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The School District of Philadelphia West Philadelphia High School

The School District of Philadelphia West Philadelphia High School

Project Overview

The new West Philadelphia High School will replace the current high school building located at 47th and Walnut Streets, which opened in 1912. The new school site is on four and a half acres of land and is bounded by 49th Street, Chestnut Street, 50th Street and Market Street. The classroom wing of the 170,000 square foot, three-story building is oriented along 49th Street. The school was designed for three existing academies in mind. These include creative and performing arts, business technology, and urban leadership.

The new school will have state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs. It also includes two gyms and a decorative motif that will occur throughout the building, based on Gee’s Bend quilts, a distinctive quilting style developed by African-American women in Gee’s Bend, Alabama, passed down through at least six generations. Also included will be space available for community use such as an auditorium, instruction media center, and physical education facility. The school has been designed to meet a LEED silver rating.

Envision Consultants serves as a subconsultant to the Armand Corporation, the construction manager for the project. Envision is responsible for CPM Scheduling services, including the development of the baseline schedule.

Project Highlights

  • Owner: PSIT
  • Client: Armand Corporation
  • Project Start: December 2009
  • Project End: August 2011
  • Estimated Cost: $66 million

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