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Ensemble/Mosaic Launches a Bold, Systemic $2.6B Environmental, Social & Governance Commitment at the Navy Yard

Partnership has Committed $7.5 Million to 21 Certified Minority and Women, Design & Engineering Firms to Lift Off $1B Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Pledge

Ensemble Real Estate Investments and Mosaic Development Partners (Ensemble/Mosaic) today announced it has launched its ambitious Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) program at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the bedrock of its plan to develop 109 acres of the campus.

“We believe our $2.6B ESG initiative to be one of the most significant commitments by any developer for any development in our country,” said Kam Babaoff, Co-Founder and Chairman of Ensemble Real Estate Solutions & Investments. “And, as part of this ambitious plan, we are committing $1B to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives – again, likely the largest pledge ever in our industry. Dedication to ESG, and specifically the DEI principals within it, will drive lasting positive change in this city because it will be built by Philadelphians for Philadelphians.”

PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Navy Yard, and Ensemble/Mosaic are partnering on the 2022 Philadelphia Navy Yard Plan Update. Ensemble/Mosaic will invest the $2.6 billion of development in the 1200-acre campus over the next two decades. The venture anticipates breaking ground on its first buildings – among them 1201 Normandy Place – in the fourth quarter of 2021.

A cornerstone of this ESG program is the partnership’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy.

“PIDC set the tone for DEI in their request for proposal, and we felt inspired to create a plan with great scope and depth,” said Leslie Smallwood-Lewis, Principal of Mosaic, a minority-owned business enterprise. “Our DEI commitment will provide meaningful equity and capacity-building contracting opportunities for minority, women, veteran and disabled-owned business enterprises (MWVDBE) over the next two decades and we are excited to help create lasting change.”

Ensemble/Mosaic began deploying this strategy in the initial phase of development through the hiring of 20 local and national MWVDBE design and engineering firms such as Moody Nolan – the largest African American architecture firm in the nation and the “2021 AIA Firm of the Year”, Kelly Maiello and Rodriguez Consulting. Those commitments, representing approximately 50% ($7.5M) of the total allocation for design, have been made since the partnership was awarded the development rights by PIDC less than four months ago.

ESG Criteria as the North Star

ESG is a set of criteria created by an organization to guide socially responsible decisions. It includes environmental sustainability, such as impact on climate change or carbon footprint, recycling and water management; social impact through diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and organizational values; and governance, including partnership diversity, the auditing of DEI initiatives and  representation on boards and committees.

“From the moment we committed to answering the request for proposal from PIDC, ESG has been our north star,” said Greg Reaves, Principal of Mosaic. “Every decision we make, from design to development to neighborhood creation is through the lens of our ESG strategy.”

After the naval base closure in 1996, the City of Philadelphia, PIDC and its partners envisioned the redevelopment of the space into a thriving mixed-use campus, restoring it as an economic engine for the city. Over the last two decades, the Navy Yard has successfully attracted 150 businesses employing more than 15,000 personnel to the site with new development planned to further its position as one of Philadelphia’s most unique business campuses and evolving neighborhoods.

Through its development agreement with PIDC, Ensemble/Mosaic will redevelop 109 acres  of land through renovation and ground-up construction. The 20-year project includes the creation of additional office, laboratories and clean spaces, retail, restaurants and hotels, and residential buildings, parks, greenways and amenities.

“The Navy Yard has reestablished itself as a successful platform for job creation with a focus on innovation, production, and sustainability, and I commend PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic on their shared vision and alignment of goals, which will further spur equitable growth in Philadelphia,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. “This unparalleled commitment to ESG sets the new standard for socially responsible, inclusive development in Philadelphia while providing countless benefits for Philadelphians for years to come.”

Bringing Meaningful, Measurable Change

Ensemble and Mosaic formed a partnership with the objective of focusing on redeveloping the Navy Yard by creating opportunities for diverse participants in every aspect of development.

