The Philadelphia School is a community based private school which has grown organically for the last 30 years. During this time the school has slowly acquired adjacent properties as needed. As it grew, the school recognized the need to plan it’s future and renovate the existing facility. Working with the Vision Planning Committee, the architects helped draw up a master plan that envisioned a series of summer projects to be executed over a period of years. It became clear that a series of short projects could be accomplished consecutively over each summer break and the school could raise funds incrementally each year and thereby allow it to stay a step ahead of the anticipated growth of the student body.
Two phases of renovation have been completed to date. The first project was the renovation of a portion of the third floor housing for the sixth grade students. The second project planned involved the renovation of the first floor spaces used by the seventh and eighth grade students. Lawson Bell Architects was fortunate to be selected for both of these projects which were executed over the summers of 2016 and 2017.
The process used was similar in both instances. Plans were developed from a program developed with the faculty and schematically presented to the faculty and staff. Suggestions were incorporated into the design and as the plans were finalized a preselected General Contractor worked to provide a cost estimate and project schedule.
One month of development followed by presentation of the design and cost estimate to the Board of Trustees resulted in a vote of approval and a mid-June start of construction date was set. Construction was completed about two weeks before the start of school and classrooms were prepared for the arrival of students by the staff and faculty.
Photographs of the second project, the renovation of the first floor for seventh and eighth grade spaces, are shown here.