Oxford Mills

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Architect: Barton Partners

O’Donnell & Naccarato provided structural engineering services to convert the 19th-century, South Kensington neighborhood textile mill into affordable "workforce housing" for teachers, especially those working in programs like Teach for America. Oxford Mills includes 114 apartment units, 90 of which are offered within the federal government’s range for affordable housing; roughly 68 of the affordable units for teachers, 22 for other low-wage earners.

The Oxford Mills complex is comprised of several historic, brick and heavy exposed timber-framed buildings on various floor levels totaling approximately 150,000 SF. A portion of the facility serves as low-rent office space with desk space for rent by the day. Teach for America, who partnered with the developers, relocated its regional headquarters to Oxford Mills. Amenities include printing suites on all residential floors and a public café that opens to a park with outdoor seating and a fire pit.

O’Donnell & Naccarato’s structural engineering role on the adaptive reuse project included analysis of the existing structure to determine its ability to support the new program, repair of deteriorated members, exterior facade repairs, design services for new stairs, elevators and entries, loft floor infills and reinforcement for new mechanical equipment.

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