This 92 unit multifamily residential project is part of the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Wilmington, DE. Historically, Market Street functioned as Wilmington’s main thoroughfare. It is defined by a rich variety of building types and styles, representing the city’s commercial growth from the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century. In the later half of the twentieth century, social strife, suburbanization, and the decentralization of the job market contributed to the city’s socioeconomic decline. As a result, many properties along Market Street sat vacant and were eventually demolished, leaving pronounced voids in the streetscape. The Cooper's mid-block infill site extends from Market Street to King Street and is a significant reinvestment in the city’s urban fabric. 

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The design responds to challenges of the through-block site by creating a distinct entry sequence from each street front, ultimately leading to a verdant, mid-block courtyard. 
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The courtyard serves as a shared community space and provides views and daylight to the dwelling units along its perimeter. 
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Large windows in all rooms bring abundant daylight and natural ventilation into the units. 
A cast iron facade from the former Cooper’s Furniture Store Building which formerly occupied the site (built in 1874 by Royer Brothers of Philadelphia) was salvaged and refurbished, and now serves as the gateway into the building’s courtyard. 
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Drawing on the eclectic variety of the neighboring brick and limestone buildings, The Cooper's facades integrate a range of brick bond patterns and scales.  

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

Technical Director

We are seeking a Technical Director. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated and creative problem-solver, exhibiting strong management and design skills. Candidates should be fluent in building technology, documentation, and delivery and be passionate about design and architecture. 

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Architect III

We are seeking a high-energy Designer III or Architect III. The successful applicant will be a selfmotivated and creative problem-solver, exhibiting strong management and design skills. 

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Senior Architect/Project Manager

We are seeking a high-energy Senior Architect/Project Manager who would join our leadership team with the title of “Associate” and would report directly to the firm Principals.

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If you would like to be considered for an internship or full-time position, e-mail a cover letter, resume, references and portfolio to employment@digsau.com as one PDF document.  Please limit attachments to 2MB.  We will respond to you should the appropriate opportunity be available.  No phone calls please.