City of Philadelphia

Public Safety Services Campus

This project is an addition to and adaptive reuse of the existing 350,000-sf, 6-story building formerly owned by the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company. Critical City functions such as Police Administration, Public Health, Medical Examiner’s Office and Morgue will be part of the campus adjacent to the new Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center.

Co-locating all three City services provides a variety of benefits for City employees and taxpayers: reduction in facility operational costs, energy efficiency and cost savings through sustainable building design, and access to public transportation resulting in reduced fuel consumption. The project is designed to achieve a minimum LEED Silver rating. Although not a registered historic building, the design is also sensitive to preserve the historic spaces and appearances that reflect the architectural charm of this building and12-acre campus.

The Public Health laboratories serve 8 City health clinics and various other City agencies. Facilities include automated chemistry-hematology, microbiology and three BSL3 lab suites for servicing and protecting the City’s public health.

The Medical Examiner includes an autopsy suite that accommodates six autopsy stations, a BSL3 autopsy suite, toxicology, evidence storage, investigations, and extensive support spaces to accommodate a fully compliant NAME accredited facility.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


26,000 GSF (public health)
79,000 GSF (medical examiner)


Program validation, laboratory planning and design, equipment planning


Tracking LEED Silver