Philadelphia Housing Authority Mantua Square Phases I and II


  • Philadelphia Housing Authority


  • KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.


  • Philadelphia, PA

This multi-family, wood-framed residential project was comprised of two phases. The scope of work for Phase 1 included 50 new housing units with 12 one-bedroom, 23 two-bedroom, and 15 three-bedroom units and two off-site buildings. 37 of these units are fully Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards- (UFAS-) compliant. A new management office and community room were also included in Phase 1, as well as 9,890 SF of commercial and retail space. Phase 2 included 51 new housing units comprised of 13 one-bedroom, 22 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom units, 20 of which are fully UFAS-compliant. The complex provides a mixture of walk-up apartments, duplexes, triplexes, and scattered three-bedroom townhouses. Scope included 139kw Andalay solar array system on roofs and new infrastructure, such as roads, underground utilities, and parking lots. The project features some of the latest green technology including solar panels, which reduce energy consumption and cut costs, and a rainwater-harvesting system on the roof that collects rainwater in a large underground tank in the parking lot. The water from the tank is used to irrigate the main complex’s recreational green space, effectively reducing water consumption and minimizing storm water runoff into the City’s overtaxed sewer system.