About Strada

Strada means “street” in Italian. Streets matter to us. They’re the fundamental infrastructure of our cities and the core of our civic lives. They’re the connections between buildings, people, and public spaces. This is why we’re so inspired by them and it’s a shared commitment to these values that brought our principals together. Just as people mingle on city streets, our office is a place where we freely exchange ideas, challenging and inspiring one another to create exceptional work.

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Fueling curiosity through real-life lab environments

About this project

The University City Science Center’s FirstHand Lab program serves Philadelphia youth by sparking an interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines through after school programs. FirstHand’s mission is to provide Philadelphia’s curious minds access to the knowledge and resources of the Science Center. In relocating to 3675 Market, the University City Science Center had a vision to more than double the size of their FirstHand Lab program. They sought a fun, tech oriented environment that would invigorate young minds and enhance their interests in STEAM.

Strada’s response to this mission and vision was thoughtfully designed spaces providing students with immersive experiences to demonstrate that science can be fun. At FirstHand, students have access to real-life lab environments including wet labs, a maker space and a digital technology studio. Lessons are brought to life through engaging projects and experiments alongside scientists and educators in spaces designed to empower future scientists.

Lessons are brought to life through engaging projects and experiments alongside scientists and educators in spaces designed to empower future scientists.