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  Phillis Wheatley Middle School, Page 28Phillis Wheatley Middle School
56 West Main Street, #400, Christiana, DE 19702

110 South Poplar Street, #400, Wilmington, DE 19801

Bridgeville, Delaware
Total Square Feet: 64,000
Construction Period: Aug 2002 to Mar 2004 

Paul H. Yeomans, Inc. - Cast Iron Building, #200S, 718 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
CIVIL ENGINEER: Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc. - P.O. Box 809, Milford, DE 19963
KITCHEN CONSULTANT: Zaralban Associates - 4250 Veterans Highway, #1040, Holbrook, NY 11741
TESTING & INSPECTION: John D. Hynes & Associates, Inc. - 1039 Fowler Court, Dover, DE 19901

Phillis Wheatley Middle School is the first new building that the Woodbridge School District has built in over 70 years. The school was constructed on a narrow tract of land on Church Street in Bridgeville, Delaware. Construction of the addition began in the summer of 2002. The school is a single story steel framed structure with exterior walls constructed of masonry materials including splitface and groundface block as well as a substantial amount of brick veneer. The roof features an attractive sloping standing seam metal roof over the majority of the building. Low sloping roof sections are protected with a modified bituminous roofing system. There are aluminum windows and aluminum storefront systems at the entries and exits. The mechanical system consists of a four pipe heating system, centralized air handling units and individual classroom unit ventilators. The site has a user-friendly bus loop and student drop off traffic pattern, as well as parking which has been cleverly interspersed with three storm water retention ponds.

Inside the school, a host of solid building materials were utilized, including masonry walls, terrazzo flooring and attractive ceiling patterns. The school includes 12 classrooms, four science labs, two special education rooms and two votech rooms. In addition, a media center, full-service kitchen and dining facilities, gymnasium, administrative spaces and other support amenities provide an efficient, state of the art, comfortable learning/ teaching environment.

There were various design challenges that the team had to address, including a site that was so restrictive it made it difficult to fit all of the elements on the site. Since the site is long and slender, the building had to be shaped in such a way that it would compliment the site, and still accommodate bus and car traffic. In addition, the site is extremely flat and drainage was poor. Three storm water retention ponds, placed at strategic locations, had to be situated on site to meet the storm water management requirements. The team worked closely with the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control to create a functional system that looked like a natural design intent. Incorporating the existing Early Childhood Education Center into the new building program was yet another challenge. The new school was tied into the existing building, systems were interconnected without interruption, and structures had to be stitched together without disrupting the normal use of the existing building. The new middle school was constructed with details to facilitate the system and structural tie-in during the summer months for easy access without interruption during class time.

The goals of the Woodbridge School District were to have a functional and economical mechanical system, an attractive facade, and a roof that did not leak. EDiS delivered exactly what was ordered by the client!

DIV 04:
Brick: Glen Gery.
DIV 07: Modified Bituminous Roof: Soprema; Metal Roof & Wall Panels: Centria; Translucent Panels: Kalwall; Metal Soffits: Petersen Aluminum.
DIV 09: Gypsum: National Gypsum; Metal Studs: Unimast; Terrazzo: Tuff Lite Terrazzo Systems; VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: Lees; Gym Flooring: Superior Floor Systems; Vinyl Base: Roppe.

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