Tag: Elementary School

SCHRADERGROUP Construction Progress – March 2021

2021 has been off to quite a busy start here at SCHRADERGROUP! The team has been working diligently on multiple projects in both the K-12 and Public Safety markets, including Upper Merion Area High School, Chatham County (NC) Emergency Operations Center, Anne Frank Elementary School, Knapp Elementary School, the East Pennsboro Area School District’s Administration Office, and the PennDOT District 6.0 Regional Traffic Management Center and Parking Structure.

With the weather improving recently, construction progress has been speeding up! See below for details on each of these exciting projects.

Upper Merion Area School District – Upper Merion Area High School

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This month, the site finally started to dry out. Structural steel is being erected and the site was buzzing with activity!

Chatham County, North Carolina – Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

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Early site work has been moving along on this North Carolina EOC project. The pond construction, on-site water, and rough grading over the culvert are all complete while off-site water and road grading remains ongoing.

The School District of Philadelphia – Anne Frank Elementary School

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In Philadelphia, construction continues on the Anne Frank Elementary School. The concrete slabs are completed, and the CMU work is coming close behind. Both interior and exterior metal stud work is in progress.

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North Penn School District – Knapp Elementary School

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Phase 1 of Knapp Elementary School’s renovations and additions is nearly complete! An 8-classroom addition that includes a new bus entry canopy and vestibule will provide the swing space for the remainder of the renovation work. Demolition is set to start for the next phase, which will create a brand new Dining Commons, Large Group Instruction space, and secure entry.

East Pennsboro Area School District (EPASD) – District Administration Office

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Up near Harrisburg, the District Administration Office for EPASD is coming along nicely. The exterior steel for the addition is complete and the concrete slab was poured last week. Interior stud work is currently in progress.

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

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Back in Philly, the PennDOT RTMC building is off and running. The first section of retaining wall footing is being constructed and the grading for the building pad is underway.

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The activity at the parking structure is bustling as well. Steel installation at the stair towers is complete and rebar has been installed at the stair landing in preparation for concrete pours. CMU wall installation is underway as well as stud framing, HM door installation, and the sealing of vertical joints.

 

We are so excited to see these designs finally coming to reality! Thank you to our wonderful consultants and partners, particularly Heim Construction, Bala Consulting Engineers and Alfred Benesch & Company in their great work with PennDOT.

Learn more about these and other exciting SCHRADERGROUP projects here!

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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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.

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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.

Hatboro-Horsham School District’s New Crooked Billet Elementary School Will Soon be Ready for Students

We are excited to announce that one of our new elementary schools is expected to be completed in early October 2020 and ready for students. Hatboro-Horsham School District’s (HHSD) 110,000 SF Crooked Billet Elementary School is the District’s most recent accomplishment in upgrading its aging facilities and is another symbol of rebirth in the community surrounding it. The new K-5 facility replaced the original 1950s elementary school on the same site and will accommodate a larger population of 600 students.

Important to the district and community was the preservation of the history of the site. The Battle of Crooked Billet landmark proudly displayed in front of the school anchors the primary entrance to the building. Adjacent to the main administration entrance, a two-story rotunda serves as an interactive learning space featuring the history of Crooked Billet. The rotunda is centrally located between the curricular areas for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) program including the STEAM classroom, Media Center, TV Studio and Art classroom. This central core of the building also serves as the transitional area between the public spaces such as the gymnasium and cafeteria, and the academic two-story classroom wing.

The classroom wing showcases an innovative academic layout. Four grade level classrooms are clustered together with each pair of classrooms sharing a small group instruction area. The grade level cluster is directly adjacent to a central large group instruction area where the entire grade level can gather. Each cluster is designed with its own unique color providing grade level identity and wayfinding. Student cubbies are located in the corridors to maximize classroom efficiency.

SCHRADERGROUP is grateful for this opportunity to team with HHSD for the design of Crooked Billet Elementary School. This successful collaborative experience has truly been a team effort resulting in a school that will serve the community for generations.

Learn more about Crooked Billet Elementary School here.

Gulph Elementary School Receives Outstanding Design Recognition from American School & University’s 2019 Educational Interiors Showcase August Issue

SCHRADERGROUP (SG)’s Gulph Elementary School project has been recognized as an Outstanding Design by the American School & University (AS&U)’s 2019 Educational Interiors Showcase, August Issue.

The nation’s school and university administrators, as well as education architects, turn to American School & University for how-to features, insight, industry exclusive reports and research on the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance, security and management of education facilities. AS&U’s mission is to continue serving as the voice of the industry – not just reporting events, but also helping to shape the rapidly growing and evolving education facilities and business market. AS&U delivers important insight to today’s decision makers” (AS&U’s official site).

The recognition highlights Gulph’s new technology center showcasing photos of the learning resource center, STE(A)M maker space, art and music instruction areas, and a “learning stair” intended for large group activities proximate to the classrooms. The classroom wings are structured as groupings of grade-appropriate classrooms with learning support, faculty spaces, and team work areas. Each set of grade clusters is oriented around the two-story media center and STE(A)M Center, connecting through the learning stair, which doubles as a mini presentation space for the building.

SG is pleased to receive recognition again from AS&U.

View the Digital Issue featuring Gulph Elementary here.

Learn more about Gulph Elementary here.

