Update on Holland Middle School Renovation and Addition Project

Schradergroup began work on the renovation and additions for Holland Middle School in 2014. Located in the Council Rock School District, the 135,200 SF facility, built in 1975, is undergoing extensive renovation and expansion that allows for a more STEAM-focused arrangement within the existing infrastructure. The project additionally provides a 6-classroom addition; a new administration suite and entry; a music wing housing band, orchestra and choral; a 650-seat auditorium; an auxiliary gymnasium; and a fitness center.


Left: View of second floor during construction, Right: Rendering of completed corridor

The existing building, offering little natural light and virtually no views, featured triangular-shaped classrooms created with thin metal wall systems. The renovation maintains the existing structure, but removes the majority of interior partitions to allow for reconfiguration of classrooms into a more rectilinear arrangement. Specialty classrooms will be located on the interior with general classrooms distributed along the exterior to allow for access to natural light. A new Learning Stair adjacent to the Library will introduce an open connection between the first and second floors.


Left: Addition during construction, Right: Rendering of completed building

Exterior renovations entails a complete re-cladding of the existing second floor metal panels with brick veneer and large curtain wall windows. Existing brick veneer at the first floor was maintained but with new window systems added.


Left: Existing exterior, Right: Renovated exterior

A significant challenge presented with the renovation of the middle school was to maintain operation while renovating the entire facility and building an 80,000 SF addition. Extensive phasing plans were created to assure continuous operation while allowing quadrants of the existing building to be renovated in 6 month time frames, for a total construction duration of 24 months.

The facility is slated for LEED Gold certification with construction completion planned for late August 2018.  To learn more about this project, please visit our website.

Schradergroup Welcomes New Designer

MiaRosensaftSchradergroup is pleased to welcome Mia Rosensaft as the latest designer to join our team. Mia presently is a fifth-year architectural and lighting design student in Drexel University’s 2+4 Architecture program, slated for graduation in June 2018.  While in pursuit of her Bachelor of Architecture degree, Mia has gained invaluable practical expertise through architectural and lighting design internships completed with professional firms.  As an Architectural Designer at Schradergroup, Mia will apply her skills in 3D modelling, graphic representation, and energy and analysis to projects for the academic and public safety markets.

SCHRADERGROUP Attends Ribbon Cutting of New Mission Critical Facility Completed in Outer Banks

SCHRADERGROUP was honored to attend the ribbon cutting for the new Dare-Tyrrell-Hyde Counties Regional Emergency Communications Center located in Manteo, Dare County, North Carolina.  The new 18,200 SF facility consolidates the emergency communications operations of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde Counties into one Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and additionally creates an Emergency Operations Center for Dare County.


“It was a great pleasure to be at the ribbon cutting ceremony,” said Project Architect Dan D’Amico, AIA, LEED AP.  “It was exciting to be a part of the design and construction of the first facility in North Carolina to consolidate emergency communications for three counties into one state-of-the-art facility.  To see the end result and experience the pride and satisfaction of the new facility users was a great reward.”

The ribbon cutting was recently featured in The Virginia-Pilot.  In the path of frequent mid-Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms, the facility is designed to withstand 150 mph winds, and additionally is sited to be above the 100-year flood plain.  For more information about the project, please visit our website.

Elementary School Named Outstanding Design in LEARNING BY DESIGN Spring 2017

LearningbyDesignSCHRADERGROUP is pleased to have Caley Elementary School named an Outstanding Design in the spring 2017 LEARNING BY DESIGN, the premier source for education design innovation and excellence.  Caley Elementary School is one of two sister schools simultaneously designed by Schradergroup for the Upper Merion Area School District in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Constructed in the 1960s and no longer able to accommodate the District’s enrollment or educational program, two existing facilities will be replaced by the new sister schools, which will serve 525 K-4 students each.

As part of the project selection process, LEARNING BY DESIGN judged Caley Elementary School on six criteria: Innovation, Community Need, Interior Design, Sustainability, Functional Design, and 21st Century Learning.  Jury comments about the project included:

Project is simply expressed and frankly executed.  Light and bright interiors with transparency for visual connections as well as interior day lighting.  Classrooms have interior spaces differentiated to support small group and whole group instruction.

To learn more about this project, please visit www.learningbydesign.biz or our website.


