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SCHRADERGROUP Committed to Student Engagement and Mentorship to the Architectural Design Community at PSU

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) has consistently demonstrated its unwavering support and continues to express commitment to both Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and the architectural design community within it. Some of the ways that SG provides opportunities and community engagement with the architectural design students at PSU includes career fairs, internship opportunities, alumni speaking engagements, and more.

Here are some of SG’s most recent experiences:

PSU Spring Career Day

Photography by Natasha Kravchenko

The Stuckeman School had its 37th annual Career Day hosted alongside the University’s “Spring Career Days” at the Bryce Jordan Center. The SG team was represented by Jeremy Ross (PSU Class of 2016), Paige Faria (PSU Class of 2018), and Jillian Kreglow (PSU Class of 2021). The SG team spoke to many curious design students about SG as a firm, our projects, and our internship opportunities.

Photography by Natasha Kravchenko

SG is always thrilled to catch up with familiar faces, meet up-and-coming designers, and network with talented colleagues. The Stuckeman School Career Day is an annual event that allows professional firms to interact directly with PSU’s award-winning students. This year, 90 architectural offices attended and over 230 students attended the fair. This exciting event provides students with an opportunity to network and explore potential career fields in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design. SG has a diverse team of talented employees, some of whom are also graduates of the Penn State Stuckeman School.

Another example of SG at PSU recently includes our Architectural Designer Paige Faria speaking about her current experience working at SG.

“10 Things I Wish I Knew or Did Differently”

Photography by Natasha Kravchenko

Paige Faria, PSU alumni of 2018, presented with the PSU Architecture Alumni Group (AAG) their “10 Things I Wish I Knew or Did Differently” at the Stuckeman Family Building Jury Space. The presentation covered lessons learned over many years of combined professional experience in the architecture field by PSU AAG.

The PSU AAG provides a connection with alumni to promote interaction between alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends for the benefit and ongoing improvement of the PSU Architecture department. The PSU AAG board of directors acts as an informal advisory group to the PSU Architecture department. Paige Faria serves on the board as the communications committee chair, keeping alumni updated on current events via social media, newsletters, and more.

The discussion included insights such as ‘putting failure into context’, ‘professional practice is not just a class’, ‘invest in your internship’ and more. Students participated in a discussion afterward and were able to meet up with alumni one-on-one for further insight.

Some of the other speakers include alumni Alex Donahue (B.Arch ’12, M.Arch II ’13), Kyrie Martin (B.Arch ’15), Daniel Lopatka (B.Arch ’22), Matthew Graham (B. Arch ’12), and LewYong Gerbrandt (M.Arch I ’22).
To learn more about the PSU AAG, please visit this site.

Photography by Natasha Kravchenko

SG is always grateful for the opportunity to connect with the future graduates of PSU and the design community. We look forward to continuing to engage with the future architectural designers at PSU!
If you want to learn more, be sure to follow SG on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To see our latest projects, please visit our website sgarc.com

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: