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Shoemaker-Skanska Joint Venture receives GBCA Award for Fashion District Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, October 28, 2020 . . . The Joint Venture of Skanska USA Building and Shoemaker Construction Co., recently received an award from the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) for Best Adaptive Re-Use Project for Fashion District Philadelphia.

GBCA's Construction Excellence Awards is Philadelphia's premier construction awards program, recognizing excellence in construction and safety, and is dedicated to creating greater awareness throughout the region of the quality workmanship produced by GBCA member companies. The Best Adaptive Re-Use Project recognizes a project which has taken an existing building and/or space and enhanced/or created an entirely new use for the space.

Fashion District Philadelphia (FDP) was a large-scale retail renovation project in the Market East section of Philadelphia, formerly known as The Gallery at Market East. Comprising 1.3 million square feet, the $245M project encompassed three blocks of development along the north side of Market Street from 8th Street to 11th Street. The historic old Gallery underwent a complete redesign into a transformative mixed-use facility. Construction of the re-imagined space included interior and exterior demolition and re-construction of storefronts, facades, sidewalks and amenities along the streets bordered by the project.

The project also included:

  • New street level, glass entrance CUBE
  • Replacement of all finishes including glass handrails and floor finishes
  • Updated infrastructure and utilities
  • Renovated skylights
  • Modernized passenger and freight elevators and 30 new escalators
"Shoemaker has worked with PREIT on this iconic transformation since 2007 and our team could not be prouder of the vision that has now become a part of the fabric of Philadelphia," stated Maura Hesdon, General Manager of Shoemaker Construction Co.

"Skanska is honored to be recognized for our efforts by GBCA and proud to have partnered with Shoemaker, PREIT and Macerich to deliver Fashion District Philadelphia, a world-class retail and entertainment destination in Center City, Philadelphia," said Todd Lofgren, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Skanska.

GBCA announced the award winners on October 26.

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ABOUT THE BUTZ FAMILY OF COMPANIES: The Butz Family of Companies, consisting of Alexander Building Construction Co., Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and Shoemaker Construction Co., provides exceptional, comprehensive construction management and design/build services, led by a strong commitment to complete customer satisfaction with special attention to safety, quality and value. The firm possesses significant experience in the construction of healthcare facilities, colleges/universities, corporate office buildings, manufacturing facilities, sports and entertainment venues, government buildings, K-12 schools and retail buildings serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and northern Delaware.


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