IMC Construction Opens Center City Office

IMC Construction, a nationally-recognized, full-service construction company, celebrated the holidays at Penn Medicine’s newly constructed Center for Healthcare Technology building with the announcement that IMC has opened an office in Center City.

“For the past 40 years we have served this region with great success from our offices in Malvern,” said Rob Cottone, President and CEO of IMC Construction. “But our work in Center City has grown exponentially. This LEED Silver, design-build structure for Penn Medicine is a perfect example of a client that is expanding in the City and in the suburbs. To be responsive, we have to be where our clients are.”

The number of Center City projects has steadily increased for IMC, as has the number of IMC employees who live in the City. The new IMC office is located at 121 South Broad Street, across from the Union League and close to public transportation.

“We see Philadelphia’s growth continuing through the next decade,” said Cottone. “We are investing in the City’s future.”

Cottone made his comments at an elegant gala at the new flagship office building at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard that IMC constructed for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Over three hundred clients, employees and guests enjoyed dinner and live music in the dramatic, glass-enclosed lobby of the ten-story structure.

Opened in November 2018, the Center for Healthcare Technology is a southern gateway to the Penn Medicine campus and an attractive, efficient workplace environment for staff. The facility houses offices for human resources, marketing and information technology, a large childcare facility, the Investigative Drug Services pharmacy and an expansion of Penn Medicine’s Bio Bank Freezer Farm.

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IMC to Build Penn Medicine’s new Advanced Outpatient Center

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IMC Construction broke ground recently on a multispecialty outpatient facility for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The four-story, 250,000-square-foot center in Radnor further expands Penn Medicine’s services throughout the region.

“This facility will provide exemplary outpatient care and contains all of the services you would find in a hospital setting with the exception of beds for overnight stays,” said Rob Cottone, President and CEO of IMC Construction. “It is a ground-up building, easily accessible by car or public transportation and highly energy efficient.”

The health center and adjacent 994-car parking garage are located at 145 King of Prussia Road, on the former BioMed site and within walking distance of the Radnor train station. Clad in brick masonry and high-performance glass, the building has abundant natural light and views of nature. It is targeted for a sustainability level of LEED Silver.

Penn Medicine Radnor will house a heart and vascular center, comprehensive cancer care, women’s health, orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine, neurosciences and other medical subspecialties, with eighteen different departments within the facility. An outpatient surgery suite includes six surgical and four endoscopy rooms, along with full radiology and laboratory services.

Brandywine Realty Trust will purchase and serve as the designated developer and manager of the site, and develop adjacent office space and a hotel. The outpatient center is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.

The Penn Medicine at Radnor team includes architect Ballinger; site/civil engineer Pennoni; m/e/p engineer Stantec; and structural engineer Tim Haahs.

Bottom image pictured L to R: Kevin Kochanski, Director of Community Development, Radnor Township; Lisa Borowski, President, Radnor Township Board of Commissioners; Ralph W. Muller, Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System; J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dean, Perelman School of Medicine; Kevin B. Mahoney, Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania Health System and Executive Vice Dean, Perelman School of Medicine; Robert Cottone, President of IMC Construction; and Alex Charlton, PA State Representative.

See Penn Medicine news release here.



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St. Luke’s Quakertown Hospital Tops Out

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IMC placed the final beam at the construction site of St. Luke University Health Network’s new $40 million hospital in Quakertown.

The new hospital is being constructed as a replacement hospital for the existing Quakertown Hospital, which is landlocked in its downtown location. The new building will include 40 private patient rooms, which can be expanded to an additional 40; 17 diagnostic radiology departments with cat scan, nuclear medicine, mammography, and fluoroscopy machines; surgical and emergency departments; and a laboratory, pharmacy and cafeteria. The cafeteria will feature a large, full-service kitchen. The existing hospital will be repurposed for doctor’s offices, outpatient care and behavioral health facilities.

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Congratulations Bob Liberato!

Bob Liberato, Project Executive, is an honoree in this year’s Who’s Next Real Estate and Housing: 18 young stars helping build Philadelphia. Click here to read more. Nice work Bob!

