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Navy Yard Skills Initiative Begins Recruitment for Philly Shipyard, Inc. – Union Apprentice

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University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative (WPSI) and PIDC’s Navy Yard Skills Initiative (NYSI) are recruiting across Philadelphia for training and job opportunities as a Union Apprentice earning $17.13/hour to start in partnership with Philly Shipyard, Inc.

Register online for a virtual info session to learn more about the program:

August 25th at 1PM or August 30th at 11AM

Who should apply?

Goal-oriented, motivated individuals with a desire to obtain full-time permanent employment in the government and commercial shipbuilding industry. Successful candidates must thrive in a labor-intensive, fast-paced environment that operates in all-weather conditions. Attention to detail and a safety-first mindset are a must. Commitment to the full training schedule (below) is required:

  • Facilitated group conversations, Mon – Fri, 9AM-12PM, 9/19-10/11
  • Additional one-on-one and small group virtual meetings several times a week between 1PM – 3PM
  • Approximately 2 hours of daily reading and reflection exercises

What is the Shipyard Apprentice Program?

The Shipyard Apprentice Program is designed to connect participants to the professional and technical training, tools, and support needed to build a meaningful career at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI). This program consists of in-person sessions at the Navy Yard, which will maintain high standards of safety compliance in the face of COVID-19. Graduates will have the opportunity to interview for full-time Apprentice positions at PSI.

In this program, we offer:

  • Cutting-edge job connection strategies resulting in 97% of WPSI graduates finding employment
  • A $150 weekly stipend while in training at WPSI.
  • The opportunity to interview for full-time Union Apprentice positions at Philly Shipyard, Inc. starting at $17.13/hr.

Are you eligible?

All applicants must be a resident of Philadelphia; commit to the full training schedule on September 19th-October 11th; possess a high school diploma or GED; be unemployed; access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and high speed internet; Candidates for Shipyard Apprentice Program must provide proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine by Tuesday, September 9th, 2022.

 

APPLY TODAY at navyyard.org/workforce/jobs!

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, September 2nd, 2022 at 5PM.

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Easily Fill Your Prescriptions at the Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy

Did you know that the Navy Yard has a pharmacy? That’s right, the Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy at 3 Crescent Drive features a full-service pharmacy that accepts all Rx plans.

“I think people are under the assumption that the pharmacy is only for patients at Jefferson Health,” said Ernie Cotilus III, RPh, Pharmacy Supervisor at Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy. “But we are open to the public, and the Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy is a great option for all Navy Yard employees to conveniently pick up their prescriptions during their workday versus waiting in long lines at local chain pharmacies.”

Not only can you get your prescriptions filled, but the pharmacy also offers:

  • routine vaccinations (e.g., influenza/flu, shingles, and more)
  • a wide variety of over-the-counter medications that are recommended by Jefferson Health medical staff
  • a medication disposal site

The pharmacy is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. So, transfer your prescriptions to the Jefferson Health Navy Yard Pharmacy today!

Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy
Address: 3 Crescent Drive (1st floor lobby), Philadelphia, PA 19112
Phone: 215-890-2000
Fax: 215-890-9935

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Ernie Cotilus III, RPh, Pharmacy Supervisor at Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy

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Ernie Cotilus III, RPh, Pharmacy Supervisor at Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy, assists a customer

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The Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy offers a wide variety of over-the-counter medications that are recommended by Jefferson Health medical staff

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Medsafe medication disposal unit at the Jefferson Navy Yard Pharmacy

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The Navy Yard Welcomes Vinta Bio

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome Vinta Bio, our newest life sciences company, to the Navy Yard community located at 4050 S. 26th Street, Suite 200. Vinta Bio, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), is focused on helping customers develop and manufacture viral vectors and cell therapy products. Its vision is to grow into a staple in the cell and gene therapy industry through their superior product quality and unmatched customer service.

Philadelphia is one of the fastest growing cell and gene therapy hubs in the country, which is one of the many reasons Vinta Bio moved its company to the Navy Yard. Additionally, Philadelphia has great incentives for small businesses looking to grow and add jobs to the local economy.

