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NewCourtland Allegheny


NewCourtland is a nonprofit provider of community services, affordable housing, education, and workforce development for Philadelphia seniors. Located in the city’s poorest zip code on a formerly vacant, five-acre site along Allegheny Avenue, NewCourtland Allegheny presented an opportunity to create a campus for seniors with both affordable housing and much-needed support services in one location. The design has transformed the neighborhood.

CBP Architects provided master planning and design for the phased project, beginning by aligning the entry drive with 19thStreet, reconnecting the site to the city grid. Phase 1 consolidated all of NewCourtland’s healthcare and supportive services in a new 16,000-sf adult day health center, InnovAge Allegheny. Program spaces include a medical clinic, wellness and fitness center, personal care spaces, and two large day rooms – one for general population seniors and another designed to accommodate those with dementia. A wander garden accessible from the day rooms offers outdoor seating, a greenhouse, and a loop pathway around and through the garden space. Phases 2 and 3 brought to the campus a combined 105 one-bedroom units of low-income senior housing as well as an 8,000-sf senior center via a six-story building. Throughout the project, CBP Architects worked with environmental gerontologist Lorraine Hiatt, Ph.D., who helped the team explore how architecture could support aging in place. Large windows incorporated throughout the center provide natural light, aiding dementia patients who often become confused between day and night. Ensuite bathrooms, sliding barn doors, and kitchens directly open to the living rooms create dwelling units that encourage resident confidence that they can safely age in place.

  • Project Category

    Affordable Housing

  • Client


  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Number of Units


  • Number of Stories


  • Gross Floor Area

    102,300 sf

  • Program

    Affordable Senior Housing, Supportive Services, Senior Center & Adult Day Health Center