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Holy Cross Catholic Church

Collaborative volunteers developed a Campus Sustainability Master Plan for Holy Cross Catholic Church, which consists of five permanent buildings (church, school, rectory, convent, and carriage house) located on a nearly three-acre site just two blocks from Germantown Avenue. Recommendations include improved parking and traffic flow, new schoolyard amenities, landscape improvements, and stormwater management. The volunteers also investigated the energy usage and efficiency of the buildings on campus.

Volunteer Design Team

Alisa McCann


"The most rewarding aspect of volunteering with the Collaborative is how much I learn about all different aspects of design - from playgrounds to plumbing! It's all so interesting."


Doris Bova

Architect, Registered

"Involving the community in the process gives them a sense of ownership and stewardship for continued involvement in the betterment of the community."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joseph Matje

J + M Engineering, LLC
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Leah Grosso

Landscape Architectural Designer

"Design can and should be used as an engine for social justice and change."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mina Monavarian

Urban Designer

"I love how individuals from different disciplines get together working on various issues of the communities resulting in simple manageable solutions in a short period of time. "

McGillin Architecture, Inc.
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Patrick Snoke

Cost Estimator

"The most rewarding part is to be able to help nonprofits take their program in the direction they want to go.”

Mission First Housing Group
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peter Ogonek

Civil Engineer

"A meaningful design can give community spaces a sense of purpose and use that the community can be proud of. "

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Roshni Krishnan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"The design process, particularly the community engagement portion, allows communities to have agency in reimagining their public spaces"

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomas Mahone

Landscape Architect, Registered

"Design is a powerful tool that allows communities to focus ideas about who they are and where they've been in order to shape what they want to become."

Media, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Holy Cross: Conceptual Design for a Campus Sustainability Master Plan
140 - 154 E. Mt Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
East Mount Airy
Upper Northwest Philadelphia
Volunteer Hours
Value of Pro Bono Services
Design Grant Completed
December 05, 2020


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