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  Locust Grove Mennonite School, Page 30Locust Grove Mennonite School 
Cornerstone Design-Architects
P.O. Box 3310, Lancaster, PA 17604-3310

Location: Smoketown, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet:
Construction Period:
July 2001 to Oct 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Horst Construction - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604
Structural Engineer: Greenbaum Structures, PC - 26-28 Market Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
Electrical Engineer: Mast Electric, Inc. - 16 Holly Drive, Leola, PA 17540
Engineer: Clark Mechanical Services - 2445 A Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
Landscape Architect: Rettew Associates, Inc. - 3020 Columbia Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
Cost Estimator: Horst Construction/Roger Josephian - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604

Preserving the simplicity and design integrity of Locust Grove Mennonite School, founded in 1939 in rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, while modernizing the design and functionality for the rapidly expanding Christian school, is exactly the kind of project Cornerstone Design-Architect’s president Dale R. Yoder, AIA, loves. “When the Cornerstone Design Architect’s team listened to the vision for the school shared by Principal Dave Helmus, we knew instantly that we could help them prioritize their competing goals to accommodate a growing student population.” Cornerstone and its sister design-builder, Horst Construction, helped Locust Grove separate wishes from needs and together developed a three-phase, initially 3-year plan to achieve the administration’s ambitious and admirable goals that included classroom additions, new administrative, media, technology and recreational/assembly centers, as well as traffic and parking improvements and expansions.
Locust Grove Mennonite School (LGMS I) represents the first and most prominent of the phases, designed to update the 1950-style facility through aesthetic and operational improvements in a new addition. This first phase provided much needed educational space. Of perhaps greater value, the design and construction provided engaging curb appeal critical to attract potential patrons who otherwise might have dismissed the school’s high quality, progressive educational offerings because they were hidden behind the outdated facade. 
Construction on the first phase began after Cornerstone provided the School Administration with a photo-realistic rendering detailing exactly how their vision would appear in reality. 
Providing a safe, efficient and inviting point of entry, the main entrance features a contemporary, progressive educational facade with a driveway for dropping students at the door that will eventually join with a redesigned driveway entrance off of a highly traveled pike. 
The update to the school’s facade was achieved by placing open arched steel trusses topped with a curved bright green metal roof as the focal point above the entrance. To enliven the monochromatic gray tone of the existing structure, the front design called for bright green Astra-Glaze-SW®+ block by Trenwyth Industries, a row of six green columns and three warm coordinating gray tones interspersed in the anchor color, a beige block. “Locust Grove Mennonite School” in bright green modern lettering welcomes students, faculty and visitors to the renovated school. A curved gray column with EIFS facia extended past the existing one-story classroom adds a three dimensional element to the front of the school and serves as a key transitional point to meld the connection from old to new. The East-side addition of the Administrative Offices, Lobby and Board Room met several goals for Locust Grove Mennonite School: coordinated and controlled entry and increased space for administration and faculty. Because the administration and faculty felt that security and access control were critical components to ensure student and teacher safety, the design resulted in a single controllable point of entry, replacing the multiple entrances accessible before the addition.
The efficient use of building materials LGMS transformed from an outdated school building into a contemporary institution. Cornerstone Design-Architects and Horst Construction provided turn-key design-build services, including project management and supervision, design review and coordination, self-performing installation of concrete footings, masonry, rough carpentry, finish carpentry, painting and post-construction clean up.

DIV 04: Glazed Masonry Units: Astra-Glaze-SW®+ Block by Trenwyth Industries.
DIV 07: EPDM: Carlisle Syn-Tec; Metal: ATAS.
DIV 08: Curtainwall: Kawneer; Aluminum Clad Awning Windows: Andersen.
DIV 09: Carpet: Bentley, VCT: Armstrong.

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