Category: Public Safety

SCHRADERGROUP Construction Progress – Summer 2021

As we move into the middle of summer, many of our construction projects are now really starting to take shape. A few of the construction projects underway include the new Upper Merion Area High School, additions and renovations to Anne Frank Elementary School for the School District of Philadelphia, the new Career and Advanced Technology Center for the Community College of Philadelphia, the masonry restoration of the Paul L. Dunbar School in Philadelphia, the demolition of the existing Springfield High School, and the PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center, among others.

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Construction on the new Upper Merion Area High School continues into the heat of the summer. Infrastructure is being installed and is on pace for a September 2022 completion, just in time for Upper Merion Area School District high school students to start their new school year. Upon completion of and move into the new facility, demolition of the existing facility will begin. Once that demolition is complete, new playing fields will be constructed in its place.

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This month, large Glulam Beams continue to be erected in the common areas. In the theater wing, the steel is in place for the stage as the auditorium takes shape.

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School District of Philadelphia – Anne Frank Elementary School, Additions and Renovations1-Anne-Frank-Elementary-School_SCHRADERGROUP_May-Construction-Progress

Work on the Anne Frank Elementary School continues in Northeast Philadelphia. Metal panels have been installed on 75% of the new construction areas while the glass and glazing installation is 50% complete.

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Acoustic ceiling tile and vinyl composite tile installation continues while the walls are being painted. Ceramic tile flooring has started in the toilet rooms as well. A new feature this month are the railings being installed in the new stairways.

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Community College of Philadelphia – Career and Advanced Technology Center, New Facility1-Community-College-of-Philadelphia_Career-Advanced-Technoloy-Center_SCHRADERGROUP_May-Construction-Progress

The Community College of Philadelphia’s new Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC) is progressing in West Philadelphia. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing rough-ins continue at the interior wall and ceiling level and fire protection systems will follow.

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Masonry work continues as well as exterior and interior metal framing. The building enclosure systems are expected to be completed by end of summer or early fall.

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Recently, the on-grade concrete slabs were completed on the first floor. This project is scheduled for a February 2022 completion.

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School District of Philadelphia – Paul L. Dunbar School, Restoration1-Paul-L-Dunbar-School-SDP_SCHRADERGROUP_May-Construction-Progress

Another School District of Philadelphia school project that is wrapping up is the restoration to the Paul L. Dunbar School. The outdated building exterior was in poor shape, with deteriorated masonry around the parapet of the building.

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The restoration includes the installation of galvanized steel inlets to replace the rusted ungalvanized ones, the rebuilding of masonry, and the repointing of mortar joints. The project is a restoration of a beautiful WPA funded school. Substantial completion is expected by end of summer.

 

Springfield School District – Springfield High School, Existing High School Demolition and Visitor Side Bleacher Construction1-Springfield-High-School-Demolition_SCHRADERGROUP_May-Construction-Progress

In Springfield, PA, the new Springfield High School has just been completed. Demolition of the existing High School has begun and is on schedule for completion at the end of the summer.

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The Visitor Side Bleacher building footing and foundations have recently been completed. Next up are the masonry walls and door frames as well as site work grading for the athletic fields and tennis courts.

 

Department of General Services – PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and Parking Structure, New Facilities1-PennDOT-District-6.0-Regional-Traffic-Management-Center-RTMC_SCHRADERGROUP_May-Construction-Progress

The new PennDOT Regional Traffic Management Center in King of Prussia is progressing nicely, with the continued forming of concrete footings and foundation walls. SG serves as the design component of the Heim Construction Design-Build team for this project. At the accompanying parking garage, work has been completed.

 

It is always exciting to watch our design work become reality! We would like to thank our clients, consultants, contractors, and all other team members for your dedication and support of the on-going efforts for these projects!

Learn more about these and other exciting SCHRADERGROUP projects here!

SCHRADERGROUP Construction Progress – May 2021

As summer quickly approaches, construction work continues to accelerate on SCHRADERGROUP (SG) projects! The team has been hard at work with construction administration for a variety of projects, with some rapidly approaching final completion. A few of our construction projects underway include a new Emergency Operations Center in North Carolina, additions and renovations to the School District of Philadelphia’s Anne Frank Elementary School, the Community College of Philadelphia’s new Career and Advanced Technology Center, the new Upper Merion Area High School, and the new PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center and Parking Structure, among others. A brief description of a few projects follow.

Chatham County, North Carolina – Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

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In North Carolina, the grading of the site for the new Emergency Operations Center continues. Fine grading is completed on the east side of the site while work continues on the west side. The temporary entrance to the site has been removed and graded and work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to connect the main entrance to the roadway has begun. Finally, the Cell Tower Structure was recently installed and the screening topsoil is complete.

School District of Philadelphia – Anne Frank Elementary School

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In Philadelphia, the additions and renovations to Anne Frank Elementary School are quickly progressing. The exterior brick work is now complete and the installation of windows and ceramic tile begins. Inside, the painting is still in progress while the acoustic ceiling tile grid installation begins.

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Community College of Philadelphia – Career and Advanced Technology Center

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In West Philadelphia, the steel framing is complete at the new Career and Advanced Technology Center for the Community College of Philadelphia and the crane has been removed. MEP rough ins above grade have started in addition to the Concrete Masonry Unit walls. This project is scheduled for substantial completion by February 2022.

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Upper Merion Area School District – Upper Merion Area High School

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In King of Prussia, foundation work continues in the performing arts and gym/pool area of the new high school. In the classroom wing, concrete slabs have been poured. Out front, the curbs and asphalt have been installed in the parking lot. The most exciting update this month is that the site contractor is preparing to connect the site’s existing stream to the renovated stream area, which will be located near an outdoor amphitheater and teaching area to provide the students with science-based learning activities directly related to their campus.

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Department of General Services – PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and Parking Structure

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Another SG project in King of Prussia, the new RTMC facility’s foundation is progressing nicely. Heim Construction continues to advance the concrete footings and foundation walls. This week, waterproofing of the concrete footings began as well.

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The new adjacent parking structure is swiftly approaching completion. Installation of metal panel and soffit systems at the Penthouse are underway. The glazing, batten installation, metal louvre, site sign foundation, parking striping, and asphalt paving are all complete. Additionally, electric charging stations have been installed.

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As the weather improves and work continues, it is exciting to watch these projects come to fruition. We would like to thank all of our clients, consultants, contractors, and supporters for your dedication and support!

Learn more about these and other exciting SCHRADERGROUP projects here!

SCHRADERGROUP Attends the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Spring Meeting

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently attended the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association (NCSA) 2021 Spring Meeting from April 23rd  to the 26th in New Bern, North Carolina. The NCSA is made up of the state’s 100 sheriffs and the association works to strengthen the professional law enforcement services their offices provide to the people of North Carolina.

SG Principal Harry Pettoni operated the SG booth throughout the event that hosted training sessions, special speakers, and exhibitions that dealt with issues in law enforcement and the community. Events like these help sheriffs across the state figure out how to better serve their communities and to share techniques and strategies with their local counterparts.

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SG is proud to attend an event dedicated to the safety of the people of North Carolina. We had the pleasure to meet some new faces, connect with existing clients, and discuss current facility needs for NC Sheriffs.

SG is dedicated to attending as many public safety and law enforcement events as possible, as it provides crucial information and strategies in the design and construction of public safety facilities. Attending these events ensures we maintain our knowledge base in order to continue providing dynamic designs that are survivable and redundant.

Learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s work in Public Safety here.

Learn more about the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association here.

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SCHRADERGROUP Construction Progress – April 2021

SCHRADERGROUP’S projects are quickly becoming a reality as construction continued throughout April. The team has been hard at work with construction administration for a variety of projects. A few of our construction projects that are underway include: two projects for the School District of Philadelphia, the Community College of Philadelphia’s new Career and Advanced Technology Center, the new Upper Merion Area High School, and the new PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center and Parking Structure.

School District of Philadelphia – Anne Frank Elementary School, Renovations

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Construction continues at Anne Frank Elementary School in northeast Philadelphia. Interior and exterior metal studwork and HVAC ductwork continues while exterior brick work is 80% complete. In the existing building, new VCT flooring has been installed.

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School District of Philadelphia – Paul L. Dunbar Promise Academy, Masonry Investigation

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Moving into Templetown, masonry restoration work at the Paul L. Dunbar School has finally begun. The historic academy north of center city serves grades k-8 and the façade was in serious need of repair. Old brick parapets were removed and reconstructed with new reinforced and grouted CMU, the exterior brick wythe was reconstructed as well and new flashing and anchors were installed.

This project shows the importance of masonry investigations, as the existing steel angle lintels were severely deteriorated.

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Community College of Philadelphia – Career and Advanced Technology Center, New Facility

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In West Philadelphia, the new Career and Advanced Technology Center for the Community College of Philadelphia is coming along nicely. The steel frame is being erected from the ground floor level while footings and foundations are ongoing at the first-floor level.

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Upper Merion Area School District – Upper Merion Area High School, New Facility

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In King of Prussia, the new high school is taking shape. The structural steel and foundation/underground work is ongoing and concrete slabs are underway.

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Department of General Services – PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and Parking Structure, New Facility

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In King of Prussia, the grading for the RTMC building pad is ongoing. Rebar is on site and concrete footings are being poured. The formwork erection for the southwest retaining wall is recently underway.

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The parking structure is progressing quickly. The curtain wall framing at the stairs, the stair railing, electrical conduit, and plumbing piping have all been installed and concrete washes are complete. The roof membrane installation has been recently completed as well.

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As the weather improves and work continues, it is exciting to watch these projects come to fruition. We would like to thank all of our clients, consultants, contractors, and supporters for your dedication and support!

Learn more about these and other exciting SCHRADERGROUP projects here!

SCHRADERGROUP Construction Progress – March 2021

2021 has been off to quite a busy start here at SCHRADERGROUP! The team has been working diligently on multiple projects in both the K-12 and Public Safety markets, including Upper Merion Area High School, Chatham County (NC) Emergency Operations Center, Anne Frank Elementary School, Knapp Elementary School, the East Pennsboro Area School District’s Administration Office, and the PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center and Parking Structure.

With the weather improving recently, construction progress has been speeding up! See below for details on each of these exciting projects.

Upper Merion Area School District – Upper Merion Area High School

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This month, the site finally started to dry out. Structural steel is being erected and the site was buzzing with activity!

Chatham County, North Carolina – Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

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Early site work has been moving along on this North Carolina EOC project. The pond construction, on-site water, and rough grading over the culvert are all complete while off-site water and road grading remains ongoing.

The School District of Philadelphia – Anne Frank Elementary School

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In Philadelphia, construction continues on the Anne Frank Elementary School. The concrete slabs are completed, and the CMU work is coming close behind. Both interior and exterior metal stud work is in progress.

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North Penn School District – Knapp Elementary School

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Phase 1 of Knapp Elementary School’s renovations and additions is nearly complete! An 8-classroom addition that includes a new bus entry canopy and vestibule will provide the swing space for the remainder of the renovation work. Demolition is set to start for the next phase, which will create a brand new Dining Commons, Large Group Instruction space, and secure entry.

East Pennsboro Area School District (EPASD) – District Administration Office

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Up near Harrisburg, the District Administration Office for EPASD is coming along nicely. The exterior steel for the addition is complete and the concrete slab was poured last week. Interior stud work is currently in progress.

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Department of General Services – PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and Parking Structure

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Back in Philly, the PennDOT RTMC building is off and running. The first section of retaining wall footing is being constructed and the grading for the building pad is underway.

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The activity at the parking structure is bustling as well. Steel installation at the stair towers is complete and rebar has been installed at the stair landing in preparation for concrete pours. CMU wall installation is underway as well as stud framing, HM door installation, and the sealing of vertical joints.

 

We are so excited to see these designs finally coming to reality! Thank you to our wonderful consultants and partners, particularly Heim Construction, Bala Consulting Engineers and Alfred Benesch & Company in their great work with PennDOT.

Learn more about these and other exciting SCHRADERGROUP projects here!

Recapping 2020: SCHRADERGROUP’S 16TH Year

2020 was quite a year. A year filled with challenges endured by all. We learned to live with new norms and learned how to adjust to dramatic changes not only in the workplace, but in everyday life as well.

But with these challenging times comes a chance to seize opportunities, continue growth and show our commitment to our clients, partners and the community. The SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team is grateful for all of the opportunities and experiences we have been able to participate in the past year (yes, that includes virtually), and would like to take the time to reflect on all that was accomplished in 2020.

While the SG team had participated in many events for this year, we have responded to all social distancing guidelines and appropriate pandemic responses.

The SCHRADERGROUP Team

2020 marks SCHRADERGROUP’s sixteenth anniversary…
SCHRADERGROUP was established on April 15, 2004. Since then, SG has been recognized both regionally and nationally for functional and dynamic design that offers the highest degree of service to the user, responds to and respects both the built and natural environment, and demonstrates inspired aesthetics.

New location…SG started off 2020 by opening a new office location in Raleigh, North Carolina. With existing offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster and Baltimore, SG is now more committed than ever to providing dedicated academic and public safety design to all our long-standing clients across the country, as well as welcoming additional opportunities in the North Carolina region.

Keeping our community safe…SCHRADERGROUP's 3D printed face shield visors
As the COVID-19 pandemic initially caused a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) back in April, members of the SG team worked with Cornell University in their “Operation PPE” effort to provide protective gear for medical professionals. Sets of 3D printed face visors were paired with laser-cut shields and shipped to Mercy Catholic Medical Center in West Philadelphia.

