Blanche A. Nixon / Cobbs Creek Library

Commissioning, HVAC Commissioning, Government and Public Buildings


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Community Ventures


$2 million


GREYHAWK was hired to provide enhanced design and construction phase commissioning services for mechanical systems for the Blanche A. Nixon / Cobbs Creek Library as part of the City of Philadelphia Rebuild program. Serving the Cobbs Creek community since 1925, the 9,600-sf library was one of 25 Philadelphia public libraries funded by a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The exterior is a modern interpretation of classicism. The library was renamed in 1990 in honor of local resident, activist, and library volunteer Blanche Nixon. The building is included on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.

The project scope addresses damage to the masonry and steel structure as a result of water infiltration and rising dampness at the foundation. The painted exterior walls appear to be holding moisture, evidenced by peeling paint and spalling of the exterior parge coat. The scope of work includes building envelope repairs, building system upgrades, ADA upgrades, and new finishes throughout. Completion is anticipated for September 2024.

The mechanical systems to be commissioned by GREYHAWK consist of rooftop equipment, condensing units (CUs), air-handling units (AHUs), ductless split systems (DSS), cabinet unit heaters (CUHs), and all appurtenances.

Renderings © SALT Design Studio (landscape architect) in collaboration with DIGroupArchitecture

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