SCHRADERGROUP Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for Neidig Elementary School

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction process for Quakertown Community School District’s (QCSD) Neidig Elementary School project on May 29, 2019.

Students, teachers, District Officials, School Directors and members of the community gathered to celebrate the addition and renovation project that will transform the existing 1950’s era building into a state of the art learning environment.

The building will undergo a major addition and renovation designed to house 600 students. The primary wing of the existing facility will remain and will receive a complete renovation while the fifth-grade wing will be demolished and replaced by a new two-story classroom wing. A new gymnasium will be added and the balance of the facility will be gutted and completely renovated. The facility will be completed for fall 2020 occupancy.

The SG team is pleased to partner with QCSD on this highly anticipated educational facility.

Read more about Neidig Elementary School here.

To see other K-12 projects in process, click here.

See You at the Maryland-DC ASBO Spring Conference in Ocean City, Maryland!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) is excited to exhibit at the 2019 Spring MD-DC ASBO Conference once again!

The Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and the District of Columbia (MD-DC ASBO) is an organization that “serves school business professionals by promoting educational excellence through improved business practices; providing networking opportunities; identifying and sharing solutions to everyday problems; offering professional expertise in major business areas; and compiling and sharing research information and best practices.”

You can find SCHRADERGROUP at booth 806 from May 20th through the 21st. Come visit to discuss how SG can help your District create dynamic and functional learning environments to benefit your community for generations.

You can register to attend the MD-DC ASBO Spring Conference here.

Or check out some of our Academic experience here.

SCHRADERGROUP Celebrates Fifteen Years!

This year marks SCHRADERGROUP (SG)’s fifteenth anniversary. The business was established on April 15, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Fifteen years ago, Managing Partner David Schrader founded SG with the vision of designing for the future—for tomorrow’s workers, thinkers, and leaders. SG’s initial mission was to give back to the community and to build foundations for future generations. Since its inception, SG has succeeded in creating 21st century academic facilities for students, instructors, and staff. SG has also designed sustainable, survivable, community-oriented facilities for public safety/law enforcement personnel and mission critical personnel. SG is recognized both regionally and nationally for design that offers the highest degree of service to the user, responds to and respects both the built and natural environment, and demonstrates inspired aesthetics.

As SG continues to grow, we honor our beginnings and those who have helped shape us into what we’ve become today. In the images below, we have collected some of our most memorable accomplishments from those last fifteen years.

SG would like to thank our clients, supporters, and community for the opportunities past and present. Further, we’d like to thank these talented colleagues, past and present, who have been so critical to making these great projects a success. We look forward to the next fifteen years of improving the day-to-day experiences of students, faculty, staff, and community through innovative and dynamic design.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, State Emergency Operations Center. New facility in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Read more about the project here.
Bristol Township School District, Mill Creek Elementary School. New learning facility in Levittown, Pennsylvania.
Read more about the project here.
Phoenixville Area School District, Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School. New facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Read more about the project here.
Upper Merion Area School District, Gulph Elementary School. New learning facility in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
Read more about the project here.
Baltimore City Public Schools, Cherry Hill Elementary-Middle School. Renovations in Baltimore, Maryland.
Read more about the project here.
Dare-Tyrrell-Hyde Counties Regional Emergency Communications Center and Emergency Operations Center. New facility in Manteo, North Carolina.
Read more about the project here.
Willistown Township Police, Police Station. New facility in Willistown, Pennsylvania.
Read more about the project here.

Council Rock School District, Holland Middle School. Additions and renovations in Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Read more about the project here.

 

Learn more about our other project experience here or visit our current SG team page here.

SCHRADERGROUP Attends Hatboro-Horsham’s 2nd Annual “When I Grow Up” Career 2019 EXPO

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attends Hatboro-Horsham School District’s (HHSD’s) 2nd Annual “When I Grow Up” Career Expo at Hallowell Elementary School to support K-12 students in discovering career interests of their own. This career event offers students and families a hands-on experience to engage with 60+ vendors and professionals from around the region. Professional participants provided activities, educational games and giveaways, giving children an opportunity to explore potential career paths.

SG’s Senior Project Manager and Educational Planner, Danielle V. Hoffer, was part of the design team for Hatboro-Horsham’s new Crooked Billet Elementary School to be completed in June 2020. For this year’s event, the students could relate with the project that they see in their community currently under construction with the drawings and images on display.

Mark Adamiak, one of SG’s Project Managers and former architectural educator, engaged students in a Virtual Reality model of Crooked Billet Elementary to “walk” participants through the building. Experiencing the design in a virtual spatial context provided the students a hands-on understanding of building designs and allows students to see how interesting architecture can be as a future career choice. Experienced X-box users were especially able to gain a better understanding with a medium their familiar with.

To further demonstrate a simpler example of an architect’s role, Mark used an analogy of Legos. He explained how Lego sets include an instructional manual to show users step-by-step how to build. As architects, our team creates the construction documents or an “instruction manual” that provides the contractor with step-by-step instructions on how to build a building.

The SG team is grateful for this experience and hopes to have provided students, and their parents, with a broader understanding of what an Architect does and the educational track to persue. Our team is proud to contribute to an opportunity for HHSD students to explore diverse career paths and hopefully spark inspiration in the fields of Architecture or Engineering.

Learn more about HHSD’s Crooked Billet Elementary School by clicking here.