School District of Springfield Township’s New Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center Opening this Fall
The School District of Springfield Township’s (SDST) Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center opens this Fall with great enthusiasm. The completion of the school is the culmination of years of planning, community input and teamwork to design a building that fosters early learning for district’s youngest students.
The new 105,000 square foot K-2 Early Learning Center (ELC) will serve as a replacement school for the K-1 Primary Center and will pull one grade out of the 2-5 elementary school to provide additional educational space. The reconfigured K-2/3-5 grade structure provided the district with new opportunities to tailor instruction to targeted age groupings.
The educational vision to enhance the learning experience through a student-centered, project-based learning approach to instruction laid the foundation for planning. As a result of a community workshop process, the hierarchy of space design and site planning spawned from the input of the group. The site access points, vehicular and bus circulation and parking, the adjacencies of the public spaces (multipurpose room/gymnasium and cafeteria) to the instructional areas, and how classroom wings of the building embrace the central outdoor learning courtyard (representative of the building ‘hugging’ the children) are all results of the community input received.
The main building entrance adjacent to the administration area anchors the interior street connection which provides access the gymnasium with stage and cafeteria. The street leads to the central core of the building featuring the learning resource center and STE(A)M programs and the educational focal point of the building, the learning stair. The educational areas can be secured to allow the use of the public spaces for community events after school hours.
Educationally, the space design of the new school supports a variety of instructional and learning opportunities. To create a sense of community for this younger age group within the context of the larger school, smaller learning communities were designed for each grade grouping. Each grade level wing branches out from the central core of the building and is supported by a large group instruction area to support collaborative activities for either single or multiple classroom instruction. Every two general classrooms share a small group instruction room facilitating individualized instruction. Classroom instruction and small and large-group spaces support project-based and personalized learning opportunities, differentiated instruction, the integration of technologies and STE[A]M experiences, and social and emotional learning experiences for all students.
Thank you to all that contributed to the design and construction of the new Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center. SCHRADERGROUP is grateful for this opportunity to create unique learning environments that correlate to SDST’s educational vision.
Learn more about the new Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center project here.
SCHRADERGROUP Attends the Groundbreaking Ceremony for New PennDOT District 6-0 RTMC and Parking Structure Project
SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony marking the beginning of construction for the new Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 6-0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) and Parking Structure on August 20, 2020. SG and Heim Construction Company were selected by The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services and PennDOT to Design-Build these new facilities.
Designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating, the RTMC is a two-story, 44,000 SF building adjoining the existing PennDOT Engineering District 6-0 office in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. This larger facility will expand PennDOT’s capabilities and enhance the operations of the existing center.
The Parking Structure project includes demolishing an existing parking garage to make way for the RTMC and building a new three-story, 87,800 SF parking structure accommodating 250 spaces.
This new facility is a key component toward future PennDOT expansion projects such as the, I-76 Corridor Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan and the Active Management project.
Construction of the RTMC will follow the new Parking Structure, with the entire project scheduled for completion in September 2022. SG is equally grateful and excited for this project’s success and will diligently continue to support its journey.
Visit PennDOT for additional project information here.
SCHRADERGROUP Attends Upper Merion Area School District’s Groundbreaking Ceremony for their New High School Project
SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony marking the beginning of the construction process for the Upper Merion Area School District’s new High School project.
Students, teachers, district administrators, elected officials and community members gathered to celebrate this promising new facility that will provide next-generation learning spaces for the students.
This 345,000 SF facility connects to the existing middle school through the athletic facilities creating a full secondary campus. A full competition gymnasium and competition swimming venue will be the connector to the middle school. A true “student commons” is the heart of the facility, designed as an “all-day” area for multiple activities. The students commons is a two-story atrium space with learning resources on the second level enhancing the research-and project-based components mixed with dining and food-based opportunities. After hours, this space supports pre-and post-activities for the athletic and performing arts complexes. The performing arts complex is a complete 650-seat theater with balcony and all supporting spaces. The UMASD students will have tremendous learning opportunities once this facility is complete.
After a community-engaged master planning process and two successful new elementary school projects, SG is honored to continue our partnership with UMASD on this highly anticipated state-of-the-art facility.
To learn more about the UMASD elementary school projects, click here.
To learn more about the UMASD High School project, click here.
Holland Middle School Recognized for Outstanding Project Category in Learning by Design’s Spring 2020 Issue
Learning by Design’s Spring 2020 Issue recognizes Council Rock School District’s Holland Middle School project as an Outstanding Project. The Spring 2020 issue, released on April 1, features 67 recently completed educational facility design and construction projects.
Learning by Design is, “…the premier source for education design and innovation excellence. Published three times each year in April, June and October, this prestigious magazine recognizes the nation’s preeminent architectural firms by publishing outstanding pre-K to 12 and college/university projects.”
The issue shows the transformed exterior and interior indicating, “what can be achieved with a complete addition and renovation to transform a 1970s middle school into a 21st-century learning environment.” The project added approximately 44,000 SF to the current building footprint for a total of 184,000 SF. The existing building was gutted and completely renovated.
The Holland Middle School Project has achieved LEED Gold certification and it received a Pennsylvania ACE (Alternative and Clean Energy) program grant.
View Learning by Design’s Spring 2020 Digital Issue here.
Learn more about CRSD’s Holland Middle School here.
SCHRADERGROUP Aids in the Fight Against COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 causing a dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE), the SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team joined efforts to print 3D face shield visors for local healthcare workers in need. Sets of 3D printed face visors were paired with a laser-cut shield and shipped to Mercy Catholic Medical Center in West Philadelphia on April 15, 2020.
The SG team decided to join Cornell University’s “Operation PPE” effort to provide protective gear for medical professionals. Cornell University started Operation PPE with the intent to use their on-campus digital fabrication facilities to produce temporary personal protection equipment for healthcare workers on the front lines. An open-source 3D print file was made available to produce the visor portion of a protective face shield. Architecture schools and firms around the world have joined the effort to produce this equipment in attempts to slow the curve. To learn more, click here.
SG is appreciative of Cornell University’s accessible solution that allows architecture schools and firms to aid in the fight against COVID-19. The SG team hopes to have made a difference for healthcare workers during this desperate time.
SCHRADERGROUP Attends PSU’s Stuckeman School Career Day 2020
SCHRADERGROUP attended the Pennsylvania State University (PSU)’s 34th annual Stuckeman School Career Day held on February 7, 2020 during PSU’s Opportunities Week. Stuckeman School Career Day provides students with an opportunity to network and explore potential career fields in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design. 80+ firms were selected to participate, and SCHRADERGROUP is proud to have been one of them.
The SCHRADERGROUP team was represented by managing partner, David Schrader (PSU Class of 1991) and team members, Eric Weiss (PSU Class of 2013) and Paige Geldrich (PSU Class of 2018). The team was honored to have met many bright, dedicated architecture students with promising portfolios, three of which will become SCHRADERGROUP summer interns.
SCHRADERGROUP has a diverse team of talented employees and is grateful for the opportunity to connect with the future graduates of the Penn State Stuckeman School as well as many other great schools of architecture.
Interested in joining the SG team? Check out what opportunities are available at SG for you 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.
Great Valley School District Community Engages in Workshop to Plan for the Future
The Great Valley School District (GVSD) contracted with SCHRADERGROUP (SG) in 2019 to complete an assessment of the current district facilities (six schools plus the district office, district maintenance, bus garage and athletic stadium). That assessment reviewed current building use and examined associated costs for building improvements. In addition, the District commissioned DecisionInsite to prepare a demographic study and projected enrollments based on housing developments and housing turn-over within the district. By comparing current building capacities to the projected enrollments, the team determined the district’s ability to accommodate the anticipated student population for the next five to ten years. A review of that data was presented to the community in October 2019.
In November, the District and SG facilitated a community workshop where participants were asked to comment on what they considered as the main priorities for planning. Positioning the District to offer spaces to deliver 21st Century project-based curriculum, student transportation/travel time and size of schools were ranked as participants’ top priorities. To begin a discussion regarding possible solutions to address capacity issues, specifically at Great Valley Middle School, a series of options were presented that considered the current grade alignment, possible grade realignment and new construction. Participants talked through the options, posed questions and identified concerns related to each, and highlighted the potential benefits. At the close of the session, participants were asked to express their opinion about the options presented.
At the final workshop meeting in December, two questions were posed for discussion considering various grade configurations specific to school centers and the secondary school campus. The results of the workshop process will be instrumental as the District plans for the next five to ten years. The School Board of Directors will consider the findings of the District-wide Facility Study and Master Plan in early 2020 to identify the next planning steps for the Great Valley School District.
