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  Student Life Center, Lancaster Christian School, Page 46Student Life Center, Lancaster Christian School

320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Total Square Feet: 19,095 
Construction Period: Mar 2004 to Dec 2004

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Greenebaum Structures - 26-28 Market Square, #2, Manheim, PA 17545
GENERAL CONTRACTOR & COST ESTIMATOR: Horst Construction - 320 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Mast Electric, Inc. - 16 Holly Drive, Leola, PA 17540
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Triangle Heating & Air Conditioning - P. O. Box 340, Brownstown, PA 17508

In Spring, 2002, Lancaster Christian School, through Cornerstone Design-Architects, developed a Master Plan for its twelve-acre site in West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This fifty-year-old Christian school anticipated the fifth expansion in its history. The existing facility contained 52,350 square feet of classroom, administrative and multi-use space. The Master Plan proposed 95,000square feet of additional space for several significant educational facilities, including a new Student Life Center, with a Gymnasium, Locker Rooms, Team Rooms for visiting sports teams, Athletic Offices, and Concession Stand; a new Secondary Library with computer lab facilities; a new Music Suite with practice rooms; several Large Group Rooms; an Intermediate Unit for special needs; vertical circulation elements to make the entire building accessible to staff and students with physical disabilities; expanded restroom facilities; and expanded parking facilities. The cost for the entire construction project was estimated by Horst Construction of Lancaster, Pennsylvania to exceed seven million dollars and expanded the facility to 147,350square feet. 

The Building Committee determined that Phase One of the construction should be the Student Life Center. The Master Plan was slightly modified to allow the construction to contain the Gymnasium as the principal element. The Gymnasium would be equipped with full-court basketball and volleyball courts on a hardwood maple floor; two cross-court basketball and volleyball courts; a stage for musical and dramatic productions; adjustable, motorized, backstops to meet the needs of all grade levels; storage at the stage and playing floor levels; retractable bleacher seating for 300spectators; and, sensitive design of the general lighting; acoustics, theatrical lighting, stage curtains and audio / video system to allow the use of the Gymnasium for a variety of functions. Phase One would also include a spacious Lobby adjacent to the Gymnasium; the Concession Stand, designed to commercial kitchen standards, with a wide serving window opening onto the Lobby; one Classroom, able to serve as flexible space; and, expanded restroom and parking facilities to meet the needs of the functions associated with the Student Life Center and the adjacent middle school wing. The total size of the Phase One project was19,095 square feet. 

Based on a Design-Build delivery platform, Horst Construction assisted Cornerstone Design-Architects during the Design Phase by evaluating the variety of products available for a cost-effective design. It was concluded that precast concrete panels for the high volume of the Gymnasium would be the most cost effective, as pricing of the product system was favorable and the system offered a significant savings in installation time. It was also determined that the surrounding construction should be metal stud framing with a masonry veneer exterior and gypsum board interior walls to allow for future modifications. Most interior materials in high exposure areas were incorporated to be as maintenance-free as practical. This included integrally colored concrete block in the main corridors and ceramic tile in the Lobby. 

Lancaster Christian School is already looking forward to the next Phase of construction to incorporate the next construction elements to its campus. 

DIV 03: Precast Concrete Panels: Fabcon. 
DIV 07: Membrane Roof: Carlisle SynTec; Metal: ATAS. 
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: YKKAP America; Windows: Andersen. 
DIV 09: VCT: Armstrong.

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