Tag: educational architecture

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.

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

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.

SCHRADERGROUP_DVASBO_Delaware-Valley-Association-School-Business-Officials_Trade-Show-2021Group-2

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.

DVASBO Logo

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 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.

1-Edited-SCHRADERGROUP_North_Penn_Educational_Foundation

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.

FOOTER-SCHRADERGROUP_North_Penn_Educational_Foundation_Logo

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.

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 Hosts Design Workshop for Great Valley School District for the Conceptualization of a New 5/6 Grade Center

After completing a district-wide facility assessment and master plan for the district in 2020, SCHRADERGROUP (SG) began a series of community workshops to identify priorities and to narrow the field of options for district-wide planning for Great Valley School District (GVSD). Based on the master plan, capacity analysis, and community meetings, the District opted to design a new 5/6 Grade Center on a site adjacent to the existing K.D. Markley Elementary School.

1_SCHRADERGROUP_Great-Valley-School-District-Design-Workshop_New-5-6-Grade-Center

SCHRADERGROUP’s process includes community input through planning and design workshops. In the case of the new 5/6 Grade Center, SG teamed with GVSD to hold this workshop in the existing K.D. Markley Elementary School on April 21st. SG welcomed over 50 stakeholders to the workshop to hear a review of the process, virtually tour other state-of-the-art facilities, and discuss preferences for the new 5/6 Grade Center.

After a series of consensus building exercises, the team split into smaller groups and each group created multiple options for the new facility using the existing site and programming blocks. The SG team took away some valuable feedback from this process and is very excited to start the designs for the new center.

2_SCHRADERGROUP_Great-Valley-School-District-Design-Workshop_New-5-6-Grade-Center

Learn more about Great Valley School District here.

See more of SCHRADERGROUP’s work with K-12 schools here.

3_SCHRADERGROUP_Great-Valley-School-District-Design-Workshop_New-5-6-Grade-Center

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.

1-Interior-5_SCHRADERGROUP_Council_Rock_School_District_Rolling_Hillls_Elementary_School

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.

2-Exterior-3_SCHRADERGROUP_Council_Rock_School_District_Rolling_Hillls_Elementary_School

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.

3-Interior-4_SCHRADERGROUP_Council_Rock_School_District_Rolling_Hillls_Elementary_School

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.

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.

1-Exterior_SCHRADERGROUP_Quakertown_Community_School_District_Neidig_Elementary_School - Copy

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.

2-Interior_SCHRADERGROUP_Quakertown_Community_School_District_Neidig_Elementary_School.jpg

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.

3-Exterior_SCHRADERGROUP_Quakertown_Community_School_District_Neidig_Elementary_School.jpg

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.