SCHRADERGROUP Managing Partner Named as Chair of Board of Directors for A4LE

dlsSchradergroup is pleased to announce that the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) has named David L. Schrader, AIA, LEED AP, Chair of its Board of Directors. David, Managing Partner of Schradergroup, assumed the role at the recent LearningSCAPES Conference held in Philadelphia, PA.

An active member of A4LE since 2002, David has served as Northeast Region president and has chaired several regional and international committees, contributing to many new association programs.  Actively involved with the development and growth of the SchoolsNEXT global competition since 2007, David is committed to inspiring the next generation to build a solid foundation for a better future.

David Schrader has served on the International Board of Directors since 2012. In his new role as chair, he plans to elevate the status of the emerging professional within the Association and plans to work with the Organization to improve the technical platforms upon which all members communicate.

Members of this association have served as mentors to me in my development.  I truly hope that we can continue that strong tradition of mentorship to those new to the organization and to the profession of learning environment planning and design as a whole. Thanks to the fantastic relationships that form between members, I consider many in this organization to be my greatest friends and colleagues!

Schradergroup Attends Ribbon Cutting of New Pennsylvania State Emergency Operations Center

Schradergroup team members were proud to attend the ribbon cutting of the 145,000 SF State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) recently completed by Schradergroup in a joint venture with AECOM.  Presenters and ribbon cutters included Lt. Governor Michael Stack; Honorable Curt Topper of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services; Honorable Richard D. Flinn, Jr. Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA); Jeffrey Thomas, Executive Deputy Director, PEMA; and the Honorable Timothy Solobay, State Fire Commissioner.


The new Pennsylvania State Emergency Operations Center

Located in Susquehanna Township, the SEOC provides dedicated emergency services and disaster assistance for the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with the ability to sustain uninterrupted operations during activations. It is designed to be “the last building standing” in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, and must successfully house the agencies and the functions responsible for serving and protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under any circumstances.

Schradergroup Designer Participates in Mentoring Program

Schradergroup Designer, Monique McCray, Assoc AIA, LEED AP, CDT, made a splash in the life of potential future designers this year by participating in the ACE Mentor Program, which provided a 7-week architecture exploration for rising 9th and 10th graders.  The ACE Mentor Program’s mission is to engage, enlighten and encourage high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentorship.   Monique participated as a design professional volunteer in the program, which involved the design of a student café located in Philadelphia University.

Monique remarked, “I’m always excited to volunteer time in a program like ACE, which provides a valuable and fun opportunity for students to learn about architecture, construction and engineering.  Students often have little to no knowledge regarding these specific career paths. Through the student café summer project, students were able to engage directly with design professionals and learn about the design process.”


To learn about the ACE Mentor Program, visit their main website or check out the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania on Facebook.

Elementary School Project Receives Additional Accolades in Learning by Design Fall 2016

SCHRADERGROUP happily received an Outstanding Project award for excellence in educational facility design in the fall 2016 issue of Learning by Design for Brookwood Elementary School, a new facility recognized for its overall plan, architectural design and for having attributes worthy of imitation.

The new school is designed to support two specific grade-grouping structures, K-2 and 3-5, in a “school within a school” configuration.  The design places functions shared by both programs, including the Media Center, dining, gymnasium, administration, and art and music instruction, at the center of the building with other academic spaces flanking the shared core.  Learning studios, small group instruction areas and large group instruction areas provide spaces for individual, small-, medium- and large-group learning.  Spaces traditionally used as vertical transition areas function as additional dynamic, large group instruction spaces in the form of “learning stairs”.


The distinguished jury of architects and end-users for Learning by Design commended Schradergroup for our success in designing Brookwood Elementary School after judging the project based on six criteria: Innovation, Community Need, Interior Design, Sustainability, Functional Design and 21st Century Learning.  “Very efficient plan that successfully breaks down the school into two,” and “Good use of learning stairs,” were among jury comments.

To learn more about the project, please visit or our website.

Elementary School Project Named Outstanding Design in Educational Interiors Showcase

SCHRADERGROUP is pleased to announce that the new Brookwood Elementary School was selected to appear as an Outstanding Design in the 2016 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase.  It is featured in the August 2016 edition of the magazine and also on the web at  An annual competition honoring educational interior design excellence, the Educational Interiors Showcase spotlights projects representing some of the most effective learning environments in America.

Brookwood Elementary School was evaluated on criteria that included contribution to learning experience; ease of use; alignment with program and community; timeless aesthetics; provision of a variety of spaces to support all learners; consideration of human and environmental health; and deep, authentic, ongoing community engagement.

The Media Center at Brookwood Elementary School

The Media Center at Brookwood Elementary School

For more information about this project, please visit our website.

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes Two New Team Members

rpSCHRADERGROUP is pleased to welcome Raquel Patchell, RA, and David Johnson to the firm.  Raquel joins the firm as Project Architect and brings a decade of experience along with an international design background.  Involved in projects from schematic design through construction administration, Raquel undertakes design as well as coordination responsibilities. Her work to date includes restorations, renovations, additions and new facility design for the educational and cultural markets.

dj-2David Johnson, Designer, comes to the firm with a strong history of involvement in educational work.  His professional experience includes all stages of projects, from schematic design through to construction documentation and administration.  He is adept at facilitating coordination between the architectural group and all involved subconsultants.  Well-versed in BIM technology, Dave also is proficient in all aspects of drafting and modeling.  His extensive skills and experience serve as an excellent support for the entire project team.

We are excited to have Raquel and Dave as part of our team and look forward to their contributions!

3750 Reasons Why We Do What We Do

When we get caught up in the mechanics of the day-to-day, we often lose sight of exactly what it is that got us to where we are, and why we are doing what we are doing.  If we’re lucky, we get reminders that help us to remember.

As architects for the K-12 market, we can get pretty engulfed by the myriad details that go into designing and building a new school.  And multiply the details by three if you are simultaneously designing and constructing three sister schools in one district!  So it was with great pleasure that we viewed a video created by Bristol Township School District (BTSD) music teacher, Mr. Joe Marlow, documenting the transition of students coming from nine outdated elementary schools into three brand new 140,400 SF facilities recently completed by SCHRADERGROUP.

Watching the reactions of the students as they become acquainted with their new ‘homes’ was a powerful reminder of the reason why we come to work every day.  Or, in the case of BTSD, with three projects each serving 1250 students, the 3750 little reasons.

Thanks to the Bristol Township School District and community for such a rewarding experience.  We wish you all the best in your new facilities!

If you have difficulty viewing the video above, please watch the video here.