Vinta Bio currently has 20 employees and is forecasted to triple in size within the next 12 months. Seeing the demand for service there is a tremendous potential for business development and building partnerships, new customers, and local talent. The development aspirations are front and center for Vinta Bio. If you want to work in a GMP facility with a team at the ready to get started on projects for viral vector or cell therapy production or are interested in producing research-grade plasmids to support the program, please contact Aaron Solis, Head of Business Development, at aaron.solis@vintabio.com.

Current Vinta Bio staff at the Navy Yard

Current Vinta Bio staff at the Navy Yard

Companies like Vinta Bio are at the heart of the Navy Yard’s 20-year plan, which includes constructing 1.5 million square feet of life science manufacturing facilities. The Navy Yard is uniquely suited to attract and support life sciences both locally and internationally. With its proximity to the innovation and talent pool in University City and the surrounding region, the Navy Yard is an alluring option for companies looking to create unprecedented advances in medicine.

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The Navy Yard Welcomes FKB Studios

The Navy Yard is pleased to welcome FKB Studios who recently located to Building 990! FKB is a cutting edge and innovative design and fabrication company specializing in creating immersive spaces. It is the exciting result of the recent merger of two established Philadelphia-based design and fabrication companies: FK Productions and B Fabrication. Together, FKB are masters in the art of applied imagination, enjoying a reputation for developing industry-leading approaches to civic placemaking, retail and entertainment facility design/build, experiential marketing, museum exhibit design, installation, and large-scale artwork.

While fostering its capabilities in digital design for architecture, fabrication, and installation, it has extended these skills into the virtual realm to create hybrid events (a blend of VR/AR and real work entertainment) that blur the line between the virtual and physical worlds.

An FKB installment at New York City’s Pier 17. The piece is based on the NFT character Aku, which was created by Micah Johnson, a former MLB player turned artist, after he heard a young boy ask, “can astronauts be black.” Photo courtesy of FKB.

An FKB installment at New York City’s Pier 17. The piece is based on the NFT character Aku, which was created by Micah Johnson, a former MLB player turned artist, after he heard a young boy ask, “can astronauts be black.” Photo courtesy of FKB.

An FKB sculpture of a life-sized S-Class Mercedes, which was parametrically modeled and put through a crash-test simulation, is made entirely from mirror-polished and regular stainless steel, comprising of over 9,000 individual pieces. Photo courtesy of FKB.

An FKB sculpture of a life-sized S-Class Mercedes, which was parametrically modeled and put through a crash-test simulation, is made entirely from mirror-polished and regular stainless steel, comprising of over 9,000 individual pieces. Photo courtesy of FKB.

FKB prides itself on the ability to create what has not been created before; there everything is possible.

First located on Cambria Street in the West Kensington area of the city, FKB found that as the scope and scale of its business endeavors expanded, it became critical to find a new location in which to grow in terms of space and the impact it makes in the local community. FKB currently has about 50 employees, and the company is forecasted to double or even triple its staff size over the next several years in its new space.

The new studio in Building 990 at 2001 Kitty Hawk Avenue is nearly triple the size of its previous studio space and burgeoning community of businesses here at the Navy Yard allows FKB to align itself with likeminded leaders in various industries and further establish itself as an industry leader in fabrication, design, and installation. The FKB team is excited about the already growing network of businesses to call neighbors and looks forward to further integrating its team into the culture and community here.

A 40-foot FKB sculpture at the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia. This is FKB’s largest installation to date. Photo courtesy of FKB.

A 40-foot FKB sculpture at the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center in Philadelphia. This is FKB’s largest installation to date. Photo courtesy of FKB.

For more information about FKB or learn about its work, please visit www.fkb.studio or email hello@fkb.studio.

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Infrastructure Project to Bring Added Trees to Navy Yard

With more than $40 million in infrastructure projects and approximately $500 million in new development for 2022, the recently released Navy Yard Plan is off to a fast start. In addition to new buildings and a rebuilt Broad Street, these projects will also bring new trees and greenery throughout the campus and thoughtful public amenities to the Navy Yard.

One of the projects we are most excited about is the long-awaited reconstruction of Broad Street, which begins July 25 and will restore four lanes of travel, as well as add a dedicated bike lane and pedestrian amenities. As part of the widening of this corridor, eight trees will need to be removed, but 90 new trees will be planted along Broad Street and throughout the campus to replace them.

