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SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes Newest Member to the Interior Design Team!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is happy to announce the newest member to join our team! Please help us welcome Senior Project Manager and Interior Designer Derek Perini!

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Derek A. Perini, IIDA, NCIDQ
Senior Project Manager / Interior Designer
Lebanon Valley College – Bachelor of Arts, Interior & Environmental Design

Derek is a skilled Interior Designer with over 24 years of experience. He is well known in the region for his expertise in senior living design, having completed multiple multi-million-dollar retirement complexes in Pennsylvania and several other states.

Derek’s career includes high level Associate and Senior positions at previous firms in the region, with a focus on interior design and interior architectural design in the Senior Living, Multi-Family, Hospitality, and Higher Education markets. His skill in working closely with clients to design interior solutions that support programming objectives will be of immense value to the SCHRADERGROUP team.

At SG, Derek will be working with our Interior Design Team to provide his design expertise to new K-12 and Higher Education projects. He will also bring his past knowledge and experience of senior living and multi-family design to the table while we look to grow and expand into new markets.

Derek is passionate about both learning and teaching. He enjoys being challenged to learn new things and is excited to be pushed outside of his comfort zone in his new position. Derek is also enthusiastic about mentoring. His past positions have allowed him the opportunity to mentor young designers and he finds this to be one of the most rewarding parts of the job. His time mentoring has also proven to be very beneficial for him as well, as their “fresh eyes” and creativity give him inspiration to feed off of. In his free time, Derek enjoys cooking and baking.

Derek is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE). He is also certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and additionally serves on the exam grading committee. He is a Lebanon Valley College graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior and Environmental Design.

Welcome Derek! We are happy to see our Interior Design Team continue to grow, and we look forward to working on many successful projects together!

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes Newest Member to the Architectural Production Team!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is happy to announce the newest member to join our team! Please help us welcome Architectural Designer Trevor Mitchell!

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Trevor Mitchell
Architectural Designer
Philadelphia University – Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Sustainability

Trevor is a Philadelphia University graduate with over six years of experience in architectural design, most recently serving as Office BIM Manager and Architectural Designer at his previous architectural firm. During that time, he managed Building Information Modeling for the office, providing support and resolutions to program issues as well as operational training for his coworkers.

In addition to being an experienced designer, Trevor is a skilled organizer who is capable of creating templates and systems to enhance efficacy, whether for a project or for the firm as a whole. He has experience in all phases of a project’s life cycle, from initial surveying and test fits through to construction administration. His experience with educational and public safety facility design will be of tremendous benefit to SCHRADERGROUP.

Trevor is passionate about green design and sees our work with schools as a teaching opportunity to educate students about sustainability through building design. In his free time, Trevor enjoys working on home improvement projects and outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, hunting, and kickball.

Looking to the future, Trevor’s first goal is becoming a licensed architect. He hopes that his work here at SG will have an impact on the communities that we design for. Trevor is very knowledgeable about our education and public safety industries and looks forward to the new changes and techniques seen in the design of these types of facilities as of late.

Welcome Trevor! We are proud to have you join SG and are excited to see what’s in store for your future here! Our team looks forward to sharing our company culture and practice with our new team member and is excited to follow his journey of future success.

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

SCHRADERGROUP Announces Newly Registered Architect!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is pleased to announce that another one of our Architectural Designers has successfully passed the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and is now a Registered Architect in the state of Pennsylvania!

We would like to congratulate Tyler Corbley, AIA, LEED Green Associate on becoming the latest registered architect at SG! Tyler is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and began his time at SG as a summer intern before joining the team full time. Tyler works in the Philadelphia office.

During his time at SG, Tyler has been invaluable for his work in the education sector. Tyler’s successes extend beyond the work we do on projects as well, as he also helps with mentoring both SG summer interns and undergraduate students through PSU’s Stuckeman School mentoring program. We are excited to see what lies ahead for Tyler’s career.

Interested in joining the SG team? Check out what opportunities are available for you here.

