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Elizabeth Forward School District:

Elizabeth Forward Convocation Center Addition

Services: Engineering/Construction Management
Client: Elizabeth Forward School District
Location: Elizabeth, PA
Project Cost: $2.7 million

Like most school facilities built in the 1950's, Elizabeth Forward High School has adapted and re-adapted to evolving educational programs, government mandates, building codes and other legislative requirements. School officials asked Thomas & Williamson to develop a plan that renew the vitality of the facility.

Although the facility was renovated in the early 1990's, it had been more than 30 years since the building had seen a sizable expansion. The facility master planning process identified the need for provide a space large enough for the student body to meet, more space for physical education, spaces to support the high school stadium, and a more appropriate entrance to the high school.

Our proposed plan provided an integrated solution to all of those needs. The plan added a new multi-use assembly space that is designed to accommodate presentations, athletic events and physical education needs. It is supported by its own locker and training facilities on the lower level, as well as public restrooms and concession facilities on the upper level. The space is connected to the high school with a new lobby to serve the old and new parts of the building. The new lobby's proximity to the existing auditorium allows the lobby support the gathering of large crowds at the new convocation center as well as the auditorium.

By starting with a facility master plan, the district has been able to build consensus on building goals, prioritize efforts, and gain long-term cost savings.


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