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Malvern Prep Gets High Marks for Flexibility and Sustainability

IMC Construction has broken ground on a new $10.6 million academic building for Malvern Prep, a top-rated independent school in the Philadelphia suburbs. The new 58,000-square-foot Center for Social Impact will link two existing buildings on the Georgian revival campus.

“The Center’s footprint and façade, connecting Carney and Sullivan Halls, will be constructed on a large arc radius and create a new focal point and entrance to the school,” said Daniel O’Rourke, senior project manager for IMC Construction. “It will be a gracious welcome to the campus as well as emphasizing the Augustinian school’s commitment to social justice.”

A bridge will connect the student drop-off area to the new 3-story steel structure clad in brick, cast stone and glass curtainwall. Inside, sunlit common areas will encourage informal gathering, conference rooms will house group meetings and a grand stair will serve as amphitheater seating as well as connecting the first and second levels. Classroom spaces with moveable, writable walls will help to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math studies.

Adjacent to the Center, Sullivan Hall will be gutted and thoroughly renovated as a state-of-the-art home for the sciences with easy flow between buildings. Academic spaces in Carney Hall will be updated and renovated.

“Malvern is embarking on a building that will enhance the experience of learning for the students here on campus.” says Rev. Donald F. Reilly, OSA, DMin, Malvern Prep Head of School, in a video on the school’s website. “The excitement comes from the ability for the students now to have a space that accommodates what they are currently learning and how they are learning.”

In addition to sustainable, energy-efficient practices that are now standard, builders will repurpose most of the masonry they remove when the buildings are connected, and will also build a green roof to control stormwater runoff.

The project is expected to be complete for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

The Malvern Prep Center for Social Impact team includes architect Voith & Mactavish Architects; structural and m/e/p engineer Bala Consulting; and site/civil engineer Nave Newell.

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Smart Growth on Philadelphia’s Main Line

IMC Construction held groundbreaking ceremonies recently for a new apartment building adjacent to the Paoli train station. Station Square, the $35 million project developed by Linden Lane Capital Partners of Philadelphia, will bring 153 luxury apartments to a site of vacant buildings at 37 North Valley Road in Paoli, Chester County. It is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.

“Station Square is a carefully-sited, smart-growth project that will benefit the local economy and add to the beauty of the area,” said Jerry Bronstein, AIA, project executive for IMC Construction. “The building will reflect the style of nearby homes and be surrounded by evergreens and flowering trees. Residents will be able to walk to shops or take the train into Center City.”

The four-story, 256,000-square-foot building will feature one- and two-bedroom apartments, fitness center, club room, multi-media entertainment room, and a co-working space. Outside, a secluded courtyard will contain a pool and multiple lounge and seating areas, raised flower beds, outdoor grills, wet bar, and patio dining areas. Parking is surface and below grade.

The Station Square team includes architect & interior designer Bernardon; structural engineer Baker, Ingram & Associates; m/e/p engineer AEI; and civil engineer Chester Valley Engineers.

Pictured below L to R: Bill Martin, Tredyffrin Township Manager; Harold Mesa, Brian Friedman, and Michael Wachs, Management Team at Linden Lane Capital Partners; Robert Cottone, IMC Construction; Pamela Arms, Beneficial Bank; Neil Liebman, Bernardon Architects; David Falcone, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr; and Andrew Janas, Wind River Holdings.

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Chesterbrook Academy Celebrates Grand Opening

Chesterbrook Academy Preschool hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate its grand opening at their new location in Malvern. The preschool, which has served the Malvern community for three decades, has moved to a brand-new building at the corner of Route 29 and Atwater Road. Chesterbrook Academy will continue to provide the same safe, nurturing environment and high-quality Links to Learning curriculum that parents have come to know and trust. Chesterbrook Academy serves students ages six weeks to kindergarten. Team members for this project included JBA Architecture & Consulting, architect; Bohler Engineering, civil engineer; BD Engineering, MEP engineer; and Pennoni Associates, structural engineer.

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IMC Expands Company Leadership

IMC Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of two senior level staff members. Richard Altus has joined the company as Chief Administrative Officer and Michael Gross is IMC’s new Project Executive.