SCHRADERGROUP Principal Named President of A4LE’s Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter

SCHRADERGROUP is pleased to announce that the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) has named SG Principal Harry Pettoni as President of the Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter. As president, Harry will lead the chapter that encompasses a portion of the Middle Atlantic surrounding the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Valley, including the areas of Washington D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. His duties will include presiding over all board meetings, directing activities of the chapter, appointing committees to conduct chapter business, and attending regional and international conferences. Harry will be serving for a three-year term. Congratulation Harry!

The Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter is a non-profit organization made up of individuals whose professional activities involve a responsibility of planning, designing, constructing, equipping, administering, and/or maintaining the physical environment of education. The chapter seeks to further the goals of education by providing services, activities, and knowledge related to the development of superior educational facilities. The purpose of this chapter is to assist A4LE and the region implement their programs, to serve as a vehicle for the local activities of A4LE, and to provide a forum for members of the chapter to meet and discuss matters of common interest and concern.

As an active member of A4LE since 1999 and a member of the Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter since its inception in 2013, Harry has been a long standing and active member of the organization. He served as the Northeast Region’s Secretary/Treasurer for four years prior to the formation of the Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter and has been involved in several committees and conference planning events throughout the region.

Harry’s goals as Chapter President includes collaborating with K-12 administrators, educators, and industry partners to provide educational planning opportunities and awareness that best serves the needs of students and the community within the chapter and region. He hopes to provide leadership, support, and resources for the implementation of anti-bias and anti-racist policies, practices, and behaviors in the planning of our educational institutions.

To learn more about the Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Valley Chapter of A4LE, click here.

To learn more about SG and the work that we do supporting academic facilities in the Northeast Region, click here.

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SCHRADERGROUP to Speak at PASBO’s 2022 Annual Conference!

We are excited to announce that the SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team will be speaking and exhibiting at this year’s 67th PASBO Annual Conference & Exhibits in Hershey, PA from March 8th to the 11th in the Hershey Lodge. Stop by Booth 410 this year to say hello and meet the team!

SG is thrilled to attend this great event in person after last year’s conference was held virtually. We are even more excited to announce that the SG team will be partnering with previous clients and consultants to bring you a special panel this year: “SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE: The Next Generation of Safety and Security, HVAC and Virus Mitigation.” This panel discussion will be on Wednesday, March 9th from 10:45am – 11:45am. We hope to see you there!

“School districts are continually advancing the level of internal transparency and are including more unique and dynamic learning environments as they seek to adjust to changing learning styles and the increased use of technology.  Solutions required to respond to the recent pandemic have only exacerbated the challenges of delivering a higher caliber of education to the learner.  In response to these issues, school districts have had to evolve their thinking in terms of; safety, security, HVAC and virus mitigation.

Historic threats to schools have created the need to implement safety and security protocol and systems but now, for the first time in 100 years, we have encountered a health pandemic which became another threat to our students, faculty, staff, and community.  These compounded concerns create dynamic needs for school districts.  Threat assessments, emergency planning and ultimately implementation of protocols are critical to procedures going forward.  But further, those threats have modified the systems in buildings. It is critical that these become an underlying part of our process and systems so that all members of society can enjoy learning and community-based activities without actively feeling those threats. 

This panel is intended to discuss and debate these topics and to reveal some of the next generation thinking relative to these topics.”

More information on this special panel, as well as information about attending the conference, can be found here.

The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) is a statewide association with 3,000 members. They are devoted to providing their supporters with education, training, professional development, and timely access to legislative and policy news. Their membership base covers school professionals working in finance, accounting, operations, facilities, transportation, food service, technology, communications, human resources, purchasing, and safety services. While diverse in areas of specialty, all members share a common goal – to support classroom learning in schools during good and bad economic times through smart business practices. PASBO helps make that goal a reality.

Each year, PASBO provides an opportunity for school business officials to listen to keynote speaker presentations and attend information workshops that provide members with the opportunity to network with their peers. PASBO provides its members with the education, training, and professional development, as well as the timely access to legislative and policy news, needed to support this goal of developing and supporting leaders in school business operations.

