The Parent-Infant Center


Philadelphia, PA

Flatiron Building Company recently completed the renovation of a 4-story stone structure for the Parent-Infant Center at 42nd & Locust Streets, Philadelphia. The 9,000 SF building was previously used as a library and is currently owned by the University of Pennsylvania. The scope of work included complete interior renovations and exterior upgrades for toddler and infant classrooms and administrative offices.

The mechanical/electrical infrastructure was completely overhauled to meet current requirements. Flatiron installed a new fire alarm service and automatic sprinkler system; new plumbing risers, vent stacks and domestic water distribution to support kitchenettes, bathrooms, etc.; the design/build mechanical system was engineered to meet current fresh air and energy recovery requirements and the electrical distribution and fire alarm were upgraded to accommodate the child care facility.

Flatiron Building Company successfully completed the project in 4 months.


“Congratulations to Flatiron Building Company and the entire team who worked on the Sweet Building renovation. We had two informal opening houses the past two days for families to see the building, and everyone is thrilled with the results. It has been a pleasure working with all of you on this initiative to bring more neighborhood-based child care to West Philadelphia.”

—Cynthia Roberts, Executive Director
The Parent-Infant Center

“What a pleasure it was to work with Flatiron Building Company on the Parent-Infant Center expansion and renovation. Flatiron’s excellent management and conscientious staff made our job as architects much easier. Company personnel were eager to get the results we intended and the client expected, and did everything possible to facilitate the construction process. The firm principal was available whenever particularly complex, technical, or time-sensitive issues had to be addressed, helping the entire team to arrive at a clearer understanding of the problems and aiding us all to get a solution more quickly.

In summary, Flatiron Building Company defined a schedule and adhered to it. They provided fair pricing for client requested changes, found cost savings and stayed within the overall budget for our project. Nobody could ask for more.”

—Richard W. Winston, AIA, Principal