June 2019 – Tuesday, June 11, was the Pennsylvania AIA’s annual “Architects Action Day”. Many statewide architects traveled to Harrisburg to meet with state legislators to discuss commonwealth policies impacting the profession. After the meetings at the Capital, the group went on a Hard-Hat Tour of Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA)’s expansion project that Murray Associates Architects, P.C. is the Architect of Record.
This project is designed to LEED Platinum & Passive House certifications while retrofitting a historical mansion and incorporating a newly constructed eight-story tower. This project, to date, is the only one of its kind on the East Coast. Benedict H. Dubbs, Principal of Murray’s was honored to provide the CE accredited tour where the AIA architects learned about how the constrained urban site was maximized; utilizing Passive House and LEED Platinum design elements and how the eight-story glass tower was incorporated into the historic neighborhood while contextually connecting to PHFA’s original building.