Learn more about registering for the PASBO conference here.

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SCHRADERGROUP Attends 35th Annual DVASBO Trade Show

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently attended the Delaware Valley Association of School Board Officials (DVASBO)’s 35th Annual Trade Show on Wednesday, November 10 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.

SG was proud to attend and exhibit at this conference once again. It was great to see so many friendly and familiar faces this year after last year’s trade show was cancelled due to the pandemic. SG was proud to assist in DVASBO’s mission of developing and supporting leaders in school business operations for the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.

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The Trade Show was attended by Managing Partner David Schrader, Principal Harry Pettoni, and Associate Danielle Hoffer. The day included prize drawings, exhibition space, and breakfast and lunch.

It was great to be at a trade show again and to physically see everyone and talk to people face-to-face. We had a ton of fun connecting with school business officials after the hiatus last year and we look forward to attending again next year!

DVASBO is a regional chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO). For nearly five decades, DVASBO has been supporting school professionals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. The organization currently has over 1,000 members and are devoted to providing members with education, training, professional development, and timely access to legislative and policy news. The SG team would like to thank the DVASBO staff for organizing this trade show. To learn more about DVASBO, click here.

To learn more about SCHRADERGRPOUP’s commitment to educational facilities, click here.

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SCHRADERGROUP Attends PASBO Facilities, Transportation, & Safety Conference & Exhibits

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently attended the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Facilities, Transportation, & Safety Conference & Exhibits in Lancaster, PA on November 4, 2021. This was the first time this conference was held in Lancaster.

The conference was held at the Lancaster Marriot & Convention Center, which is only a couple blocks away from our Lancaster office on King Street. SG exhibited at the conference in the convention hall and was honored to be a Bronze Sponsor for the event. SG team members Danielle Hoffer, Charlotte Stoudt, and Denis Brennan attended the trade show to connect once again with familiar faces and to meet many more.

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This year’s conference dialed the focus down to three key areas important to school business officials: facility management, student transportation, and school safety. School facility management affects teaching and learning, student and staff health, day-to-day building operations, and the long-range fiscal health of the district. Attendees included facilities directors and personnel, school safety personnel, business managers, and superintendents.

The SG team would like to thank the dedicated staff of PASBO for organizing this great event and to all attendees who stopped by our booth to chat and ask questions. We look forward to the annual conference that will be held from March 8-11, 2022 in Hershey, PA. Come find us at Booth 410 to chat about your projects and ideas for your school district’s needs.

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PASBO is a Pennsylvania-based, state-wide association with over 3,000 members. They are devoted to providing members with the education, training, professional development and timely access to legislation and policy news needed to run a school district smoothly and successfully. While their membership base varies greatly, the association has a common goal of supporting classroom learning through smart business practices. To learn more about PASBO and the work that they do, click here.

To learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s work with K-12 schools, click here.

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SCHRADERGROUP Attends North Penn School District Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Golf Classic

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently attended the North Penn School District (NPSD) Educational Foundation’s 20th Annual Golf Classic hosted at the Talamore Country Club in Ambler, PA on Tuesday, October 5. The outing helped raise charitable funds for the foundation while participants enjoyed a day on the course with lunch and beverages.

SG was happy to return and proud to be a Metal-level sponsor for this great event that raises money to provide innovative classroom grants to enhance the educational experience of NPSD students.

The SG team was represented by Eric Weiss and Jeremy Ross. The team was honored to support an organization that’s committed to enriching the education and lives of more than 13,000 students in each of the North Penn School District’s eighteen schools.

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As educational planners and architects, SG is committed to providing educational facilities that further enrich the learning experience. The success of these events and the continued work of the foundation provides the opportunity to introduce students to new curriculum and innovations in education that give the buildings we design an exciting purpose.