The Navy Yard operations team will be working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) to plant the new trees beginning this fall and throughout the duration of the project. PHS generously donated more than 20 trees and dozens of perennial plants that were featured in the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Trees donated by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society

Trees donated by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society

The Navy Yard was certified as a Level-1 arboretum in 2018 by Arbnet and the addition of 90 trees to the 2,000 trees already established demonstrates the Navy Yard’s commitment to public greenspace, sustainable landscapes, and resiliency.

As one of only five arboretums in Philadelphia, it is especially important that the Navy Yard preserves and expands greenspaces at the Navy Yard. By building upon and sustaining green spaces, the Navy Yard can assure that future generations have a place to appreciate nature in an urban environment, while at the same time developing the Navy Yard to create equitable growth, jobs, and accessibility for decades to come.

Current treescape at the Central Green

Current treescape at Central Green

Current treescape at Crescent Park

Current treescape at Crescent Park

Current treescape at the Marine Parade Grounds

Current treescape at the Marine Parade Grounds

Broad Street Quay Wall Reconstruction Project
As announced on July 1, 2022, the Navy Yard will begin the reconstruction of the section of Broad Street between Crescent Dr and Intrepid Ave, also known as the “quay wall” on July 25. It’s a very complex project that has been in planning and procurement for many years, and once finished, will have four lanes for vehicles, a two-way raised bike lane, and a new, scenic pedestrian plaza overlooking the Reserve Basin.

This construction project will take approximately 12 months to complete. During this time, Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr and Intrepid Ave.

The $19 million+ total project cost is in part funded by PennDOT, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), City of Philadelphia, and PIDC.

Learn more about the Broad Street quay wall reconstruction project on the Yard BLOG.

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Broad Street “quay wall” now

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Future Broad Street between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

View of new Pedestrian Plaza overlooking elevated bike lanes and Broad Street

View of new Pedestrian Plaza overlooking elevated bike lanes and Broad Street

Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

 

 

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Broad Street Quay Wall Reconstruction Announcement

BACKGROUND

Starting later this month, the Navy Yard will begin the reconstruction of the section of Broad Street between Crescent Dr and Intrepid Ave, also known as the “quay wall”. It’s a very complex project that has been in planning and procurement for many years, and once finished, will have four lanes for vehicles, a two-way raised bike lane, and a new, scenic pedestrian plaza overlooking the Reserve Basin.

This construction project will take approximately 12 months to complete. During this time, Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr and Intrepid Ave.

The $19 million+ total project cost is in part funded by PennDOT, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), City of Philadelphia, and PIDC.

Future Broad Street between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

Future Broad Street between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

Broad Street will be closed between Crescent Dr & Intrepid Ave

SCHEDULE

July 22, 2022 Broad Street between Crescent Dr and Intrepid Ave fully CLOSED; major construction activities begin
July 2023 4 lanes of Broad Street re-open with periodic closures anticipated
September 2023 Pedestrian Plaza open, all detours lifted

DETOURS

During the closure, traffic detours will be in place to direct people to use alternative routes including using the League Island Boulevard gate and over the Lift Bridge to the 26th Street gate.

Modified Navy Yard Transit bus schedules, stops, and detour routes will be issued the week of July 11, 2022.

Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalk on the east side of Broad Street Quarters buildings (between the Quarters buildings and One Crescent Drive parking lot).

Cyclists will not be permitted to use Broad Street during the construction project and should use 13th Street.

View of new Pedestrian Plaza overlooking elevated bike lanes and Broad Street

View of new Pedestrian Plaza overlooking elevated bike lanes and Broad Street

CONTINUED UPDATES

We’ll continue to update everyone on our website at www.navyyard.org, via emails to Navy Yard businesses, and on our social media channels.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during this important project. We are all looking forward to the finished product and celebrating this new section of Broad Street in 2023!

