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  Radnor Middle School

Radnor Middle School, page 50

Construction Manager

Reynolds Construction Management, Inc.
3300 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110

General Description

Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Date Bid:
Oct 2005
Construction Period: Jan 2006 to Sep 2007
Total Square Feet: 188,822 Site: 10.421 acres (9.173 less right of way).
Number of Buildings: One (one completed of three planned).
Building Size: First floor, 65,141; second floor, 52,485, third floor, 41,580; fourth floor, 29,616; total, 188,822 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second, third, fourth, 13’4”; total, 54’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Composite structural steel. Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, limestone. Roof: Vegetated roof assembly, asphalt shingles, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU (Classrooms), metal stud drywall (Offices), movable partitions.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Pennoni Associates - 2041 Avenue C, #100, Bethlehem, PA 18107
MEP Engineer: Concord Engineering Group, Inc. - 520 South Burnt Mill Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043
Civil Engineer: Gilmore & Associates, Inc. - 350 East Butler Avenue, New Britain, PA 18901
Education Planner: Ingraham Dancu Associates - 1265 Lakevue Drive, Butler, PA 16002
Cost Estimator: International Consultant Inc. - 221 Chestnut Street, #200, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Architect: Blackney Hayes Architects - 150 S. Independence Mall West, #1200, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Radnor Township School District, located in southeastern Pennsylvania, serves the children of St. Davids and parts of Wayne, Rosemont, Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Ithan, Newtown Square, and Radnor. They have accepted the goal of inspiring and empowering students within the district to become lifelong learners. Until 2005 the District had been utilizing a middle school that was originally constructed in 1923 and the Administration and School Board recognized the need for a new facility. The District hired Reynolds Construction Management, Inc. to provide pre-construction and construction management services on a new state-of-the-art middle school.

Radnor Township School District asked Reynolds to provide assistance in developing their preliminary budget. Reynolds' team of electrical, mechanical, plumbing, architectural and structural estimators worked with the District to create a budget that could be used by the District as they started the selection of a design team and made decisions regarding the project's financing.

The design team, led by Blackney Hayes Architects of Philadelphia, began the design for the new middle school and Reynolds provided assistance to the District by ensuring that the design matched the original intent, program and budget. Reynolds also worked closely with the District and the design team to develop the correct bidding strategy for the project. The key consideration was to determine the appropriate number of bid packages for the project that would maximize participation and competition among bidders. Once the correct number of bid packages had been agreed to, Reynolds held a number of pre-bid meetings where they provided more in-depth information to interested contractors and ensured that the prospective bidders understood the bid documents and the construction schedule. This process led to more precise and lower bids from the contractors and provided Radnor Township School District the best possible price on their project.

Upon completion of the pre-construction and bidding phases, Reynolds provided the District with on-site management and supervision of the contractors. Through the direction and expertise of Reynolds, the Radnor Township School District received the new middle school on schedule and within budget.

The middle school is designed and utilizes materials that are in-tune with the center of downtown Wayne and the nearby residential neighborhoods. The new facility uses many of the latest technologies for lowering energy and operating costs, while improving indoor air quality and creating an optimal learning environment for the District's students. Even though the new building is 4-stories high, its scale was broken down through geometric shifts and use of the site's topography to decrease the apparent height at street level.

Environmentally sustainable design and construction have been a hallmark of recent projects at Radnor Township School District and the new Radnor Middle School is no exception. The building includes many "green" features such as geo-thermal heating and cooling, a partially vegetated roof, recycled materials, heat, motion and light sensors and other features that will help the District achieve their goal of a gold level certification from the US Green Building Council's LEED
® program.      


DIV. 4: Brick: McAvoy Brick Company; Architectural Block: Beavertown Block Company; Gray Block: Fizzano Brothers.
DIV. 7: Membrane & Vegetated Roof: Magco a TectaAmerica Company.
DIV. 8: Windows: Eagle; Curtainwall, Entrances: Kawneer.
DIV. 9: Carpet: Collins & Aikman; VCT: Armstrong; Expanko Cork.
DIV. 14: Elevators: Thyssen Krupp.

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