new elevator, new paint and carpeting, a children's play area in the basement, and accessibility upgrades to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Quin said Monday will be a soft opening, as computers and furniture are still being set up in advance of the grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. Jan. 9. "It's kind of a madhouse, but hopefully we'll be ready," she said.
NEWS
October 20, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Burlington County's $9.4 million courthouse renovation project is at least six months behind schedule after running into unforeseen and even a few unusual problems. The project is expected to be completed April 1, "weather dependent," Eric Arpert, county spokesman, said last week. The general contractor, Newport Construction Management Corp., had targeted completion for this past August and the agreement had called for it to be done this month. During demolition over the last year, work crews unearthed a few unexpected objects and a foul-smelling contaminant beneath the pavement of the open-air courtyard between the seven-story courthouse in Mount Holly and the adjacent county administration building.
NEWS
September 17, 2015 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donald Trump, head of a real estate empire, must know a thing or two about wrapping buildings in scaffolding for renovations. Trump, as a reality television star, must also be familiar with props and other stage settings. But how much does the Republican front-runner for president know about the renovations underway on the U.S. Capitol's dome? Not so much, according to Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia Democrat who serves as minority chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Administration, which is overseeing the renovation.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New Jersey real estate investment firm has purchased Camden's Liberty Park Townhomes affordable-housing complex and plans $1.5 million in renovations at the site in exchange for tax abatements. Tryko Partners bought the 184-unit property from Vesta Corp. of Connecticut, according to a statement from the Brick, N.J.-based company, which did not disclose the purchase price. Tryko, which specializes in affordable-housing projects, will re-side all buildings, replace windows, repair sewage lines, and complete other improvements through its PILOT, or "payment in lieu of taxes," deal with the City of Camden.
REAL_ESTATE
August 10, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It's common for empty-nester suburbanites to move to Center City, lured by its walkability, restaurants, and cultural scene. The vast majority are purchasing condos in high-rise buildings, and a growing number are combining two adjacent units to capture some of the space they left behind. Then there are Terri and Mark Steinberg, longtime residents of what she called "rural and really lonely" Chester County. Instead of moving to a spanking-new, steel-and-glass high-rise on Rittenhouse Square, the Steinbergs bought and rehabbed an early 19th-century rowhouse just off the square - a home that, by design, will be age- and infirmities-proof.
NEWS
August 5, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Michael Manerchia, a heavy-equipment operator, found pieces of a broken plate under the flooring of a home he was renovating in Marcus Hook, he had no idea that he had opened a treasure chest of history. Not quite knowing what he had, he consulted a friend who is a local historian. He suggested probing further. A hole punched in the plaster revealed five-inch-thick walls made of wooden planks. Manerchia had purchased a rare "Plank House" - constructed with materials harvested from a ship dating from the early 18th Century.
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