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KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy

Phased renovation of a vacant industrial building in North Philadelphia’s Allegheny West community for use as a K-4 school. The former glass building products manufacturing facility and warehouse consists of a 2-story, 30,000 square foot building. The project is being fast-tracked to enable the school to take occupancy and begin classes while work proceeds onto successive phases.

Phase I—completed in only 6 weeks—involved interior demolition of both floors and fit-out of the entire first floor. Work on the ground floor included new partitions, floors, ceilings, and mechanical/electrical systems for 9 classrooms, administrative offices, toilet rooms, an elevator and support space.

Phase II involved the construction of a 4,000 square foot, 2-story addition on the west side of the building. The addition provides a new entrance hall, multi-purpose room with resilient sports flooring, and a kitchen/servery. The ribbed metal panel structure features a standing seam, insulated panel roof.

Phase III involves fit-out of the entire second floor to provide an additional 13 classrooms and a resource center. On the ground floor, a loading dock will be in-filled to create a music suite and additional support space.


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