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North Philadelphia Law Center, Community Legal Services

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Mary Lou


1410 West Erie Avenue





Community Legal Services


  • General Contractor: Clemens Construction
  • Mechanical Engineer: In Posse
  • Structural Engineer: Keast & Hood Co
  • Civil Engineer: Hunt Engineering
  • Landscape Architect: Hunt Engineering

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Year Completed



20,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

Community Legal Services is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to help low-income Philadelphia residents obtain equal access to justice by providing them with advice and representation in civil legal matters. The new 20,000 SF facility will house 40 full-time attorneys, their paralegals, and support staff, and will have a large meeting room that will be shared with other community organizations.

The design of the new facility allows daylight and fresh air into all occupied areas through an efficient U-shaped plan. A central courtyard garden provides a formal organizing element, as well as a peaceful and secure space for clients to wait. To optimize energy performance, the design employs a geothermal heating and cooling system, daylighting, an extensive green roof, and a high-performance building envelope clad with terra cotta and fiber cement rainscreen panels. The building is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
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