One Ardmore Place
the new standard of suburban living
Standing at one of the most prominent corners in Ardmore, PA, One Ardmore Place is the culmination of a successful private–public partnership between Dranoff Properties and the Lower Merion Township, which served as a principal catalyst for the economic revival of the neighboring community. This transit-oriented development enables residents to live, work, dine, and play with convenient access to public transportation.
One Ardmore Place is an eight-story, 281,000 sf mixed-use building that was designed with a transitional architectural character reflecting the tradition of the area. The building features outdoor facades made up of brick and glass, bay windows, cornices, and property entrances that convey the charm of Cricket Avenue. A clock tower enhances the building’s entrance, serving as a signature element.
Steel Stud Bearing
The building is a complex structure that consists of three different structural methods of building: a cast-in–place concrete parking garage, structural steel podium levels on the second and fourth floors, and steel stud bearings with Hambro floor systems. The ground-level retail space makes up for 8,450 sf of the building and the parking garage capacity is 337 spaces. Of this, 137 parking spaces were separated into private spaces for residents, and 200 public municipal spaces replaced the parking lot on which the building was constructed.
On Ardmore Place includes 110 high-end, luxury apartments made up of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, all with built-in work desks and dens. Additional amenities include a fitness center with the latest equipment, a clubroom, a boardroom, and a landscaped fourth-floor courtyard with a recreation area. The courtyard consists of garden and terrace areas with ample seating, a barbeque grill, and an all-season TV.
How Harkins Made a Difference
- Due to the location of the building in a high–traffic downtown area, communication was key to success. The Harkins team provided two-week lookahead schedules to the local jurisdiction, neighbors, and adjacent businesses describing the work that would be taking place and how Harkins would work to minimize the impact on our surroundings. Memos were hand-distributed to neighbors when major operations were to take place. In addition to our communication efforts, we worked diligently to coordinate and collaborate on events hosted around the project, including a “Big Dig” event with The Ardmore Initiative that attracted over 500 guests.
- It was essential that the exterior operations did not affect any of the surrounding businesses and that the roadway circulation remained open during construction. The team received all materials through a 4’ x 13’ material hoist platform in the rear of the site. Since access to the rear of the site was limited to smaller trucks, larger deliveries were unloaded elsewhere and brought to the site by a smaller truck. These processes ensured that surrounding roads and businesses could operate smoothly during construction.
We felt the Harkins team went out of their way to help keep us informed, give us design options, and overall kept us on the same page in order to achieve the common goal of a solid project.
Awards & Certifications
ABC Eastern PA
Excellence in Construction – Excellence Award
Philadelphia Business Journal
Best Real Estate Deals – Second Place