CAMDEN WATERFRONT MASTER PLAN AND DRPA HEADQUARTERS Camden, New Jersey
MGA provided the master planning for the Camden Waterfront Master Plan and architectural and interior design for the headquarters of the Delaware River Port Authority of New Jersey and Pennsylvania (DRPA). The L-shaped site overlooks the Delaware River and offers spectacular views toward Philadelphia. The site also flanks an existing parking garage at the center of the block; a future companion building would be developed on the opposite side of the garage.
MGA developed two separate schemes for the project. The first was a 256,000 S.F., 19-story structure that featured two copper-clad towers rising from a glazed- brick base. As a result of changes in programmed use and area, MGA prepared a second design, which was implemented. The final scheme, a 176,000 S.F., 11-story building, includes retail shops and a restaurant at the base, four floors of leased office space, and six floors of headquarters offices for the DRPA. The executive offices and boardroom are located on the top floor of the building behind yellow, three-story aluminum composite columns.
A two-story loggia across the base extends in front of the existing garage. A colonnade centered on the garage reinstalls two large winged-victory sculptures that were designed by the Philadelphia architect Paul Cret for the approaches to the Ben Franklin Bridge, thereby linking this new headquarters to the past achievements of the Authority. The building is clad in integrally-colored precast concrete with accents of glazed brick.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY