MaST Community Charter School II

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




MaST Community Charter School


59,000 sq.ft.

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The MaST Community Charter School II at Tacony is a new K-12 educational complex on 19 acres of reclaimed industrial land along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Serving a student body of 600 from throughout the city, MaST II (Math, Science, & Technology) is the second campus of the community charter school organization known for its innovative programs in design and robotics. The design concept celebrates the school’s commitment to technology and hands-on learning with bold exterior architecture and dynamic, flexible interior learning environments.

The site planning and building architecture respond to several prompts. The Tacony Bridge, Delaware River, and even the history of the site (the former Dodge Steel and Tacony Ironworks, where City Hall’s William Penn statue was cast), provided design inspiration and place-making. Two distinct building masses accommodate phasing limitations and offer program separation between lower and upper schools. A void cut through both phases, linked with an elevated bridge, provides pedestrian circulation, multistory atria with media and maker spaces, and scenic views of the Tacony Bridge.

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William W. Caudill Citation

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Carpet by Mannington
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Elevators by Schindler Elevator
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Lighting & Accessories by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
Bleachers/Grandstands by Porter Athletic Equipment
Lighting & Accessories by Columbia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Movable Partitions/Walls by MechoShade
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