WILMINGTON, DE — Bernardon announced an exciting design project that promises to help revitalize the surrounding area: a five-story mixed-use development at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilmington. This project is a collaboration between Bernardon and Tsionas Management, Inc., a prominent developer in New Castle County. Tsionas acquired the property in October, and has since been pursuing the opportunity to create a vibrant mix of retail and luxury apartments on this under-utilized but high profile site approximately 1.5 miles from the city center. GG+A Construction of Newark, Delaware will serve as construction manager.Bernardon was selected to provide architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture services for the project, which as currently envisioned includes 170 residential units, multi-level parking for approximately 330 vehicles, and 20,000 s/f of multi-tenant office and/or retail space.The structure is designed to be a transitional gateway into the city’s urban core, anchored by its signature corner tower element. This iconic form, which includes a vast amount of glazing and exposed structural framing, is wrapped in dark panels with its exposed end facing the street. A complementary element is introduced low on the opposite side to balance the structure and create an entry portal for the residences.
The apartments will have the latest in resident services such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga studio, and co-working spaces. Outdoor spaces are abundant including an interior courtyard complete with amenities such as a pool, sun deck, outdoor kitchens, and living spaces. Most of the residential units will have direct balcony access from their units, while the top floor will include a penthouse level complete with select rooftop access.
Bernardon has a strong presence in the regional multifamily development community with over 4,400 units currently in design or under construction. The firm has also designed a number of other projects in the area, including several additions to the Tower Hill School, less than a mile away from the new 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. development.This new project will act as the catalyst to begin the redevelopment of this neighborhood helping to reinforce smart urban growth and reinforce pedestrian connections.“We are pleased and honored to be selected as the architects for this landmark project,” said Bill Holloway, a principal of the firm. “It exemplifies the economic potential of Wilmington’s Union Street corridor as well as Wilmington’s pent-up demand for luxury apartment living.”