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North Philadelphia Law Center, Community Legal Services

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Mary Lou, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Project Name

North Philadelphia Law Center, Community Legal Services


1410 West Erie Avenue


Project Status


Year Completed



20,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



Community Legal Services


  • General Contractor: Clemens Construction
  • : In Posse
  • Structural Engineer: Keast & Hood Co
  • Civil Engineer: Hunt Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Hunt Engineering

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Project Description

Community Legal Services is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters. The new 20,000 SF facility will house 40 full-time attorneys, their paralegals, and support staff, and will have a large meeting room that will be shared with other community organizations.

The design of the new facility allows daylight and fresh air into all occupied areas through an efficient U-shaped plan. A central courtyard garden provides a formal organizing element, as well as a peaceful and secure space for clients to wait. To optimize energy performance, the design employs a geothermal heating and cooling system, daylighting, an extensive green roof, and a high-performance building envelope clad with terra cotta and fiber cement rainscreen panels. The building is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
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