Stakeholder collaboration was key in defining a new pedagogical model for a trusted client
The new K-8 school on Ryan Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia was a design-build turnkey project. The Stantec-Gilbane team was selected by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to avoid the extended timeframes normally associated with multi-prime bidding processes and to help manage the associated financial risks by securing a guaranteed maximum price (GMP).
Designing a modern educational facility for SDP started with the recognition that all learning is social. Our team then began design by considering the appropriate size for “groups within the group,” acknowledging that scaling the facility would be key to fostering the sense of intimacy required to support the new learning models. Working together in a shared “Big Room” hosted by Stantec, every stakeholder explored design strategies and options in a collaborative and integrated fashion. Our knowledge of SDP’s standards and ability to navigate Philadelphia’s regulatory agencies helped the project team remain on schedule.
We also assisted with the community engagement process, and based on the feedback, the design team designed spaces that will foster collaborative learning and reinforce the connection to the Pennypack Park—a rich, and rare natural environment within a densely urban area of Philadelphia.
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