To illustrate, Babaoff and Reaves broke down some of the many ESG-focused programs in motion or development, with a particular focus on DEI, such as:

  • Minority, Women, Veteran and Disabled-Owned Businesses Enterprises will equitably participate in every phase of the development cycle (design, construction and operations) at some of the highest levels ever achieved for a project of this size and scale. (See chart)
  • Minority Equity Investment ensures up-to-20% of the equity investment will be provided by minorities and minority-owned firms.
  • A Community Investment Platform will offer the opportunity for local low-and-moderate-income individuals to invest, through crowdfunding, collectively up to 5% of the equity in each project.
  • A Charitable Foundation, initially funded by a $1M commitment by Ensemble/Mosaic with continued funding from a percentage of the project’s net cash flow, will actively support and promote the development and economic empowerment of minorities and women.
  • An ongoing commitment to providing Housing Affordability for 15% of all residential units.
  • A minimum of a 35% Diverse Workforce during the construction of buildings with minority, female, veteran and disabled workforce.
  • A commitment to a minimum of 50% Local Workforce during construction from the Greater Philadelphia region.
  • MWVDBE Retail Opportunities by providing a minimum of 25% of all retail to firms with subsidized lease terms.
  • Internship program with local universities will bring opportunities to minority and female students in the Delaware Valley.

“The Navy Yard continues to be an economic engine for our region, and we are now focused on creating even more meaningful change. Ensemble/Mosaic is dedicating tremendous energy, time and financial commitment with its investment directed toward minority, women, disabled and veteran-owned companies,” said Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, who represents the Navy Yard within the Second District. “This $1B pledge and each individual commitment will make an enormous difference to companies and individuals over the next 20 years.”

Pushing the Boundaries of Sustainability

“There is a long history of leadership around sustainability at the Philadelphia Navy Yard – from pilot programs for stormwater and autonomous shuttles to an 8MW peak-shaving battery back-up and Pennsylvania’s first community solar project, just to name a few,” said Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. “The campus already contains more than a dozen LEED certified buildings ranging from Certified to Double Platinum, and Ensemble/Mosaic’s commitment to sustainable development and management will continue to set the pace in our region and across the nation.”

Each Ensemble/Mosaic development project will be designed to achieve a LEED Silver or higher standard, demonstrably saving energy, water and other natural resources for the city and its residents. To carry these goals further, Ensemble/Mosaic has assembled a team of progressive design leaders, placemaking idea generators, and transportation futurists to create Philadelphia’s first LEED Certified Neighborhood Development at the Navy Yard.

LEED Neighborhood (LEED-ND) Development is a program engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods, looking beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities. The Navy Yard will be one of the first of its kind designed with this new approach.

“One of the first things that really struck us as we went through the selection process for a development partner was Ensemble/Mosaic’s shared passion for the creation of an intentional and inclusive economic opportunity initiatives plan,” added McNamara. “We are excited that Ensemble/Mosaic quickly launched this plan concurrent with its development projects. This fresh approach will support the Navy Yard’s growth and positively impact generations of Philadelphia residents and businesses.”

 

Appendix 1: List of 21 MWVDBE Firms (alphabetized)

These firms are currently participating and are included in the $7.5M commitments in process.

 

Appendix 2: MWBE Representation Chart

James Corner Field Operations Selected to Head Philadelphia Navy Yard Master Plan Update Team

Multidisciplinary Team Includes 13 Subject Matter Expert Consultants; More Than 50% are Certified Minority- and Women-owned Business Enterprises

PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, in partnership with Ensemble Real Estate Investments and Mosaic Development Partners (“Ensemble/Mosaic”), today announced the selection of James Corner Field Operations (“Field Operations”) to lead the master planning update process for the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Field Operations has assembled a team of 13 subject matter expert consulting firms with expertise in architecture, community planning, transportation, life sciences lab and manufacturing planning, survey and engineering, housing affordability and inclusive retail infrastructure, LEED/sustainability, welcoming public spaces, and arts-based engagement. (See complete list, below.) The plan, which will be an update and expansion of the initial master plan developed in 2004 and updated in 2013, is expected to be released in the spring of 2022.

New Mustin District will be focused on life sciences, commercial, office, and residential. Buildings are organized around pockets of green space and public recreation trails. Credit: DIGSAU

The RFP process for the selection of this master planning team was highly competitive, with  33 local, national, and international teams applying and seven making it to the interview phase. This robust response underscores the excitement and interest of the next phase of development at the Navy Yard.  Teams were required to demonstrate experience with projects of similar type and scale, a dynamic vision for a successful mixed-use campus, and a high level of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“Field Operations brings a fresh, creative, and inclusive approach that will drive an ambitious plan for new development at the Navy Yard. The entire Field Operations team is deeply committed to creating a campus that preserves the Navy Yard’s unique identity, accelerates diverse business growth and job creation, and creates a dynamic new residential community with a compelling array of inclusive public spaces and amenities,” said Kate McNamara, Senior Vice President, PIDC.

