The Pine-Richland School District in Gibsonia, PA is celebrating the opening of the brand new addition to the Pine-Richland High School. The original building was designed by Eckles and constructed in 1991 to accommodate approximately 1000 students. In response to their rapidly increasing enrollment, Eckles worked with the District again in 2000 to design a sizable addition that increased the capacity of the building to around 1500. In 2008, the Pine-Richland District began planning for their next phase of expansion to accommodate 2000 students. The addition functions as the regions first STEAM center. This STEAM addition facilitates the instruction of STEAM (Science, Tech-Ed, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum areas. The building is designed to foster collaborative and project based learning, to provide a physical and visual connection to the STEAM program functions for all students, to provide a connection to the outdoors, and flood the building with natural light. Relocating entire departments to the addition allowed renovations in the existing building that strengthen the World Studies and Music departments. The project also included expansion to the kitchen, cafeteria, and guidance departments as well as improvements to the building entrances and site to improve the safety and security of the students and staff.
At a dedication ceremony on September 13, 2012, representatives from Pine-Richland School District praised the design and construction process and conveyed excitement for the learning opportunities that have been made possible by this project. Eckles’ managing architect for the project, Cassandra Renninger, extended accolades to the group of faculty, staff and citizens for a successful project that will serve the needs of students for many years to come.
The dedication event and open house gave the Pine-Richland community an opportunity to become familiar with the newly completed building project and the fascinating curriculum changes that have been made in the STEAM program of studies. The pragmatic need for a building addition to house more students has blossomed into a project that helped to solidify the STEAM based curriculum that was envisioned by the Pine-Richland board, administration and community.
We are proud to have been a part of this exciting and unique project and are thankful to have served as the District’s architects for over 23 years! Additional coverage and photos of the dedication event can be found at the Pine-Richland Patch website.