Ephrata High School

Ephrata, PA

This renovation project took the high school’s existing library and converted it into a media center resource incorporating 21st Century Learning practices. RLPS facilitated a student design competition and their subsequent participation in an intense one-day design charrette. We continued to work with the students and District representatives to develop preliminary concepts for group learning, technology integration, interdisciplinary studies, maker spaces, and quiet zones. Throughout the media center’s design and construction we fostered continued student input for finish materials, furnishings and equipment selections.

The new media center encompasses a renovated 2-story lobby with stadium-seating steps making a former pass-through space an additional spot for casual interaction. Extensive windows allow ample daylight into the space while interior glazing welcomes the light across the lobby and corridor and into the heart of the media center. Acoustic clouds on the ceiling are both an aesthetic feature and provide sound control within the larger open space. Collaboration rooms, informal study areas, TV studio, classroom, circulation desk, and café round out the popular multi-purpose spaces that have been added to the high school.

AWARD: Outstanding Award for Excellence in Educational Facility Design, Learning By Design

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Warwick Middle School

Lititz, PA

This new 7th and 8th Grade Middle School was constructed around the gymnasium. The design layout was based on the school’s team concept educational program, organizing classrooms into three teams per grade. The design arranges each team in a “pod” of classrooms positioned around a shared learning commons space. Team pods are paired to share a common instruction area, science laboratory storage and bathrooms. The overall floor plan has been organized around a ‘T’ concept with the main gallery, where the students enter from the bus drop off, and the main corridor connecting all of the team pods.

Award: American School & University Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Willman Business Center, York College of Pennsylvania

York, PA

A five-story addition and renovation facilitates active, hands-on learning experiences and spontaneous collaboration. A corporate design aesthetic is evident when entering the new two-story lobby space equipped with a ticker tape. The updated facility includes nine smart classrooms with seating for 40, a 150-seat lecture hall, as well as labs. The building is capped by a multi-purpose space to host events for up to 300 people. This glass-enclosed space and protected outside terraces take advantage city views. Other additions include offices, as well as break-out rooms and collaborative research areas.

Award: American School & University 2014 Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design


Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Murray Library Learning Commons, Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, PA

Renovations incorporated Learning Commons into the existing building and involved flexible design concepts being implemented through a multi-phased process that allowed the library to remain functional with the bulk of the work occurred during the summer. The design solution reconfigures the main floor to provide an enlarged “Barnes and Noble” style café and informal study area at the “front door.” This area has electrical power and wireless internet access throughout and includes a number of collaboration stations that support a range of group gatherings and meetings. Two multi-seat media tables in this area include an integrated audiovisual system that allows students to plug in laptops for viewing on the flat panel display. Both floors include new group study rooms with laptop connections, a flat panel display and built-in sound system and controls for group collaboration and meetings. Many of the Learning Commons areas utilize furnishings in lieu of built-ins to accommodate future updates as needed. The design solution also envisions a future mezzanine level to function as a quiet study area.

Award: American School & University Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography