Penn Hills Elementary School

Penn Hills, Pennsylvania


Penn Hills School District


194,000 sq.ft.

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Assoc. Firms: Tower Engineers Inc. (MEP/FP/Tech), Taylor Structural Engineers Inc. (Structural), Herbert Rowland & Grubic Inc. (Site/Civil), Vondran and Associates (Food Service), Blundall Associates Inc. (Estimator), William Lord Inc. (Theater Consultant), Wright Consulting Associates Inc. (Acoustician), Massaro Construction Group (General Contractor)

Design team
Jan Brimmeier, Joe Spagnuolo, Paul Donatelli, John Hummel, Kim Hummel, Greg Walker

Constructing a 301,000-square-foot new senior high school was the first phase of the Penn Hills School District’s consolidation of its students into three buildings and three sites. Demolishing the existing elementary school and constructing a new 194,000-square-foot elementary school on the same site was the second phase of the consolidation.
The new building was designed for a capacity of 2,200 students in grades pre-K to 4. The design organizes the building into grade-level groupings; this accommodates all of the district’s elementary school students in one building and provides a sense of community by clustering classrooms within the same grade.
Each grade level is housed in its own “wing” that connects to a central core containing common areas and support spaces. The elementary building design is coordinated with the high school design and shows similar elements in materials, colors, and textures.  The elementary school also contains LEED design elements.
The soil conditions at the site required geotechnical expertise. The foundation system at the front of the building consisted of a slab-on-grade floor with conventional spread footings. The rear portion used a structural floor slab supported by grade beams and micro-piles.
The building includes classrooms for pre-K to 4 and special education, a media center, a multipurpose room, a cafeteria, a full-service kitchen, a stage that connects the multipurpose room and cafeteria, computer labs, art rooms, music rooms, faculty rooms, storage for each grade, a mechanical room, and a loading dock.

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Product suppliers specified

Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Brick/Masonry by Glen-Gery
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Athletic Equipment by Hussey Seating
Bleachers/Grandstands by Hussey Seating
Scoreboards/Clocks by Daktronics
Communications Systems by Creston
Communications Systems by Middle Atlantic Products
Clocks/Time Management by Primex Wireless
Kitchen Equipment by Lakeside
Kitchen Equipment by Crescor
Kitchen Equipment by Hobart
Kitchen Equipment by Edlund
Kitchen Equipment by Southbend
Kitchen Equipment by Groen
Kitchen Equipment by Delfield
Carpet by Interface
Brick/Masonry by Trenwyth
Cabinets by Northeast Interior Systems
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Chicago Metallic
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by Schlage
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by Rockwood
Doors by Mohawk Flush Doors
Elevators by Schindler Elevator
Insulation by Dow
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by PPG Industries
Plumbing by Elkay
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Roofing by Metal-Era
Windows by EFCO
Lighting & Accessories by Luminaire
Lighting & Accessories by Lightolier
Lighting & Accessories by Philips
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Strata
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Wenger
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Hussey Seating
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Bradley Corporation
Communications Systems by Nexia
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