Existing Conditions Assessment
The United American Indians of the Delaware
Valley (UAIDV) is a multi-tribal service organization providing
social services to people of Native American descent. Since
1976, the nonprofit has leased its headquarters at 223-27
Chestnut Street from the federal government. The historically
significant building has a pressed tin façade on a
cast iron structure that is well-known to Old City aficionados.
UAIDV will take ownership of the buildings
from the federal government in 2006. The nonprofit came to
the Collaborative for an existing conditions assessment. They
also wanted to know the costs involved in repairing the historic
façade and dealing with deferred maintenance.
The Collaborative put together half-day
consultation team to document the building's condition through
photographs, visual assessments, and detailed survey notes.
These materials will be initially be used by UAIDV to secure
matching funds for a $90,000 Keystone Grant from the Pennsylvania
Historical and Museum Commission for the façade restoration
Volunteers: Christopher Heaven, AIA, Registered Architect; Chris Silver,
Registered Architect; Susan Ryan, Preservationist; Michael
J. Paul, PE, Structural Engineer; Gary Debes, PA, Mechanical
Engineer; and Dean Sherwin, Cost Estimator.