New Early Learning Center

Oreland, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM



    School District of Springfield Township

  • AREA

    104,400 sq.ft.





Design team:
David Schrader (Principal-in-Charge/Planning and Design); Danielle Hoffer (Project Manager); Raquel Patchell (Project Architect); Mia Rosensaft (Designer)

Faced with an aging K-1 primary center and a grade 2-5 elementary school at capacity, the School District of Springfield Township decided to design and construct an early learning center for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$253.00CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN2017 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress K-2.
Play areas border the roadways to maintain a park-like setting that mirrors the adjacent Township Park. The building design emphasizes public and private zones and is configured to complement the proposed grade structure. The main building entrance is adjacent to the administration area and anchors the interior street connection for public areas (including the gymnasium and cafeteria) to the Learning Resources Center and the learning stair.
The academic clusters extend from the Learning Resource Center. Built into the grade, the second-grade wing is in a one-story portion of the building situated on the same level as the first-grade cluster, with the kindergarten level below.
A central large group instruction area supports each grade-level classroom cluster, and classrooms share small group instruction rooms. Classroom clusters encircle an exterior central courtyard, which provides outdoor educational opportunities.