Archdiocese of Philadelphia New High School
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the third largest K-12 provider in Pennsylvania, commissioned L.R. Kimball to design a new high school that consolidated two existing, antiquated, regional high schools. Using a two-phased design approach, the new high school was designed for an ultimate capacity of 1,600 students.
The initial phase, 209,000 SF in size, included all core facilities, specialty spaces, athletic fields and tennis courts and serves 1,200 students. The second phase, consisting of a 27,500 SF addition, added classroom space for an additional 400 students.
The design team was challenged by rolling terrain, wetlands, traffic and highway interface issues as well as the requirement to integrate the educational programs from two existing schools into a fast-tracked building configuration.
The L.R. Kimball team worked closely with the Secretary for Catholic Education and the Building Committee. The design team divided the 25-person Building Committee into three subcommittees, each with a specific responsibility: Programming, Design and Construction. Working daily with each smaller group enabled the groups to reach consensus and milestones at a more rapid pace, resulting in a reduced overall schedule and significant budget savings for the Archdiocese.
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