Delaware Valley Friends School

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Delaware Valley Friends School – located in rental space on the Harcum College Campus – purchased the former Paoli Elementary School.  Friday was selected in December to begin the master planning and design.  The following August was targeted as the move-in date, necessitating a fast track development process.

The structure is comprised of two buildings:  One built in the 1920’s, and one in the ‘50’s.  Combined, the buildings contained 52,000 sf, were asbestos laden, and required a total overhaul of mechanical and electrical systems.

Features of the new design include:  Uniquely configured classrooms that reflect the small class size and hands-on teaching for which DVFS is known; computer network connections throughout the building and furniture that responds to the needs for power and network characteristic of DVFS’ teaching methodology; a large auditorium redesigned to reflect the school’s need for a space for Meeting and rental needs for larger group assembly; fully equipped Art and Science Rooms; an independent, 70 child daycare center; plans for future expansion of the existing gymnasium.

The design challenge for Friday was to imbue the time-worn and dreary buildings with warmth and spirit.  The need for speed only increased this challenge.  A superb client and contractor made the achievement possible.

Friday later completed a Media Center to great acclaim.  A new lunchroom has also been completed, as well as a comprehensive, long range master plan for the campus.