Daniel McGee
High-Performance Elementary School

October 8, 2012

Our thesis project is designed to run concurrently with the ASCE Charles Pankow AE Student Competition. The 2013 competition calls for a elementary school based in Reading, Pennsylvania. Our team was asked to submit an engineering systems design that considers integration of all disciplines, safety and security of the children, building energy performance, and offer a unique classroom experience.

Building Type: Elementary School K-5

Location: Reading, Pennsylvania - Site is to be located along 13th street, and it is up to our team to select a specific location.

Size: 3 Stories above grade. Approximately 108,000 square feet. Final size will be dependent on our design. Our team also added a community swimming pool in the basement area of the building as requested by the client.

Other: Option for community natatorium and community garden. Client would also like us to consider a green roof.


Please refer to our Final Reports for more details. To view the official competition guidelines: ASCE Charles Pankow Foundation AE Student Competion



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