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2022 Navy Yard Plan Unveiled, Focused on Job Creation, Equitable Growth, and Increased Accessibility

Press Kit with Renderings Available at https://bit.ly/navyyardplanpress
CREDIT: Renderings by James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic

Media contacts:
Jennifer Tran, PIDC, 215-218-2854
Robbie Tarpley Raffish, a.s.a.p.r., 410-430-9705

PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic today unveiled the 2022 Navy Yard Plan, a transformative roadmap for equitable growth that throughout the next 20 years will deliver 12,000 new jobs, 8.9 million square feet of new life science, commercial, residential, retail, and mixed-use development and $6B of new investment—of which, $4.8B will be generated by Ensemble/Mosaic’s development initiatives. Mayor Jim Kenney, government officials, and many of the Navy Yard’s 150 businesses were in attendance.

The dynamic new plan leverages sustained growth in advanced life sciences and manufacturing, increased accessibility, and inclusive mixed-use development to drive equitable economic growth, with robust opportunities for diverse businesses and an expansive array of quality-wage jobs and workforce development training programs. The event also celebrated 64 graduates of the Navy Yard Skills Initiative, a workforce training program launched by PIDC and the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative in 2020.

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“The Navy Yard has been an anchor and economic driver for Philadelphia for more than two centuries, serving in both times of war and peace. Today, the progress it has made and will continue to make as outlined in this Plan will help reinforce its role as a leading business and life sciences campus and an unrivaled asset to the city,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “I am thrilled to celebrate all of the Navy Yard’s milestones today, the critical work PIDC does to drive its growth, and I look forward to its bright future for continued investment, entrepreneurship, and employment in Philadelphia.”

This is the third plan undertaken since PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, took ownership of the former military base on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, following the original plan in 2004 and an update in 2013. Since 2000, PIDC has led the planning, development, and operation of the Navy Yard to fulfill its mission—to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia

The canal street in the Waterfront District is a distinct green streetscape with integrated stormwater infrastructure.

The canal street in the Waterfront District is a distinct green streetscape with integrated stormwater infrastructure

“Throughout its history, the Navy Yard has been at the leading edge of innovation and this transformative plan continues to break new ground,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “We are incredibly excited to set a new standard for equitable development that balances inclusive business growth with sustainability, connectivity, beautiful public spaces, and quality jobs for all Philadelphians.”

In April 2021, PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic selected James Corner Field Operations (Field Operations) through a competitive RFP process to lead in the planning. Throughout the last year, the Field Operations team, PIDC, and Ensemble/Mosaic worked with more than 300 stakeholders—including Navy Yard businesses, public-sector stakeholders, adjacent communities, and residents throughout Philadelphia—to create an inclusive and equitable framework for the next phase of development. Through focus groups, postcard programs, events, and one-on-one interviews, the team gained insight into opportunities, challenges, and future uses for the campus, providing critical input on vision, values, and the ultimate Plan.

The Greenway District provides an opportunity for large-footprint commercial development attractive to life science and advanced manufacturing users.

The Greenway District provides an opportunity for large-footprint commercial development attractive to life science and advanced manufacturing users.

“The 2022 Plan for the Philadelphia Navy Yard presents a vision for the best of what a city can be: healthy, resilient, connected, vibrant, and equitable,” said James Corner, Founder and CEO of Field Operations. “Leveraging the Navy Yard’s open spaces and extraordinary waterfront, the Plan offers a new identity forged around welcoming all; one that balances innovation with history and ecology with urban life.”

Field Operations, guiding a vision grounded in public realm and sense of place, was complemented by a large team of experts in inclusive economic development, architecture, and sustainability. (See complete list of consulting firms, below.) The design and planning process has been driven by more than a dozen minority- and women-owned companies, with 49% of total project costs going to these contracted entities.

The Broad Street entrance is redesigned to promote a sense of welcome and arrival for vehicles and pedestrians.

The Broad Street entrance is redesigned to promote a sense of welcome and arrival for vehicles and pedestrians.

As previously announced, Ensemble/Mosaic has pledged in excess of $1B to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) hiring and initiatives while planning and building out the company’s 109-acre mixed-use development at the Navy Yard. To date, in the pre-development phase, $10M has been invested in services rendered by minority- and woman-owned businesses.

“Our focus the entire way through the plan development has been to remember that the Navy Yard is public land and its development should be about people,” said Kam Babaoff, Chairman and Co-Founder of Ensemble Real Estate Investments. “Every one of the 109 acres we develop – whether for the first residential property in more than 70 years, or for thriving retail, life science, and corporate use – will increase accessibility and provide an environment that supports equity in all facets.”

