Franklin Towne Charter School

FTCES acquired a property along Richmond Street in the Bridesburg neighborhood in Philadelphia, the home of a now abandoned supermarket and retail strip. The site is perfectly positioned in the neighborhood for this new 105,000 sq ft elementary school.

Working closely with the school leadership and their financial and construction advisors, Friday finalized the space and functional program and developed three different conceptual designs for the site, each illustrating varying approaches and options to meet the building and site programmatic requirements. Together, the team analyzed the pros and cons of each option and determined the design direction to proceed.

Through careful selection of materials and systems which balance quality, functionality and cost efficiency, Friday, together with the school’s financial and construction advisors, has strived to optimize the construction budget.

This project was designed and documented using BIM
technology which allowed our team to quickly gain access
to accurate square foot estimates and area allocations of various materials. The school opened in September 2011.