Upper Dublin High School is an award-winning school in the heart of Fort Washington. Named 2007’s #1 best high school in Montgomery County by the Philadelphia Inquirer, it has built a reputation among its counterparts as a leader in education. Earlier that year the community voted to officially move forward with building a brand new high school to be constructed on the existing building’s property. The new school would replace its outdated predecessor with more classroom space and a more capable facility. Additionally, it would be a LEED certified building and the first school project approved under Pennsylvania’s new Act 1 Referendum Process.
Renew Design Group’s staff was selected to join the design team and provide site/civil engineering services that included planning, site layout, grading, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and landscaping. The project was to be carefully phased: demolishing pieces of the old facility while the new school was built on the available areas of the site. The schedule was critical to the success of this project because school would remain in session during construction. Our staff helped to plan out the phasing and designed a construction sequence that would span over 3 years.
Site access was planned with the school’s needs in mind. Circulation routes allow buses to enter and exit the site from any direction and staff and student parking is grouped in smaller lots that will allow for safe, efficient access to any desired area of the large facility. The new school also has a number of redesigned athletic fields and the option for a re-turfed football stadium. Special attention was paid to the design of the school’s entrance plaza, complimenting and enhancing the municipality’s own pedestrian plaza directly across the street.
For anyone who has driven down Route 309 recently, you can see the school’s striking stature overlooking the highway. It sits as a shining example of a community’s desire to put education and the needs of its next generation first.
LocationUpper Dublin Township, PA
Building GSF:363,000 SF (two story building)
Site GSF:50 AC