KCBA Staff Tour New Colonial Middle School
KCBA staff members from both offices met for lunch and to tour the currently under construction new Colonial Middle School in Plymouth Meeting, PA on July 13th. Led by Project Manager Jim Keiffer, the
KCBA has enjoyed a successful long-term partnership with Lower Moreland Township School District in Huntingdon Valley, PA dating from the renovation/expansion of Pine Road Elementary School in 2011. We are delighted to announce that this collaboration will continue as the firm has been retained for the design of the new Lower Moreland High School.
KCBA was hired in 2018 to conduct a district-wide study that evaluated all facets of the district’s facilities, operations, and delivery of educational programming. A number of challenges were identified relative to building conditions, enrollment capacity, and composition of educational spaces. KCBA and the district then conducted a discovery process to evaluate a wide range of options to meet long-term needs.
The option that was ultimately selected, and currently underway in preliminary design, is the construction of a new high school on the campus of the existing high school on Red Lion Road, conversion of the original high school to a grades 5-8 middle school (introduces 5th grade to the middle school level), and conversion of Pine Road Elementary School to a K-4 alignment (adds capacity to the building by removing 5th grade).
The new high school will house 1,000 students in grades 9-12. Initial plans call for a multi-story building containing a full complement of academics, arts, athletics, administration, and student support spaces.
The original middle school – called Murray Avenue School – is located across the street from the high school and houses the stadium and athletic fields. As part of this program, this building will be demolished and the site reconfigured to serve as an athletics complex.
The preliminary schedule calls for the new high school to open for the 2023-2024 school year.