29 West Main Street
Fleetwood, PA 19522
U.S. Mail: PO Box 412
P: 610-944-5536
F: 610-944-5539

Cost Effective, Innovative, Timeless, Sustainable Architecture

Portfolio: Educational

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Penn State Schuylkill: Nittany Apartments V — Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, PA

Watkins Architect was pleased to be the Penn State Schuylkill project architect for the $4 million residence hall that opened in August 2010. The 30,000 SF new apartment building includes 12 apartment units with 72 beds, student lounge, laundry facilities, public restrooms and a student life office. The project is LEED silver certified.

Bucks County Community College (BCCC) Allied Health Building — Newtown, Bucks County, PA

A three story addition to the Hicks Art Building, located at Bucks County Community College, the Allied Health Building. This 12,000 SF building contains nursing labs, complete with a six-bed Hospital Training Unit, Radiology Training with control and dark rooms, faculty offices, classrooms and a 90-person lecture hall. Contextual elements of the existing Hicks Art Building, as well as other structures on campus, have been incorporated into the design in order to form a cohesive final product. The east facade serves as a visual "entrance" to campus and the portion of the building adjacent to the existing structure serves as a circulation spaces, both within and through the building.

Alvernia University, Francis Hall — Reading, Berks County, PA

Architectural services for a 2-story 15,300 SF housing facility. Services were provided in a design/build format. Further services were provided for various fit-out and renovation projects as requested.

Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) Education Centre — Reading, Berks County, PA

Analysis and documentation of the existing building and surrounding site in order to design an addition and renovations for the 50,000 SF building. The facility features a 12,000 SF auditorium/conference center which can be divided into eight smaller meeting rooms, with a commercial kitchen that serves up to 1,000 people. Additional spaces include 20 Head Start and Early Intervention classrooms, a transportation office and a bus driver lounge.

"After" photos by Patrick Neenan

Growing Hearts Early Childhood Education Center — Fleetwood, Berks County, PA

The new 13,000 SF preschool is anticipating LEED-NC Platinum Certification and incorporates a number of environmentally-friendly design elements, including maximized use of natural light, fluorescent fixtures with optimized energy performance; rapidly renewable cork flooring and carpet with a backing that contains 76% post-consumer materials; Eco-Spec paint low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs); Energy Star rated appliances; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood; high recycled content building materials, reduced impervious cover, highly reflective roofing and site/tree design to minimize heat island effect, water use reduction, energy use reduction and many other environmentally-friendly design elements.

Empire Education Group Pottsville School — Pottsville, Schuylkill County, PA

Interior fit-out and façade renovation for the new flagship school anchored with the corporation office. The new school is 8,000 SF and includes three lab classrooms, hair cutting station classroom, pedicure stations, hair drying stations, student lounge, teacher lounge, offices and support spaces.

LCTI Diesel Lab Addition — Schnecksville, Lehigh County, PA

Design of a 4,800 SF addition to the technical school including two classrooms, bathrooms, lounge, offices and two educational tear-down rooms for transmissions, engines, etc.

LCTI Transportation Center — Schnecksville (Near Allentown), Lehigh County, PA

Design of a 4,600 SF addition to the existing technical school including a two-bay educational garage, bathrooms, two classrooms and a climate-controlled truck driving simulator room.

Kutztown University (KU) Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center (PAGCHC) Library — Kutztown, Berks County, PA

Preliminary design of a 960 SF reading room/classroom addition, an 1800 SF stacks addition and interior and exterior renovations to the existing 750 SF facility. Spaces include a new librarian area, a media center, stacks, archive storage and research rooms. The octagonal reading room addition features heavy timber framing and windows designed to frame the historical features of the existing site. Both the design components and materials of the exterior are inspired by surrounding buildings.

KU PAGCHC Master Plan — Kutztown, Berks County, PA

Design of a master plan for all future growth of the site including various zones of buildings, roads and paths, parking and infrastructure.

BCCC Gateway/Welcome Entrance — Newtown, Bucks County, PA

Master planning/conceptual design of site upgrades to the vehicular entrances to campus and exterior area adjacent to the Gateway Center including signage, pedestrian walkways, lighting, sculpture garden, water features and an amphitheater.

Spring Valley Church of God Victory Christian Academy — Temple, Berks County, PA

Master planning and design of a new 24,000 SF addition to the existing church/school facility. The addition will primarily be used by the K-12 Christian school with spaces that include a full-size high school gymnasium/fellowship hall with theatrical stage, commercial kitchen, youth sanctuary, classrooms, school offices, conference room, outside play area and miscellaneous support spaces.

BCCC Library Elevator Lobby Renovations — Newtown, Bucks County, PA

Design of renovations including lending library shelving, recycling center, bulletin boards, laptop work counters, lighting, ceiling upgrades and student art display.

Brandywine Heights Area School District, Maintenance Building — Mertztown, Berks County, PA

Planning and design for a 3,844 sq. ft. storage and maintenance building, which includes: Maintenance Storage, Athletics Storage and Educational Storage. Exterior finishes were selected to coordinate with the adjacent school.

Other Educational Design Projects

29 West Main Street • Fleetwood, PA 19522
U.S. Mail: PO Box 412
P: 610-944-5536 • F: 610-944-5539