Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School, Phoenixville Area School District

New Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School Designed as a “School within a School”

Barton Education provided MEP engineering services for a new two-story 152,000 square-foot Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School for Phoenixville Area School District. The school is designed to support two specific grade structures in a “school within a school” format: K-1 in an Early Learning Center, and 2-5 as an Elementary School. The building design promotes essentially every space in the facility as learning space.

A primary goal for the facility is to create a focus on literacy and learning in a non-standard learning environment.  In response, the design placed the media and technology center at the core of the facility with all other functions radiating from it. 

The project incorporated many sustainable concepts and technologies including extensive use of daylighting, LED lighting fixtures, a daylight harvesting/lighting control system, a ground coupled water source heat pump system, building automation system and water conserving plumbing fixtures.

In addition to the school itself, there is a district maintenance facility and artificial turf athletic fields constructed on the same site. This project was awarded Work In Progress Citation from American School & University Architectural and an Honorable Mention by Learning By Design.

Project Overview

total Sq Ft

152,000 sq. ft.

Total Cost

$41 million


August 2017

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