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Renovating a Private School

Classrooms may be your first thought when thinking about new schools or school-related additions and renovations. On the other hand, there is a wide variety of additional rooms that might also be included, benefiting not only staff members, but also the students that attend. Watkins Architect brings plenty of experience with designing these rooms from the many projects we’ve successfully worked on; such as daycare centers, college buildings, and renovating private schools.

One of the current projects we are working on is the additions and renovations to the Hogan Learning Academy, a school specializing in helping students who deal with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The project consists of a 10,000 square foot addition that includes not only two classrooms, but also a speech therapy room, a multi-purpose room, a kitchen, administrative offices and more bathrooms; each with different beneficial uses.

At Watkins Architect, our process is one of careful planning, incorporating critical follow-through so the end result reflects the school’s vision. Although an addition may sound simple, that is not always the case. Watkins Architect addresses the specific complexities of each project through proper planning and efficiency of project management.

One aspect of an addition project that needs to be carefully addressed is to what degree the addition should be visually compatible with the existing building. Watkins Architect works closely with clients by both preparing design options for consideration and refining solutions based on their feedback. A completed project in which the addition was designed to appear as if it were part of the original building is Berks Catholic. We encourage you to take the opportunity to examine our video highlighting this project.

Take a moment to check out our past projects on educational buildings, community projects and more! If you’re interested in working together, give us a call and let’s discuss your next project.


Watkins Architect is a local architectural firm that can handle the designing of your home. Watkins Architect handles all types of architecture projects from residential architecture to commercial and educational. We work throughout the Berks and Lehigh area and all across Pennsylvania. Browse through our portfolio to find out what architecture projects we have completed.