Pocopson hires firm for Barnard House study

Pocopson Township supervisors voted Monday to appoint GKO Architects of Ambler as the feasibility study consultant of the Barnard House project.

GKO, which stands for Godshall, Kane and O’Rourke (the three principals of the Montgomery County firm), was one of 19 firms that originally submitted a proposal to Pocopson to examine possible uses of both the historic Barnard House and the current municipal building.

Supervisors then each recommended their top three choices, based on items such as price and deliverability, and those nine proposals were then narrowed down to three. The board also held an executive session July 17 to discuss the feasibility study, Supervisors’ Chairman Ricki Stumpo reported on Monday.

Regarding the final three, Stumpo said in an interview, “One other company was terribly expensive and the other was not a good fit.”

GKO has worked on municipal buildings, commercial projects, charter and K-12 schools, religious facilities, and career and technical centers, according to the firm’s website (gkoarchitects.com). In Chester County, GKO designed a concept for New London Township’s utility building.

The next step in Pocopson’s process, according to Supervisors’ Vice Chairman Elaine DiMonte, is to find a volunteer to serve as a liaison between the township and GKO. She said she would also send an email to the county commissioners letting them know the latest developments with the projects.

Chester County transferred 68 acres and the historic Eusebius Barnard House to the township in 2008.

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