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 Joe Marlow, documenting the transition of students coming from nine outdated elementary schools into three brand new 140,400 SF facilities recently completed by SCHRADERGROUP.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.

SCHRADERGROUP Included in Engineering News-Record Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms 2016

Engineering News-Record Mid-Atlantic Magazine includes SCHRADERGROUP architecture in its list of Top Design Firms 2016. The ENR Mid-Atlantic Top Design Firms list ranks the largest design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific annual revenue. SGA ranked at #72 this year, placed in the category of General Building. We are pleased to have risen in the rankings from our place last year at #76. Our ranking features our largest project to break ground in 2015, the Phoenixvville Early Learning Center and Elementary School.

SCHRADERGROUP Featured in BD+C 40th Annual Giants 300 Report

We’re excited to announce that Building Design + Construction Magazine’s 40th Annual Giants 300 Report featured SCHRADERGROUP architecture among their top 100 architecture firms. The annual report ranks top AEC firms in commercial construction, by revenue. Ranked #97 overall, SGA jumped to #12 amongst the Top Data Center AEC firms. This ranking is a reflection of the quantity of public mission critical facility designed by the firm.  We are honored to be recognized, and will continue to keep pace with the leaders in our industry.

Topping-off Ceremony Conducted for SCHRADERGROUP Project

A topping-off ceremony marking the placement of the final steel beam for the new Dare and Tyrrell County Regional Emergency Communication Center and Dare County Emergency Operation Center was conducted last week at the project site in Manteo, North Carolina.  Designed by SCHRADERGROUP with support from the Norfolk-based firm of Lyall Design Architects, the 18,200 SF facility will provide space for services and departments that include a Regional 9-1-1 Communication Center, an Emergency Operations Center, County Emergency Management Agency, County Fire Marshal, County Emergency Medical Services, and a County Joint Information Center.

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Representatives including Dare County Commissioners and Administration, representatives from Tyrrell and Hyde Counties, members of the 9-1-1 and Emergency Management Organizations, contractors and design professionals were on hand at the ceremony to sign the beam before it was hoisted into place atop the facility.  It is anticipated that the facility will be complete and ready for operation in April of 2017.

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

SCHRADERGROUP Welcomes New Team Member

JeremyRossSCHRADERGROUP architecture (SGA) is pleased to welcome former summer intern Jeremy Ross back to the team as a permanent employee.  Jeremy, who graduated this spring with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Pennsylvania State University, rejoins the firm as an architectural designer.

To date, Jeremy’s experience spans from feasibility studies and conceptual design through to construction documentation and administration primarily for the academic and commercial markets.  Adept at working with a variety of design software, his particular expertise in Revit is extremely valuable for the implementation of design strategies as well as in project production.

We are happy to have Jeremy as a permanent addition to our team, and look forward to his contributions!

SCHRADERGROUP Attends Groundbreaking for Additions and Renovations to Middle School

SCHRADERGROUP architecture (SGA) was pleased to be in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for additions and renovations to the Holland Middle School in Council Rock School District, Newtown, Pennsylvania.  Anticipated to be complete in 2019, the project involves renovations to approximately 140,000 SF as well as an addition of 44,000 SF.  The renovations and additions are a result of an effort by the District to consolidate three middle school populations into two facilities.  Program additions to Holland Middle School include an auditorium with balcony seating, new spaces for music, an auxiliary gymnasium, fitness room, additional classrooms, and a new administration area.  The interior of the building will be completely renovated to reflect twenty-first century learning styles while the exterior of the building will updated with a new, contemporary skin.  New windows will introduce daylighting throughout the facility.

On hand from SGA for the ceremony was Principal and structural engineer, Tom Forsberg (second from left), Project Manager, Courtney Anspach (fourth from left), and Principal in Charge, David Schrader (fifth from left).

On hand from SGA for the ceremony was Principal and structural engineer, Tom Forsberg (second from left), Project Manager, Courtney Anspach (fourth from left), and Principal in Charge, David Schrader (fifth from left).

The new exterior planned for the Middle School.

The new exterior planned for the Middle School.

Future interior space of the Middle School.

Future interior space of the Middle School.

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

SCHRADERGROUP Celebrates 12 Years

This spring marks 12 years since SCHRADERGROUP opened our doors in a revitalized industrial building in Manayunk, Pennsylvania.  In that time, we expanded our original space, then moved into a larger space, and recently expanded and renovated the larger space.  We’ve grown to 21 employees and opened branch offices in Lancaster, Baltimore and Wilmington.  We continue to increase our presence nationally through our public safety/mission critical work, and have completed K-12 and higher education projects throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware.  We’ve faced some challenging economic times, internal ‘growing pains’ that come with expansion, and the day-to-day trials inherent to running a service-oriented business.  But we’ve also won awards for our work, watched staff grow professionally and personally, and learned quite a bit about how to run a better business.  At the end of the day or, in this case, at our twelfth year, we pause to reflect on what makes us keep at it.  And we think about the joyous students moving into a brand new or much-improved, renovated school.  Or the law enforcement and mission critical employees who move into a safe, ergonomic, state-of-the-art facility and know that they will be able to provide the best service possible to their communities.  In these moments, we are thankful and honored to be a part of making good things happen with great clients who place their trust in our team.  And in these moments, we look forward to the years ahead and to the exciting projects and fantastic clients to come.  Congratulations, SCHRADERGROUP, thanks to all of the clients we’ve served, and thanks also to the trusted partners who serve alongside us!