Tag: 21st century learning

SCHRADERGROUP Partners with Upper Merion Area School District Administration to Provide Saint Joseph University’s Education Doctorate Program with a Tour of Gulph Elementary School

SCHRADERGROUP (SG)’s Managing Partner, David Schrader, was proud to assist in a presentation and group tour of the Upper Merion Area School District (UMASD)’s Gulph Elementary School. The tour was provided for the Saint Joseph University’s Doctoral Program in Educational Administration.

SG is proud of the opportunity to share the incredible school that UMASD has built as an example of how inspiring learning environments can make a difference in education today. Gulph Elementary School is an excellent example of how the collaboration between a School District and a design team can result in transformative facilities to support next generation learning processes.

You can learn more about UMASD’s schools, Caley and Gulph Elementary Schools here.

The SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team exhibits at this year’s NSBA Conference in Philadelphia

The SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team exhibits at this year’s National School Board Association Conference in Philadelphia.

SG team members, David Schrader, Bruce Bachtle, Harry Pettoni and Danielle Hoffer, attended this year’s NSBA Conference held in Philadelphia, PA. The team was happy to see familiar faces representing so many of our local clients. It was also great to have the opportunity to speak to so many School Board members representing school districts from across the nation.

We hope to see all of you again next year!

 

SCHRADERGROUP Attends North Hills Elementary School’s First Ever Career Day and Reading Celebration

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is excited to have attended North Hills Elementary School’s first ever Career Day and Celebration of Reading Event in Central York School District. SG’s team members presented information about the architectural interior designing and structural engineering careers to the classroom.

SG’s Interior Designer and Structural Engineer, Charlotte Stoudt and Jeffery Rothermel, shared their professional experience and how literacy and communicative skills impact both of their careers daily. Mr. Rothermel’s presentation emphasized how he is just one of the many entities that help the architect’s vision become a reality. Different classes of students had the chance to see SG’s portfolio of K-12 learning environment projects to get a visual understanding of what architects create.

It was a very exciting day for the students of North Hills Elementary and we hope to have instilled inspiration for the future careers of many children. SG team members look forward to these opportunities to educate future generations about the importance of learning environments and their impact on the community.

Click here to learn more about SG’s involvement within other educational environments.

SCHRADERGROUP Attends Palmyra Area School District’s Dedication Ceremony for Forge Road Elementary and Palmyra Area Middle School

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is honored to have attended Palmyra Area School District’s Dedication Ceremony for the completion of their newly renovated schools, Forge Road Elementary and Palmyra Area Middle School.

Mrs. Brown, the Superintendent of Schools, opened the ceremony by welcoming and extending her appreciation to all individuals involved in the school projects. Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kara Schoessler, discussed the evident changes that have been made to Palmyra Area Middle School while the School Board addressed the energy efficiency of the new buildings. Mrs. Darcy Brenner-Smith, the Director of Business Affairs shared that, “the Guaranteed Energy Savings project will save energy costs for years to come.”

SG is proud that these new learning facilities are examples of how the hybrid GESA project can truly transform a building all while remaining within budget.

SG is grateful to have shared this opportunity with Palmyra Area School District, it’s community and with Reynolds Energy Solutions. We look forward to continuing to work with all parties on projects in the near future.

Find out more about the Palmyra’s new Energy Efficient Middle School here.

SCHRADERGROUP is Exhibiting at the NSBA Conference in Philadelphia

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) will be exhibiting at the 2019 NSBA Conference from March 30th through April 1st.

The NSBA Annual Conference & Exposition is the one national event that brings together education leaders at a time when domestic policies and global trends are combining to shape the future of the students. Join us in Philadelphia for a robust offering of over 250 educational programs, including three inspirational general sessions that will give you new ideas and tools to help drive your district forward.”

The SG team hopes to have the opportunity to meet many of you who will be attending the NSBA conference. We welcome the opportunity to discuss contributions we might make to enhance your communities and to help you develop twenty-first century learning environments.

The conference is located at the Philadelphia Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can find more information about the conference and can register here. Don’t forget to visit SCHRADERGROUP at booth 526.

You can also read more about our K-12 learning environments here.

Newly Renovated Palmyra Area School District Middle School gets a Facelift and Upgraded Energy-Efficiency Systems

Responding to significant enrollment growth over the past ten years, the Palmyra Area School District is proactively approaching and enhancing the student experience.  Addressing numerous facility deficiencies at the Middle School, the District recently finished a two-phase, multi-year addition and renovation process. Much of the process was completed using a GESA process (Guaranteed Energy Savings Act) administered through Reynolds Energy Solutions.

Phase one focused on modernizing all of the energy-consuming systems and equipment within the building. Reynolds Energy Solutions provided new mechanical, plumbing and electrical upgrades with SG providing finish and ADA upgrades to the existing building. By replacing decades-old equipment, fixtures, and lights, the Middle School is now poised for operational efficiency in the coming years.

Other upgrades during phase one included architecturally new or upgraded materials to hallways, classrooms, ADA upgrades, roof replacement, window replacements and exterior restoration throughout the entire school.

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing upgrades included new corridor LED lighting, new HVAC system throughout Phase, replacement of all toilet Fixtures, flush valves and faucets, replacement of all water fountains and new emergency generator.

