Allentown, PA, May 15, 2012
Boyle Construction, Inc. is concluding construction on the historically-renovated Bethlehem Landing Visitor’s Center, housed in the original Bethlehem Steel Stock House. A comfortable first stop for tourists, the center offers visitor amenities, offices, and a dramatic view of the blast furnaces and 21st Century Plaza through its 30-ft. tall arched windows. The overall design retains the inherent character of the era of industrialism, and offers a prime example of adaptive reuse to Lehigh Valley tourists and heritage tourists alike.
The Stock House, built in 1863 for the old Bethlehem Iron Co., is the historic Bethlehem Steel site’s oldest remaining building. The original fieldstone-and-mortar exterior walls contain the two-level, 16,000-square-foot interior. An addition on the northwest corner adds an elevator and stairwell.
At one point in its varied history, the Stock House was connected to the Hoover-Mason trestle so train cars carrying fuel for the blast furnaces could travel on its roof. The trestle is now being carefully disconnected and the original roof line restored.
Boyle Construction is renovating the Stock House to stringent historical standards. All exterior windows and doors are being recreated from 1909 Bethlehem Steel drawings, and only historically-appropriate materials (such as hydraulic lime mortar vs. Portland-type cement) are being used. Joe Klocek, Boyle Project Engineer, commented, “The Stock House project has given us an opportunity to help preserve our local history stone-by-stone. To be completely accurate to the original, many of the window arches and doorways have been painstakingly deconstructed, then rebuilt by the stonemasons.”
Speaking on behalf of project partner GMF Development, Attorney Gregg Feinberg said “It was a challenging job and, as usual, Boyle carried it out with professional skill and expertise. The Visitor’s Center, sitting next to the Levitt Pavilion, will both stand as a testament to Boyle’s excellence and your ability to complete jobs that other said “can’t be done.”
Client: Redevelopment Authority of Bethlehem. Project architect: USA Architects.
The Stock House at Bethlehem Landing Visitor’s Center is an important part of the adaptive reuse of the former Bethlehem Steel facility, the country’s largest brownfield site. Boyle Construction also managed construction of the celebrated Levitt Pavilion and 21st Century Plaza on the same site. For additional information on the Stock House project contact Karen Duerholz.
ABOUT BOYLE CONSTRUCTION: Boyle Construction, Inc. is one of the greater Lehigh Valley’s most respected construction management and design-build firms. Since its founding in 1977, Boyle’s strong reputation for hands-on service and quality has gained them a high percentage of repeat clients.