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
Michael Kelly, AIA, LEED AP, Principal of KCBA Architects is honored to serve as a member of the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Established by Act 44 of 2018, the committee serves to improve education and enhance resources related to security planning for schools throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Kelly serves as the sole architectural representative on the committee and brings extensive knowledge of the latest facility strategies and operational trends in K-12 schools. His background features a wide array of district facilities planning initiatives as well as the design of new and renovated school buildings of all sizes, contexts, and grade levels.
The balance of the committee is made up of accomplished leaders from the education, government, law enforcement, emergency management, academia, and healthcare sectors.
The committee has initially been tasked with developing criteria to be used to assess school safety and security,establishing a registry for vendors who may conduct school safety assessments, issuing a survey to school entities to review school security preparedness, and administering $60 million in funding via grants.
In addition to his work on the committee, Kelly has participated as a presenter and panelist at a number of recent school security forums and conferences including the PA School Safety and Security Exchange sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association on November 8, 2018.