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SCHRADERGROUP Construction Progress – Summer 2021, Part 2

Now that summer has come to an end, a few SG projects are wrapping up while construction continues on many others. A few of the construction projects currently underway include the additions and renovations to Knapp Elementary School for the North Penn School District, the demolition of the existing Springfield High School and construction of new athletic facilities for the new high school, the new PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center, the new Upper Merion Area High School, additions and renovations to two School District of Philadelphia Schools, Anne Frank Elementary School and Benjamin Franklin Middle School, the new Career and Advanced Technology Center for the Community College of Philadelphia, and additions and renovations to two Council Rock School District Schools, Hilcrest Elementary School and Sol Feinstone Elementary School, among others.

North Penn School District – Knapp Elementary School, Additions and Renovations

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In Lansdale, PA, a phased plan for additions and renovations to Knapp Elementary School is underway. This project has a complex phasing schedule in place so that classes can remain uninterrupted as the school year begins.

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The first phases of the project included classroom renovations, many of which are complete. The remaining classroom renovations are underway at various stages.

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The renovations to the core of the building, including the new entry, cafeteria, and LGI are ongoing. Steel and glulam beams are fully installed in all of these spaces. An important milestone, the completion of the main entrance, is fast approaching. This addition will act as the connector for the two parts of the school while the renovations to the core are underway. The students will be using the gymnasium as a temporary cafeteria this fall.

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Springfield School District – Springfield High School, Existing High School Demolition, Visitor Side Bleacher, and Athletic Fields

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In Springfield, PA, demolition work is speeding up. The existing Springfield High School is substantially demolished, the stone retaining wall construction is ongoing, and lot paving has begun for parking. After the completion of the existing high school’s demolition, work will begin on new athletic fields, turf fields, and tennis courts where the original school stood.

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The visitor side bleacher construction is progressing and is expected to be completed in time for the first home football game at the new high school and stadium.

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Department of General Services – PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC)

In King of Prussia, PA, concrete slab placement at the new Regional Traffic Management Center has been completed on each floor. Waterproofing of the concrete footings is complete, the underground plumbing has been installed, and the steel column baseplates are in place.

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The site retaining wall is complete, as is the majority of steel and decking. CMU installation in ongoing and interior metal stud framing has begun.

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Upper Merion Area School District – New Upper Merion Area High School

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Moving on down the road in King of Prussia, construction of the new Upper Merion Area High School continues. Structural steel framing for the major spaces is ongoing while the exterior envelope starts to give the building its form. Masons have been busy with brick work and CMU walls.

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As concrete slabs are completed throughout the facility, MEP rough-in work continues closely behind. Activity on site recently picked up as carpenters started on the interior partitions.

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Now that the underground tunnel is  complete, the gym and pool areas are getting footings and foundations started.

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School District of Philadelphia – Anne Frank Elementary School, Additions and Renovation

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In Philadelphia, construction has moved quickly at Anne Frank Elementary School, with the addition complete in time for the new school year.

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Community College of Philadelphia – New Career and Advanced Technology Center

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Staying with construction projects in Philadelphia, the new Career and Advanced Technology Center (CATC) for the Community College of Philadelphia is progressing nicely. All building trades have been working diligently on both the exterior and interior of the building, with the next major milestone being the completion of the building enclosure in the next few weeks.

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The new CATC will offer excellent views of the Philadelphia Skyline. The project is on track for a February 2022 completion.

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Bristol Township School District – Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Additions and Renovations

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North of Philadelphia, demolition work at Benjamin Franklin Middle School is complete and interior framing and stud work has started.

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Additionally, site work for the new addition is in progress, with concrete footings now installed.

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Council Rock School District – Hillcrest Elementary Schools, Additions and Renovations

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Heading north towards Council Rock School District, SG has wrapped up interior demolition at the Hillcrest Elementary School, with the kitchen, administration, toilets and library areas completely demolished. Rough in has started throughout for all trades.

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During construction, Hillcrest Elementary School students will be temporarily moved to a vacant CRSD school for the upcoming school year. The project is moving ahead quickly with E&S controls and fencing already in place.

Council Rock School District – Sol Feinstone Elementary Schools, Additions and Renovations

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Staying in Council Rock School District, SG is working on phased renovations for another elementary school, Sol Feinstone Elementary School. Unlike Hillcrest, which will have students attending classes at a nearby vacant elementary school, Sol Feinstone will be 100% occupied throughout construction. This will result in the construction of temporary classrooms and a temporary egress stair that contains a pathway for students to safely traverse while the addition is underway.