Recapping 2019: SCHRADERGROUP’s 15th Year
2019 has been a year full of growth, commitment and achievement. Team members of SCHRADERGROUP (SG) feel fortunate for all the opportunities and adventures that we’ve had over the past year. The SG team would like to reflect on 2019 as the decade comes to an end.
The SCHRADERGROUP Team
2019 marks SCHRADERGROUP’s fifteenth anniversary. SG was established on April 15, 2004. In 2019 we celebrated 15 years of sharing our vision of designing for tomorrow’s workers, thinkers, and leaders. As SG continues to grow, we honor our beginnings and those who have helped shape us into what we’ve become today.
SG welcomed seven new employees to the team. This year we welcomed Project Architect, Mark Adamiak, Marketing Associate, Samantha Greim, Senior Designer, Bill Cox, and Interior Designer, Kayla McCoy. Architectural Designers, Tyler Corbley, Christopher Farmer and most recently we welcomed a new public safety market segment leader.
SCHRADERGROUP celebrated project completions by attending several ribbon-cutting ceremonies:Martin County’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new 9-1-1 Regional Communication Center.
Council Rock School District’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Wrightstown Elementary School’s new state of the art renovations and additions.
Palmyra Area School District’s Dedication Ceremony for the completion of Forge Road Elementary and Palmyra Area Middle School’s energy-efficient renovations.
Circle of Seasons Charter School Dedication Ceremony to celebrate the school’s new renovations.
SG accomplished goals of exercising our mission outside of the classroom by attending the following events:The SG team is proud to continue to contribute to an opportunity for Hatboro-Horsham School District (HHSD) students to explore diverse career paths by participating in the “When I Grow Up” K-12 Career Expo 2019.
SG had the opportunity to partner with the Upper Merion Area School District Administration to give doctoral candidates of Saint Joseph University’s Education Doctoral Program a tour of Gulph Elementary School.
The SG team enjoyed connecting with future architects and designers at PSU’s Stuckeman School’s Career Day—an event at which our attendance can always be counted on.
Additionally, we participated in PSU’s Stuckeman School Professional Opportunities Week, CRSD North Hills Elementary School’s Career Day, PSU’s Annual Alumni Reception, AIA/SMPS Marketing Workshop and many more…
Conferences and Events
The SG team attended annual events and exhibited at many conferences to keep up with changing industry trends and news. We participated in:Delaware Valley Association of School Business Officials (DVASBO) Trade Show held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
Awards and Recognitions
With tremendous support from our clients and the design community, we’re proud to announce awards and recognition that our projects have earned over the past year.
The 2019 Building Design + Construction (BD+C)’s 2019 Giants 300 Report, ranked SCHRADERGROUP:
#50 of the Top 140 K-12 School Sector Architects
#96 of the Top 150 Architecture and Engineering firms.
More than 485 U.S.-based architecture, engineering, and construction firms participated in the 2019 Giants 300 report. Check out the rankings here.
Holland Middle School received an Outstanding Project Recognition from Learning by Design’s Fall 2019 Issue.
Our projects have been in the news as well!
Fox 43 News reported on the new PEMA Emergency Operations Center Project
Daily Times reported on the New Springfield High School Project
WNCT reported on Martin County’s new 911 Center Project
The Reporter reported on the Knapp Elementary School Project:
King of Prussia Courier reported on the Upper Merion Area High School Project
The SG team would like to extend our appreciation to all of our clients, to the many who experience these buildings every day, and to our fantastic employees and their families. We truly hope to continue to provide environments for growth and inspiration for those who work, play and learn within them for generations to come.
SCHRADERGROUP Mentors Springfield High School Students through the ACE Program
SCHRADERGROUP (SG) volunteered to mentor Springfield School District (SSD)’s Springfield High School students as well as students from other school districts through the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia. The ACE Mentor Program is an after-school program structured for students to learn about careers in the construction industry directly from professionals in architecture, construction and engineering.
Jeremy Ross, Associate AIA represented SG and led the session by introducing his role as the project architect of SSD’s new Springfield High School. The students were enthusiastic to learn about their school district’s new 25-acre high school campus which is currently under construction. Jeremy presented an overview of the concept, design development and construction process for the new Springfield High School complex. He then answered questions and explained the relationship between architects, engineers and contractors.
SG is appreciative of the ACE program for providing the SSD Springfield High School students with this unique opportunity to see the new Springfield High School project from the architect’s point-of-view.
Learn more about the new Springfield High School project which is being completed in association with Perkins + Will here.