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SCHRADERGROUP will be at the 2023 PASA PSBA School Leadership Conference

From October 16th-17th, SCHRADERGROUP (SG) will be actively participating in the PASA PSBA School Leadership Conference, which will be held at the Kalahari Resort in Pennsylvania.
SG attendees include Managing Partner David Schrader, Partner Tom Forsberg, Principal Matt Wittemann, Principal Devin Bradbury, Associate Danielle Hoffer, Associate Thomas Wippenbeck, and Associate Charlotte Stoudt.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is a non-profit, statewide organization representing public school boards, committed to upholding the highest standards of local community leadership for the public schools throughout the Commonwealth.

Drop by our Booth #719 and say hello! We’re looking forward to meeting you!

To see more related academic SG projects, please visit our website here.

SCHRADERGROUP Exhibiting at the PASBO Facilities, Transportation, & Safety Conference

October 9th, SCHRADERGROUP (SG) will be participating in the PASBO Facilities Transportation Safety Conference at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA. We are pleased to announce that representing SG will include SG Partner Harry Pettoni, Associate Thomas Wippenbeck, and Principal Matt Wittemann.

Please come visit us at booth #32! We look forward to interacting and meeting everyone there!

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 see more of SG’s K-12 Projects, please visit our website here.

SCHRADERGROUP Facilitates North Penn High School’s Additions and Renovation Planning Workshop

The North Penn School District (NPSD) held the first of three Community Workshops on July 17, 2023, for the proposed renovations and additions to the North Penn High School. SCHRADERGROUP facilitated the Workshop attended by over 50 individuals including Board members, District administration, staff, parents, students, community members, and Township officials.

Involving the key stakeholders is an integral part of SG’s collaborative design process. What is unique to this particular planning workshop is it is an important step in developing a design for the referendum for the taxpayers of NPSD to approve electoral debt for the project in January 2024.

The design process to date has included virtual and actual building tours of local, regional and national “Next Generation” schools. David Schrader began the Workshop with an overview of the building tours and program of the spaces. Building blocks representing each of the spaces were provided to each of the 6 teams to begin the conversation of room adjacencies and relationships of the building to the site. This is the first step to begin developing concepts that will continue to be refined over the next several months.

SG’s mission is to design educational facilities that precisely meet clients’ needs, with a strong emphasis on collaborative decision-making involving key stakeholders. Their client-driven approach begins with a thorough assessment of existing conditions and relies on a consensus-based planning process, fostering creative and effective solutions. They prioritize inclusive workshops to ensure input and information sharing from all parties, resulting in designs that exceed user expectations.

Please click the photo above to see the entire process of the workshop, with full commentary and transcripts.

“The main takeaway of this workshop was to get some big picture ideas that we can take away and turn into a facility concept to move towards (North Penn High School’s) referendum concept.” – David Schrader

To see more K-12 projects done by SCHRADERGROUP, please visit our website here.

HHSD Keith Valley Construction Update!

Exciting times are upon us as we witness Hatboro-Horsham School District’s NEW Keith Valley Middle School rise out of the ground. Incredible progress has been made over the first summer of construction and the new state-of-the-art facility beginning to take shape. Ongoing work includes foundations, concrete slabs, concrete retaining walls, and the erection of structural steel.

Photography by D’Huy Engineering, Inc

The NEW Keith Valley Middle School is being constructed in the foreground while the old Keith Valley Middle School remains in operation in the background.

The foundation work for Keith Valley Middle School commenced about three weeks ago. These vital structures are the bedrock of our future, ensuring the stability and longevity of the building. As each day passes, we see the foundations grow stronger, laying the groundwork for a new era in education at Keith Valley Middle School.

The classroom wings are rising from the ground while new underground stormwater basins are excavated.
The site is buzzing with activity on a daily basis with earthwork underway to install stormwater basins and crush the massive field of rock that was unearthed during construction. Foundations and massive retaining walls are nearly complete. Concrete slabs have been poured for the classroom pods and administrative wing. Most impressive is the structural steel that has been erected for the four 3-story classroom pods.