“Their experience, including designing Central Green, which is the park in the heart of the Navy Yard; the Race Street Pier, and many other public-private spaces gives us total confidence. We are thrilled to congratulate them,” McNamara concluded.

Just over 50% of the contract will be performed by certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MBE/WBE) with specialized expertise in key elements of the master plan, and nearly all have a local presence in the Philadelphia region. Field Operations was founded in Philadelphia, and has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, and Shenzhen, China.

“We are excited to have been selected to lead this diverse team and the planning of the next phase of development in the Navy Yard,” said James Corner, Founder and CEO of Field Operations. “It is an opportunity to weave together the Navy Yard’s diverse offerings into a powerful vision for its future. With new residential and retail development, we imagine the Navy Yard as a place that prioritizes both people and the environment – a place that connects with its surrounding communities and provides space for future building projects – a new cohesive neighborhood with an extraordinary public realm.”

The RFP, which was released on January 5, was expansive and comprehensive. It covered a large physical area, including the Navy Yard’s first residential development, and addressed a variety of technical planning challenges such as transit accessibility, infrastructure, parking and transportation, energy and sustainability, and space planning for highly specific needs such as life sciences, and economic development.

“The RFP itself and the selection process were critical to ensure we engaged with a team that will create a dynamic, feasible and inclusive Master Plan,” said Brian Cohen, Senior Vice President, Regional Director – East for Ensemble. “What we are designing is the future of work, especially in light of what it means to work on a campus of this size post-pandemic. Equally important is how the spaces outside the buildings will connect the campus and be used by the people who live, work, and visit. We are thrilled to create this collective vision with the Field Operations team which will guide the development of the Navy Yard deep into the 21st century.”

The master plan update will communicate not only what will be in the Navy Yard but how people will get to it, and once there, how they can make the best use of the campus.

“The Navy Yard is a microcosm of Philadelphia, and we are focused on making sure every aspect is welcoming, accessible and engaging,” said Greg Reaves, Co-Founder and Owner of Mosaic. “From retail and residential to activities and public events, we are redefining ‘work-live-play’ for years to come.”

This master plan update will reflect development that has occurred since the 2013 Navy Yard Master Plan Update, as well as incorporate and refine Ensemble/Mosaic’s conceptual plan for a new mixed-use program on 109 acres, including the first residential development at the Navy Yard.  The update will also include creative planning for PIDC-controlled sites, important common areas of the Navy Yard including the Broad Street gate, and public spaces and amenities.

Efficient, sustainable infrastructure, multimodal transportation, and energy distribution systems will be critical components of the plan. The master plan update is expected to integrate each of these important features into a compelling and achievable framework that positions the Navy Yard to deliver a dynamic, expanded commercial and mixed-use campus with a distinctive, integrated sense of place that attracts businesses and creates a vibrant new multi-family residential community.

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to Host an Inside Look – May 6

Leaders from PIDC, Ensemble/Mosaic, and Field Operations will host a discussion with the Chamber about the upcoming plans for the Navy Yard at a virtual event on Thursday, May 6, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The event is open to the public.

Attendees will learn about the approach to further establish the Navy Yard as a world-class business destination, the Ensemble/Mosaic partnership, initial phase and conceptual designs, and the master plan update. Details and registration here: https://bit.ly/3fOVX8r

Addendum: Subject Expert Consulting Firms

Firm Role Certification
Amber Art & Design Arts-based engagement MBE (pending)
David Mason & Assoc. Civil engineering MBE
DIGSAU Architecture
Dharam Consulting Cost estimating MBE
HERA Laboratory Planners Lab planning WBE
Mdesign Consulting Housing affordability & inclusion MBE
Pennoni Assoc. Infrastructure
Re:Vision Architecture LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND)
Rodriguez Consulting Survey & civil engineering MBE
Sherwood Design Engineers Resilience & integrated systems  —
THA Consulting Structured parking MBE
Toole Design Transportation WBE
Urbane Development Community planning, workforce development MBE

 

About PIDC

PIDC is Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation. A non-profit founded in 1958 by the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PIDC’s mission is to spur investment, support business growth, and foster developments that create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and drive growth to every corner of Philadelphia. PIDC has invested more than $16.6 billion of financing and more than 3,200 acres of land sales—which has leveraged over $29 billion in total investment and assisted in retaining and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in Philadelphia. For more information about PIDC, visit www.PIDCphila.com and follow us @PIDCphila on Twitter.

