Philadelphia, once known as the “workshop of the world”, is rich in industrial and manufacturing history. Recently, the redevelopment of many former plants and facilities has added a slew of adaptive reuse projects to the area.
McLaren worked with Papp Architects, P.C. to design the conversion of the 465,680 square foot site formerly known as Baldwin Locomotive Works and its wartime subsidiary Eddystone Arsenal. The historic steam engine manufacturing facility and WW1 munitions factory was turned into a multi-tenant warehouse and industrial center just outside the Philadelphia, in Eddystone, Pennsylvania. There’s a massive missile nose cone that was left behind; the artifact was salvaged and used as a sculpture at the front of the property.
The original load-bearing masonry powerhouse, originally used to generate steam and electricity for the entire complex, was removed in order to reclaim the space for development. New structural steel framing was constructed and a new metal and translucent panel wall system installed. McLaren also designed the bracing to stabilize the structure for the new layout and had previously provided schematics for adding a marina to the site.