Photography by D’Huy Engineering, Inc

Starting in the Fall of 2025, the impressive 275,000 square foot facility will house up to 1,200 students in grades 6 through 8 with innovative and flexible learning spaces throughout the school. The students and staff of Hatboro-Horsham school district eagerly await the opportunity to utilize their new facility, which will take learning to a new level within the District. Until then, they have the best seat in the house to watch their new home be built one day at a time.

Perhaps the most striking sight on the construction site is the soaring steel framework. With three of the four educational wings already erected, it’s awe-inspiring to witness the structure reaching toward the sky.

Please click the image above to see a drone view of the construction site.
Videography shot by D’huy Engineering, Inc.

The transformation of Keith Valley Middle School’s renovation is a testament to progress, determination, and vision. As we continue this exciting journey, we invite you to stay tuned for more updates.

To see more K-12 projects done by SCHRADERGROUP, please visit our website here.

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes Nine Additional Team Members to our Growing Team!

In recent months, our team at SCHRADERGROUP (SG) has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve welcomed some truly exceptional individuals and we’re eager to shine a spotlight on each of them.

David Long
Project Architect
Drexel University – Bachelor of Architecture

David is an accomplished Architectural and Project Designer with more than seven years of experience in both existing and ground-up building design. He specializes in conceptual design and analysis through construction documentation and contract administration for mixed-use commercial buildings, hotels, community centers, religious facilities, retail buildings, public buildings, industrial buildings and multi-unit student housing. He graduated from Drexel University and acquired a NAAB accredited Bachelor of Architecture. David has extensive experience from projects located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Texas, and Virginia.

At SG, David is actively involved with our education projects. His responsibilities encompass project design, project management, as well as liaising with consultants and clients. While fulfilling his current role, David is also preparing for a future transition into construction administration.

“The eventuality of space, the finished product, becomes exceptionally rewarding when you were a part of the design.” – David

Kate McKenna, Associate AIA
Architectural Designer
Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Architecture

Kate is a recent Pennsylvania State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. During her time in school, Kate had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome for a semester. Additionally, she pursued three minors in Landscape Architecture, Fine Art, and Architectural History. Prior to her graduation, Kate gained architectural experience by completing an internship at WEBBER/SMITH Associates. Post graduation, Kate gained more architectural experience at Benchmark Group, Inc.

At SG, Kate assists with the schematic and design development of projects such as Davis County EOC, the Garnet Valley Pennington Building, and Northern York Middle School. Kate has also helped master planning layouts with the Abington School District and Owen J. Roberts School District. Post graduation, Kate had the intention of pursuing school design and is excited to finally start learning about it.

“-we’re constantly learning every day! New situations come and go and there are always other ways to do something.” – Kate

Craig Lucas
Project Architect
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Bachelor of Science & Associate of Applied Science

Craig is an accomplished individual with eight years of experience in the Architecture and Construction industries. He has worked with various building typologies and construction methods, and he holds a strong passion for creating sustainable and timeless architecture.

At SG, Craig collaborates with his team to ensure the timely completion of projects, within budget, and meeting the desires and needs of SG’s clients. His primary aim is to create inspiring environments for the people who use them. Craig’s main focus is on SG’s academic buildings, where he designs spaces that cater to students of all ages, facilitating both learning and enjoyment.

Craig is thrilled to advance his career with SG, as he firmly believes that “SG consistently produces innovative, well thought out designs that prove to be both functional and creative.” Upon joining SG, he immediately recognized the firm’s commitment to exceeding client expectations. Furthermore, he is delighted to be part of a team comprised of hardworking, skilled, and creative individuals, making his experience at SG truly enjoyable and rewarding.

“The spaces that we design have a great impact on the way that we experience our environment.” – Craig

Colleen Deluca
Senior Interior Designer
The Art Institute of Philadelphia – Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Colleen is a constant professional with over a decade of experience in the field of Interior Design. During this span, she distinguished herself as an assistant kitchen designer at Kitchen Technology, where her collaboration with the chief designer led to the development of innovative kitchen and bathroom designs. Utilizing AutoKitchen, Colleen adeptly produced 3D computer-generated renderings that played a pivotal role in helping clients visualize proposed spaces—an indispensable component of the design process.
Afterward, Colleen transitioned to the role of an Interior Designer at Bernardon. Her responsibilities included providing interior design services for a variety of project types, with a primary focus on multifamily projects. Collaborating with colleagues including designers, architects, consultants, and vendors, she played a key role in guiding projects from initial concepts to completion.