The SG team would like to thank the dedicated members of the NPSD Educational Foundation for organizing this wonderful event. As an example of this funding in action, the North Penn High School will be the first high school in North America that will provide students with a new spatial computing program that will give students a unique opportunity to learn how to design, develop, and publish Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications. To learn more about the North Penn School District Educational Foundation, click here.

To learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s work with K-12 schools, click here.

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SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes a New Structural Engineer to the Team!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is thrilled to announce the newest member to join our team! Please help us welcome Structural Engineer Hugo Li, PE!

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Hugo Li, PE
Structural Engineer
Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Architectural Engineering + Integrated Master of Architectural Engineering

Hugo is a Pennsylvania State University graduate with an integrated bachelor’s and master’s degree in Architectural Engineering. As a registered engineer with over ten years of experience in structural engineering, Hugo has the ability to lead the design process from start to finish, can handle multiple designs at once, and can set priorities and establish deadlines in order to successfully manage complex projects.

Hugo’s comprehensive code knowledge, expertise in structural forensics, and impressive structural engineering software abilities allow him to develop complex details and drawings. His interpersonal skills working with clients and consultants, combined with his excellent writing and verbal skills, give him the ability to work through all phases of a project while establishing effective working relationships with clients and consultants.

Hugo is passionate about working on interesting projects and looks forward to working with the team using the creative problem solving we at SCHRADERGROUP are known for. Looking to the future, Hugo hopes to grow the engineering sector in our Philadelphia office and hopes to manage a team of engineers one day. In his free time, Hugo enjoys solving puzzles, playing chess, listening to music, and building various things such as furniture and computers.

Welcome Hugo! We are thrilled to have you join the SG team! We look forward to a future of successful projects, and growth both professionally and personally!

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

SCHRADERGROUP Attends the A4LE LearningSCAPES 2021 Conference in Denver, Colorado

Members of the SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team recently traveled to Denver, Colorado to attend the annual Association for Leaning Environments (A4LE) LearningSCAPES Conference from October 14th to the 17th at the Colorado Convention Center.

For decades, the LearningSCAPES conference has allowed educators, policymakers, planners, and design professionals from across the globe to experience the cutting edge of new educational design. The conference offers world-class educational sessions and inspiring keynote speakers who dive into best practices for creating effective learning environments for future generations.

Themes explored during the conference included the recent disruptive forces surrounding the global pandemic, social injustice, and economic stresses that have made the need for holistic and radical change more visible.

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This year’s conference explored the idea of “Disruptive Optimism” and delved into the disruptive forces at play around the world, the positive opportunities they represent, and the actions we must take to create an optimistic and more effective future. The conference allowed members from around the world to converse about educational visions, connect through experiences and discoveries, and exchange expertise about next generation learning environments and their evolving needs.

The first day of the conference included six tours of various Pre-K to Higher Education schools and facilities in the areas surrounding Denver. Each facility offered attendees the chance to experience the latest and greatest in educational facility design. We would like to thank Boulder Valley School District, the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Denver, Cherry Creek School District, Douglas County School District, and Littleton Public Schools for welcoming us into their wonderful schools and facilities!

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Information sessions included presentations such as “Social/Emotional Learning through Curriculum and School Design,” “Designing Schools for Parental Engagement,” and “Engineering the Future Leaders of Our Community,” just to name a few.

Established in 1921, A4LE is a non-profit association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. They believe that facilities impact the learning, development, and behavior of the user, the planning process is essential for quality facilities, sharing and networking improves the planning process, and that there is a standard by which to measure this success.

SCHRADERGROUP exhibited the new Upper Merion Area High School project in the exhibition hall during the conference. The team is proud to have had this opportunity to showcase this project amongst the other incredible work on display.

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SCHRADERGROUP was also proud to be a Pewter Sponsor for the conference and is always happy to support a great organization like A4LE. We are, and have been, proud sponsors of A4LE’s great annual expositions. To learn more about A4LE, click here. To learn more about the LearningSCAPES Conference, click here.

To learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s commitment to creating 21st Century learning environments, click here.