A4LE_MillCreekSchradergroup is honored to receive a Project of Distinction award for our design of Mill Creek Elementary School from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Northeast Region.  The Northeast Regional Planning and Design Awards are held annually and judge entries based on their merits regarding community, learning and physical environments as well as the planning process for the project.

Mill Creek Elementary School, part of the Bristol Township School District in Levittown, Pennsylvania, is one of three sister schools designed and constructed by Schradergoup.  The District, based on recommendations of a District-wide study completed by Schradergroup, elected to replace nine outdated and aging elementary schools with three new facilities, which include Mill Creek.  In addition to the award bestowed by A4LE, the Elementary School designs also have been recognized as Outstanding Designs in two American School & University publications: Architectural Portfolio and Educational Interiors Showcase.

To learn more about this project, please visit our website.

Schradergroup Partner Published in School Planning & Management

SPM coverSchradergroup founding partner, David L. Schrader, AIA, LEED AP, was recently featured in School Planning & Management, the industry’s leading publication covering facilities, security, technology, and business concerns in K-12 school districts.  The publication asked experts who are involved in various education-related fields to discuss happenings in K-12 education and what to expect in the near future.  Topics included design and planning of learning spaces, legislation, sustainability and safety and security.

David’s feature, “The Global Challenge: Moving the Learning Environment Beyond the Four Walls,” discusses the global connectivity available to today’s learners, and ways in which designers can embrace technology and reevaluate what the learning environment is.  No longer confined to a single location restricted by four walls, David suggests “we can seize a golden opportunity to expand the learning environment far beyond its four walls and deliver the whole world to our kids.”

Look for the feature in January’s printed issue of School Planning & Management or on their website.

In addition to serving as Managing Partner of Schradergroup, David also is Chairman of the Board of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), a group whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn.

Schradergroup Seeks Marketing and Proposal Coordinator

Company Overview:

SCHRADERGROUP architecture LLC is a full-service firm offering architectural, planning, programming, and structural engineering design services for a variety of project types, with specific expertise in the areas of academic and public safety facility design. Founded in 2004 and providing services from offices in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Baltimore, Schradergroup is recognized both locally and nationally for design that offers the highest degree of service to the user, responds to and respects both the built and natural environment and demonstrates inspired aesthetics.

Position Description:

Schradergroup seeks a Marketing and Proposal Coordinator to join our growing team in our Manayunk office. The position calls for a self-motivated and flexible team player to provide a full range of support for the development, production, and maintenance of all marketing communications. The candidate must possess a strong attention to detail, be able to manage/prioritize multiple tasks, function effectively under strict production deadlines and time constraints, and schedule workload to meet deadlines.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Coordinating and preparing proposals and qualifications, including researching and compiling information, formatting, copy writing, and proofreading to present customized, high-quality responses
  • Attending pre-proposal meetings occasionally
  • Writing, organizing and maintaining other marketing materials such as project fact sheets, staff resumes and other project-related data for ongoing use in marketing/business development efforts
  • Attending marketing meetings regularly and coordinating with principals and project managers to advance marketing efforts
  • Coordinating and preparing advertisements and award submissions
  • Ensuring content/messaging is consistent across all media and adheres to firm brand-standards
  • Creating blog posts
  • Maintaining schedules and deadlines for marketing activities
  • Updating and maintaining the website through regular content reviews and updates
  • Maintaining marketing files

Candidate must demonstrate:

  • Strong graphic design capabilities
  • Ability to work as part of a team to accomplish goals and meet deadlines
  • Excellent skills in proof reading, editing and writing
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility and responsiveness, with excellent time management skills and a proven ability to meet deadlines and shift priorities when needed
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks
  • Strong problem-solving, organizational, planning and administrative skills
  • Excellent production skills


  • Applicant should have a minimum of 5 years demonstrated experience for a professional services firm (design firm preferred) in the preparation of marketing materials including writing, editing and desktop publishing.
  • Knowledge of/experience in the architecture/engineering or related industry and the RFP and RFQ process is a plus.
  • A degree in Communications, Marketing, Graphic Design, or a related discipline is preferred but not required
  • Proficiency in Adobe CS and MS Office


Schradergroup offers a competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with your level of knowledge and experience including health and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, 401k, and bonus structure.


To express interest, please forward a resume to:
Regina Jean-Claude
215 482 7440