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Hazleton Area School District’s Creative Solutions to Increase Student Capacity

Based on the current enrollments and the rate of new arrivals into the district, and as identified as part of SCHRADERGROUP’s capacity analysis of the District, the District’s Elementary/Middle Schools had reached and were exceeding capacity. To gain a sufficient number of classroom spaces as quickly as possible, SCHRADERGROUP designed and bid multiple building projects to convert existing interior spaces to classrooms. Interior renovations versus new construction not only saved construction costs but also reduced the timeline to occupy the spaces. The completed projects created 30 additional classrooms, increasing the Hazleton Area School District’s (HASD) Capacity to 750 students for grades K-8 for under $6 million dollars.

The two creative solutions to add classroom space was simple – capture underutilized space for the educational program. The first set of renovation projects converted existing pools to classroom spaces at multiple K-8 Schools including Freeland Elementary/Middle School, Heights Terrace Elementary/Middle School, McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary/Middle School and Valley Elementary/Middle School. The added benefit of taking multiple pool facilities off-line was the reduction of on-going maintenance costs to operate the pools year-long.

The second set of renovation projects converted a portion of the library space to a self-contained classroom space with a smaller area for the library functions at some of the elementary and/or middle schools including Drums Elementary/Middle School, Freeland Elementary/Middle School, West Hazleton Elementary/Middle School, Hazel Township Early Learning Center, Hazleton (The Castle) Elementary/Middle School, Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School, Valley Elementary/Middle School and Heights Terrace Elementary/Middle School.

These creative measures to recapture classroom space within the building effectively resolved the capacity needs at the K-8 grade levels for the foreseeable future.

SCHRADERGROUP is grateful for this opportunity and proud to have been part of many building transformations in this community. We look forward to sharing future experiences with HASD!

Learn more about Hazleton Area School District here.

Learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’S work with K-12 facilities here.

SCHRADERGROUP to Attend Virtual 2021 PASBO Conference

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) will be attending the 66th Annual Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) Conference on March 17th, 19th, 23rd and 25th this month! SG team members will be at the SCHRADERGROUP Virtual Booth from 10am – 1pm on Wednesday the 17th, Friday the 19th, and Tuesday the 23rd, as well as from 10am-noon on Thursday the 25th. We welcome you to stop by and meet the team!

SG is proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor of this prestigious event devoted to the common goal of supporting classroom learning in school through smart business practices. 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 in order to support this goal of developing and supporting leaders in school business operations.

Although the event is virtual this year, the SG team looks forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones! Come visit us at our booth!

Learn more about registering for the PASBO conference here.

Learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s dedication to educational facilities here.

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Springfield School District’s New Springfield High School Project Approaches Completion

Springfield School District’s new Springfield High School is nearing completion. Constructed on the southeast corner of an existing 25-acre campus, the goal of the new high school is to provide the school district with a complex that will serve the community for the next 50 years.

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SCHRADERGROUP (SG), in association with Perkins&Will, provided programming, planning, and design services for the new high school complex anticipated to encompass approximately 195,000 SF. The school will immediately serve over 1,200 students and can be expandable to accommodate approximately 1,450.

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Keeping in tune with the SG mission of creating next generation learning environments, the new high school will employ an Academy Model to provide offerings in Art, Business, STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Humanities and Liberal Arts.

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Beyond the high school facility, the project includes the design and construction of new site amenities, including athletic fields, parking, and a stadium complex. The project also includes demolition of the existing high school, District Administration Office Space, and all related structures.

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The SG team is pleased to partner with SSD on this highly anticipated educational facility. To learn more about Springfield School District, click here.

This project is being completed in association with Perkins&Will. To learn more about Perkins&Will, click here.

To learn more about the New Springfield High School project, click here.

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Quakertown Community School District’s Neidig Elementary School has been Transformed

Quakertown Community School District’s Neidig Elementary School is one of our best examples of how alterations and additions can transform a 1950s era building into a state-of-the-art learning environment. Originally constructed in 1958, the school opened this fall with a new look, increased capacity to accommodate 600 students to support the District’s enrollment, and spaces designed to enhance the educational program.

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The existing classroom wing was renovated to serve the primary grade levels with new cabinetry, finishes and toilet room renovations. A two-story classroom wing expansion for the intermediate grade levels features a centralized large group instruction area on each floor level for interactive and collaborative learning. Building circulation is captured for program space with areas provided for small group instruction and a learning stair at the main entrance lobby adjacent to the expanded administration area. The variety of spaces offer opportunities for student research, development and presentation as part of the next generation of learning.

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Building updates in the specials wing of the building includes complete interior renovations to the library, art and music classrooms, as well as the addition of a gymnasium with a stage for physical education and school performances. Other renovations include new HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems, updated technology, a new kitchen, new roof and new windows. In addition to the building improvements, site improvements include improved circulation to separate the parent and bus loops, expanded parking and new play areas.

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SCHRADERGROUP is proud to have been a part of this building transformation and contributors to Quakertown Community School District’s vision for excellence in education.

To learn more about Quakertown Community School District, click here.

To learn more about QCSD’s Neidig Elementary School, here.

Happy Holidays from SCHRADERGROUP!

A WARM SEASON’S GREETINGS TO OUR VALUED CLIENTS, PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS

With 2020 drawing to a close, SCHRADERGROUP sends season’s greetings to all of our valued clients, partners and friends.

As we look back on the challenges of this year, we are reminded of the significance of our mission: Designing FOR the Community, WITH the Community. Our focus is on the buildings that we create for the people that use them. We believe that the challenges of 2020 have emphasized the importance of creating dynamic and functional environments where people can both grow and stay safe.

We are both fortunate and thankful for the client relationships we have formed over the years, and for all of our partners and collaborators that have made our projects so resoundingly successful.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the entire SG team, their families, and all of our friends for their continued support. We look forward to seeing everyone in person again. Until then, we hope your holiday season is filled with as much joy and gratitude as we at SG feel for you.

Best Wishes and Happy New Year,

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Community College of Philadelphia Breaks Ground on New Career and Advanced Technology Center

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended the official ceremonial groundbreaking for the Community College of Philadelphia’s new Career and Advanced Technology Center on Wednesday, November 18th. Managing Partner David Schrader represented SG at the event which was also attended by Mayor Jim Kenney and the College’s president, Dr. Donald Generals.

As part of its mission to build a better and brighter future for Philadelphia, the College selected SCHRADERGROUP, in partnership with Lavallee Brensinger Architects, to transform the college’s West Philadelphia Regional Center into a new Career and Advanced Technology Center. The center will provide high-quality academic, career and technical programs for student’s entering the region’s workforce.

The main goal of the project was to create a dynamic, identity-focused center that provides students with programs that concentrate on career readiness and to generate a thriving workforce in Philadelphia’s transportation, manufacturing and healthcare fields.

The new 75,000 SF facility will include state-of-the-art advanced and adaptive technologies for instructional space and study areas as well as laboratory service bays for automobiles, small engine equipment and spaces for diesel technology. Programs offered include transportation and logistics technology training, advanced manufacturing training, entry-level healthcare career training and an innovation hub for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Other notable features of the facility include LEED certification, energy efficient design utilizing copious amounts of natural daylight, green rooftops for students and community members, a second-floor patio and adjoining room for events, and a learning commons and multiple conference rooms for student collaboration.

The facility is scheduled to open in 2022.

SG is honored to work on this exciting project. To learn more, click here.

To learn more about the Community College of Philadelphia, click 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.

Commitment to Public Health and Your Projects-COVID-19 Business Response Plan

To our Valued Partners

The SCHRADERGROUP team continues to monitor the changing environment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the challenges are many, the trust you place in us to deliver your projects is critical to building these great relationships! We want to reassure all of you that we remain committed to providing the same level of service to which each of you are accustomed. Prioritizing the health and safety of our employees, clients and colleagues, we have instituted procedures to support work continuity in the office, working remotely and at on-site operations.

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Beginning March 17, SCHRADERGROUP offices are closed to visitors and non-essential employees in order to support guidelines and directives being issued at the municipal and state levels. The offices will remain closed until such time as guidelines and directives allow for non-essential businesses to safely reopen. There may be some essential staffing remaining in the offices. Rest assured that during those times, staff members will adhere to all CDC and municipal recommendations for the safety of all involved.

Working Remotely
SCHRADERGROUP has implemented a robust system of connectivity for its employees to work remotely in order to limit disruption to your projects. Employees are working full-time using these remote measures and will likely continue to reach out to you electronically via e-mail or via Skype or other video platform to conduct meetings. All staff members remain available to you through normal electronic communication procedures.

On-Site
Some regions are still considering construction an essential activity. As we do expect that some of our team members will need to be on site at construction projects, we will continue to communicate with our clients and project team members to determine the best course of action as to how, when and who should attend meetings. When attending construction meetings, our team members will adhere to CDC recommended travel procedures and guidelines for the health and safety of all.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. More importantly, we appreciate the trust you place in us to satisfy your planning and building needs! We are confident that we will continue to meet your needs as we work though this difficult time. Thank you for the opportunity to support your goals!

Sincerely,
The SCHRADERGROUP Team

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.

For more information on SG locations, click here.