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The summer phases for this project are currently under construction, and interior and exterior demolition has recently started. E&S controls are in place and excavation for the new addition is currently underway. Pier footings and foundations at the new classroom addition are ongoing as well.

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It is always exciting to watch our design work become reality! We would like to thank our clients, consultants, contractors, and all other team members for your dedication and support of the on-going efforts for these projects!

Learn more about these and other exciting SCHRADERGROUP projects here!

SCHRADERGROUP Sponsors and Attends the Council Rock Education Foundation’s 2nd Annual Golf Classic

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently attended the Council Rock Education Foundation’s second annual Golf Classic hosted at the Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, PA on May 19th. Proceeds from the event go to supporting innovative K-12 S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts, and Mathematics) programs and projects for the kids of Council Rock School District.

SG was proud to be a Bogey Sponsor for this exciting event, continuing our tradition of support for the Council Rock Golf Classic and all of the tremendous benefits that come from such an important outing. As educational planners and architects, SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is always looking for new ways to support educational districts and foundations that are committed to the success of their students.

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The SG team attended the event with some well-known faces of the District. In addition to a great day of golf, the event included breakfast, lunch, games, awards, and prizes, with a reception following a beautiful day out on the course.

This year, the Council Rock Education Foundation celebrates its 13th year of supporting S.T.E.A.M. Innovation projects, 21st Century Literacy, Youth Leadership, and Environmental Engagement for the district’s students. SG is proud to support an organization that engages students and assists in developing their critical thinking skills, all while still having fun!

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Events like these are important to the success of a school district and its students, as it allows the funding of programs that would otherwise not be covered in the annual budget. SG would like to thank the dedicated members of the foundation for organizing this great event.

Learn more about SCHRADERGROUP’s work with Council Rock School District and other School Districts in the region here.

Learn more about the Council Rock Education Foundation here.

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Council Rock School District’s Rolling Hills Elementary School Completed with LEED Gold Certification + ACE Grant

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is excited to announce that Council Rock School District’s (CRSD) Rolling Hills Elementary School additions and renovations project is complete. The 12,426 SF addition and 62,695 SF renovation project transformed the facility to support the next generation of learning. The construction phase of this project persevered through the challenges associated with the pandemic through spring and summer of 2020.

Rolling Hills Elementary School is a 75,121 SF single-story elementary school for grades K-6. The existing building floor plan was completely overhauled through to the concrete roof structure to convert the existing old-style open classroom layout to a progressive and functional configuration with natural daylighting.

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The design incorporated energy efficient solutions, including solar panels on the roof, and achieved LEED Gold Certification and an ACE Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The transformation is further exemplified with an identifiable high-volume main entrance that floods the space with natural light. New building façades were constructed with abundant window openings and a variety of exterior finish materials which serve to fragment the horizontality of the one-story classroom wings.

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Apart from the Multi-Purpose Room which remained in its previous location, the majority of the other spaces were reconfigured within the parameters of the original building footprint. Additions for an expanded and secure administration area, classrooms and stage were added to support the design program. The building also received all new exterior and interior walls, new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and AV/IT infrastructure systems.

SG is proud of our partnership with the Council Rock School District, D’Huy Engineering, and our many great consultants. We look forward to more projects in the future.

Learn more about Council Rock School District here.

Learn more about Council Rock School District’s Rolling Hills Elementary School project, here.

See previously completed K-12 projects, including other Council Rock School District projects here.

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Holland Middle School Receives Outstanding Project Recognition in Learning by Design Fall 2019 Issue

Council Rock School District (CRSD)’s Holland Middle School renovation project has been featured in Learning by Design’s Fall 2019 Issue, receiving recognition as an Outstanding Project.

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 highlights the Holland Middle School project’s renovation and features images of the transformed exterior and interior. Images display it’s dynamic, sustainable features designed to reflect 21st-century learning styles. The renovation project added approximately 44,000 SF to the current building footprint for a total of 184,000 SF.

The Holland Middle School Project has achieved LEED Gold certification.

Learn more about CRSD’s sustainable facility here.

SCHRADERGROUP Celebrates Council Rock School District’s Wrightstown Elementary School

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended Council Rock School District (CRSD)’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Wrightstown Elementary School on October 3, 2019. These new state of the art renovations and additions were completed in time for the 2019-2020 school year.

This addition and renovation project includes a renovated administrative suite, a new gymnasium, upgraded cafetorium, five new classrooms, a new connecting corridor, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire protection replacement as well as improvements to ceilings, roof, floors, interior/exterior finishes and more. Children walked into a building that was essentially “brand-new” on opening day.