About the Navy Yard

The Navy Yard is a growing community of nearly 15,000 employees and 170 employers who occupy 7.5 million square feet across a mix of property types, including office, retail, industrial, R&D, and institutional. These employers include the Urban Outfitters headquarters; GSK’s North American headquarters; Jefferson Health; life science companies such as Wuxi, Iovance, and Adaptimmune; manufacturers; corporate R&D, such as Axalta’s Global Innovation Center; critical U.S. Navy engineering centers; technology startups; and a graduate engineering, business, and research campus for Penn State University.

In addition to its proximity to a large, diverse talent pool; airport and highway access; and the ability to create customizable workplaces, the Navy Yard offers community members a range of amenities including restaurants and cafes, a riverfront greenway, free shuttle access, bikeshare, and over 20 acres of open green space. The Navy Yard is a collaborative community with curated food trucks, health and wellness programs, rotating public art installations by local and international artists, and hosts a variety of food, fitness, and philanthropic events in its parks. For more information about the Navy Yard, visit www.navyyard.org and follow us on Twitter @NavyYardPhila.

About Ensemble Real Estate Investments

Over the past 40 years, Ensemble has successfully invested and developed more than $2 billion in real estate across the United States, offering state-of-the-art property solutions in the healthcare/life science, hospitality, commercial, multi-family and mixed-use sectors. A widely respected leader in its industry, Ensemble has revolutionized the art of master planning, delivering iconic and strategically engineered facilities and beautifully preserved historic buildings—all designed to transform and inspire the communities they serve. Headquartered in Long Beach, California, Ensemble has offices in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Reno. For more information, visit www.ensemble.net.

About Mosaic Development Partners

Mosaic Development Partners is a Philadelphia based, minority-certified commercial real estate development and project management company founded in 2008. Mosaic primarily focuses on ground up development and adaptive reuse of commercial properties in underserved urban communities. The company has successfully used viable, but complicated finance instruments (largely in the form of local, state, and federal loans and tax credits) to help stabilize and grow neighborhoods and create jobs. By partnering with municipalities, established developers, not-for-profit organizations and government entities, Mosaic has leveraged its investments and revitalized properties in struggling or stagnated communities. Since 2012, Mosaic and its partners have secured and invested more than $120 million in Philadelphia neighborhoods, resulting in hundreds of construction and full-time jobs, eliminating blight, and spurring additional investment in those communities.  To learn more about Mosaic, visit www.mosaicdp.com.

About James Corner Field Operations

James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge urban design and landscape architecture practice with offices in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Shenzhen, and London. Field Operations is renowned for strong contemporary design across a variety of project types and scales, from large urban districts and mixed-use master plans; to large parks, waterfronts and public spaces; to small well-crafted, detailed design projects. Regardless of scale, there is a special commitment to the design of a vibrant and dynamic public realm, informed by the ecology of both people and nature, rooted in place and context. Important projects include the design of Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier and the Navy Yard’s Central Green, New York’s High Line, Brooklyn’s Domino Park, Seattle’s Central Waterfront, Cleveland’s Public Square, and Chicago’s Navy Pier. For more about Field Operations, visit www.fieldoperations.net.

PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic Execute Navy Yard Development Agreement, Launching $2.5 Billion Development Plan

Media Contacts: Robbie Tarpley Raffish, a.s.a.p.r. (for Ensemble/Mosaic) 410-430-9705; Jessica Calter, PIDC, 215-496-8161

PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and master developer of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, in partnership with Ensemble Real Estate Investments and Mosaic Development Partners, today announced the execution of an agreement which provides Ensemble/Mosaic with the exclusive development rights for 109 acres at the Navy Yard and launches a $2.5 billion development plan that will create thousands of construction and permanent jobs.

The $400 million first phase includes development of two advanced life sciences buildings followed by significant residential and hospitality initiatives. Ensemble/Mosaic will construct a +/-100,000 square foot speculative laboratory and office development at 1201 Normandy Place with anticipated delivery by the close of 2022. The partners will concurrently market 333 Rouse Boulevard, which can accommodate a 120,000 square foot build-to-suit facility, for opportunities with cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practice) manufacturers. Upon completion of these buildings the Navy Yard will eclipse one million square feet of life sciences space.