The Navy Yard’s expanded public waterfront, new commercial spaces, and integrated mixed-income residential all converge in the new Waterfront District.

The Navy Yard’s expanded public waterfront, new commercial spaces, and integrated mixed-income residential all converge in the new Waterfront District.

Five Principles – One Plan

Each facet of the plan has been guided by a set of principles, crafted to create a new standard of equitable development. These principles directly shape a plan for a Navy Yard that is Inclusive and Welcoming, Connected and Multimodal, Vibrant and Active, Innovative and Resilient, and a place for Equitable Business Growth and Job Creation.

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Significantly expanding the Navy Yard’s cutting-edge cluster of cell and gene therapy firms dedicated to curing cancer and chronic diseases by building out an additional 4.3 million square feet of GMP, lab, and office space catering to companies at all stages from start up through commercialization.
  • Bringing residential and retail to the Navy Yard with Ensemble/Mosaic’s 109-acre mixed-use development. For the first time, the public will be able to live and shop at the Navy Yard with the planned 3,900 apartment units and 235,000 square feet of retail and makerspace. 15% of apartments will be offered at affordable rates and 25% of retail will be subsidized for minority- and women-owned businesses.
  • Intertwining the public realm with new development; extending, expanding, and preserving open space, forging a cohesive built environment that is deeply rooted in the natural space that abounds at the Navy Yard. The waterfront is celebrated with new activities, spaces, and connections accessing this important resource.
  • Driving equity by increasing accessibility for all in and around the Navy Yard will be achieved through additional public transit options including bus rapid transit (BRT), dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian-only streets and plazas, and a new gateway at Broad Street.
  • Maximizing resiliency through raising vulnerable portions of the site, incorporating innovative stormwater infrastructure including canals and swales along the streets on the east side of the campus to convey stormwater, and using dry ponds, green roofs, and resilient landscaping and trees.
  • Demonstrating sustainability, which has always been a hallmark of the Navy Yard, is being furthered through the pursuit of Philadelphia’s first LEED Gold Neighborhood Development of scale, a program which creates more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods, looking beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities.
  • Growing the Navy Yard’s dynamic shipbuilding, ship repair, and heavy industrial companies by investing in critical infrastructure which facilitates further expansion and quality-wage, diverse job creation.
The Delaware River waterfront in the Historic Core offers expanded green space for passive recreation.

The Delaware River waterfront in the Historic Core offers expanded green space for passive recreation.

Workforce Development Program Milestone and Foundation Contribution

In addition to unveiling the 2022 Navy Yard Plan, PIDC also celebrated the graduation of 64 participants from its Navy Yard Skills Initiative workforce development program, with some of the graduates in attendance. The program, which has completed five cohorts to date in partnership with University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, connects Philadelphia residents with full-time, permanent, quality-wage careers while providing Navy Yard businesses with the highly-skilled talent they need across a wide range of industries.

The fourth cohort of 16 trainees spent three weeks in an apprentice training program in partnership with Philly Shipyard, Inc., resulting in all 16 graduates being offered full-time, union jobs. Earlier this month, a new group of participants began training in partnership with Tastykake as production associates, resulting in 11 being offered jobs. Future programs will include life science and healthcare roles with other Navy Yard companies.

In May, Ensemble/Mosaic announced the formation of the Ensemble/Mosaic TNY Empowerment Foundation with a $1M commitment of seed money and additional funds coming from each individual project Ensemble/Mosaic develops in the Navy Yard. During the 2022 Navy Yard Plan event, the Foundation made its first contribution, $100,000 to the Navy Yard Skills Initiative, which will allow the program to continue to implement high-quality programming that will directly connect Philadelphians to jobs at the Navy Yard.

“Our 2022 Navy Yard Plan and the Ensemble/Mosaic TNY Empowerment Foundation are both about creating opportunity, which is exactly what the Navy Yard Skills Initiative does,” said Leslie Smallwood-Lewis, Founder and Owner of Mosaic Development Partners. “We are thrilled that our Foundation’s first donation will be to a program that provides access and opportunity that can help Philadelphians thrive. It is really why all of us – planners, developers, professionals, and employers – are here, in this special place.”

