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NEWS
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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SPORTS
April 20, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
Villanova athletic director Mark Jackson realizes he isn't the type to sit stone-faced on press row watching a Wildcats team. In Houston, Jackson went for the front row of Villanova's fan section in the stands during the Final Four. "I try to stay calm and cool," Jackson said last week. But the last couple of minutes of a game for a national championship? "I couldn't really function. I couldn't speak. I remember my wife whispering in my ear, 'Are you sure you want to do this for the rest of your life?
REAL_ESTATE
March 20, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
This is what I will describe as a who-does-what and what-to-do column. Among the roughly 1,350 homeowners surveyed nationally in late December and early January for TD Bank's first Home Equity Sentiment Index, 56 percent of the respondents said they believed that their home's value had increased, and 60 percent said they would tap that rising equity to finance renovations. Fifty-three percent of millennials said they also were considering such a move. Renovations at the top of most consumers' lists include kitchens (42 percent)
REAL_ESTATE
March 20, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Five hundred ninety units of affordable senior housing in two Philadelphia neighborhoods are being given a new lease on life. Vitus Group, which has offices in Seattle and New York, is upgrading the apartments, development director Scott Langan said, "to make them solid and stable for the next 30 years. " Vitus, which worked primarily on the West Coast until about five years ago, rehabilitates existing housing and builds new properties, he said. The apartments are in two high-rise buildings the company acquired - Four Freedoms House at 6101 Morris St. in Germantown and Philip Murray House at 6300 Old York Rd. in West Oak Lane.
REAL_ESTATE
March 20, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
In that first moment, when you get past the front door and step inside the South Philadelphia home of Barbara Capozzi and Frank Scaramuzza, your jaw simply drops. There before you: open space, textures, bright white walls, and, yes, a sculpture of a gentleman on a unicycle holding a bunch of balloons. It's a lot to take in. But it's also, in a seeming contradiction, a minimalist vista. Seems that this couple has figured out the unique balancing act of warming a home with whimsy and still keeping it cool with an open design that features modernity and an almost geometric feel.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2016
Where: Center City. Average annual revenue: $100 million. Employees: 23 in Center City office; 75-150 on site. History: Founded in 1979 by Jim Clemens. Projects: Apartments, retail, hotels, university, historic work in 13 states. In Philadelphia: Cheesecake Factory, 1128 Chestnut St., Warwick Hotel renovation, Southstar Lofts.
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
The Palm, one of Center City's longest-running steakhouses, will close for what is billed as a major renovation after business on Feb. 29. The restaurant, in the Hyatt at the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, is due to reopen late in the fourth quarter of 2016 or early 2017. The parent company said the Philadelphia restaurant will be the seventh to receive a new design. The Palm opened in 1989 and quickly became a power room that helped usurp the city's private clubs. Of late, though, it has been upstaged by newer competitors.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Boarded-up storefronts line both levels of the ailing Burlington County mall now called the Marketplace at Burlington. Plans to revive it were supposed to start in "early 2016," by owner Moonbeam Capital Investments L.L.C., of Las Vegas, which bought the mall two years ago with plans for a three-phase, $230 million turnaround of the former Burlington Center. But those plans have been delayed until at least fall of this year, said Moonbeam's director of real estate, Shawl Pryor.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
City officials kicked off renovations to LOVE Park with a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday, and announced that the ban on skateboarding would be lifted through Monday. "This is, like, one of the capitals of the world for skateboarding," Mayor Kenney said of John F. Kennedy Plaza. "There's a certain culture of the Robert Indiana statue and this space ... so we're going to allow folks to come back and experience this place one more time before it goes under construction. " The granite from LOVE Park will be donated to the Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund, to be used in newly constructed skate parks across the city.
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.
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