Project Overview

City of Philadelphia Public Services

  • The City of Philadelphia with the Department of Public Property, Philadelphia Police Department, and Philadelphia Department of Public Health is transforming 4601 Market Street into the Public Safety Services Campus.
  • Critical city functions such as Police Administration, Public Health Laboratories, Medical Examiner’s Office and Morgue will be part of the campus adjacent to the new Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center.
  • State-of-the-art facilities exhibiting “best practices” will enable police and health to attain additional accreditation and reduce operational costs by consolidating functions now at several locations.
  • Philadelphia residents voted to sell bonds to pay for the project. No state or federal funds have been allocated at this time.

4601_Historical_ColorA West Philadelphia Landmark

  • Opened in 1927, as the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company headquarters with 325,000 square feet of office space on a 12-acre campus. Although not a registered historic building, the design will be sensitive to preserve the historic spaces and appearances that reflect the architectural charm of this building and campus.
  • An adaptive re-use, it is designed to achieve a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Silver rating and certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • Fulfilling Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s 2035 Plan goals, the campus will employ stormwater management practices, enhance public space, and have easy access to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford EL 46th Street Station.

Part of the Community

  • The facility continues the City’s revitalization of the Promise Zone area and community outreach, including spaces for public engagement such as an auditorium, public meeting space, and a landscape to connect the campus to the community.
  • The City implemented an Economic Opportunity Plan which defines workforce goals and ranges for MBE and WBE participation which it will strive to exceed: General Contractor requirements for MBE participation are 20-25% and WBE participation 10-15%. Electrical Contractor requirements for MBE participation are 16-20% and WBE participation 12-18%.

A Complex Process

  • Phase 1 began with an evaluation of the building, so that environmental remediation coincides with the design work, minimizing the schedule. Selective demolition began of interior partitions and debris removal. Upon completion, 3-D laser scanning will document the interior spaces, fostering the best design and saving construction time. Simultaneously, designers began Programmatic Design with Police and Health departments, leading into Schematic Design, then Construction Documents.
  • Phase 2 will be Campus Development of the project, relocation of the departments, systems installation, and occupancy.

This Project Follows the Administration’s Goals and the Missions of Police and Public Health:

  • Philadelphia becomes one of the safest cities in America
  • Philadelphia’s health and education will be improved
  • Philadelphia is a place of choice
  • Philadelphia becomes the greenest and most sustainable city in America
  • Philadelphia government works efficiently and effectively with integrity and responsiveness

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