Daniel J. Keating was selected as the General Contractor for the comprehensive restoration and renovation of the historic 4-story 64,000 square foot Boys and Girls Club of Germantown. It has been serving the youth people since 1887 and was renamed in honor of the founder of comcast, Ralph J. Roberts. Originally the plan was to demolish the building and build a new state-of-the-art facility, given that the existing building was in dire condition. However, perseveration activists fought to preserve the building so extensive renovation upgrades were planned instead.
The renovations included a façade rehabilitation, new roof installation, infrastructure updates and a full interior renovation including a brand-new literacy center, Comcast Lift Zone, learning center, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) class, teen center, music room, café, two gyms and a game room.
Today, more than 7,000 youth ages 5-18 live within a 1.5-mile radius of the club and within that same area, 50% of the children live in poverty. The newly renovated and restored club creates and promotes safe and fun learning spaces for these individuals.
This project was awarded the Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance Club of Philadelphia