In addition, Colleen provided valuable assistance to the FF&E procurement manager, helping with tasks like quoting, tracking, updating internal databases, and coordinating installations. Colleen’s tenure at Bernardon showcased her multifaceted skill set and her commitment to contributing across various dimensions of the interior design process.

Within SG, Colleen is responsible for delivering interior design services for a diverse set of projects, starting from the initial concept and seeing them through to completion. Her role involves close collaboration with the SG team as well as playing a key part in supporting and mentoring fellow members of the interiors team.

“It is very rewarding creating a space that helps the individual have a better day and experience due to the way the space is designed.” – Colleen

Wiley Muck
Architectural Designer
Temple University – Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture

Wiley is a highly accomplished individual who recently earned his Master’s degree in Architecture. He had previously interned with us at SG and has now joined our team as a full-time employee!

During his internship, Wiley’s responsibilities centered on conducting facility assessments, with a primary emphasis on modeling the existing structures of numerous schools across diverse school districts. Now, as he transitions into full-time employment, he is gaining a deeper level of involvement in the overall project processes.

In his recent role at SG, Wiley has been extensively involved in the task of integrating new programmatic elements into pre-existing buildings, often necessitating the reprogramming of these structures for fresh purposes. Concurrently, he has made significant contributions to SG’s Fieldhouse and athletic facility projects, lending his expertise to the intricate detailing and precise production of drawings.

“Being able to see something that I worked on get built and then used is something that I think about a lot and what keeps me on this path.” – Wiley

Brenda Cass, LEED AP
Architectural Designer
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology – Associate of Art and Sciences, Architectural Technology

Brenda is an exceptionally meticulous Architectural Designer, possessing a strong aptitude for resolving intricate technical and design challenges, all while adhering to and actively enhancing established standards. With over 25 years of experience, Brenda excels in BIM modeling and construction documentation for an array of projects, including high-end custom homes, luxurious amenities spaces for multi-family developments, retirement cottages, and country clubs. She possesses extensive proficiency in Revit BIM modeling and is well-versed in the art of Enscape live rendering.

At SG, Brenda has been involved in various assignments, including the creation of Revit families for interiors casework and trim for a wedding venue. Additionally, Brenda has initiated the furnishing of a model for a middle school to develop an engaging presentation for the staff and School District. Moving forward, she will continue to excel in her role, focusing on Revit modeling, construction documentation, as well as producing Enscape still renderings and immersive 3D live walk-through presentations.

“I love the problem-solving side of things, the technical nitty-gritty working out the puzzle of making things fit together in the intricacies of building construction and detailing.” – Brenda

Samantha Yaros, Associate AIA
Architectural Designer
Penn State University – Bachelor of Architecture

Samantha, a recent graduate from Penn State University, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Throughout the past couple of years, she has gained practical experience by interning at Baglivo Associates as an architectural intern. Additionally, Samantha showcased her passion for art and served as an art ambassador at Penn State University. These experiences have undoubtedly enriched her skills and knowledge in the field. Samantha possesses proficiency in a range of essential architectural software and design tools. She is well-versed in utilizing Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, Lumion, Adobe Creative Suite products, and Word Productions. With her comprehensive skills in these applications, Samantha is equipped to effectively tackle architectural projects and bring innovative design ideas to life.

At SG, Samantha actively contributes to various projects by assisting with surveys and gaining insight into a diverse range of project scales and types, including additions and renovations. Additionally, she diligently documents any modifications that occur throughout the design process to ensure thorough documentation.

“Taking something from a concept all the way through to a full modeled design is exciting to see take place before your eyes.” – Samantha

Sabrina Gonzalez
Interior Designer
Thomas Jefferson University – Bachelor of Interior Design

Sabrina is a recent graduate from Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Sabrina gained almost a year of experience as an intern at BEAM Illuminating architecture. Sabrina proficiently utilized Revit and AutoCAD software to strategically position lighting fixtures in Reflected Ceiling Plans (RCPs) and developed lighting control intent plans. She skillfully compiled specifications for fixture schedules and lighting manuals using Excel and InDesign.

