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 new 43,000 sq. ft. municipal services building houses township administration, the township police department, and community operations and meeting space. The sloped, condensed nature of the 6-acre campus (also houses a public skating facility and several athletic fields) helped shape the configuration of the two-story building with police on the ground floor and administration on the upper floor, each with an at-grade public entrance. This scenario also enabled an ideal security condition with efficient access to the dedicated police parking compound and sally port.
The aesthetic of the new building was shaped by the regional architectural fabric including a heavy reliance on stone materials and scale that melds with the surrounding commercial and residential character. An important project element is an outdoor plaza adjacent to the building’s main lobby that accommodates community functions and recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of the township’s war veterans and first responders via a memorial wall.