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Architecture firm completes nonprofit projects in sister cities


Ralph C. Fey Architects has completed redesign for two local nonprofits in recent years – the Delaware Valley Food Pantry and New Hope Arts.

When the Delaware Valley Food Pantry needed a bigger space Ralph C. Fey Architects was asked to participate in the project, and provided architectural services pro bono for the relocation.

The move from a church basement to a former laundromat offered more prominent visibility and accessible parking, but presented challenges, such as removing the raised concrete platforms and relocating the corresponding plumbing and electric.

After the interior was demolished, the renovations included new walls, ceiling, and lighting. Ralph Fey Architects prepared all the necessary documents, and worked with the City of Lambertville to obtain approvals for occupancy.

“It is extremely satisfying to know that you have contributed to a vital part of the community that supports those in need,” said Fey. “We are passionate about supporting the community in which we work as it is part of our core values.

The Delaware Valley Food Pantry is the largest and longest serving food pantry in the Lambertville-New Hope region. Feeding families since 1955, the pantry helps over 1,000 people a month.

As a founding board member of New Hope Arts, Fey has been a vital part of the revitalization of its home in the building at the corner of Bridge Street and Stockton Avenue. Over the past 12 years, Ralph Fey Architects has contributed time, talent, and resources pro bono to New Hope Arts. The incremental improvements have led to a fully functioning and aesthetically pleasing gallery, from its previously unair-conditioned shell of a building.

In the current phase, renovations are noticeable – removing the failing stucco, exposing more of the original stonework. Additional contributions have included design work and building improvements, such as restoration of windows, complete façade renovation including the former El Taco Loco building, now home to Meadowlark Restaurant. Insulation, heat, electrical, and air conditioning are all completely new.

Builders and contractors who contributed their time to the projects, included John Zerr, Tim Demusz, and Dan Ramirez.

The mission of New Hope Arts is to provide a venue for artists in the New Hope and surrounding community. It also supports local artists with retail space below market rentals. New Hope Arts rents eight spaces to artists for studio and gallery space (including selling their art) at below market value.

Ralph Fey Architects sets aside 10 percent a year for nonprofit pro bono work. Fey and New Hope Mayor Larry Keller were the original founding board members of New Hope Arts, which was initiated by the late Robin Larsen.