Additionally, Sabrina renders lighting plans and creates captivating concept renderings using Photoshop. She employs AGI software to construct models for accurate photometric predictions. Furthermore, she diligently conducted construction submittal reviews and maintained regular communication with representatives to obtain estimates for potential fixtures in projects. Sabrina also contributed to marketing efforts by updating the company portfolio with completed projects.

At SG, Sabrina is involved with handling furniture and finishing schedules, as well as creating detailed interior drawings and organizing sheet layouts. Additionally, she takes charge of ordering finished samples and communicates with representatives to procure materials for various projects.

“-the process of turning a design concept into reality. It really pays off going through all of the work a project requires and seeing it come to life at the end.” – Sabrina

Caitlyn Keomanyvong
Marketing Assistant
Geroge Mason University – Bachelor of Criminology

Currently, Caitlyn is in the final stages of completing her undergraduate studies at George Mason University. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a major in Criminology and a minor in forensic psychology. Caitlyn is driven by her aspirations to acquire extensive knowledge and contribute to promoting SG to the best of her capabilities. She is committed to continuous learning and dedicated to maximizing her efforts in advancing the goals of the company. Caitlyn exhibits a strong sense of self-motivation and possesses notable skills in writing and research. She is driven to excel in these areas and consistently demonstrates a high level of dedication and proficiency.

At SG, Caitlyn focuses on creating engaging content to promote the company. She takes charge of crafting captivating blog posts that highlight awards, events, conferences, and other relevant topics. Additionally, Caitlyn plays an active role in curating social media content, developing posts for platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Her contributions help maintain an active and engaging online presence for the company.

“I have always had a deep appreciation for architecture and interior design. Watching professionals embark on projects and seeing their remarkable journey from start to finish is endlessly inspiring.” – Caitlyn

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering dedication and hard work. Your contributions are deeply valued, and we are eagerly looking forward to our continued growth together at SG. Thank you for being an essential part of SG.

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

SCHRADERGROUP attends Franklin County 9-1-1 Ribbon Cutting

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) had the pleasure of attending the Franklin County Ribbon Cutting event in North Carolina on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023, in celebration of opening its new 9-1-1 communication center.

The 911 communication center, recognized as a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), holds a pivotal role in emergency response and public safety. Its core mission revolves around efficiently and effectively receiving, processing, and dispatching emergency calls and services.

The new 911 communication center also serves as the crucial liaison between the general public and emergency response agencies across Franklin County. The County received approximately $4 million through the NC911 Grant program to develop an advanced emergency communication center covering 5,300 square feet. This cutting-edge facility is located on a 3.90-acre site adjacent to the current public safety and detention center.

SG served as both the architect and structural engineering firm for the new emergency communication center. We are delighted to have engaged the expertise of the SG team, comprised of seasoned professionals, to design this essential infrastructure facility. It is instrumental in managing emergency calls, deploying the requisite resources, and ensuring a well-coordinated response to emergencies. Ultimately, this effort contributes to the preservation of lives and the enhancement of public safety across Franklin County.

Among those present was Kimberly Denton, Franklin County Manager, who welcomed and commenced the ceremony. Speeches were delivered by Michael S. Schriver, Chairman of the Franklin County Commissioners, Pokey Harris, Executive Director of the NC 911 Board, and Kimberly Denton herself. Christy Shearin, FC 911 Director, presided over both the ribbon-cutting ceremony and the closing remarks.

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SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes the New Principal of Sales and Marketing!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) would like to extend a warm welcome to Matt as he integrates into the SG team and takes a leadership role in the sales and marketing department!

Matt Wittemann, CPSM
Principal of Sales and Marketing
University of Tampa – Bachelor of Science, Marketing

Matt holds the pivotal role of overseeing and implementing sales and marketing strategies and initiatives for SG. Within the domain of business development and sales, his responsibilities include the maintenance and cultivation of client relationships, strategic planning, lead generation, and acquisition. In the realm of marketing, he is tasked with formulating brand strategy and enhancing brand recognition. Moreover, he manages and supervises various critical aspects of our firm’s marketing efforts, including proposal submissions, presentations, advertising, social media, photography, award submissions, and other targeted marketing efforts.

