Academic and Student Support FacilitiesAcademic Facilities
Cedar Crest College: Science Labs
The Cedar Crest College science labs project was a 4,300 square foot design-build renovation project to renovate and modernize two 1960’s era general science and chemistry labs in the Dorothy Rider Pool Science Center at Cedar Crest College. In addition to all new casework, finishes, lighting and technology, the project included a new vacuum system and reverse osmosis water system. The project opens up the lab environment to improve student and instructor interaction and safety. Lobbies, lounges and corridors in the science center were upgraded with new floor finishes, wood paneling, display areas and digital displays.
Cedar Crest College: Student Success
The Cedar Crest College student success project consisted of a 5,000 square foot interior renovation of Cedar Crest College’s campus library to convert the main floor into an academic support and student collaboration/study space. The main level was completely renovated to include faculty and staff offices, a centralized services desk that provides dedicated support for student needs, numerous spaces to accommodate student collaboration, tutoring, and quiet study and an eat-in café. The lower level offices were also renovated to accommodate library services.
Central Columbia High School
The Central Columbia High School project consisted of the renovation of an existing 124,217 square foot building with 57,372 square feet of building additions. The renovation of the existing building included a complete change of the exterior skin of the building. The project’s aggressive building schedule along with the need to fully occupy the building during construction added to the complexity of this project.
The Immaculata University project included the construction of a brand new 52,200 square foot university library following a design that features the rich architectural heritage of the Immaculata Campus. As with other buildings on campus, the library is constructed of granite ashlar walls above a limestone base and features a red metal roof that complements the terracotta tiled roofs used throughout the campus.
Northeast Middle School
The Northeast Middle School auditorium project consisted of 3-phases to replace the existing Northeast Middle School with a new, 165,000 square foot middle school. The existing middle school building remained operational while the new building was being constructed.
Souderton High School
The Souderton High School project included the construction of a 425,000 square foot new building, two large classroom wings, a large auditorium, two gymnasiums, a wrestling room, a weight room, art and music rooms and a state-of-the-art Natatorium. Site improvements included new baseball fields, a turf football field, a rubber playground area, a synthetic track and a large media center/library.
Upper Dublin High School
This project consisted of 3 phases in order to keep the students on campus and in portions of the existing building and new additions as construction progressed.
Phase one of the project included the athletic wing and was completed in December 2009. This area consisted of the main gymnasium with seating for 1,500 spectators, a natatorium with a 10 lane, 35-meter swimming pool and expanded balcony seating area, an auxiliary gymnasium, a weight training/fitness room, a wrestling room, and trainer/team rooms in the locker area.
Phase two of the project included the academic wing and was completed in January 2011. The academic wing featured full wireless access, 45 classrooms with interactive whiteboards, a media center/library, a guidance suite with administrative offices, expanded science lab facilities and a state-of-the-art technology forum room for large group instruction and video conferencing.
Phase three of the project included the auditorium and visual/performing arts wing and was completed in August 2012. This area consisted of the auditorium, a black box theater, rehearsal areas for the band, chorus, and orchestra, performing arts classrooms, a television studio, and administration offices.
The new school features enhanced music spaces, enlarged performing-arts facilities, expanded science labs, an expanded swimming pool facility, additional physical education facilities, up-to-date technology, greater safety and improved heating and cooling systems.
The project achieved LEED-Gold certification in lieu of the projected Silver. Green features include a geothermal system with 305 wells 400 feet deep, heat recovery units, lighting control with occupancy sensors, reflective coating on the roofs and 3-inch sprayed insulation on the exterior walls.
Skepton Construction demolished the former high school to make way for the new high school and recycled materials. Concrete-related waste was crushed on site and used as fill and to construct the new building pad.