On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Thomas W. Gilbert, AIA, REFP, President, and Scott A. Adams, Senior Project Manager, presented a segment on design and construction of school facilities to our guests from Neumann University Business Management program. Adjunct Professor William N. Kiefer, Ed.D., Doctor of Education Program and retired Superintendent of Cheltenham School District, brought his class of future school superintendents to Gilbert Architects’ corporate office for a first-hand look at the partnership and responsibilities between the architect and the school district to successfully navigate through a construction project.
After giving an overview of the design and construction process, a case study was presented on Cheltenham School District’s Cedarbrook Middle School, a recently designed school now under construction, that translated the theoretical process to an easily understood summary highlighting actual events of how the design developed to construction implementation. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Bill O’Hanlon, Teacher, Mount Pleasant High School, Brandywine School District summed it up best when he said, “That was the most practical discussion I ever had about school construction.”