Tag: community

SCHRADERGROUP to Speak at A4LE’s Northeast Conference!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is thrilled to announce that the team will be presenting at this year’s A4LE Northeast 2022 Annual Regional Conference! SG Managing Partner David Schrader and Associate Danie Hoffer will be presenting alongside the School District of Springfield Township (SDST) Director of Student Services, Dr. Catherine Van Vooren.

Please join us on April 7th at 10am at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington DC to hear this exciting session and to say hello!

The session, “Enhanced Critical Thinking – For 5 Year Olds?”, will profile how a community and school district worked together to inspire the design of a new K-2 early learning center: the Enfield Elementary School located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The session will delve into how the community-based workshop process and the resulting school design promotes critical thinking, student movement, collaboration, socialization, and communication through the principals of project-based learning for these very young and influential minds.

The overarching theme of this year’s conference, “Blossoming Minds… A Time for Renewal and Optimism,” will gather school facility managers, architects, educators, school planners, engineers, and maintenance and industry experts to share new conversations in the need for adapting our learning environments to new levels of mindfulness, as well as personalized comfort found in equality, inclusion, and the community. The conference will focus on a strong understanding of the student experience and how designing with empathy allows for school planning to be driven by a focus on the future of learning, while still supporting capital needs, growth, and other logistical considerations of school systems. The conference will run from April 6th to April 9th.

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is a professional non-profit association dedicated to improving the places where children learn. The A4LE Northeast Region consists of Chapters that service the Northeast Region of the United States as well as nearby Canadian Provinces. To learn more about A4LE’s Northeast 2022 Annual Regional Conference and to register for this great event, please click here.

To learn more about SG’s speaking session with the SDST at the A4LE Northeast 2022 Annual Regional Conference, please click here.

To learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s commitment to design for education, please click here.

A4LE Northeast Region Logo

School District of Springfield Township’s Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center Recognized as Outstanding Project in American School & University’s Fall Architectural Portfolio

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is proud to announce that our recent project, the School District of Springfield Township’s Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center, has received an Outstanding Project Award from American School & University for their Fall 2021 Architectural Portfolio.

1_SCHRADERGROUP_School_District_of_Springfield_Township_Enfield_Early_Learning_Center-American_School_University_Architectural_Portfolio

This is the second recognition Enfield has received from American School & University this year, after the cafeteria was previously awarded an Outstanding Project Award for the Educational Interiors Showcase. SG is excited to have another project featured in this prestigious magazine. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the School District of Springfield Township (SDST) and are honored to have this wonderful facility featured in this issue.

American School and University (AS&U) is a magazine dedicated to the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance, and management of education facilities. It is intended to showcase the latest trends, technologies and strategies that are driving educational facilities and the market.

AS&U honors educational design projects each year through multiple design competitions. One of these competitions is the Architectural Portfolio, the premier showcase celebrating the best in education design. SG is honored to have this school featured in this showcase once again.

2_SCHRADERGROUP_School_District_of_Springfield_Township_Enfield_Early_Learning_Center-American_School_University_Architectural_Portfolio

Faced with an aging K-1 primary center and a 2-5 elementary center at capacity, the School District of Springfield Township addressed both issues with the design of a new 750 student K-2 Early Learning Center.

The design establishes a hierarchy of the public and private zones. The main entrance adjacent to the administration area anchors the interior street connection to give public access to the gymnasium/stage and cafeteria for after school community events. The street connection leads to the central core of the building, featuring the learning resource/STE(A)M programs and learning stair. The school’s educational areas can be secured to allow the public areas to be used after school hours.

3_SCHRADERGROUP_School_District_of_Springfield_Township_Enfield_Early_Learning_Center-American_School_University_Architectural_Portfolio

Each grade level wing radiates from the central STEAM core and is designed to create smaller learning communities. Each grade grouping is by floor level with supporting small and large group instruction areas to support a variety of learning environments. The central large group instruction area for that grade level supports collaborative activities. Every two classrooms share a small group instruction room facilitating individualized instruction.

You can view our entry in the Fall 2021 Architectural Portfolio issue of American School & University here.

Learn more about the Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center here.

SG is proud to have partnered with Springfield Township School District. Learn more about this amazing school district here.

2020 Outstanding Design-AP-icon

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.

1_SCHRADERGROUP_PASBO-Facilities-Transportation-Safety-Conference-Lancaster-Marriot

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.

2_SCHRADERGROUP_PASBO-Facilities-Transportation-Safety-Conference-Lancaster-Marriot

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.

FOOTER_SCHRADERGROUP_PASBO-Facilities-Transportation-Safety-Conference-Lancaster-Marriot

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!

SCHRADERGROUP Hugo Li Structural Engineer Headshot - Firm Page

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 Gives Thanks

As we approach the end of another year, Thanksgiving is the perfect time for the SCHRADERGROUP team to reflect upon the continuous support and opportunities given to us by all of you. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our partners, clients, peers, friends, families, and communities for the support. You are the reason we do what we do.

For every chance you have given us, we remember and are committed to bringing the value, quality, and inspiration of which every project is worthy. We thank you for helping us prosper in our mission of inspiring communities with responsive, innovative, and sustainable architecture created through client-driven, collaborative practice. So again, the SG team is grateful and gives our thanks to to you all for our continued success.

Everyone here at SCHRADERGROUP would like to thank you for all of the adventures we have shared this year and we wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Best wishes from all of us at,

Be sure to follow SG on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for updates on all things SCHRADERGROUP!

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.

1-SCHRADERGROUP_A4LE_LearningSCAPES__Conference_Denver_2021_Group-2

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!

2-SCHRADERGROUP_A4LE_LearningSCAPES__Conference_Denver_2021_A4LE_Sign

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.

3-SCHRADERGROUP_A4LE_LearningSCAPES__Conference_Denver_2021_UMASD-HS-Board

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.

SCHRADERGROUP Attends the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for East Pennsboro Area School District’s District Administration Center

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the District Administration Center for the East Pennsboro Area School District (EPASD) in Enola, PA on last month. The event celebrated the opening of the renovated and newly expanded district administration building that was completed this summer.

1_SCHRADERGROUP_East-Pennsboro-Area-School-District-Administration-Center_Ribbon-Cutting

The ceremony almost went down without a hitch, but was slightly interrupted by a storm front that required the attendees to move the podium and tent inside for the ribbon cutting.

2_SCHRADERGROUP_East-Pennsboro-Area-School-District-Administration-Center_Ribbon-Cutting

This project completes a three-year long construction plan to upgrade all of East Pennsboro Area School District facilities, including additions to the two elementary schools and renovations to the middle school and high school. With the mantra “warm, safe and dry“, this achievement well positions the district to serve the community for the next several decades, providing the required capacity for the projected enrollments, and healthy and safe environments for the students for many years to come.

3_SCHRADERGROUP_East-Pennsboro-Area-School-District-Administration-Center_Ribbon-Cutting

SCHRADERGROUP is honored to be working with a great school district like EPASD. SG would also like to express our gratitude to the entire team, including SitelogIQ, for their contributions to the design and construction of this project.

Learn more about the East Pennsboro Area School District here.

4_SCHRADERGROUP_East-Pennsboro-Area-School-District-Administration-Center_Ribbon-Cutting

School District of Springfield Township, Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center Recognized for Outstanding Design by American School & University’s 2021 Educational Interiors Showcase

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is proud to announce that our recently completed project, the School District of Springfield Township’s Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center, has been recognized by yet another publication for its unique design aspects.

This time, the Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center was recognized by American School & University (AS&U) Magazine’s Educational Interiors Showcase as an “Outstanding Design” in the Cafeteria / Food-Service Areas category.

American School and University (AS&U) is a magazine dedicated to the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. It is intended to showcase the latest trends, technologies and strategies that are driving educational facilities and the market.

AS&U honors educational design projects each year through multiple design competitions. One of these competitions is the Education Interiors Showcase, the premier competition honoring education interiors excellence. SG is honored to have the dining space of this unique facility recognized by this year’s showcase.

Cafeteria_SCHRADERGROUP_School_District_of_Springfield_Township_Enfield_Early_Learning_Center-American_School_&_University_Educational_Interiors_Showcase

The Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center’s dining facility has two internal entrances from the main lobby and the learning stairs corridor (which leads to the classroom wings,) as well as an outside entrance directly adjacent to the bus drop off. The cafeteria has a partition separating it from the gymnasium that opens to allow for a larger space for performances, assemblies and after-school community events. This also allows the space to become accessible for public use with entry from the exterior after school hours.

Intentionally located directly adjacent to the outdoor recess area, students rotate from lunch in the dining space to outdoor play. Whether coming in for lunch from their classroom or after recess, handwashing stations allow for multiple students to wash their hands at a time. This has become critically useful during the pandemic to promote healthy hygiene.

The kitchen is also uniquely designed for this age group as an amenity to the dining commons. The serving line is on the same floor level as the cafeteria for the proper height for young students to navigate their trays. On the kitchen side of the serving line, the floor level is dropped in elevation so the adult staff can serve the students at a level of comfort relative to their height. Another attribute to the space is the ability to accommodate social distancing in this large flexible space.

SG is excited to have yet another feature recognized for this exciting project. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the School District of Springfield Township (SDST) and are honored to have this wonderful facility featured in this issue.

You can view the Education Interiors Showcase issue here.

Learn more about the Enfield K-2 Early Learning Center here.

