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Practice information
Key architects Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Planners
Founded 1961
Location Philadelphia, PA; Irvine, CA, New York City, NY; Washington, D.C.

EwingCole is an American integrated architecture, engineering, interior design and planning firm founded in 1961 as Alexander Ewing[1] & Associates.[2] Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, Irvine, California, New York City, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm provides services for project types including academic, corporate, cultural, government, healthcare, science + technology and sports & entertainment. They have worked on projects across the United States and internationally in countries such as Afghanistan, Germany and Japan.


In 1958, the George M. Ewing[3] Co.[4] was retained by Rohm and Haas (since 2009 a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company) to design the expansion and renovation of their corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. George Ewing’s son, Alexander, a partner in his father’s firm, was assigned to the project; Rohm and Haas designated their in-house architect, Stanley Cole,[5] to serve as professional aide to the management committee overseeing the project.

During the early stages of design, however, it became clear that the existing site near Washington Square would not satisfy the company’s needs. Rohm and Haas worked with the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to exchange their existing property for a key site on Independence Mall just across 6th Street from the Liberty Bell. The exchange was beneficial to the city as well as to Rohm and Haas because the project ignited the subsequent further development of the Mall.[6]

In order to ease City Art Commission approval for design on such a prominent site, Stanley recommended adding renowned architect Pietro Belluschi to the team as design consultant. The resulting design was lauded for its respect to the nearby park and historic buildings; Philadelphia's city planners praised the Rohm and Haas Corporate Headquarters as a standard for all redevelopment buildings.[7] (The experience was so successful that the Belluschi, Ewing and Cole collaborated again in the late 1960s[8] on the University Lutheran Center;[9] in the early 1970s, Belluschi, then a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, DC, recommended EwingCole for the design of the new headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Stanley Cole served as project manager until the completion of the Rohm and Haas project, when he joined Alexander Ewing & Associates. Cole, Michael P. Erdman[10] and Joseph P. Eubank[11] became partners in 1970, and the firm was renamed Ewing Cole Erdman & Eubank.[12] By 1979, Robert Cherry[13] and Robert Parsky[14] had succeeded Erdman and Eubank in Ewing Cole Cherry Parsky;[15] this partnership continued until 1992, when Parsky’s departure resulted in Ewing Cole Cherry.[16] In 1993, M. Paul Brott[17] (who had worked in the Washington, DC office of the George M. Ewing Company from 1960–1978, rising to the level of partner) became Chairman and CEO of Ewing Cole Cherry Brott.[18] Following the death of Paul Brott and the departure of Bob Cherry, the firm emerged in 2003 as EwingCole.

Growth and expansion[edit]

EwingCole, in the interest of serving federal government clients, opened its Washington, DC office in 1995.[19] In 2002, the firm added an office in Irvine, CA.[20]

In 2009, Robert D. Lynn Associates (RDLA)[21] combined with EwingCole. A 40-person firm, RDLA brought a portfolio of healthcare projects which complemented EwingCole’s own healthcare design experience.[22][23]

EwingCole was the third largest in Philadelphia per the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2010 Book of Lists,[24] and No. 158 in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 2010 annual ranking of the Top 500 Design Firms.[25]

John Gerbner, AIA, became President and COO of EwingCole in 2005.[26]

S. Mark Hebden, AIA, LEED AP, succeeded Gerbner as President in 2011.[27]

Focus on sustainability[edit]

EwingCole’s integrates all aspects of the A/E/C industry into its work, including building design, mobility, natural resources, renewable energy, and land-use planning. Many of the company's projects are LEED rated or certified.

EwingCole led the development of the US Navy’s first sustainable facility in 1998. Their efforts in designing Federal projected positioned for LEED-certified accreditation crosses all areas of practice and continues through the development of Net-Zero facilities.

