A Season for New Schools

Willow Lane Elementary School, East Penn School District

The centerpiece of the October dedication was an original play written and performed by fifth grade students to illustrate the school values: “be kind, be careful, be our best selves, and always show respect.”  The new three-story school – a candidate for LEED Silver certification – was designed by W2A Architects with structural engineering by BIA.


Lower Merion High School, Lower Merion School District

A celebration in honor of the new Lower Merion High School was held on October 17th, featuring  musical performances by the Lower Merion High School Symphony Orchestra, the school chorus, pep band, and saxophone quartet.  Lower Merion School District Director of Operations, Patrick Guinnane, PE, discussed the green features of the school, which is a candidate for LEED Silver certification.  The construction of the new 337,000-square-foot school, designed by KCBA Architects, required careful phasing as the former high school needed to remain operational on the 41-acre site which also contains a historic administration building and athletic facilities.  At project completion, the old school was demolished to make way for additional recreational facilities.  BIA provided survey and site/civil engineering in the complex project. 

Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School, Parkland School District

A standing room crowd attended the dedication of Parkland School District’s new elementary school on Sunday, October 3rd.  A children’s chorus opened the proceedings with a rousing version of “Welcome to Our School.” 

In addition to Superintendent Dr. Louise Donohue and all members of the school board, dignitaries included Congressman Charles Dent, State Senator Pat Brown, and Representative Douglas Reichley.  The building was named in honor of the late Fred J. Jaindl, who served as a school director for many years.  Design was by USA Architects, with BIA providing survey, site/civil, traffic and structural engineering, and environmental services.  The building is a candidate for LEED Silver certification.