IKM Inc

Chartiers Valley School District High School Renovation and New Construction


Location: Bridgeville,  Pennsylvania
Completion: Fall 2019
Project Area: 395,000 ft2
Market: Education
Services: Architecture, Planning, Interior Design


The Chartiers Valley School District had recently completed a district wide facilities study that contained options for re-configuration, renovation and/or new construction to meet their projected demand and new educational processes. The study identified that doing nothing would be the most expensive option due to the deteriorated state of the facilities; inefficiencies of existing mechanical systems coupled with the rising cost of utilities.  With this information in hand, the District continued on the path to move toward a plan to improve their facilities provide state of the art educational environments for their students. The IKM team was selected for a Middle School/High School project in a competitive process to assist the district with defining the future of their schools.

Having been selected as the architects for the evaluation, planning and design of renovations and new construction associated with the Chartiers Valley High School project, IKM has been working with the school district and members of the community to create a vision for success.

Since last September 2014, the IKM team has worked with more than 70 parents, students, community members, teachers, administrators and school board members in multiple “collaborative discovery” planning and design workshop sessions. These were vital to uncover what is important to each of the stakeholders for a progressive learning environment. The result was a comprehensive set of guiding principles that became the basis for the design.

The High School project will include a combination of renovation and new construction.  The primary components of the project are the demolition of existing circular academic spaces including the existing library and administrative offices.  These elements will be replaced with a new 4-story academic tower adjacent to a new 3-story atrium space that will serve as the Students Commons.  The Performing Arts department will undergo a complete renovation and new space will be constructed for the Applied Engineering and Fine Arts programs.

The existing S-Building, Main Gym, Auxiliary Gym and Natatorium will all be preserved and integrated into the overall design so that they can continue to serve the district in their current form.  Construction on the first of three phases will begin on June 1st.