KCBA Attends Topping Off Ceremony

KCBA Architects proudly participated in a topping off ceremony marking installation of the last beam at the new Harriton High School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania on July 11, 2008. Attended by KCBA’s project leadership team of James Clough, AIA, Eric Gianelle, RA, and Kurt Kroszner, R.A., the ceremony took place at the building’s southeast corner.

jay signing beam

KCBA provided architectural planning and design for the new 328,000 square foot, 1,250-student school. Located on a 50-acre site that contains the current high school, the initiative required careful planning to support unabated school operations. Highlights of the program include an 850-seat theater, lecture room with tiered seating, multiple gymnasiums, and a full complement of classrooms and support spaces. The project is also on track to receive silver LEED certification as it employs a number of sustainable design strategies such as collection and recycling of stormwater from the roof to reduce potable water usage.

The firm is also currently providing architectural services for another facility for this District – the new Lower Merion High School in Ardmore. Currently under construction, this project is of similar size and complexity as Harriton and also on track to receive silver LEED certification.

The new Harriton High School is on schedule to be occupied in the 2009-2010 school year.