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 planned and designed this new 3-bay, 13,000 sq. ft. fire station. A notable highlight is the building’s clock tower which serves as an exterior focal point while also providing key program space as it contains two tiers of training catwalks and a hose drying hoist. To maximize safety and efficiency, the apparatus room is wrapped on three sides by operations and support spaces such as a training room with seating for 70, offices, bunk rooms, a fitness room, kitchen, and a lounge. As the building is located in a dense residential neighborhood, a number of strategies were implemented to soften its presence such as its placement 40 feet from the street edge and a perimeter buffer of large mature trees. With aesthetic features such as a clock tower, sloped roofs, and large entry portal, the building reflects traditions of civic building architecture while offering a modern environment, amenities, and functionality.