In need of upkeep and critical building systems replacement, Richmond Elementary School was designated a fiscally distressed school by the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) under its Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
As a result of the initiative, an existing 1970’s portable concrete modular building will be demolished to make room for a new addition. Located on the southern side of the Late Gothic Revival, 3-story building, the 15,600 sf multi-story addition will include an exterior ADA accessible ramp, elevator, highly visible communicating stair, 5 classrooms, cafeteria with stage, and a full-service kitchen. Renovations will also involve building envelope repairs, upgrades to the telecommunication system, environmental remediation, and site improvements.
The new building will have a combination of a neutral brick palette and metal panel. These materials will be used to highlight a visual connection with the existing Richmond Elementary School, while also conveying a contemporary aesthetic that underscores the SDP’s goal of providing a school reflective of a modern, advanced and accommodating learning environment.