Franklin Elementary School

  • area / size 120,000 sqft
  • Completed 2020
  • VEBH Architects completed the Franklin Elementary School renovation and expansion for a district in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.

    A District-wide assessment of the elementary schools in the North Allegheny School District developed design options and associated costs for improvements to the District’s five elementary buildings. The study prioritized needs at each building and included conceptual designs for the potential of two building expansions to accommodate the District’s growing and shifting population.

    The variety of recommendations address security, energy efficiency, food service, maintenance and upgrades to educational spaces. One of the important components was the integration of a state-of-the-art Maker Space to augment each building’s media center.

    Options were outlined for the District to move forward with the design and construction of improvements in a manner that grouped buildings and the construction cost into two or three phases or staggered the program to move from building to building.

    The expansion of Franklin Elementary Schools will add 21 classrooms to meet the needs of a growing and shifting student population in the North Allegheny School District. In addition to the classrooms, a new, flexible large-group learning space, music classrooms, and a new cafeteria with a stage.

    Design: VEBH Architects
    Photography: Ed Massery