“Execution of the development agreement with Ensemble and Mosaic and commencement of their initial life sciences projects will launch the next exciting chapter of development at the Navy Yard.  Expanding this vibrant life sciences hub will bring high quality jobs to the Navy Yard, support growing companies in the advanced life sciences sector, and contribute to development of this dynamic campus that is already home to 15,000 employees,” said Kate McNamara, Senior Vice President, PIDC. “Equally exciting, our agreement includes one of the most intentional and inclusive economic opportunity initiatives in the history of this city.”

Ensemble Owned and Ensemble Mosaic Development Rights at the Navy Yard

Mosaic Development Partners is a Philadelphia based firm which specializes in commercial and mixed-use development. Since 2012, Mosaic has secured and invested more than $120 million in Philadelphia neighborhoods, bringing quality retail, commercial, recreational, and residential space to communities of color, along with hundreds of construction and full-time jobs.

Smallwood-Lewis said, “For the last eight years, Mosaic has built profitably with community and cultural sensitivity in mind, and this project is in many ways a culmination of our experience to date. The next phase of development Navy Yard represents a unique opportunity to build community and add density, while making the most of the waterfront access and incredible open spaces that have already grown in use and importance during this past year. It is an exciting time, and we are pleased to partner with PIDC and Ensemble in this effort.”

The agreement, which was initially announced last July, will guide the growth and expansion of the former military base and will further establish the Navy Yard as a vibrant and inclusive mixed-use community. Ensemble/Mosaic ultimately envisions approximately 3,000 residential units and nearly three million square feet of life science manufacturing, R&D, office, hotels, makerspace and retail space when complete.

Phase One of Ensemble/Mosaic development at the Navy Yard

Expanding Life Science Capacity is a Top Priority

The building at 1201 Normandy Place is designed by DIGSAU, an award-winning contemporary architecture firm, in collaboration with CRB, a global architecture and engineering firm, which together aims to set a new standard for innovation. Philadelphia-based DIGSAU has designed five buildings in the Navy Yard. CRB is a preeminent designer for life science manufacturing and laboratory environments.

The four-story facility targeting LEED Gold certification is conceived with flexibility at the forefront. Its 30,000 square foot floor plates with 16’ floor-to-floor heights will provide lab and clinical manufacturing-ready environments for ATMP (advanced therapy medicinal products) and life science companies. Spaces between 5,000 to 100,000 square feet will be available, maximizing both efficiency and optionality for the company’s operations.

“Located minutes from University City, the home of cell and gene therapy research, the Navy Yard is a critical component in the growth of life science companies in the region. It will allow companies to incubate, commercialize and manufacture within 15 minutes of each other and an international airport,” said Seltzer. “Our new buildings will create much-needed inventory for the incredible demand for space in this sector.”

The preliminary concept for 333 Rouse Boulevard is a 120,000 square foot facility providing office, laboratory space, cGMP manufacturing, warehousing and conditioned indoor mechanical space for plant and critical utilities. The manufacturing area will support interior ceiling heights up to 16’ and provide floor heights designed to facilitate cGMP manufacturing with walkable cleanroom ceiling systems.

The project provides for a balance of short-term efficiency and long-term flexibility, making it an ideal home to life sciences companies seeking immediate functionality and the ability to grow in place. This project is being designed by DIGSAU and IPS-Integrated Projects Services, LLC, a locally founded company that ranks as one of the top biologics, cell and gene therapy design firms in the world solely dedicated to designing, constructing and qualifying cGMP facilities.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy Drives Development

A key aspect of the vision of this dynamic and vibrant campus is that it provides opportunities for all Philadelphians. To that end, the partners are committed to deploying a robust and novel approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all elements of the 109 acres in the agreement.

“From the teams we assemble to design and build the buildings, to the projects and people who will occupy them, the Navy Yard will be a more inclusive place for all,” said Reaves. “Our collective goal is to create a national model that combines institutional development and inclusive strategies in new and exciting ways.”

This holistic inclusion strategy provides tremendous opportunities for minority- and women-owned business enterprise (M/WBE) participation. This will include diverse equity ownership with an innovative crowd-funding component, substantial M/WBE participation in construction and operations, inclusion of local and M/WBE small businesses in retail and makerspace opportunities, a paid internship program with Cheyney University, and the allocation of a share of net income to a charitable foundation that will create new opportunities for young people in Philadelphia. Additional details will be released at another time.

“These and other initiatives will attract female and minority students in high school and college from across the region and the country who are interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate, construction, architecture and design. It’s not just about planning and building for now, it’s about doing so for the future, too,” Reaves added.

