PHILADELPHIA Pa –Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell participated in a dedication ceremony for the East Park Canoe House with Temple University President Richard M. Englert and Gerry Lenfest. Temple University’s rowing and crew teams and the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit will occupy the newly restored Canoe House.
The East Park Canoe House rehabilitation was selected as a 2017 Grand Jury Award winner by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Preservation Achievement Awards are presented to a select group of individuals, organizations and businesses for projects throughout the region which exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation.
“Parks and Recreation is dedicated to preserving historic structures within our park system,” said Commissioner Ott Lovell. “The East Park Canoe House is an incredible asset to the City of Philadelphia and Temple University. I am very thankful for Mr. Lenfest’s contribution to ensuring Temple University Rowing has the high-quality resources it deserves.”
The rehabilitation of the Canoe House began in April 2015 and Temple University moved their sculls back into the Canoe House in November 2016. The improvements included updates to the building’s exterior, renovations to the office and storage spaces, new locker rooms and updates to the public restrooms. There is also a new public dock at the facility, which was funded through Temple University and members of the Philadelphia Rowing and Regatta communities.
“This dedication is only possible because of the amazing philanthropy of our Trustee, Gerry Lenfest, who stepped in to save our crew and rowing teams and breathe new life into this historic canoe house,” said Temple University President Richard M. Englert. “The revival of this beautiful structure shows what can happen when Temple and the City of Philadelphia work together to benefit the community and create a truly excellent venue that will serve students for decades to come.”
The total cost of the project was $5 million. SMP Architects were the lead design consultants on the Canoe House, with Murphy Quigly leading construction on the project. Additional consultants and contractors included, Heritage Design Collaborative, BHG Consulting, Mulhern Electric Company, Dolan Mechanical and General Asphalt Paving of Philadelphia.
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