150,000 SF Film and Television Sound Stage The Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA


Philadelphia had been growing steadily as a filming location, creating a significant economic boost for the city. When the city’s first make-shift sound stage was slated for demolition, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) started looking for a new location. It found a possibility in Building 120 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Unfortunately, the property needed significant improvements in order to function as a sound stage, and funding for these improvements would be limited and slow.

After a rigorous regional competition, a consortium formed by GPFO, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce hired AthenianRazak to plan and manage the improvements. We put together a highly-skilled team to create a phased master plan for the site. Each phase of improvements is designed to match the anticipated public investments while leaving the property continuously usable as a sound stage.

The first phase, consisting primarily of general repairs, clean-up, and roof replacement, was designed to cost $1.5 million and is complete. The master plan includes two additional phases for a total construction cost budgeted at just over $10 million. The final facility will include two fully operational sound stages with acoustic improvements and required electrical and HVAC services. It will provide significant flexibility and support to the growing Philadelphia film industry.

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