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.