Osborne Construction is an owner-operated in-house design/build firm offering integrated architectural design and project management as a general contractor based in Philadelphia. Over the last decade, we have built a reputation for delivering hand-crafted, highly efficient homes and commercial spaces in and around Philadelphia and New York. In the fall of 2017 we completed the 4000 SF custom fit-out of the flagship store for United by Blue in Old City. The project features two hand-made rustic cabins salvaged from 200-year-old barns and buildings. The combined retail, coffee shop and restaurant were built using high-efficiency mechanical systems and certified LEED Platinum standard using over a dozen species of reclaimed wood from within the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Other notable projects include a renovation of a mid-century modern Frank Weiss designed residence in Bala Cynwyd and the historic restoration to a George Woodward commissioned residence by architect Robert R. McGoodwin in West Mt. Airy.
Our focus as a firm has always been aimed toward the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. This has helped us garner a reputation amongst architects and clients for having the experience and appreciation needed for performing extensive renovations on historic buildings and homes. In 2017, we attended a rigorous training and exam to become a Certified Passive House Builder. In the past year, we have employed multiple facets of the passive house building methodologies, building healthier and more efficient homes for the next hundred years.
Our In-House team is comprised of highly skilled artisans, fine woodworkers, tile setters, furniture and cabinet makers and metalworkers - all with a deep appreciation for the meticulous execution of custom elements in a home that become a reflection of the unique people who inhabit them. Our knowledge base in building science and sustainable building practices allow us to apply a ‘whole house organism’ approach to mechanical systems in new construction and retrofits in old homes.
We see each project as a unique opportunity to make the building process painless and as mindful of every client’s unique vision and situation as possible. Our aim is always toward the creation of long-lasting, beautiful and high-performance collaborations that will outlive and outperform todays traditional construction methodologies.
Osborne Construction has collaborated with local architects and builders including; Re-Vision Architecture, Brian Johnston Studios, C2 Architecture, Kohl Made, IV/VI Studio and Rohe Creative and our work has been featured in Domino Magazine, Houzz, Philly Magazine Insider, and Sprudge.
Brian Osborne, Owner: Brian’s Great Grandfather, JW Osborne, built custom homes in Palo Alto in the 1940s and into the late 1960’s. Since relocating from New York in 2005, Brian has been designing and building custom projects and historic renovations across the Philadelphia region and in early 2008, Brian took on the namesake of his Great Grandfather’s Company and continued the family tradition on the east coast. Seemingly taking cues from his ancestry, Brian’s childhood mantra of, “hammer, tools, nails” lives on to this day, but in a slightly more modern sense of, “plan, do, observe, improve”. Brian is graduate of Marquette University with degrees in Business, and Spanish and is a Certified Passive House Builder registered with PHIUS.
Michael Bianchi AIA, LEED-AP: Architect and Project Manager Michael comes to Osborne Construction charged with bridging the gap between design and the built environment. With a career encompassing both high-end residential architecture at Halper Architects in Greenwich, CT and Steven Harris Architects in New York City as well as large-scale institutional projects as a Principal at KieranTimberlake, Michael brings a refined sensibility and a wealth of technical expertise to the already craft-focused and environmentally conscious Osborne Construction. In more than 15-years as an architect, Michael has been a guest critic at Temple University, and his work has been featured in Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and Interior Design.
Martin Madden, Project Manager: Martin has been working on homes since the age of 15 and has cultivated a deep appreciation and expertise in custom fine home building and historical renovations. Brian and Martin have been collaborating on a myriad of projects since they both landed in Philadelphia in 2005.