Tonewood Brewing | BCJ Architects

Tonewood Brewing is building a destination style micro-brewery in Barrington, NJ, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, the plans call for the renovation of a 20,000 SF lumber yard built in the 1800’s, and a small addition to create a state-of-the-art brewery that features 30’ tall grain silos. While the facility gives them the capacity to significantly increase output, the 5,000 SF of retail space – split among an outdoor beer garden, takeaway counter, elevated observation mezzanine, and a sprawling tasting room – has been designed to immerse customers in the production process.

The new bar and tasting room addition has full height glass curtainwalls and a wood plank roof system supported by glulam joists and architecturally exposed steel girders, intended to reflect the construction in the main building. Reinforced concrete mat slabs were designed to support the various tanks, chillers, and canning equipment. Custom built-up steel channels and timber framing create a trellis type structure that’s featured at the new entrance and outdoor beer garden.

Our team is excited about the possibility of a road trip happy hour as soon as construction is complete!

M+K Marks a Milestone

It’s with a combination of excitement, humility, and pride – all on behalf of our fantastic employees – that we’re thrilled to announce the 20th anniversary of Mulhern+Kulp!

It all started with our passion for residential design and the dream to build a small consulting firm. Our vision was to deliver personalized service to each customer, tailored to meet their specific needs, and to create a great company culture that would attract and retain the best of the best. Genuinely caring about our customers and employees was, and still is, our core philosophy.

Thinking back, it’s hard to fathom how far we’ve come: From the beginning in our basement offices, soon followed by hiring our first employees (many are in senior management now), to the opening of offices in the Southeast and West Coast – it’s been quite a ride!!!

We’ve been blessed so much more than we ever could have imagined. We’re incredibly grateful for the wonderful relationships we have built and the trust that our customers have placed in our team over the years.

We could not be more excited about what the future may hold. Here’s to the next 20 years!

Mike + Joe

100 House @ The Enclave | BNE Real Estate Group

Large multi-family structures in urban settings often present a unique set of challenges, including oblique footprints, varying entry elevations, and restrictive construction sequencing based on site access limitations. Our multi-family design team is well-versed to handle these types of challenges.

100 House at The Enclave, developed by BNE Real Estate Group, offers 4-stories of luxury residential units located just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan and a short walk from Hoboken Terminal, one of NYC’s major transportation hubs. The elevated concrete podium accommodates the parking level while supporting a variety of amenity spaces including an outdoor bar and grill station, indoor lounges, a theatre, and a bowling alley.

Accommodating utility services is often a complicating factor in the design of foundation systems and making room for the site’s storm water retention basin under the parking garage required some out-of-the-box planning. The reinforced slab for the lid of the basin was designed using Cupolex stay-in-place formwork to avoid accessibility issues with the removal of traditional formwork.

We value our long-term relationships with both BNE and Minno & Wasko, the Architect of Record. It’s always a thrill to see our work come to life, especially on these challenging urban initiatives.

A Season of Giving

The holidays are always an especially difficult time for those facing financial hardship and homelessness. Despite the challenges of 2020, two of our favorite charities went the extra mile to serve those less fortunate this past Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were happy to be able to help them out.

The Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission sponsored the ‘Prepare a Plate’ fundraiser to help fund a sit down family style Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless in Philadelphia. Per their fundraising page: “Many attendees may be enjoying their first hot meal since early March at the Mission’s Thanksgiving table”.

Due to COVID restrictions we were not able to send a group of volunteers to help them as in years past, but we did participate in the fundraiser. We were excited to have been among the top five fundraising teams! SBRM’s goal was $30,000, and they exceeded it by $2,706!

The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard is a wonderful local charity near our home office in Ambler, PA. Their staff serve local families that are living at or below the poverty line – providing food, clothing, holiday meals, toys for children, and financial assistance when available.

