Tag: public school design

Visit SCHRADERGROUP at the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference this Fall!

SCHRADERGROUP will be exhibiting Wednesday, October 16th through Friday, October 18th at the 2019 annual PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference which will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

The School Leadership Conference is the annual Conference for the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA.) The conference brings school leaders from all over the Commonwealth together to share, inspire, network, inform and equip our educational leaders with opportunities for success.

You can find the SCHRADERGROUP team at booth #411—the team is prepared to discuss dynamic opportunities for your school district!

Learn more about the Conference 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.

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 at the Educational Leadership Summit 2019

SCHRADERGROUP is exhibiting at the Educational Leadership Summit today at the Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos! Stop by booth 41 to chat with us about your K-12 projects!

You can find out more about the Summit here.

SCHRADERGROUP attends Third Annual “Hatters Hold ‘Em” Casino Night to Support Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) attended the third annual “Hatters Hold ‘Em” Casino night at the Talamore Country Club, Ambler, Pennsylvania, to support Hatboro-Horsham School District’s Educational Foundation (HHEF).  SG is proud to continue to partner with other community members, local businesses and the Hatboro-Horsham School District (HHSD) to support the foundation’s mission to provide funding for the “inspiring programs and innovative learning grants to enhance the educational experience for all Hatboro-Horsham students.”

The evening consisted of table games, silent auctions, live music and a special guest appearance from the Sportscaster of the Philadelphia Eagles, Merrill Reese.

Accompanied by Dr. Curtis Griffin, HHSD Superintendent of Schools and his wife, and the organizer of the HHEF Girl’s STEAM program and her husband, SG’s Senior Project Manager and Educational Planner, Danielle V. Hoffer and her husband enjoyed an evening with friends and supporters of the Hatboro-Horsham School District.

As educational planners and architects, SG is committed to providing educational facilities that further enrich the learning experience. Currently under construction, the new Crooked Billet Elementary School was designed to provide a variety learning environments, both in and outside of the classroom, to support the learning needs of every student. The success of this event 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 extend our sincere thanks to the dedicated members of the Educational Foundation’s Casino Night committee for organizing this eventful evening for a remarkable cause.

To read more about SG’s involvement within Hatboro-Horsham School District, 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.

SCHRADERGROUP Partners with Upper Merion Area School District Administration to Provide Saint Joseph University’s Education Doctorate Program with a Tour of Gulph Elementary School

SCHRADERGROUP (SG)’s Managing Partner, David Schrader, was proud to assist in a presentation and group tour of the Upper Merion Area School District (UMASD)’s Gulph Elementary School. The tour was provided for the Saint Joseph University’s Doctoral Program in Educational Administration.

SG is proud of the opportunity to share the incredible school that UMASD has built as an example of how inspiring learning environments can make a difference in education today. Gulph Elementary School is an excellent example of how the collaboration between a School District and a design team can result in transformative facilities to support next generation learning processes.

You can learn more about UMASD’s schools, Caley and Gulph Elementary Schools here.

The SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team exhibits at this year’s NSBA Conference in Philadelphia

The SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team exhibits at this year’s National School Board Association Conference in Philadelphia.

SG team members, David Schrader, Bruce Bachtle, Harry Pettoni and Danielle Hoffer, attended this year’s NSBA Conference held in Philadelphia, PA. The team was happy to see familiar faces representing so many of our local clients. It was also great to have the opportunity to speak to so many School Board members representing school districts from across the nation.

We hope to see all of you again next year!