Press Kit with Renderings Available at https://bit.ly/navyyardplanpress

List of Planning Consultants:

  • James Corner Field Operations – Philadelphia, PA – planning lead, landscape architecture, placemaking
  • DIGSAU – Philadelphia, PA – architecture
  • Urbane Development – New York, NY – retail consulting, community planning, economic and workforce development
  • Mdesigns – Philadelphia, PA – equitable development, housing affordability
  • Toole Design – Silver Spring, MD – transportation planning
  • Pennoni – Philadelphia, PA – infrastructure planning
  • David Mason + Associates – Philadelphia, PA – infrastructure (utility) planning
  • Rodriguez Consulting – Philadelphia, PA – infrastructure (civil) planning
  • Sherwood Design Engineers – New York, NY – integrated resilient systems planning
  • HERA – Philadelphia, PA – laboratory planning
  • THA Consulting – Blue Bell, PA – parking planning
  • Re:Vision – Philadelphia, PA – LEED neighborhood planning
  • Dharam Consulting – New York, NY – cost estimating
  • Amber Art and Design – Philadelphia, PA – arts-based community engagement
Building 611 is creatively preserved by cleaving the structure, facilitating the continuation of 12th Street to the waterfront.

Building 611 is creatively preserved by cleaving the structure, facilitating the continuation of 12th Street to the waterfront.

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First permanent public art project at the Navy Yard: Alpha Sacred Beings

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, PIDC and Group X, a group of Philadelphia-based artists, curators, and organizers whose members are anonymous, unveiled their latest and first permanent public art project at the Navy Yard: Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation) by lead artist, Marianela Fuentes, whose previous works in her Sacred Beings series have roots with the Huichol or Wixárika indigenous people of Mexico. This piece is a monument symbolizing a bridge between two Indigenous Nations.

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Alpha Sacred Beings

This unveiling event had a sacredness about it. We heard from all the collaborators of the project. The lead artist, Marianela Fuentes, who told us about her background and what this project meant to her. Then from Reverend Dr. John Norwood, Jr., a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge, who greeted us in the tribal language. He was an integral part of this collaboration ensuring the representation of the Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation was accurate. Leonard Harmon and Roberta Flores, artists from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, ensured the artist understood and prioritized which parts of the Lenni-Lenaper history should be represented on Alpha Sacred Beings.  And after the ribbon cutting, we were graced by a performance by the Red Blanket Singers, a Southern Style Native American Drum and Dance Group representing the Nanticoke, Lenape, Haliwa-Saponi, and Mohawk Tribes. The members of this group ranged in age, from young children to elder adults. Listening to the beat of the drum and sounds of the voices singing left the audience in awe. And finally, to bring everyone together, all attendees all participated in a Round Dance where we held hands as one.

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Round Dance in action

 

This is a must-see piece of art. The designs were created on a life-sized Parasaurolophus dinosaur skeleton, which once walked the land in both Delaware Valley and Mexico. The Parasaurolophus dinosaur, name meaning “near crested lizard”, is significant because it is the biological cousin of the Velofrons, Marianela’s first full-size dinosaur sculpture. It is the most scientifically accurate dinosaur the artist has ever created and is the first to be fully modeled after an almost entirely discovered dinosaur skeleton.

The bead design was created in partnership with Leonard Harmon and Roberta Flores. These images tell stories from our region’s original people; they are stewards of all the land throughout the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia, or “Coaquannock”, and still live here today.

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Closer look at the beadwork

 

The turtle on the crown symbolizes all the land throughout North America. Around the dinosaur’s hips is a wampum belt that was given to recognize the friendship treaty under the Shackamaxon Elm between William Penn (“Mikwon”), and Tamanend (“the Affable One”).  Along the spine, fire, water, wind, mountain, moon, sun, and stars appear in a set of seven to represent Seven Generations. The four cardinal directions are represented on each limb. Flora and fauna native to our region also appear throughout the beadwork. As with all things, from the tip of the tail to the end of the nose, the monument begins and ends in the stars.

The artist and two assistants hand beaded the skeleton over 10 weeks in Mexico City and it was then brought to Philadelphia to be assembled on-site, using an estimated million beads to complete.

Alpha Sacred Beings can be found in League Island Park, located at 11th & Constitution Ave. The Navy Yard is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Be sure to come down to see this beautiful and inspiring installation and be sure to tag us in your photos! More info about Alpha Sacred Beings at https://navyyard.org/sacredbeings.

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Construction Update: 2500 League Island Boulevard

In fall 2021, Gattuso Development Partners broke ground on its newest construction project at the Navy Yard. 2500 League Island Boulevard is a premier Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) 130,000 square foot life science facility located at the corner of 26th & League Island Blvd West (formerly Langley Ave). The building is a ground up development (built completely from scratch),  with 30’ clearance height throughout, and has the ability to add in other features such as a mezzanine/walkable ceiling level.

If you go by the site today, the outside of the building looks almost complete. The underground utility work has been installed, all the foundations (piles and concrete) are installed, the structural steel has been erected, the precast concrete knockout panels (concrete wall panels used in building construction and serves as structural-architecture, often poured off-site) have been delivered and fully installed, and the corrugated metal sheeting that’s used as a structural roof deck or composite floor deck has been installed. The current phase of construction includes work on the site curbs and parking lot paving and the roofing and glazing will be installed soon thereafter. The building core and shell, or the blank canvas of the building without an occupants’ interior customized spaces, are scheduled to be complete and ready for an on-time delivery in December 2022.

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SITIO Architecture + Urbanism, a nationally and locally certified minority business enterprise (MBE) firm designed 2500 League Island Boulevard. Penntex Construction is the general contractor for the program. Penntex Construction have targeted 20-25% MBE and 15-20% woman business enterprise (WBE) contracting for the project construction. This building is designed to achieve LEED v4 Silver Certification, with an enhanced bike infrastructure, on-site stormwater management, and a green roof area.

2500 League Island Boulevard offers an ideal R&D, headquarters, production, or flex opportunity in Philadelphia’s leading life sciences community, joining other Navy Yard businesses Adaptimmune, Coriell Life Sciences, Iovance, WuXi Advanced Therapies, Vinta Bio, and more. Jones Lang LaSalle Brokerage, Inc., a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management, is the leasing agent for 2500 League Island Boulevard currently seeking tenants for this space. As the Navy Yard grows, the hope is that 2500 League Island Boulevard will inspire the development of its neighboring industrial buildings along League Island Blvd West.

For development updates and lease information please visit their website: https://www.2500leagueislandboulevard.com/.

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June 2022 Events and more!

June welcomes even more opportunities to explore and discover the Navy Yard! The world’s largest hard seltzer festival is coming to the Navy Yard. On June 4, Seltzerland will sure turn the Navy Yard into a hard seltzer paradise. Then on June 5, Girls on the Run will be running through the Navy Yard streets in celebration of another season completed. On June 9, the Navy Yard and Group X will unveil its fifth public art exhibit and invites everyone to join. Philly Pride Boot Camp & Brunch will be here June 11 for a day of fitness and food! These are some great ways to #discovertheyard!

 

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, June 4, 2022; 11:00AM

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Seltzerland, a hard seltzer festival comes to the Navy Yard for the first time. Come and enjoy this one-of-a-kind immersive experience as you spend the day tasting 100+ unique hard seltzers. Indulge in mouthwatering munchies, tons of seltzer swag, and of course an epic Instagram worthy photo op!

Seltzerland is also offering 15% off to Navy Yard followers:

www.eventbrite.com/e/269866095757/?discount=NAVYYARD15

 

Girls on the Run Spring 5k

Sunday, June 5, 2022; 9:00AM

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Girls on the Run Philadelphia will host a 5K fun run at The Navy Yard’s historic Marine Parade Grounds. The event celebrates the accomplishments of 450 third through eighth grade girls who have participated in the 10-week GOTR program at schools and community centers throughout Philadelphia this spring.  You can support these girls as a running buddy or volunteer. The event requires the support of over 100 volunteers, and they are in need of more to help make this event a success. To volunteer for a 3–4-hour shift on the morning of June 5th, click here.  Thank you for helping our girls cross the finish line this season!

 

Navy Yard and Group X – Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation)

Thursday, June 9, 2022; 5:00 -6:30 PM

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Location to be announced soon!