Students, teachers, School Board members, parents, and residents gathered as a community to celebrate the facility’s completed improvements. Students cut the ribbon with excitement. They were thrilled about their upgraded and completely air-conditioned school.

SG is honored to have had the opportunity to support this process and to see the impact the project has made on the Wrightstown community. We are proud to have been part of many building transformations in this community and look forward to sharing future experiences with CRSD!

To learn more about this exciting project, click here.

Council Rock School District’s Holland Middle School Project Achieves LEED Gold & Ace Grant

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Council Rock School District’s (CRSD) Holland Middle School project a LEED Gold Certification and an Ace Grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. From the very beginning of the planning process, the intent was to transform the existing 1970s building into a contemporary 21st century learning facility. Through the tremendous effort of the CRSD, SCHRADERGROUP (SG) and consultants, and D’Huy Engineering, this amazing transformation is complete.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), is one of the most recognizable green building certification programs worldwide. SG assisted D’Huy Engineering in applying for this two-million-dollar ACE grant for sustainable technologies for use in the Holland Middle School design. With that grant secured, the middle school was designed with creative, viable, cost effective solutions with a goal of achieving LEED Gold Certification. Holland Middle School achieving LEED Gold Certification indicates how the new design features add energy efficiency and sustainability to the facility.

Holland Middle School’s sustainable design features include an introduction of copious daylighting throughout the facility, new windows in the new exterior skin of the building, and increased insulation to the entire building envelope. All general-purpose lighting throughout the facility and on the site is LED, for maximum energy savings, and a photovoltaic system back-feeds into the main service to supplement building energy demands.

With the intent to incorporate the needs of the community into the design, the SG team created new adjacency to allow for community access. The site was modified to create separate bus and parent drop off. The “front” of the building, originally facing a side parking lot, was reoriented to face Holland Road by means of a new front entry and connector lobby sequence. A new Performing Arts Complex was also added to supplement the building program.

SG is proud to have had the opportunity to partner with the Council Rock School District, to design a LEED Gold certified learning environment.

To learn more about Holland Middle School’s sustainable facility, click here.

Congratulations to the Council Rock School District on its Newly Renovated Holland Middle School!

SCHRADERGROUP is excited to have attended Council Rock School District’s Dedication Ceremony for the newly renovated Holland Middle School.

Dr. Robert Fraser, the Superintendent of Schools for Council Rock School District, articulated it best when he welcomed the audience to the “newly renovated, expanded and beautiful”–Holland Middle School… A school that belongs to everyone at the Council Rock Community and a school to be proud of”.

This project represents a tremendous transformation.  Many areas of the facility were stripped to the concrete structure and rebuilt as a contemporary facility with 21st Century Learning spaces. Program additions to the current middle school include: an auditorium with balcony seating, new spaces for music, an auxiliary gymnasium, fitness room, additional classrooms and a new administration area. The interior of the building was completely renovated while the exterior of the building was updated with a new, contemporary skin—with new windows that introduce daylight throughout the facility.

SG is proud to have had the opportunity to partner with the Council Rock School District, to design a LEED Gold certified learning environment.  The students of the Council Rock School District deserve this facility!

You can watch Dr. Fraser’s speech here.

Council Rock School District takes a tour of their Newly Renovated Holland Middle School

SCHRADERGROUP’s Managing Partner, David Schrader, representation of D’Huy Engineering and Council Rock School District’s Director of Operational Services, Doug Taylor, lead a tour for the Council Rock School District (CRSD) Board members and Administrative Cabinet of the newly renovated Holland Middle School.

Holland Middle School was one of three existing middle schools in the School District that is part of a plan to consolidate the three schools into two middle schools.  Holland received renovations and additions while a new middle school was constructed adjacent to the current Newtown Middle School. Newtown Middle School was demolished for other site functions.  Both Holland and Newtown Middle Schools are designed to the same educational specifications and will serve as the two middle schools for the district.  Holland was a challenging phased project that allowed use of the building for education.

The Holland Middle School project is an incredible transformation of the existing facility into a state of the art learning environment. Classrooms, performance grade auditorium, athletic spaces and music rooms were added. The interior of the facility was transformed into a contemporary “team” or “house” structure. Students will be amazed as they enter their “New” facility this school year.

Holland Middle School is to be ready for occupancy for the start of the 2018 school year.

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is humbled to have played a part in this amazing project initiated by the School District.

Read more about our Holland Middle School renovation project here.