The Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia project is the renovation of a 3-story 64,405 sq. ft. community facility to house the creation of the Ralph J. Roberts Germantown Boys & Girls Club.
Over the course of five years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia (“BGCP”) plans to implement the Bold Change for Kids initiative, which includes the major renovation of several of its current clubs into state-of-the-art facilities. As part of this initiative, Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia will create the Ralph J. Roberts Boys & Girls Club at Germantown by rebuilding the entire interior of the existing structure to create a 64,405 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, complete with Internet Essentials Labs, the Literacy Initiative, STEM Learning Labs, and Kids Cafes.
The project includes a total re-design of the interior, renovations, furniture, fixtures, and equipment needed to expand the space to better meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of its youth members. BGCP had initially planned to demolish the existing facility and construct a brand-new building. However, the historical preservation community resisted these plans and have requested BGCP to keep the existing exterior structure of the building and renovate only the interior. BGCP plans to leave the exterior of the building as is and preserve the historical appearance and nature of the building.
By renovating this facility, BGCP will expand the reach of services by increasing the number of children served from 600 to 3,000 and provide up to 250 youth with healthy meals per day.