Redesigning the Friends Center

Renovations of the Friends Center, the first facility in Philadelphia to get its heat from deep-standing column wells (six holes drilled between 1,000–15,000 feet into the earth’s core), are nearly two-thirds complete. When it opens this spring, the Center—which has a green roof, solar panels and was rebuilt with recycled and renewable materials—will be a grand achievement in sustainable design. They’ve already been giving tours to architects and classes at Temple and Drexel and plan to open these services to the public.