Matt is a marketing and business strategist with more than 15 years of experience within the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. He specializes in client relationship management, sales, marketing, and strategic planning. As a thought leader and industry expert, he became a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) through the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) in 2017. He is also an active participant and a member of the Lifestyle Residential Development council through the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Eastern Region of APPA (ERAPPA).

Additionally, Matt has successfully led a multitude of marketing and public relations campaigns, all while directing and supervising critical aspects of the firm’s operations. This includes managing proposal submissions, presentations, public relations initiatives, brand development, photography, award applications, and an array of specialized marketing endeavors, such as the creation of newsletters, e-blasts, bespoke brochures, and promotional materials.

“I am extremely honored to lead the sales and marketing department here at SG. As a firm already with a tremendous reputation and culture, my goals are to expand the firm’s awareness, build and differentiate the SG brand, drive business development activities, and absorb and foster each client’s mission and vision.” – Matt

Welcome to the team Matt! We are thrilled to have you here at SG and are excited to grow alongside each other!

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes to the Team, Our Newest Project Manager!

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Doug Perry, who has joined the SCHRADERGROUP (SG) team as our newest Project Manager. We are excited to have him on board and look forward to his contributions on future projects.

Doug Perry, AIA, LEED AP
Project Manager
University of Nebraska – Bachelors of Science in Architectural Science, Masters of Architecture

With over 18 years of experience in the architectural industry, predominantly in the Philadelphia region, Doug has established himself as a highly accomplished professional. His expertise encompasses various areas, including project planning, design development, construction documentation, and construction management.

Doug has effectively managed projects in various sectors including government, pharmaceuticals, higher education, and commercial real estate. His expertise is a valuable asset to SCHRADERGROUP, particularly his significant contributions to Public Safety facilities including both Law Enforcement and Fire Station design.

Notably, he possesses extensive knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and adeptly utilizes it throughout the design and construction processes. Furthermore, Doug exhibits a comprehensive understanding of diverse project types and exhibits strong leadership qualities, offering guidance and direction to multi-disciplinary design teams.

At SG, Doug takes on the responsibility of overseeing an array of projects, ranging from renovations of elementary schools to the construction of a new police department headquarters. His primary focus is on achieving successful project completion, all while prioritizing the utmost satisfaction of clients.

“Collaborating with clients, consultants, and the wider project team adds to the rewarding nature of the work.” – Doug

Welcome Doug! We are excited to have you on board the SG team. Our team is excited to share our company culture and practices with you and look forward to witnessing your continued success within the company.

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

THANK YOU TO THE SCHRADERGROUP 2023 SUMMER INTERNS!

SCHRADERGROUP (SG) extends its gratitude to the exceptional summer interns, both new and returning, for their unwavering dedication and hard work during their time at our firm. We would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the architectural internees, Wiley Muck, Isaac Buxton, Allyson Everlof, Josh Pontell, and the interior designer internee, Gianna DeLorenzo! We wish you the best in your future studies and profession!

Before they head back to school, the SG family would like to highlight each of these great interns:

Wiley Muck
Graduate Student
Temple University – Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture

Wiley is an accomplished individual who is set to achieve a significant milestone this year, as he will be completing his Master’s degree in Architecture. Wiley is a returning intern here at SG and throughout his time here, he has actively participated in various projects that have encompassed every phase of the process. This hands-on experience has proven to be invaluable, enabling him to gain extensive knowledge and expertise.

At SG, Wiley worked on facility assessments, primarily focusing on modeling the existing structures of multiple schools within various school districts. In one District’s case, Wiley has modeled the existing conditions of twelve different schools. Wiley is now able to go on facility assessment walkthroughs to see what he has been modeling all summer.

In the future, Wiley aspires to design a house that perfectly captures his vision, creating a space he can proudly call home. Additionally, he is driven by the desire to design environments that will become cherished and significant parts of other people’s lives, making a positive impact on their daily experiences.