For the first time ever, PIDC and Group X will invite the public to unveil its latest secret public art sculpture, Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation), on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM.

Alpha Sacred Beings (The Origin of Creation) is a life-sized monument symbolizing a bridge between two Indigenous Nations. This artwork and its concept was created by lead artist Marianela Fuentes, whose previous works in her Sacred Beings series have roots with the Huichol or Wixárika indigenous people of Mexico. The beaded design was created in partnership with artists from the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. These images tell stories from our region’s original people; they are stewards of all the land throughout the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia, or “Coaquannock”, and still live here today.

The unveiling on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM will include remarks from lead artist, Marianela Fuentes; PIDC’s Director of Navy Yard Marketing & Communications, Jennifer Tran; and Rev. Dr. John Norwood Jr., who is a Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Councilman and Judge. The event will culminate with the ribbon cutting and a performance by Red Blanket Singers, a Southern Style Native American Drum and Dance Group representing the Nanticoke, Lenape, Haliwa-Saponi, and Mohawk Tribes.

LINK: https://navyyard.org/information-and-directions/public-art

 

Great Chefs Event

Saturday, June 11, 2022; 1:00PM – 4:00PM

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Hosted by award-winning chef Marc Vetri, this event brings together esteemed chefs from across the country to create gourmet tasting plates. Held at the Urban Outfitters Headquarters in the Navy Yard, this event is a family-friendly and promises to be a great time. Free for kids 12 and under.

Link: https://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/great-chefs-event-philadelphia

 

COME ALIVE 215 Pride Event

Saturday, June 11, 2022; 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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ALL THE DEETS.
the workout. a 45-minute workout with kim harari and shannon brennan of come alive 215
the drag show. by iris spectre
the picnic brunch. michael solomonov and more

 

RECURRING EVENTS

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Navy Yard x Fit Academy Boot Camp Class – Free

Tuesdays & Thursdays; 5pm-6pm

It’s time to get off the couch and get moving. Our friends at Fit Academy have outdoor fitness classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 5p-6p in Central Green. Join us for high energy sports driven exercise, full body plyometrics, resistance training, cardio, core, and HIIT. Work hard and reap the rewards! Register here:

 

Navy Yard x Tula Yoga – Free

Wednesdays; 5:15p-6:15p

Unwind and reset your body & mind with free yoga classes, suitable for yogis of all levels, from beginners to advanced. Register here: BYOM (Bring your own mat) and show up!

 

Navy Yard x Black Girls with Green Thumbs

Monthly Education Series

Many people are fascinated by sustainable living practices yet feel it may be too large a fit. This series Black Girls with Green Thumbs is going to teach you how to live HOMESTEAD-ish.

Shifts in some everyday practices can lower your environmental impact while not requiring a full abandonment of modern, city living. From juicing to making your own herbal tinctures, learn individual wellness skills that will help you thrive in an urban environment.

June 13, 5:30p-6:30p

Cocktail Hour

Make season drink that can be stored long term. Using herbs and fruits we will capture the flavors of summertime by making our own cocktail mixers! These recipes are a great way to preserve your garden or orchard bounty.

 

Navy Yard x Half Mad Honey + Riverfront Hive Tours

Half Mad Honey + Riverfront Hive Tours are cultivating wellness and connection through honeybees. Half Mad Honey is not just an urban beekeeping company, but an organization that is rooted in education, growth, peer support, and recovery. Tour details through PIDC will be available soon.

LINK: https://www.halfmadhoney.com/

 

Navy Yard Running Club

NAVY YARD RUNNING

We run all year long! Join your fellow Navy Yard employees for a free, weekly all levels group that runs around the Navy Yard. The Navy Yard Running Club meets at 12th and Constitution every Tuesday at 5:45pm and runs between 2-5 miles, or interval runs. Then we finish up at Gatehouse for HH. Follow us on Instagram @NYRC_phila

 

#LUNCHTRUCKLINEUP now includes Tuesdays!

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We started this season with the Lunch Truck program only on Thursdays, but it has been such a great success. To avoid the long lines, we’ve added another day and another truck. Come out on Tuesdays for two truck options and Thursdays for three truck options. If you’d like to know which trucks are coming up, please email Jackie Hall, jhall@pidcphila.com to be added to the mailing list.