Phoenixville Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM



    Phoenixville Area School District

  • AREA

    152,500 sq.ft.





Design team: SCHRADERGROUP (Architecture and Structural Engineering), T&M Associates (Civil Engineering), Barton Associates, Inc. (MEP Engineering)

The Learning Center and Elementary School supports two grade structures in a “school within a school” format: K-1 in an early learning center, and 2-5 as an elementary school.
The facility design focuses on ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,050COST PER SQ FT$281.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio and learning in a non-standard learning environment. To reinforce this goal, users of the facility will not enter into a lobby, but will instead immediately find themselves in the centralized media and technology center, also thought of as the building’s “living room.”
The ground floor learning resource center serves grades K and 1, and the second floor serves grades 2 to 5. Both levels of the media and technology center are connected vertically by the Learning Stairs, a dynamic learning space. The building promotes multiple learning styles by providing an environment in which every part of the facility is essentially a learning space.
The facility benefits from the existing comprehensive campus, which includes the middle and high schools. The “educational village” concept connects young students with the greater educational community and enables them to share site resources.