Background

In September 2019, PIDC put out a call for prospective partners through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). PIDC received more than 35 responses to the RFQ in December 2019. Based on the RFQ criteria, five highly experienced teams were shortlisted and invited to submit full proposals in response to a comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP). After detailed review and evaluation of the proposals and virtual team interviews with an Advisory Panel, PIDC selected the Ensemble/Mosaic co-development team in July 2020.

In January 2021, PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic released a Request for Proposals (RFP) opportunity for large-scale comprehensive master planning at the Navy Yard. The team sought proposals from qualified, experienced, diverse, and inclusive planning, design, and engineering firms to develop and deliver a comprehensive master plan. The 2021 Navy Yard Master Plan Update will establish a dynamic, cohesive, and achievable placemaking vision and development framework as the Navy Yard embarks on its next phase of expansion and growth. An announcement about the master plan firm will be made in the coming weeks.

PIDC retained JLL in early 2019 to advise in this selection of a development partner. JLL supported PIDC throughout the RFQ and RFP processes, and assisted PIDC with development agreement negotiations.

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PIDC & WPSI Graduate Nine Workforce Program Participants; All Hired by Four Seasons Total Landscaping

PIDC and University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is thrilled to share that we graduated and placed 9 program participants from our first Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives training program today!   Read more

Philadelphia Navy Yard Development Team Releases Request for Proposals Seeking Firms to Update Master Plan

Download press release as PDF: Navy Yard Master Plan RFP – 01.04.2021 – final

Update 1/12/21: Register for the Pre-Bid Meeting on Friday, January 15 at 9-11AM on Zoom.

PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, in partnership with Ensemble Real Estate Investments and Mosaic Development Partners (“Ensemble/Mosaic”), has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) opportunity for large-scale comprehensive master planning at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. PIDC and Ensemble/Mosaic seek proposals from qualified, experienced, diverse, and inclusive planning, design, and engineering firms to develop and deliver a comprehensive master plan. The 2021 Navy Yard Master Plan Update will establish a dynamic, cohesive, and achievable placemaking vision and development framework as the Navy Yard embarks on its next phase of expansion and growth.

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PIDC Announces Philadelphia Navy Yard Development Partner Shortlist

PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation, received over 35 responses to the request for qualifications (RFQ) issued last fall for development of 109 acres at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. This opportunity comprises the next stage of development at the Navy Yard, focused on bringing expanded life sciences R&D and production, corporate headquarters, office and commercial, retail and restaurant amenities, and for the first time, mixed-use residential buildings, to the Navy Yard’s Historic Core and Mustin Districts. From the diverse mix of experienced local and national developers who responded, PIDC has created a shortlist of highly attractive prospective partners who have been invited to submit detailed proposals in a request for proposal (RFP) stage, with final selection of a partner to be made later this year.  Read more

PIDC Announces a Navy Yard Leadership Transition

This week, PIDC President Anne Bovaird Nevins announced a Navy Yard leadership transition. Senior Vice President Prema Katari Gupta has accepted a new position at the Center City District and will leave PIDC after nearly five years of leading the Navy Yard team, and Kate McNamara, PIDC’s Vice President of Real Estate Services, has been promoted to lead the Navy Yard as Senior Vice President, Navy Yard. Read more

Iovance Biotherapeutics Announces New Facility at the Navy Yard to Support U.S. Production of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocyte Cell Therapy Products

Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc., a late-stage biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies based on tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) technology, today announced that it has entered into a lease agreement to build an approximately 136,000 square foot commercial-scale production facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for commercial and clinical production of autologous TIL products, including its candidate lifileucel. Read more

Indego Bike Share Announces Expansion to South Philadelphia

Indego bike share program announced today that it will grow this summer, adding at least eight more stations to the system. Early summer expansion will include station and bike availability at the Navy Yard with connections at AT&T Station and FDR Park. Additional stations will be installed throughout the summer to provide more dock and bike availability in high ridership areas.  Read more

Mercer Cafe at the Navy Yard Announces Expanded Hours and New Menu Services

Recently celebrating its two and a half year anniversary, Mercer Café at the Navy Yard just announced that it will begin to offer dinner service on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, as well as adding a long awaited breakfast/brunch service on Saturday mornings. As always, diners are welcome to “BYOB,” or bring your own bottle.

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Navy Yard

The Navy Yard is considered the most successful redevelopment of a former military facility in the country and today is a growing community where companies and their employees thrive. Future growth will support up to 10 million square feet of commercial and residential development.

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