Early in December they received a huge donation of over 12,000 pounds of food. While they were very pleased, unpacking and sorting all of that food presented a logistical challenge. We deployed a team of M+K volunteers who were happy to have put a big dent in the task, all while being masked up and working outside. We paused for a moment to take this picture.

Kyle Sherman Promoted to Principal

Ever since Kyle joined the M+K team in 2006 he has been steadily rising through the ranks. A shareholder since 2016, his primary focus has been Multi-Family Apartments and Mixed-Use buildings. As the scale and complexity of his projects has grown, so has the size of his team, which now numbers 10. His cool disposition and breadth of experience makes him an invaluable resource for his clients, and a great mentor to our staff.

We’re excited to have Kyle join our Executive Management Team. We’re looking forward to his inevitable contributions, and to the key role he will play in strategizing our future growth!

M+K Opens New Office in San Diego

Starting with one client in 2013, we have grown to a base of near 30 on the West Coast. To better serve that growing list of clients – and to bring our in-depth knowledge of wood frame construction, efficient builder-friendly designs and quality service to the entire region – the time has come to establish a full West Coast presence. With offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, and now in San Diego, we are truly excited and humbled to be able to call ourselves a national firm. California, here we come!

Coronavirus Pandemic: Working Remotely

Many of us were impacted by the seemingly overnight mandate to work from home in mid-March. To say these past few months have been challenging might be the understatement of the century. Life as we knew it totally changed. IT departments have certainly earned their stripes. Most home computers and laptops can’t run AutoCAD, Revit, Sapphire, and engineering design software locally. Our ability to quickly shift to remote access to the office computer and server kept us in the game.

Microsoft Teams has become an essential part of internal collaboration, and we’re on it all the time. Zoom has been great for Staff Meetings, Updates, and Happy Hours. Going forward, we hope to continue/expand the use of Teams with our clients to improve collaboration. We hope you weathered the storm, some of us with a few extra pounds to shed. We’re grateful to be coming out of isolation and seeing people again!

Mike Boland Promotion

We are proud to announce the promotion of Mike Boland to Project Manager!

Since he joined our team almost three years ago, Mike has shown great initiative and work ethic. His eagerness to continually take on additional responsibility and put in whatever time it takes to get the job done are both hallmark traits of a successful Project Manager at M+K. With the support of a dedicated team, Mike has been providing a high level of service to his clients, most of which are based in the Midwest.

We couldn’t be happier to have Mike officially join our Project Management team and we all look forward to his contributions to our very bright future. Please join us in congratulating Mike on his promotion!!!

Woodmont Properties | Woodmont Bay Club

We have been working with Woodmont Properties on a variety of multi-family projects for nearly 10 years. The Woodmont Bay Club in Bayonne, NJ, offers renters in the NYC / NJ metro area upscale lifestyle amenities in a beautiful setting. The 4-story wood-frame structure sits on a 685’ long cast in-place concrete transfer slab over a parking garage, with 4 courtyards on the transfer deck, a 2-story clubhouse on the 1st floor, a 2-story lounge on the 3rd floor, and a rooftop deck. Over 1/3 of the foundation and transfer slab footprint was constructed previously. We re-used the existing foundation walls and column footings where feasible, relocated the elevator and stairs in the existing section, and retrofitted the remaining foundation as required.

Schell Brothers | Coastal Home

Focused primarily on the coastal resort communities of Southern Delaware, Schell Brothers builds homes with an emphasis on durability and energy. Their use of advanced building science provides the highest levels of indoor air quality, reduces energy usage by almost 50%, and ensures that their structural systems are tuned to deliver both efficiency and performance.

While Schell Brothers builds exceptional homes, what really sets them apart is an absolute commitment to their ‘culture of happiness’. Prioritizing the happiness of their employees and customers above all else has made them, in the words of Founder Chris Schell, “surprisingly successful”. They’ve discovered that having a great culture and amazing employees ultimately provides a great experience for their customers. We share their passion for great culture and are proud to work with the Schell Brothers team.