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
Multi-Phase Campus Reconstruction Including New Church Building
This church complex, which serves a well-established suburban parish community, was totally renovated and reconfigured to enhance aesthetics and better accommodate functional and programmatic needs. First commissioned to complete a master plan for the project, KCBA developed a four-phase construction process that entailed both new and existing structures and reorganized parking and site circulation. Successfully implemented over a roughly 10-year period, the first phase encompassed the construction of a new 1200-seat church and 120-seat chapel. Phase 2 featured the renovation of the existing rectory and convent. Phase 3 consisted of the renovation and conversion of the original church into a fellowship hall and several classrooms. The last phase included a parish center and expansion of the religious education center. The new church, along with a freestanding bell tower, is the focal point of the renewed complex. As requested by the parish, the exterior features Georgian-style detailing and brick construction with limestone accents to meld with the existing buildings and local context. Highlights of the church interior include a generous public gathering space, angled seating to maximize visibility to the raised altar area, and placement of the chapel to allow for its use for overflow seating.