The College Hill Children's Center, located in the former Henry Martin Brick Machine Manufacturing Building at 417 W. Frederick St., has received the 2009 Commercial & Industrial Construction Award from Preservation Pennsylvania.
The honor is part of the annual Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The awards recognize significant contributions to historic preservation made by individuals and organizations.
The Children's Center Parents' Board, which includes employees of Franklin & Marshall College and Lancaster General Health (LGH), led the effort to design the new center. The board worked closely with architects to create the proposal. The center opened in 2008.
Jeff Stoudt, director of sports medicine at the College and former chair of the parents' board, helped to spearhead the project. Silverang Hallowell Development Company led the preservation effort as part of a plan to renovate the complete city block. The plan was reviewed and approved by the College, LGH and the parents' board.
"The parents' board was instrumental in getting the project initially highlighted in the College's overall strategic plan," Stoudt says. "Being part of all the decisions was beneficial to the children of Franklin & Marshall employees and helped us reach our overall mission."
The board has honored Stoudt with The Jeff Stoudt Family Playground, located behind the children's center.
"We wanted to create a space that was safe, nurturing and inspiring in which the children could learn and practice positive relationships, creative play and personal growth," Stoudt says.
In addition to Franklin & Marshall, Preservation Pennsylvania honored Radnor Property Group, Silverang Hallowell Development Company and Tippetts/Weaver Architects for their efforts in the design and preservation project.