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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 24, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
At their quarterly meeting with the boss last week, analysts who cover Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust pressed for details about rebuilding PREIT's Gallery shopping mall in Center City. "Did the Philadelphia City Council consider the public financing for the project in December, or is that still waiting to occur?" asked Banc of America Merrill Lynch Securities analyst Craig Richard Schmidt . "We're navigating the political winds in Philadelphia," PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino said.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
For George Thomas, owner of the Creative Silver jewelry kiosk in the Gallery, the battle is over. "I'm done," he said Tuesday, as he individually wrapped silver necklaces and chains in tissue paper to transport them to his new store on South Street. Wednesday is the day that the kiosk merchants in the Gallery must pack up their merchandise in advance of renovations at the Center City mall. Even so, the merchants, many of whom have run their kiosks for decades, are hoping for a last-minute reprieve that will allow them to stay open during the renovations, moving around the Gallery as different sections are updated.
REAL_ESTATE
February 8, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna Talis has lived in her beloved West Chester townhouse for a quarter-century, and has spent the last dozen or so years transforming the 1980s-era residence off West Chester Pike. A little patience in purchasing exactly what she wanted, plus some do-it-yourself gumption, helped her cap off the work in the fall with a new master bathroom that incorporates elements of universal design such as a low-barrier shower and open shelving. Working with the same contractor, James C. Schell, Talis did the renovations on a modest budget but made a big impact on the quality of her living space.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
Correction: The original version misstated the date Gallery II opened. It was in October 1983. Market East Station (now Jefferson Station) opened in 1984. THE NEWS STAND. Toys "R"Us. Easy Pickins. Taco Bell. One by one, stores and eateries have been closing at the Gallery in recent weeks as the clock ticks down for a major renovation of the nearly 40-year-old Center City mall that stretches along Market Street from 8th to 11th. At the FYE entertainment-media store, signs tell customers to visit the store's Broad and Chestnut location.
REAL_ESTATE
January 5, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Treetop Development, a Teaneck, N.J.-based real estate firm formed by two high school friends, is making a second major investment in Philadelphia by renovating the 504-unit apartment towers at 5450 Wissahickon Ave. in East Falls. Many commuters no doubt will drive by what is now known as Charter Court without noticing the new ownership. But plenty of people live in East Falls, too, and "we were interested in buying it as a transport hub-based development," said Adam Mermelstein, co-founder of Treetop.
REAL_ESTATE
December 29, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris and Jillian Soriano bought and then renovated their Haddon Heights house using a Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation loan to finance the improvements. The couple moved into the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house last summer "knowing we were going to rip out the kitchen," said Jillian Soriano, who wanted an open-concept cooking and dining area. "I wanted to take down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room and replace it with a butcher-block island with two sets of seating," she said.
REAL_ESTATE
December 22, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's not just your parents moving back into an in-law suite - more often these days, it might be your adult children. In-law suites are more popular than ever among homeowners. These suites add value to the home and might allow three generations to live under one roof. Contractors and builders say they're having trouble keeping up with demand for in-law suites - renovations, say, of a porch or a garage, or for an addition to customers' existing homes. Dave Martin, president of Remodeling Concepts in Langhorne, hears this from his clients.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a hotel game of musical chairs, the Four Seasons Hotel at One Logan Square in Philadelphia will close in early June and undergo millions of dollars in renovations so it can reopen as a new luxury hotel in the fall, Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. said Monday. The new brand was not disclosed Monday and was still under development, Host said. Host, the hotel's owner, has hired Sage Hospitality of Denver to manage the transition to a new luxury brand. Sage manages the Eilan Hotel Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, the Nines in Portland, Ore., Oxford Hotel in Denver, and about 60 other hotels.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden High School will receive at least $50 million for an overhaul of its dilapidated building, a project that has been stalled for more than six years, Gov. Christie announced Tuesday. The funding, which Christie said would come from the state Schools Development Authority (SDA), also will go toward technological upgrades and new programs, including vocational courses aimed at helping students choose a career. "There's no reason that students who come to a place like Camden High School shouldn't have access to all of those things," Christie, flanked by Mayor Dana Redd, told a crowd of politicians, educators, and students in the school's yellow and purple gymnasium.
NEWS
November 1, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
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