Ambler’s Divine Lorraine Equivalent Gets Sustainable Stamp of Approval

The Ambler Boiler House is arguably the most recognizable piece of architecture in the borough, with its looming smokestack, iconic side view and hulking mass. Abandoned for years, windows broken, the prospect scared developers and investors away with its environmental contamination and complex restoration process.

Well, not all developers and investors. From Flying Kite:

In late 2011, the folks at Summit Realty Advisors found the final piece of a complex monetary puzzle needed to make the $16 million project a reality — they earned a $2.5 million EnergyWorks grant through the regional EnergyWorks program.

The renovation’s lead design–as well as its LEED design–was handled by Heckendorn Shiles Architects, who also worked to preserve the building’s historical details. Again, from Flying Kite:

The project employs numerous sustainable design strategies: it’s transit-oriented, an example of adaptive reuse, a case for brownfield redevelopment and a showcase for creative financing. With its new LEED certification, energy efficiency can be added to the list. LEED-mandated features include a geothermal well, high-efficiency glass, and a reflective roof system.

Property photographer Laura Kicey took some snaps of the Boiler House yesterday in its newly LEED-certified form.

Photos by Laura Kicey

Via Curbed Philly