“IMC’s rapid growth was the catalyst for creating these two positions,” said Rob Cottone, President of IMC Construction. “Rich and Mike are at the top of their fields and are key drivers for IMC’s future success.”

Rich Altus is the company’s first Chief Administrative Officer. He is responsible for the major departments of accounting, human resources and information technology. With an entrepreneurial mindset, he brings decades of experience in the C-suites of several venture capital and private equity firms. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Drexel and lives with his family in Media.

Mike Gross has 30 years in the construction industry. With a proven track record of achievement in commercial, higher education, and healthcare facilities, Mike is adept at both client interface and subcontractor management. As Project Executive, he is currently working on a major new healthcare facility in Radnor for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. An alumnus of Bucknell University where he received a BS in Civil Engineering, Mike is a resident of Burlington, New Jersey.

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IMC breaks ground on New Medical Office Building

IMC broke ground today on a new $32 million medical office building for Main Line Health in partnership with Axia Women’s Health. The 94,000-square-foot facility in King of Prussia will be a specialty-care center for women.

“This facility will address the preventive, diagnostic and treatment needs of women in the King of Prussia community,” said Art Brinkworth, healthcare project director for IMC Construction. “Logistically, the building will be easily accessible by car or public transportation, patients will be able to move directly from the parking deck to the outpatient center and it will contain a café and secure child care area for parents using the facility.”

The seven-story health center and four-story parking garage will be located in the Town Center mixed-use complex at the Village at Valley Forge. Composed of precast architectural concrete and metal panels, construction is targeted for a sustainability level of three Green Globes, on a scale of one to four.

Services provided by the new center will include primary care, heart health, obstetrics and gynecology, breast health, skin care, and emotional wellness. An ambulatory care center within the facility will offer services to men and women, including cardiology and cardiac testing, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, imaging, physical therapy and lab services.

The Main Line Health team includes construction manager IMC Construction; architect NELSON; development manager Anchor Health Properties; site/civil engineer Bohler Engineering; m/e/p engineer Pisarek Engineering; structural engineer O’Donnell & Naccarato; design consultant Perkins Eastman; and landscape architect Glackin Thomas Panzak.

Middle Pictured L to R: Rob Cottone, President, IMC; JoAnn Magnatta, Senior Vice President Facilities, Main Line Health; John Lynch, III, President & CEO, Main Line Health; PJ Camp, Principal of Hammond Hanlon Camp, LLC.

Bottom Pictured L to R: IMC Staff Dave Winter, Superintendent; Chris Mauer, Project Engineer; Mike McBall, Senior Project Manager; Art Brinkworth, Project Executive.


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IMC completes Equus Headquarters

IMC has completed the new corporate headquarters for Equus Capital Partners, one of the nation’s leading private equity fund real estate managers. The 42,000-square-foot building at Ellis Preserve in Newtown Square is targeted for LEED Gold certification and contains 36,000 square feet of reclaimed wood. Creativity, resourcefulness and good timing resulted in cost savings for the client and kept building materials out of the landfill.

“Equus wanted to create a headquarters building that recalled a Chester County barn,” said Ted Jeffries, corporate project director at IMC Construction. “At the time, we were about to start demolition on another Equus property and we suggested that we salvage the wood from one project and use it as reclaimed and recycled product in their headquarters. So, we gave the demolition contractors a list of the materials we needed to reuse from the old building. Because they had a long lead time, the demolition crew could take the wood-framed building apart carefully and salvage the pieces we wanted.”

“The one thing we rarely have in construction is time. Everybody’s always in a rush to tear it down and build the next one. With this project, we were able to take the time to do it right.”

Nearly all of the lumber needed for the new Equus Headquarters was provided from the demolition at the Vanity Fair Outlet Center renovation site in Reading, PA.  Materials salvaged include repurposed wood subflooring milled into roof decking and wood flooring planks, timber treads for stairways, wood beams that became conference and lunch room tables, sliding-track barn doors, exterior windows became inter-office screens, and millwork cabinets reused for storage in the new building. Additional sustainable features include daylighting controls with automatic shades, occupancy lighting sensors and high-performing building systems.