“Being able to see something that I worked on get built and then used is something that I think about a lot and what keeps me on this path.” – Wiley

We are excited to report that Wiley has just accepted a full-time offer for employment at SCHRADERGROUP and will continue his professional life with us!

Isaac Buxton
Undergraduate Student
Philadelphia University – Bachelor of Architecture

Isaac is a fourth-year student of a five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree offered through Jefferson University’s College of Architecture & the Built Environment. Looking ahead, his aspiration is to accumulate a wealth of work experience while embracing the opportunity to travel. Currently, Isaac is preparing to embark on a six-month internship with Olson Kundig, which involves relocating to Seattle. This exciting opportunity will not only provide him with valuable professional exposure but also allow him to explore a new city.

Isaac’s passion for architecture blossomed during his formative years. As a creative and imaginative child, he found joy in crafting various creations, whether it was constructing structures out of cardboard and duct tape, piecing together intricate designs with Legos, or expressing his ideas through pencil and paper. This early affinity for hands-on creativity laid the foundation for his enduring love for architecture.

“This creativity eventually turned into the love of designing buildings and the passion of the design process.” – Isaac

While at SG, Isaac actively contributed to several major projects, including some of the largest school districts in the region, various Auditorium projects, and a new state-of-the-art elementary school. Furthermore, Isaac recently concluded conceptualizations for a potential higher education, demonstrating his ability to engage in forward-thinking and innovative design processes.

Allyson Everlof
Undergraduate Student
Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Architecture

Allyson will be a fifth year architecture student at Pennsylvania State University and also a returning Intern here at SG. Allyson stands as an accomplished individual, having maintained her esteemed role as the student representative for her class over the span of four years. Her consistent dedication and commitment to serving her peers exemplify her strong leadership skills and unwavering commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive academic environment.

Since Allyson was a child, she dreamed about being a designer and creating spaces for people that not only suit their needs but exceed them in ways that benefit them from within.

“Our environments are extremely involved in our wellbeing, and I am happy to be a part of creating those spaces for people, especially students and educators.” – Allyson

At SG, Allyson engaged in various tasks such as attending job conferences and groundbreaking ceremonies, assisting with building modeling, visiting project sites, and aiding photographers in documenting completed projects.

Upon her graduation in May of 2024, Allyson is eagerly preparing to embark on the initial stages of her journey towards becoming a licensed architect. Her ambitions are set on attaining her professional license within five years of completing her college education. This goal reflects Allyson’s strong determination and dedication to honing her skills, acquiring practical experience, and fulfilling the rigorous requirements to establish herself as a qualified and accomplished architect.

Josh Pontell
Undergraduate Student
Pennsylvania State University – Bachelor of Architecture

After completing his education in a year, Josh is eager to pursue a full-time career as an architect. Simultaneously, he plans to commence studying for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to accelerate the process of obtaining his professional license. Josh’s determination to swiftly achieve licensure highlights his commitment to professional growth and demonstrates his dedication to fulfilling the requirements necessary to establish himself as a licensed architect.

At SG, Josh actively contributed to several key areas of architectural work. This included engaging in tasks such as producing existing conditions drawings, developing schematic plans, conducting surveys, and utilizing 360 building imaging techniques. His involvement in these aspects showcased his diverse skill set and proficiency in different facets of architectural design and documentation.

Since he was young, Josh has been inspired by the places we inhabit. When he was a kid, he went to a few schools that were undergoing major renovations and reconstructions and was fascinated by all the structures in progress and how they go together. He specifically was fascinated with school buildings.

“I am so thrilled to be interning at a firm in which educational architecture is a focus!” – Josh

Gianna DeLorenzo
Undergraduate Student
Thomas Jefferson University – Bachelor of Interior Design

Gianna is currently on track to complete her studies in 2024 with the goal of obtaining her professional license as an interior designer upon graduation. Her aspirations highlight her determination to pursue a successful career in the field and her commitment to meeting the necessary requirements to become a licensed professional.