Community Engagement

SG celebrated project initiations by attending several groundbreaking ceremonies…SCHRADERGROUP at UMASD HS GroundbreakingSG marked the beginning of construction of the Upper Merion Area School District’s (UMASD) new High School project with a Groundbreaking Ceremony. The 345,000 SF new facility connects the existing middle school through the athletic facilities creating a full secondary campus. The project was the result of a community-engaged master planning process and two successful UMASD elementary school projects.UMASD Front Facade

body img 2In August, SG attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 6-0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and Parking Structure project. Designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating, the 2-story, 44,000 SF facility will expand PennDOT’s capabilities and enhance operations. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2022.PennDOT Site Entry-new

Event-1_SCHRADERGROUP_Community_College_of_Philadelphia_Groundbreaking_Ceremony_Dr_Generals_Mayor_Jim_KenneyManaging Partner David Schrader joined Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Community College president Dr. Donald Generals in the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the College’s new Career and Advanced Technology Center. The center will provide high-quality academic, career and technical programs to generate a thriving work force for the city’s transportation, manufacturing and healthcare fields. The facility is scheduled to open in 2022.
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SG projects reached completion…
While many projects were brought to conclusion, the pandemic eliminated the opportunity for the public to celebrate project completions through traditional ribbon cutting ceremonies. Although many ribbon cutting ceremonies were cancelled or postponed, SCHRADERGROUP is proud to showcase the following completed projects:
EPASD West Creek Blog SizeEast Pennsboro Area School District – West Creek Hills Elementary School & East Pennsboro Elementary School – Renovations
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In tune with our mission of community involvement, SG participated in the following events…

SG feature photoFollowing the district-wide facility assessment of Great Valley School District’s facilities, and just prior to the pandemic, SG supported a community workshop where participants commented on what they considered the main priorities for the district. The results of the workshop process were instrumental in developing a district plan for the next five to ten years.
SCHRADERGROUP attends PSU Career Day 2020Managing Partner David Schrader (PSU Class of 1991) and SG team members Eric Weiss (PSU Class of 2013) and Paige Geldrich (PSU Class of 2018) attended Pennsylvania State University’s 34th annual Stuckeman School Career Day in February, just prior to the pandemic. This day allows students a chance to network and explore careers in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and graphic design. The SG team has participated in PSU’s Opportunities Week for years now, and always welcomes the opportunity to connect with future PSU graduates, other university graduates, and future architects.
Royalty Free GolfThe SCHRADERGROUP team attended two charity golf outings this year, the North Penn School District Educational Foundation’s 19th Annual Golf Classic and the Springfield Area Educational Foundation Annual Charity Golf Outing. SG is always looking for opportunities to assist in raising charitable funds for local school districts and is proud to support organizations that are committed to enriching the education and lives of students.

Presenting to the community…

In November, SCHRADERGROUP participated in two virtual presentations for local school district classes informing students of the architectural processes involved in our projects.

SG Project Manager Dan D’Amico presented to Upper Merion Area School District’s School Board and community a video update on the High School construction project. He then went on to show the presentation to a tech class at the High School, providing students a chance to see the site plan, floor plan and renderings. You can view this presentation here.

Managing Partner David Schrader co-hosted a presentation to a class in Council Rock School District’s High School North in November as well. The presentation focused on green building and was hosted with CRSD Director of Operations Doug Taylor.

SG’s commitment to design and sustainability for the next generation will not cease because of the current pandemic. We plan to continue our dedication to educational facilities and the community that use them into the new year, whether those activities can be done safely in person or virtually.

Conferences + Events

The SG team made exciting new connections at various conferences and events this year…

SCHRADERGROUP attended various virtual conferences this year in lieu of the usual in-person events.

The SG team attended the PASBO Facilities, Transportation & Safety conference this year. This conference looks into three critical areas in school business: Facility Management, Student Transportation and School Safety.

Managing Partner David Schrader and Senior Project Manager Danielle Hoffer, along with Upper Merion Area School District Administrative Team Dr. John Toleno and Jonathan Bauer, hosted a virtual presentation at the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Annual Conference in November.

Additionally, SG Principal Harry Pettoni attended the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Fall meeting in Carteret County, NC in November. The NCSA conference allows sheriffs and deputies to come together to talk about key issues facing law enforcement agencies across the state. The conference followed all CDC guidelines.

Awards + Recognition

SCHRADERGROUP is proud to announce the following awards we have received in 2020…
SCHRADERGROUP ENR MID ATLANTICSG is honored to earn a ranking once again in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic’s Top Design Firms list for 2020. We share this honor with all of our dedicated clients and partners whose continued commitment made this #96 ranking possible. You can view the full list here.