The design and construction team for the Equus Headquarters included general contractor IMC Construction; architect and interior designer D2 Groups; sustainability architect Sheward Partnership; MEP engineers Bala Consulting Engineers; and structural engineers O’Donnell Naccarato.

Other IMC Construction projects for Equus include the new 138-room Hilton Garden Inn, also in Ellis Preserve and the $85 million renovation of the Vanity Fair Outlet Center, currently under construction.


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IMC breaks ground on New Hospital

IMC broke ground today on a new $42 million hospital in Quakertown for St. Luke’s University Health Network. The builder is using a fairly new process on the 131,000-square-foot project that will save time and construction costs.

“We are prefabricating the exterior walls through panelization and interior patient room headwalls that will include all medical gas and electrical infrastructure,” explained Art Brinkworth, PE, healthcare project executive for IMC Construction. “The above ceiling utilities will be installed in racks and fabricated in a warehouse off-site while we’re erecting the steel, concrete and the roof components on. That will save a lot of time.”

IMC is working with Worth & Co. in the prefab process, and the interior headwall panels will be constructed in its fabrication facility not far from the construction site in Milford Township, Bucks County.

“Our people will be working in a controlled environment, and not up on ladders,” said Brinkworth. “Then the racks will just roll in and be positioned in the ceiling space. It’s much safer, efficient and will save time and money.”

The new hospital is being constructed as a replacement hospital for the existing Quakertown Hospital, which is landlocked in its downtown location. The new building will include 40 private patient rooms, which can be expanded to an additional 40; 17 diagnostic radiology departments with cat scan, nuclear medicine, mammography, and fluoroscopy machines; surgical and emergency departments; and a laboratory, pharmacy and cafeteria. The cafeteria will feature a large, full-service kitchen. The existing hospital will be repurposed for doctor’s offices, outpatient care and behavioral health facilities.

The St. Luke’s hospital team includes general contractor IMC Construction; architect MKSD Architects; structural engineer Pennoni; MEP engineers HB Engineers; civil engineer Langan Engineering; and medical equipment coordinator HBS.

St. Luke’s University Health Network is growing throughout the region and recently merged with Blue Mountain Health System in Carbon County and Sacred Heart Healthcare system in Lehigh County.

Pictured bottom L to R: Art Brinkworth (IMC Project Executive), Gary Millar (IMC Senior Superintendent), Tom Prescott (IMC Assistant Project Manager), Erick Tripp (IMC Senior Project Manager), Elizabeth DeCarlo (St. Luke’s Project Manager), Rob Cottone (IMC President), Lee Levicoff (St. Luke’s Vice President & Director of Facilities Planning & Construction), and Dennis Pfleiger (President St. Luke’s Quakertown).

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Blue Bell Office Renovation Complete

IMC has completed renovation of a 208,000-square-foot office building in the northern Philadelphia suburb of Blue Bell. Designed by Erdy McHenry Architecture, Arborcrest 5 will house multiple tenants in a bright, urban-like setting with a full-service café, fitness center, yoga room, basketball court and lounges.

“Office parks today have to be dynamic places with top-notch amenities,” said Rob Cottone, president of IMC Construction. “Arborcrest 5 is a stunning, Class A office building that is also healthy, sustainable and in a prime location.”

The original 2-story structure in the Arborcrest office park was built in 1970 for a pharmaceutical company. Targeted to draw innovative, forward-thinking companies, the renovation has resulted in a modern, attractive building with a rustic, industrial vibe. Leaving selected parts of the original building intact kept tons of construction waste out of landfills. An expanded two-story lobby with a grand stair clad in custom terrazzo connects tenants to the sunny central core. Full-height glass cladding provides expansive views of the entire office park, landscaping and picnic terrace.

Arborcrest 5 is owned by Spear Street Capital of San Francisco, CA and is leased by Jones Lang LaSalle.  The project team includes contractor IMC Construction; architect Erdy McHenry; interior designer D2 Interiors; civil engineer Bohler Engineering; structural engineer Environetics Design; MEP engineer Kupper Engineering; and owner’s representative Trammell Crow.

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