Hill International, Marlton, says it's been hired by Penn State as a project manager at the $39 million Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster building at the Philadelphia Navy Yard site. The building is designed as an energy-efficient "retrofit" of an existing 38,000-sq-ft building, for use as offices and labs by energy development companies and other small firms the group hopes to lure to South Philly with help from federal financing.
Design work is underway; construction should begin in November, Hill spokesman John Paolin told me.
Besides Penn State, the group funding GPIC includes the city and Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., state-funded Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Small Business Development Center, "and numerous other public and private partners," according to a statement by Hill.
Hill's Mid-Atlantic Region, under engineer Michael V. Griffin, will do the GPIC work. Publicly-traded Hill, run by the father-and-son team of Irving and David Richter, also does construction consulting (for example in insurance disputes), foreign construction project management (with clients in Europe, the Middle East,, Asia and Latin America), and manufactured housing.