LRK’s Kreate Hub has been selected as a finalist for ULI Philadelphia’s Award for Excellence. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is renowned for its discernment in identifying remarkable and transformative land use developments, exemplary practices, and visionary approaches. These Awards showcase a level of innovation and impact that is particularly noteworthy for the Philadelphia region.
Kreate Hub Philly was designed to offer affordable studio and office space for creative professionals. The project successfully revitalized the former Thomas Powers School, a 40,000-square-foot stone-clad schoolhouse that remained vacant for nearly a decade. Built in 1899, the building was sold by the school district to a residential real estate developer. However, due to inherent inefficiencies stemming from its wide school corridors and load-bearing walls on either side, neither the original developer nor the subsequent owner could viably execute a project on the property.
Fortunately, Kreate Hub assumed control of the building, driven by the vision of transforming it into a canvas for artists, a launchpad for businesses and careers, and a nurturing community space.