Phase two addressed the District’s physical/spatial needs by adding twelve classrooms, small-group instruction space, a faculty room, and new toilet rooms. The cafeteria was modernized and expanded to include an outdoor dining area. Several rooms within the existing building were reconfigured to function programmatically with the District’s current and growing needs.  Finally, the Administrative suite received an organizational facelift including a new secure entrance portal.

Renovations to the remainder of the existing School also included: New bleachers for the existing gymnasium, floor leveling of the existing band room to meet ADA, conversion of large group instruction classroom into two new classrooms, replacement of all existing exterior doors, new signage throughout the school, elevator upgrades to meet current codes and new secure front entrance vestibule.

SG is proud of our partnership with the Palmyra Area School District and Reynolds Energy Solutions and excited to continue working with them on several other building modernization projects.

Check out our other K-12 projects here.

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes Our Newest Project Architect!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) welcomes our newest Project Architect, Mark Adamiak.

Mark joins the SG team with experience specializing in academic and healthcare design. His prior experience consists of all phases of the process from design and documentation through construction administration. Mark’s projects have included academic as well as Healthcare projects. Mark participated as a guest instructor for five semesters teaching architecture to high school level students through Architecture in School (AIS) programs with AIA. He exemplifies the SG goal of continuing this cycle of teaching the next generation about good design.

Mark’s passion and dedication to both architecture and education provides SG with new perspectives and solutions so valuable to our projects and our clientele as well.

Mark holds a Master of Architecture and Planning from the Catholic University of America, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering, with a minor in Architecture from Lafayette College. The SG team looks forward to Mark’s contribution to new learning environments.

Interested in joining the SG team? Check out available opportunities here.

SCHRADERGROUP is Exhibiting at the PASBO 64th Annual Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) will be exhibiting at the 64th Pennsylvania Association of School Business Official (PASBO) Annual Conference this year in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

PASBO is a statewide organization that focuses on sharing learning experiences and promotes networking amongst school business colleagues and business partners that are members of the association. Every year, PASBO has provided an opportunity to come together at their annual conference to present keynote speakers, provide information workshops and sessions and provide opportunities to network with peers and business partners.

At the Conference, there is an opportunity to meet and speak with SG Partners, David Schrader and Bruce Bachtle, Principals, Harry Pettoni and Tom Forsberg, and Senior Educational Planner, Danielle V. Hoffer. The team looks forward to seeing many new and familiar school business colleagues. As experts in Academic design, we want to hear you and to help you with your educational programming, planning and design to enhance your learning facilities.

Come visit us at our booth (413) to chat about your projects and ideas for your school district’s needs.

You can visit Academic Projects on our website here.

You can learn more about the PASBO Conference here.

SCHRADERGROUP Managing Partner’s Farewell as Chairman of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

David Schrader, Managing Partner of SCHRADERGROUP (SG), closed another chapter with A4LE as his time on the Executive Committee for A4LE came to an end in October of 2018.

SG Managing Partner David Schrader, AIA, LEED AP, A4LE Fellow, is heavily involved in a variety of activities surrounding planning and design for educational facilities. A long-standing member of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), formerly Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), David most recently served as Chairman of the International Board of Directors for the organization.  Former posts include Vice Chair of the International Board of Directors, Chair of the International Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the International School of the Future Design Competition, President of the Northeast Region, and CEFPI Governor for Pennsylvania.

David is the recipient of multiple awards bestowed by the organization and is a regular speaker and organizer for regional and national conferences. He also served as Jury Chair of the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition, an annual program supported by A4LE and over 20 other organizations that draws national attention to the importance of well-planned, healthy, high performance, safe and sustainable schools through a design competition engaging middle school students.

In 2009 through 2011, David was named Planner of the Year for the Northeast Region of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI).  He consequently was a finalist for International Planner of the Year in 2010 and 2011. David was awarded the Distinction of A4LE Fellow at the 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. David has received numerous design accolades and recognition from other organizations as well. Recognized for demonstrating excellence in educational facilities planning, practice and leadership, David is known for involving students and community in consensus-based planning processes, for his commitment to educational programming and design, and for his regional and national CEFPI leadership roles.

David noted that his time on the Executive Committee has been among the most rewarding experiences of his career. During his time, the organization experienced unprecedented growth from 3,500 members to 5,000. He was part of the Executive Committees that renamed and rebranded the organization. He was also part of the team instating the global transition of the organization and continues in that capacity today.

In his parting statement, David expressed his sincere appreciation to his A4LE colleagues for this amazing camaraderie, to his professional colleagues for their support during his tenure and to his family for their love and support.

School District of Springfield Township Marks the Beginning of Their New Early Learning Center Construction with a Groundbreaking Ceremony

SCHRADERGROUP attended School District of Springfield Township’s groundbreaking ceremony for the new K-2 Early Learning Center in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania.

More than 200 people from the community joined the School District to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new school. Big smiles radiated from all as Board Members, Project Team Members, Parents and future students dug into the site with their hard hats on. Dr. Nancy Hacker, Superintendent of schools, thanked the community and those who have worked diligently on the new school for their efforts. She, fellow Board Members and local representatives expressed appreciation for the teamwork required to get to this point.

SCHRADERGROUP is equally grateful and excited for this project’s success and will diligently continue to support its journey.

Check out our project page on this highly anticipated project here.