SG is proud to have partnered with Springfield Township School District. Learn more about this amazing school district here.

2021 Outstanding Design

Springfield School District’s New Springfield High School is Complete!

The SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team, in association with our design partner Perkins&Will of Chicago, is happy to announce that Springfield School District’s new Springfield High School is now complete!

2-Learning-Stair_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

Constructed on the southeast corner of the existing high school’s campus, the goal of the new facility is to provide the school district with a complex that will serve the community for the next 50 years. Perkins&Will and SG provided programming, planning and design services for the new high school complex that encompasses 230,000 SF on a 25-acre campus. The school will immediately serve over 1,450 students.

3-Aerial-2_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

Consistent with the SG mission of creating next generation learning environments, the new high school employs an Academy Model that provides offerings in Art, Business, STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Humanities and Liberal Arts. The new facility includes an interior courtyard for outdoor learning as well as for gathering and common space. Unique to the facility is its inclusion of the District Administration within the structure of the facility.

4-Courtyard_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

Beyond the high school and District Administration, the project includes the design and construction of new site amenities, including the athletic fields, parking, and a stadium complex. Next up, SG will be engaged in the demolition of the existing high school, which will then lead to the construction of additional playing fields.

5-Athletics_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

The SG team is pleased to partner with Springfield School District on this wonderful project. To learn more about Springfield School District, click here.

6-Exterior-2_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

This project was completed in association with design architects Perkins&Will of Chicago, IL and the owner project representative CID Group of Berwick, PA. To learn more about Perkins&Will, click here.

7-Lobby_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

To learn more about the New Springfield High School project, and view more photos, please click here.

8-Auditorium_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

Thank you to Halkin | Mason Photography for the beautiful images captured of this great project. To learn more about Halkin | Mason Photography, please click here.

9-Corridor_SCHRADERGROUP_Springfield_School_District_High_School_Perkins&WillPhoto courtesy of Todd Mason from Halkin | Mason Photography.

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes the Newest Members to the SG Team!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is thrilled to announce the newest members to join our team! Please help us welcome Architectural Designer Jillian Kreglow, Associate AIA and Office Administrator and Bookkeeper Brianna Smith!

SCHRADERGROUP Jillian Kreglow Architectural Designer Headshot

Jillian Kreglow, Associate AIA
Architectural Designer
Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Architecture

Jillian is a recent Pennsylvania State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She continues her journey with the SG team after completing a summer internship with the firm in 2019. During that time, she assisted principals and project managers in multiple feasibility studies, schematic designs, and construction documents.

Jillian is skilled in building information modeling software and brings proficiency in current technology to the team. She is an excellent communicator who will provide fresh perspectives and solutions to our projects and clients.

Jillian is passionate about helping people. She was heavily involved with Penn State’s THON, the largest student-run philanthropic organization in the world, serving as the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) primary THON chair for the years 2020-2021. She was also involved in multiple mentorships while in school, including being nominated by faculty as an appointed studio mentor and for her participation in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Buddy System Mentor program.

Looking to the future, Jillian’s first goal is to become a licensed architect. She believes that continuing her time here at SG will give her the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in this industry. She also looks forward to being a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) after registration.

“The SG team is filled with a talented group of designers and I am excited to work alongside and learn from them. I want to make a positive impact both in the firm and in the design world.”

SCHRADERGROUP Brianna Smith Office Administrator Headshot

Brianna Smith
Office Administrator / Bookkeeper
Millersville University – Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (Concentration in Management)

Brianna joins our team with six years of experience in administration and team management. She has served a variety of roles in the past, including serving as a Learning Ambassador for Amazon and a Team Leader and Program Coordinator for AmeriCorps Next Steps. Brianna is a graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in management. During her time in school, Brianna was an active volunteer in multiple programs including the Student Business Association, the Next Steps AmeriCorps Program, and the Millersville University Student Senate and Student Union.

Brianna is an expert communicator who is self-motivated and eager to learn. She is skilled in writing, event planning, campaign development, and is well versed in a variety of writing programs. Her attention to detail and communication skills will help streamline the flow of information both internally between coworkers and externally to our clients, consultants, and contractors.

Brianna’s goal is to absorb everything she can and understand the inner workings of an architecture firm. She is interested in all aspects of the administrative and accounting side of the business and in the future plans to get her master’s degree in business.

“Architecture has always been something I was extremely curious about growing up. As I got older my curiosity grew to a strong interest, and I could only hope that I would come across an opportunity such as the one I have today, to learn more about how buildings are put together and about those who create the idea.”

 

Welcome Jillian and Brianna! We are happy to have you join the SG family and are excited to see what the future holds for you both! The SG team looks forward to sharing our company culture and practice with our new team members and is excited to follow their journey of future success. Learn more about SG and our team here.

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