EwingCole is a member of the USGBC (U. S. Green Building Council) and 76 of the company's employees are LEED AP certified as of 9/28/15. Representing staff in the architecture, electrical, mechanical, plumbing/F.P. and interiors disciplines. Notable LEED-certified projects include:

  • Smithsonian Environmental Resource Center, Mathias Labs, Edgewater, MD; LEED NC Platinum, 2015
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Qurious Learning Center, Washington, DC, LEED-CI Silver, 2015
  • St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn NY- Emergency Department Renovation/ Addition, LEED NC Certified, 2014
  • USACE Philadelphia, Dover Fitness Center, Dover, DE, LEED NC Silver, 2014
  • SUNY Stony Brook University, Old Chemistry Building Renovation, Stony Brook, NY, LEED NC Silver, 2014
  • Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center - Pod 3 Renovation, Suitland, MD, LEED NC Silver, 2013
  • US Military Academy Preparatory School, West Point, NY, LEED NC Gold, 2013
  • North Shore LIJ Health Systems, Renovation of 8th and 9th Floors Replacement Bed Tower, Queens, NY, LEED CI Silver, 2012
  • Anne Arundel Community College, Andrew Truxal Library Renovation and Expansion, Arnold, MD, LEED NC Gold, 2013
  • Department of Energy, Jefferson Labs, Newport News, VA, LEED Gold, 2013
  • United Therapeutics, Corporate Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD, LEED Gold, 2012
  • City of Hope National Medical Center, Gonda 4th Floor Fitout, Duarte, CA, LEED CI Silver 2012
  • USACE Baltimore, New Edgewood Office Facility, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, LEED NC Silver 2012
  • Geisinger Health System, Hospital for Advanced Medicine, Danville, PA, LEED NC Silver, 2011
  • City of Hope National Medical Center, Gonda Expansion, Duarte, CA, LEED NC Silver, 2011
  • Brooklyn Museum, Renewal Program, Brooklyn, NY, LEED NC Silver, 2010
  • NASA, Exploration Sciences Building, Greenbelt, MD, LEED NC Gold, 2010
  • USACE Louisville, Ft. Campbell Firing Range, Fort Campbell, KY, LEED NC Silver, 2010
  • AtlantiCare Health, Oncology Center, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, LEED NC Gold, 2009
  • City of Hope, Amini Transfusion Medical Center, Duarte, CA, LEED NC Silver, 2009
  • Hamilton College, Kirner Johnson Building, Clinton, NY, LEED NC Gold, 2009
  • Geisinger Health System, Gray’s Woods, State College, PA, LEED NC Gold, 2008
  • EwingCole, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, PA, LEED CI Gold, 2008
  • Geisinger Health System, Henry Hood Center for Health Research, Danville, PA, LEED NC Silver, 2007
  • Cira Centre, Hub Meeting and Event Center, Philadelphia, PA, LEED CI Silver, 2007
  • SCA Americas, Cira Centre Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA, LEED CI Gold, 2006
  • Hamilton College, Skenandoa House, Clinton, NY, LEED NC Silver, 2005

LEED Registered Projects – Post Construction Tracking

  • AtlantiCare Health, Satellite Health Center, Hammonton, NJ (tracking LEED Silver)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Rachel Wilson Campus, Princeton, NJ (tracking LEED NC Silver)
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Bicentennial Library, Princeton, NJ (tracking LEED NC Silver)
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Public Space Renewal Project, West Wing, Package III (tracking LEED-CI Silver)
  • USACE, Hanscom AFB Middle School, completion Aug 2013, (tracking LEED for Schools Gold)
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Comparative Medical Research, Philadelphia, PA (designing to LEED Silver)
  • U.S. Military Academy, Scott Barracks Renovation (designed to LEED NC Silver)

LEED Registered Projects - Under Construction as of 2015

  • First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Family Court Building, Philadelphia, PA (tracking LEED NC Silver)
  • Geisinger Medical Center, Laboratory Facility, Danville, PA (tracking LEED NC Certified)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Regional Cancer Center, Harrison, NY (tracking LEED CI Gold)
  • North Shore LIJ Health System, Monter Cancer Center, Phase II, Lake Success, NY (tracking LEED NC Silver)
  • North Shore LIJ Health System, Surgical Oncology and Gynecological Oncology, Lake Success, NY (tracking LEED CI Silver)
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Southeast Quad Renovation- (tracking LEED-CI Silver)
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, Ambulatory Cancer Center, Syracuse, NY (tracking LEED Silver)
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System Penn-Presbyterian Medical Center Acute Care Expansion (tracking LEED Certification)
  • Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Halls 2 – 6 (Dinosaur Hall), (tracking LEED-CI Silver)

