BMFI Recognized at ULI Philadelphia

We’re thrilled to have our work at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) as a finalist at this year’s ULI Philadelphia Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence.

While this project is truly an exceptional example of historic revitalization, the kudos really goes out to the project team for their vision and commitment to this multi-year phased project development. This includes our team here at AthenianRazak along with the leadership team at BMFI, Voith & Mactavish Architects, WS Cumby, E. Allen Reeves, and Q.E.D., Inc.

In 2002, BMFI was created by Juliet Goodfriend, a local business woman, and other civic and academic leaders interested in saving the theater to help revitalize the downtown corridor of Bryn Mawr. Shortly thereafter, BMFI engaged AthenianRazak to plan the redevelopment.

As a recognition of this team, here are a few reasons we’re proud that this project was recognized as a finalist for this prestigious award:

  1. BMFI demonstrates smart leadership in the responsible use of land, successfully completing a renovation and expansion of an historic local theater that has served as the anchor for the revitalization of Lancaster Avenue as a lively downtown corridor and served as an example for other downtowns.
  2. The project financing was completed in multiple phases, as funds were available, over a ten-year period. The patience and tenacity required to create this project over time can serve as a best practice example for other non-profits in this type of long-term non-profit development.
  3. BMFI has been widely accepted by the community, demonstrated not only by its financial success but also by the success of its programs. More than 166,000 patrons a year attend film showings, and BMFI’s educational programs reach more than 4,500 adults and children a year. 8,200 members in the 45 zip code community represent one of the largest such memberships in the country.
  4. The Institute has dramatically added to the social capital as well as the economic stability of its town.

Read more about the project here.