Mount Pleasant Hispanic American Center


Assessment of and general recommendations for a sustainable approach to the restoration of a 32,445 SF community center, formerly the 1889 Webster School Building, located in the Mount Pleasant National Register Historic District. The project was carried out in collaboration with Penn Energy Project for the Puerto Rican Organizing Committee.

Planning Process:

• Historical research: review of historical documents and architectural significance relating to the building and its neighborhood
• Seminars: presentations, round-table discussions and visits to the green design case studies
• Assessment: visits, surveys and interviews with program and maintenance staff and overview of the facilities to assess current conditions and programming needs
• Community involvement: presentations to and gathering of feedback from community stakeholders
• Final report: summary of building’s history, suggested environmental strategies for its renovation, functional program assessment and general guidelines for future programming, and recommendations for next steps