LEED Registered Projects - Design Phase

  • Bucknell University, Athletic Leadership and Wrestling Performance Building (tracking LEED Silver)
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Biorepository and Translational Core Facility, Los Angeles, CA (tracking LEED Silver)
  • East Stroudsburg University, New Information Commons, East Stroudsburg PA (tracking LEED Silver)
  • NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Structural Shops Renovation (tracking LEED Silver)
  • North Shore LIJ Brain Tumor Institute, Lake Success, NY (tracking LEED CI Silver)
  • Smithsonian Institution, Museum Support Center, Phase 2 Lab Renovations, Suitland MD (tracking LEED-CI Silver)
  • United Therapeutics Phase 3 Corporate Expansion, Silver Spring, MD (tracking toward a Net Zero building with a minimum of LEED Gold)
  • United Therapeutics XPF Research Facility, Research Triangle Park, NC (tracking toward a Net Zero building with a minimum of LEED Gold)
  • Geisinger Medical Center, Woodbine Expansion, Danville, PA (tracking LEED Certification)

EwingCole Projects Considering LEED Certification

  • University of California – San Diego, Hillcrest Clinical Lab Renovation, San Diego, CA (designing to LEED Certified)

EwingCole Projects Using Other Sustainability Standards

  • Drexel University, Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA. EwingCole and Sasaki Associates. (designed to Green Globes Standard, 2 Globes)
  • NY Football Giants / NY Jets, New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ. (designed, constructed and to be managed under an MOU with the United States Environmental Protection Agency)
  • USACE Louisville, Barsanti Elementary School, Fort Campbell, KY (Self-Certification by USACE – LEED Silver)
  • Johns Hopkins ED – Baltimore City Green Building Standards
  • Johns Hopkins Oncology – Baltimore City Green Building Standard (soon to be under construction)
  • NAVFAC Washington, Building 33 Quadrangle, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC. (designed in consultation with the Rocky Mountain Institute in 1998; preceded the establishment of the LEED standards)

Awards and recognition[edit]

EwingCole's work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and other building industry organizations for their designs in entertainment, healthcare, higher education, corporate and commercial applications.


Anne Arundel Community College, Andrew G. Truxel Library, Arnold, MD

Bryant University, Fisher Student Center, Smithfield, RI

Cooper University Hospital, Patient Care Pavilion, Camden, NJ

  • 2009 International Interior Design Association - Honorable Mention - Healthcare Patient Space - PA/DE/NJ Chapter

Drexel University, Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2011 Facility of Merit - Athletic Business
  • 2011 Outstanding Sports Facility Award - National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association
  • 2011 Philament Award of Merit - IESNA Philadelphia
  • 2010 Industrial/Institutional Award - Over $15 M - GBCA Construction Excellence Awards

George Mason University - Recreation and Athletic Building

  • 2011 Philament Award of Merit - IESNA Philadelphia
  • 2010 Outstanding Design - American School and University

Monmouth University, Multipurpose Activity Center West, Long Branch, NJ

  • 2011 Silver Gull Community Service Award
  • 2011 New Good Neighbor Award - New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • 2010 Excellence in Structural Engineering - Outstanding Project - Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE)
  • 2010 Project of Distinction - College Planning & Management Education Design Showcase

Skidmore College, Arthur Zankel Music Building, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • 2011 Grand Award - Learning By Design
  • 2011 Silver Citation - American School and University - Educational Interiors
  • 2011 Philament Award of Merit - IESNA Philadelphia
  • 2010 Merit Award for Built Work - American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter


United Therapeutics Corporation Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD


Nixon Theater at Jones Beach, Stage Replacement, Wantagh, NY

  • 2014 Outstanding Project Award - Delaware Valley Association of Structural engineers

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, PNC Field, Moosic, PA


Eastern Market, Central Market Master's Office and Hall, Washington, DC

  • 2010 National Preservation Honor Award - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 Public Projects Award DC - Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic Addition, West Point, NY


Atlanticare Health System, Care Cancer Institute, Egg Harbor, NJ

Bayhealth Medical Center, Kent Campus Expansion, Dover, DE

Cooper University Hospital, Roberts Pavilion, Camden, NJ

Geisinger Health System, Hospital For Advanced Medicine, Danville, PA

  • 2011 - Chairperson's Choice Award - International Interior Design Association PA/DE/NJ Chapter
  • 2011 Philament Award of Merit - IESNA Philadelphia

Good Samaritan Hospital, Radiology Department, West Islep, NY

  • 2013 Market Award - Healthcare

Memorial Sloan Kettering Ambulatory Cancer Center, Harrison, NY

Pocono Medical Center, Dale & Frances Hughes Cancer Center, East Stroudsburg, PA

  • 2013 Market Award - Healthcare
  • 2013 Market Award, US Northeast - Healthcare
  • 2013 Honor Award - American Institute of Architects - Pennsylvania Chapter
  • 2013 Section Award - Illuminating Engineering Society North America - Philadelphia Section