BD+C 2020 HeaderWe are also proud to announce that SG has ranked in 9 categories in Building Design+Construction Magazine’s 2020 Giants 400 Report. SCHRADERGROUP ranked #85 in the Top Architecture/Engineering Firms category, #49 in Schools, #46 in Public Safety Facilities, #89 in Sports Facilities, #91 in University/College Facilities and #89 in Local Government Buildings. You can view the full list here.
SCHRADERGROUP is also proud to announce making it into Architectural Record’s 2020 Top 300 Architecture Firms list at #274. SG is humbled to be included in this prestigious list.

 

SG is equally proud of the recognition for the following projects this year…
LEED Gold Plaques
SG celebrated with the Council Rock School District (CRSD), D’Huy Engineering and Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects at the official presentation of LEED Gold Plaques for CRSD’s Holland Middle School and Newtown Middle School projects. SG designed Holland Middle School while Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects designed Newtown Middle School. The two teams worked in tandem to design these facilities at the same time in order to create a level of educational parity and similar aesthetics within the two facilities. CRSD, with D’Huy Engineering’s guidance, was able to secure an ACE grant for both projects.

SCHRADERGROUP_Holland Middle School_Learning by Design Spring 2020CRSD’s Holland Middle School was also recognized as an Outstanding Project by Spring issue of Learning by Design. The issue shows what can be achieved with a complete addition and renovation to transform a 1970’s middle school into a 21st century learning environment. You can view this issue here.
Looking to 2021 + Beyond

We thank you for all of the experiences we have had during 2020 and are excited for more opportunities in the new year!

Wishing you, your families and loved ones a Happy, Healthy New Year!

From all of us at

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SCHRADERGROUP Ranks #96 on ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Top Design Firms 2020 List

SCHRADERGROUP ranks #96 on Engineering News-Record (ENR) Mid-Atlantic’s Top Design Firms list of 2020. This list ranks the largest Mid-Atlantic-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design revenue. SCHRADERGROUP is proud to note that the firm’s ranking moved from #100 in 2019 to #96 for this year.

The SCHRADERGROUP team recognizes that we share this tremendous success with our clients and our partners. The team is humbled by the continued dedication of those same clients to their projects even during these challenging times. We thank our clients and look forward to a bright future filled with creating improved environments for living, learning, working and recreating.

View ENR Mid-Atlantic’s Top Design Firms 2020 List here.

SCHRADERGROUP Opens A New Regional Office!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is expanding! The team is proud to announce that we have opened a new office location in Raleigh, North Carolina which benefits both existing and future SG projects. We are thrilled to situate ourselves in a region that we have been committed to.

Since the founding of the firm in 2004, SG remains dedicated to public safety and academic facility design. With existing offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster and Baltimore, the SG team looks forward to continuing our long-standing relationships and welcoming new opportunities in North Carolina.

For more information on SG locations, click here.

2019 IACP Recap: SCHRADERGROUP Attends World’s Largest Law Enforcement Event

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition on October 26-29. The event was held in Chicago, Illinois.

The IACP conference is the world’s largest law enforcement event to take place each year. SG is an active member of IACP and regularly attends the annual conference. This year, SG team members Harry Pettoni and Larry Bickford exhibited at the Expo. They met new clients, connected with existing clients and interacted with many Chiefs of Police. The SG team discussed current facility needs with clients and arranged follow-up meetings.

The SG team attended educational sessions supporting the planning, design and construction process of police facilities. Speakers presented information about the impact of technology on law enforcement agencies as wells as the future challenges police & law enforcement agencies may encounter. The SG team discovered new techniques of leveraging technology to enhance public safety in neighborhoods and schools.

The IACP has issued an updated 2019 Police Facilities Planning Guidelines Book that defines current strategies in the design and construction process of public safety facilities. By attending the conference, SG maintains our knowledge base to aid clients for ongoing success.

Be sure to visit SG at the IACP 2020 Annual conference, to be held on October 18-20, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. For more information about IACP 2020, click here.

Learn more about SG’s public safety facilities, planning and design services here.

See IACP’s “Wrap-Up” of the 2019 conference here.

SCHRADERGROUP will be at the IACP Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago!

The SCHRADERGROUP team will be exhibiting at the IACP Annual Conference and Expo in Chicago this month.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders. IACP is committed to advancing the safety of communities worldwide, with more than 30,000 members in 16- countries. (as stated from the IACP website here.)

Please stop by booth #1413 to discuss how SCHRADERGROUP can help you design dynamic and dependable facilities to advance the safety of your community.

Find out more about the conference here.