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SCHRADERGROUP Managing Partner Speaks at Professional Education Seminar

In late October, Managing Partner David Schrader attended and spoke at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Arts and Architecture’s first Professional Education Seminar in State College, PA. The seminar was organized by the Stuckeman School and was chaired by Shwetanc Bothra, a fifth-year student. David and three other panelists, Linda O’Gwynn, President at Purdy O’Gwynn Architects in Philadelphia, Andrew Phillips, Chair of the School of Design at String Theory Schools in Philadelphia, and Carson Parr, Partner at RLPS Architects of Lancaster, PA, served as panelists.


The seminar, the first of an upcoming series of educational seminars geared towards the different aspects and industries of architecture, was focused on the design of educational facilities and museums, and was titled, “How can Architecture Implement Better Learning?”

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SCHRADERGROUP Team Participates in PSU’s Architectural Alumni Group’s Summer Seminar Series Panel

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) recently participated in a virtual seminar panel for Pennsylvania State University’s College of Arts and Architecture’s Architectural Alumni Group (AAG) and the Stuckeman School of Architecture. The School sponsors several summer seminars each year in order to help architecture students and recent alumni understand all aspects of the business of architecture and profession.

The second installment of this year’s summer seminar series was focused on “The Practice of Architecture.” Managing Partner David Schrader was a panelist for the event, joined by other notable fellow PSU Architecture Alumni. Attendees included our summer interns Dan Pawluczyk and Leah Balderson.


The seminar dealt with topics such as licensure, maintaining a practice, non-traditional career paths, and handling a work/life balance. SG is proud to continue supporting the schools and organizations that helped us become who we are. We are thrilled to have participated in this discussion for rising architects, and we look forward to the next seminar series event.

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SCHRADERGROUP Principal Speaks to Arcadia University Doctoral Candidates about Sustainable Learning Environments

SCHRADERGROUP’s Principal, David Schrader, spoke on an expert panel in April about the increasing concerns for our environmental footprint and how academic institutions can participate in sustainability for the future through thoughtful building practices.

Included in that panel was Lorna Rosenburg who currently serves as the Green and Healthy Schools Program manager for US EPA Region 3 Mid-Atlantic and Megan Garner who is the Sustainability Development Manager at the School District of Philadelphia. Ms. Megan Garner provided an in-depth presentation on sustainable design practices currently undertaken by the School District of Philadelphia.

Mr. David Schrader provided a lengthy presentation on the benefits of sustainable design practices for educational facilities. The presentation included descriptions of various techniques for integrating sustainable design as well as the concept of the “School as a Teacher Tool.”

The panel’s presentation was well received. After the presentation, there was open discussion and questions from the Doctoral Candidates about the information provided by the panel.

SCHRADERGROUP has applied many of these sustainability design practices to our projects and approach all new projects with sustainability in mind especially to the degree that the stakeholders would want.

Some examples of sustainable initiatives commonly incorporated includes:

  • high efficiency HVAC and control systems including central monitoring and automatic control systems
  • ground source heat pumps
  • solar hot water heater systems
  • optimized energy performance
  • gray water systems
  • rain gardens (aiding with storm water control)
  • storm water quantity/quality control
  • reduced impervious coverage
  • underground infiltration basins
  • stormtech and bioswale recharge system combined with detention basins
  • native plant landscaping
  • high albedo / reflective roof systems for reduction of heat island effect
  • operable windows
  • roof monitors (allowing for bilateral daylight within classrooms and greatly reducing the need for artificial lighting)
  • interior lighting utilizing automatic controls and occupancy sensors
  • night sky-friendly lighting for light pollution reduction
  • vegetative roof
  • building materials with recycled content
  • regional materials
  • low emitting materials
  • low flow, water saving fixtures
  • recycled content materials
  • certified wood products
  • high insulating values for building envelope
  • construction activity pollution protection and waste management
  • where appropriate, reuse of existing furniture and equipment
  • coordination of building energy commissioning
  • acoustical analysis and design

Learn more on some of the projects we have applied sustainability design practices to: