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
This major capital upgrade initiative will remake the secondary campus at Lower Moreland Township School District through the construction of a new high school, conversion of the original high school to a grades 5-8 middle school, and establishment of a new outdoor plaza linking the two elements. The original middle school, located across the street from the new secondary campus, will be demolished and the site reconfigured to serve as an athletics complex.
The centerpiece of the program is the new high school building to serve 1,000 students in grades 9-12. Designed to step down a heavily sloped site, the four-level building is organized with two entrances on grade: the main entrance on the 2nd floor and the community entrance on the ground floor with parking shared to serve the building as well as an adjacent township park.
The building will feature a range of academics, arts, athletics, administration, and student support spaces to facilitate the district’s evolving curriculum. A key element is the media center, centrally located within the circulation at the building’s core, and configured to support traditional library functions as well as all types of meetings and active learning practices. In lieu of a full auditorium (which is offered in the adjacent middle school), a black-box style theater with semi-flexible seating and full audio/video controls is outfitted to host events ranging from lectures to intimate music and drama performances. Many new technology education spaces are also being integrated – coinciding with the launch of several new programs – such as a fabrication lab, STEM lab, maker space, and audio/video studio. Interspersed throughout the building, these technology spaces feature abundant glass to showcase and amplify the action of learning throughout the building.