While at SG, Gianna has acquired extensive knowledge and skills in various aspects of interior design. She has gained a deep understanding of different materials and their applications, honed her expertise in casework and proper detailing techniques. Additionally, Gianna has developed strong abilities in comprehending and fulfilling client needs and desires while effectively collaborating with them. She has also gained valuable experience in navigating the project process. Notably, Gianna has contributed to projects such as a major elementary school and an elementary school library, utilizing software tools like Revit and Enscape to enhance her design work.

“While working at SG I was able to see the impact their work has on school districts and it’s really inspiring the difference it makes.” – Gianna

Thank you so much to Wiley, Isaac, Allyson, Josh, and Gianna. We truly appreciate the dedication, determination, and exceptional work ethic you all brought to the firm. As you continue your studies, we wish for nothing but the very best in all of your future endeavors. We eagerly anticipate hearing about your remarkable achievements and successes in the times to come.

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page to see what opportunities are available at SG here.

SCHRADERGROUP: Next-Generation Learning Environments Presented at A4LE NE Region Conference Talk & Tours

The A4LE Northeast Region Conference is an annual event bringing together professionals from the education and design communities to discuss innovative ideas, research, and best practice to create effective learning environments. The conference typically features keynote presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. This year, SCHRADERGROUP (SG) had the pleasure of attending and presenting our latest project, Upper Merion Area High School. SG also gave tours of UMAHS as well as other projects; Springfield High School, Enfield Elementary School, Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center/Manavon Elementary School.

David Schrader, SG’s managing partner, along with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Toleno and Building Principal Johnathan Bauer, presented a session titled “This is so meant for us! Student Focused Design to Inspire Personal Achievement, The Next Generation High School”. This session profiled a very unique learning environment constructed in King of Prussia, PA to support 21st Century learning styles. The building was designed to reflect current business model practices and provides opportunities across multiple grade levels for advanced course offerings and unique learning styles. The presentation also offered a comparison of students’ reflection on their learning experience in traditional post-industrial environments versus the learning spaces designed in the new facility centered around self-directed learning environments.

In addition to the presentation, SG provided tours of 4 of our schools for A4LE attendees. The schools that were toured included: Upper Merion Area High School, Springfield High School, Enfield Elementary School, Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center/Manavon Elementary School. You can read more about each school below.

Photography By Halkin Mason

Upper Merion Area High School offers students dedicated spaces for career exploration and advanced education, promoting 21st-century learning activities such as research, development, and presentation. The school is committed to providing students with state-of-the-art facilities and resources that support their academic and professional growth. These purpose-built spaces are specifically designed to facilitate research, encourage innovation and creativity, and enable students to effectively present their findings and projects. UMAHS recognizes the importance of preparing students for the evolving demands of the modern world, and its design reflects this commitment to fostering a dynamic learning environment.

Check out more information about Upper Merion Area High School here.

Photography By Halkin Mason

Springfield High School is strategically located within proximity to a significant portion of the town, thanks to the dense nature of this community. This intentional placement enables many residents to conveniently walk to the school. Furthermore, the design of the school reflects deep consideration for the community it serves. Every aspect of the school’s architecture and layout has been thoughtfully planned to align with the needs and values of the surrounding community. By keeping the community in mind throughout the design process, Springfield High School aims to foster a strong sense of connection and collaboration between the school and its residents. This facility was designed in partnership with Perkins and Will Architects.

Check out more information about Springfield High School here.

Photography By Halkin Mason

Enfield Elementary School is thoughtfully designed to cater to the needs of young learners, creating a welcoming community atmosphere that focuses on both public and academic spaces. The school’s layout revolves around a serene courtyard, symbolically embracing the children and fostering an optimal outdoor learning environment. Surrounding this peaceful central area, classroom wings are strategically placed to enhance the overall learning experience.

Check out more information about Enfield Elementary School here.

Photography By Matt Wargo

Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School have been purposefully designed to accommodate two distinct grade structures, following a unique “school within a school” format. The ELC is dedicated to nurturing and educating students in grades K-1, providing them with a specialized learning environment tailored to their early educational needs. On the other hand, the ES focuses on grades 2-5, offering a comprehensive curriculum and resources specifically designed to meet the developmental requirements of older elementary students. This innovative design ensures that each grade structure receives the appropriate educational support and fosters an optimal learning experience for all students.

Check out more information about Phoenixville Area Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School here.

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