Sunday, October 16, 2011

St. Luke's Holds Dedication Ceremony for Pediatric Emergency Department Waiting Area

Allentown, PA - St. Luke's Health Network recently held a dedication ceremony for "Mimi's Place", the W2A designed new Pediatric Emergency Department waiting area at the health network's Allentown Campus.  Children visiting the Pediatric Emergency Department at St. Luke's Allentown Campus, can now wait in a newly renovated, age appropriate space.  The “nautical” design features a “serpentine” separation wall with LED “wave” lighting, “sailboat” play area, interactive “ocean creature” game displays, “bubble” area carpets, and child-sized furniture.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

W2A Helps Students Learn About Environmental Responsibility

Macungie, PA - W2A has developed a teaching aid that helps students at Willow Lane Elementary School learn about the “ABC’s of Environmental Responsibility.”   The handout details many of the green design aspects of their new school, and also encourages the students to incorporate environmental responsibility into their daily lives. The building design features numerous sustainable attributes, and is anticipated to achieve LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council later this year.

Suzy Allerton, AIA, LEED AP (W2A Architect and LEED Coordinator) presents large
scale boards of the handouts to Willow Lane students and teachers.

To accommodate needs of the growing East Penn School District, W2A designed this 85,000 SF, new elementary school.  The school is oriented to provide direct accessibility for bus drop-off, parental drop-off and walking student population as well as visibility for visitors and deliveries.  

The plan is efficiently organized and provides flexibility for future increases in student population as well as after-hours use by the community of interior and exterior spaces.  Access into the building is monitored and controlled by personnel in the Administration Suite, which is located to maintain direct visual connection to the main entrance.

The building includes five classrooms per grade for levels one through five; two additional flexible classrooms (each divisible into two spaces for small group instruction); three Kindergarten Rooms (each with private toilet room and direct access to the secured exterior Kindergarten Playground Area);  four Special Education Rooms (each with private toilet rooms); Administration and Health Suite, Multipurpose Room (with stage); Cafeteria; Full-Service Kitchen; Music and Art Rooms; Library; Computer Room; one Small Group Instruction Room; Faculty Rooms and Supplemental Workroom; Student, Staff and Public accessible Toilet Rooms; as well as various Support, Service and Storage Spaces.  Each pair of adjoining classrooms is divided by a movable partition for additional flexibility.