Pickering Valley Elementary School
Downingtown Area School District
Chester Springs, PA
New Construction; Prototype Design Constructed on Two Sites
This effort entailed the design of a prototype elementary school for Downingtown Area School District that was constructible on at least two distinct sites. This approach ensured parity between the schools and provided cost savings compared to a traditional project of this scope. The strategy was successful and Pickering Valley Elementary School was the first to be completed with Springton Manor Elementary School opening a year later. Pickering Valley was built on an 18-acre site with an extensive slope. The 87,000 sq. ft. facility houses 675 students and is sensitive to the developmental needs of elementary students as it features distinct neighborhoods for each K-5 grade level in conjunction with common public program spaces. The durable brick structure features plentiful windows throughout the educational and support spaces to contribute to a bright and healthy learning environment.