SUNY Upstate, Upstate Cancer Center, Syracuse, NY

  • 2014 Award of Merit, Buildings $30 Million - $100 Million - Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers
  • 2015 Healthcare Design Award - International Interior Design Association

University of Pennsylvania Health System, Pavilion for Advanced Care at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

  • 2016 ICU Design Citation Award – Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy on Archiutecture for Health


Jefferson Lab, Technology & Engineering Department Facility, Newport News, VA

NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA Explorations Sciences Building, Greenbelt, MD

Promega Corporation DaVinci Building, Madison, WI

Promega Corporation, Feyman Center, Madison, WI

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Mathias Laboratory, Edgewater, MD

  • 2015 Laboratory of the Year High Honors - R&D Magazine
  • 2015 Honor Award - American Institute of Architects, Maryland Chapter
  • 2015 Merit Award - Association of Licensed Architects

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Q?rius, Washington, DC

  • 2014 Philament Section Award - IES Philadelphia
  • 2014 Reconstruction Award - Building Design & Construction
  • 2013 Craftsmanship Award – Washington Building Congress

United Therapeutics, Phase 2 B, Silver Spring, MD

  • 2011 Honorable Mention Award - BIM - Technology in Architectural Practice - American Institute of Architects


NY Giants and NY Jets Metlife National Football League Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

  • 2011 National Design-Build Award - Civic - Design Build Institute of America
  • 2011 Facility of Merit - Athletic Business
  • 2011 New Good Neighbor Award - New Jersey Business & Industry Association
  • 2010 Project of the Year - NY Construction

Timex Performance Center, New York Football Giants Training Facility, East Rutherford, NJ

  • 2010 Best Incorporation of Branding and Design - International Interior Design Association PA/DE/NJ Chapter
  • 2010 Award of Merit - Illuminating Engineering Society North America - Philadelphia Section

Notable designs[edit]

A number of EwingCole works and clients have received national recognition. In 2015, the White House announced that the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory was one of eight recipients to receive the GreenGov Presidential Award.[28] President Obama cited Geisinger Health System as a model for healthcare reform in the early stages of his efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act.[29]


  1. ^ American Architects and Buildings database, Ewing, Alexander
  2. ^ American Architects and Buildings database, Alexander Ewing & Associates
  3. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Ewing, George M.
  4. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, George M. Ewing Co.
  5. ^ American Architects and Buildings Database, Cole, Stanley
  6. ^ Philadelphia Athenaeum, Independence Mall
  7. ^ Clausen, Meredith L. (1999). Pietro Belluschi: Modern American Architect. MIT Press. Pages 313, 316. ISBN 0-262-53167-4
  8. ^ Evers, Charles A. (1997). "A List of Philadelphia's Modern Monuments," The Philadelphia Architect.
  9. ^ University Lutheran Center of Philadelphia
  10. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Erdman, Michael P.
  11. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Eubank, Joseph P.
  12. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Ewing Cole Erdman & Eubank.
  13. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Cherry, Robert.
  14. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Parsky, Robert.
  15. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Ewing Cole Cherry Parsky
  16. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Ewing Cole Cherry.
  17. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Brott, M. Paul.
  18. ^ Philadelphia Buildings, Ewing Cole Cherry Brott
  19. ^ Building Design & Construction, October 1, 1995.
  20. ^ Building Design & Construction, September 1, 2003.
  21. ^ www.rdla.com
  22. ^ Building Design & Construction, "EwingCole to Merge with Healthcare Specialist Robert D. Lynn Associates."
  23. ^ Medical Construction and Design, "EwingCole, RDLA Join Together, Creating A/E Firm with Largest Healthcare Focus in the Delaware Valley."
  24. ^ Philadelphia Business Journal, 2010 Book of Lists.
  25. ^ Engineering News-Record, "2010 Top 500 Design Firms."
  26. ^ Contract Magazine, June 3, 2005. "EwingCole Names John Gerbner as President, COO."
  27. ^ Globe Newswire, June 1, 2011. "EwingCole Names New President."
  28. ^ "Science Spotlight – Smithsonian Science News –". smithsonian512.rssing.com. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  29. ^ "Geisinger's second century of innovation: Health system spreading best practices through new company". Modern Healthcare. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 

External links[edit]

Official website