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Mr. Timothy E. G. McDonald

President and Chief Executive Officer

Onion Flats

Direct Phone: (215) ***-****       

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Onion Flats

111 W. Norris St

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

United States

Company Description

Onion Flats has been practicing in Philadelphia as developers, architects and builders since 1997. Our work has been published widely and has won national and international awards, focusing on innovated solutions for highly sustainable urban communities, ... more

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Adjunct Professor of Architecture

Temple University

Adjunct Professor of Architecture

University of Pennsylvania

Adjunct Professor of Architecture

Philadelphia University


Board Member
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Bachelors of Architecture degree

Penn State University

Masters Degree

master's degree


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Timothy McDonald

Timothy McDonald is the President and CEO of Onion Flats LLC. more

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Timothy McDonald

Timothy McDonald is the President and CEO of Onion Flats LLC. Tim is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In 1997, with his brother Patrick, he co-founded Onion Flats LLC; a Philadelphia based real estate development/design/build firm. Tim has been an adjunct Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University,Temple University, University of Calgary, and University of Pennsylvania. His service and experience extends into his community by holding current positions in the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee, the Philadelphia Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as a previous position on the Old City Civic Association Board of Directors. Tim is also Founder/President of FAARM, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the exhibition of art and architecture in Philadelphia. As a partner in Onion Flats, Tim's role is Lead Architect and Construction Manager for many of Onion Flats' projects. In 2005, Tim and his brothers Pat and John, in conjunction with Howard Steinberg formed the architecture firm Plumbob, LLC and JIG, Inc., a General Contracting, Construction Management and Green Roof company, allowing this team to provide full design-build services for both clients and their own developments.
Additionally, Tim is a Certified LEED Accredited Professional and Passive House Certified Consultant and Tradesman.

Architecture, Development and Construction in PA, NJ, NY, DE, MD, and VA. [cached]

The PHFA Project began in 2014 when Tim McDonald and 25 other stakeholders, under the auspices of the Architectural Research Center, a think tank within Temple University Architecture program, approached the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and asked them to initiate a project which would have ALL affordable housing in Pennsylvania be designed and constructed to a Net-Zero-Energy-Capable standard by 2030. The "tool" proposed to achieve this was Passive House. McDonald's design/build firm, Onion Flats, had already built Belfield Townhouses, Pennsylvania's first Passive House Certified project, serving formerly homeless families and demonstrated as a proof of concept that Passive House projects can be built on affordable housing budgets.

Most recently PHFA has been awarded the 2016 DVGBC Groundbreaker Award for its "Passive Project" co-created by Onion Flats Partner Tim McDonald.

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Herring was joined in the presentation by Tim McDonald, a partner at OnionFlats in Philadelphia, and Ken Levenson, a Brooklyn, New York-based architect and partner at 475 High Performance Building Supply, an e-commerce supplier of energy-efficiency products.

"By 2030, 900 billion square feet of new and refurbished buildings will be constructed in cities worldwide," according to McDonald.
Belfield Townhomes in Philadelphia were designed to Passive House standards by OnionFlats.
Belfield Townhomes in Philadelphia were designed to Passive House standards by OnionFlats.
Building solutions to meet both carbon reduction goals and the demand for housing will have to be "radical, affordable, and scalable," according to McDonald, who believes that passive structures can accomplish both objectives. His firm is currently pursuing multiple residential projects in the market-rate and affordable/workforce categories, all of which meet the certification criteria for Passive House-the U.S. version of Passivhaus. One project, Belfield Townhomes, is a set of three and four-bedroom affordable-rate townhomes built for three formerly homeless families in a blighted section of Philadelphia. The buildings were built off site in a modular fashion with solar panels and their own energy recovery system.
"It elevates the standard for affordable housing in this country" and could be a scalable prototype, McDonald said.
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) recently added Passive House certification as an incentive to developers when submitting applications to receive low-income housing tax credits. This year, 30 percent of PHFA-financed projects are expected to be built to passive standards, McDonald said.

APLA Fall Lecture Series, Unfolding ... [cached]

APLA Fall Lecture Series, Unfolding Narratives, Continues January 23-3:30 pm with Timothy McDonald, Founding Principal of Onion Flats.

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