Statement from the Architect
Dave DiFrancesco, AIA, LEED AP
Herman Gibans Fodor, Inc. - Architects
Capturing Service, Research and Advocacy
The exterior is designed to represent the 3 ‘pillars’ of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: Service, Advocacy and Research
Service is embodied by the extensive amounts of clear glass curtain wall that overlook the community BRIA serves. BRIA will have a constant view of the city they serve, and the community will also be able to easily see into the BRIA headquarters, which further reinforces that connectivity and interdependence.
Advocacy, or strength to speak for those less able, is represented by the dark solid brick that forms the base of the building and also frames the front entrance.
Research is depicted in the metal panel rain-screen cladding that wraps the rest of the building. This is a fairly new, and more technologically advanced type of exterior finish system, especially compared to brick and glass curtain wall, which have been used far longer. We felt this captured the goal of research, which is to move forward through new discoveries.
In addition, the roofline over the Board Room is a gesture toward the intersection of Fairhill Road and Martin Luther King Blvd (we technically refer to it as a ‘yippie’). It’s meant to draw your attention, as well as providing a more dramatic board room space.
Finally, the curved curtain walls represent the all-female board of trustees mandated by Benjamin Rose. Curves are traditionally seen as a more feminine form of expression.
- Registered with the U.S. Green Building Coalition to seek Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification
- High-efficiency HVAC equipment with automated temperature controls
- Low VOC interior finishes to improve indoor air quality
- Occupancy-sensitive lighting controls in restrooms and storage area to reduce energy use
- Reserved parking for carpools, vanpools, low emission and fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as bicycle racks
- High-efficiency plumbing fixtures to minimize potable water use
- Majority of construction waste is being recycled and many of the building materials are pre- and post-consumer recycled content