Detailed phasing and careful coordination are key components to any successful building project—particularly those for academic clients. Well-versed in working on occupied campuses, we have successfully navigated the challenges of these projects for clients ranging from charter schools to private universities throughout the region.
Stewart & Tate Construction was awarded the contract for the campus expansion at the Logos Academy. The project involves the renovation of a mid-1900’s Cadillac car dealership building, called the Cadillac Building, for use as a secondary education facility. Work is to include restoration of the building’s exterior stucco and brick finishes, new windows and bringing the roof to meet current energy codes. The interior space was nearly completely demolished to provide for new classroom spaces, including art and science spaces as well as several general classrooms. The front of the building footprint houses office and conference spaces for the school administration, as well as a space called Community Hub, which will be used to serve as meeting space between community agencies and the Academy. Access to the newly renovated Cadillac Building will be through an addition on the east side of the building and will provide welcome space and a gallery to support the educational functions of the building.
After serving as general contractor for renovations to two floors of classrooms and construction of four new science lab classrooms with support storage areas at York Catholic High School, Stewart & Tate Construction was contracted to renovate and repurpose two major areas in the school: the lobby and the cafeteria.
The lobby was reconfigured to provide space for an enlarged nurse’s office, chapel with adjacent sacristy and a larger athletic director’s office with shower room. While the footprint of the lobby remained unchanged, the trophy cases that lined the storefront windows on the west façade of the building were removed to allow more natural light into the space. Electrical and data services were added to complement the new tables and seating that allows students to congregate and collaborate in this area. New acoustical ceilings, LED lighting and paint completed the refresh of this space.
The cafeteria and supporting dishwashing room, adjacent offices and faculty dining room were all revised to better serve the needs of the students, faculty and support staff. In this space, new guidance offices and waiting area, dean of students office, media center and study room were constructed. Also added was a new dishwashing room with modernized equipment and stainless steel tables to streamline this part of the food service function. There is also a new faculty dining room with storage cabinets and faculty toilet room. The cafeteria received new drywall to conceal the old masonry walls, new paint, acoustical ceilings and VCT flooring. The serving line was renovated to include refaced cabinets, new laminate countertops and an aluminum railing that can be removed when a function dictates the need for more space.
All of the renovated spaces received a new HVAC system with automated building management control and new LED lighting.
After serving as general contractor for renovations to two floors of classrooms at York Catholic High School, Stewart & Tate Construction constructed four new science lab classrooms with support storage areas on Level 2 of the building in what had been former chapel, library and study hall spaces. The work included a new variable refrigeration HVAC system comparable to the system installed for the Classroom Renovation project, new lab grade casework and fume hoods, and moveable desks that can be reconfigured to accommodate either a lecture or lab layout.
As the project was completed while school was in session, the space was isolated with temporary partitions, and access to the building was from a back stair tower. Additionally, materials were brought in through a window opening on the outside of the space to further mitigate disruption to facility and student operations.
Stewart & Tate Construction completed the renovation of two floors of classrooms at York Catholic High School two weeks ahead of schedule and in time for the 2019-20 academic year. The renovations entailed demolition of select finishes and installation of new drywall finishes in the classrooms and corridors. New lockers were installed on each floor. Each classroom now has new wardrobe, base cabinets and countertops, new acoustical ceilings and new LVT flooring. A new ceiling mounted projector and screen were installed in each classroom, and select classrooms also received new white boards. A variable refrigeration air conditioning system was installed on each floor, along with an upgraded electrical distribution system and new LED lights and lighting controls to meet current energy standards. A new IT room and two teacher workrooms, one on each floor, were constructed. Additionally, two women’s toilet rooms were demolished and then remodeled to include new ceramic tile floors and walls, solid surface sink countertops, plumbing fixtures and toilet partitions.
Stewart & Tate Construction served as general contractor for the addition and renovation of Helen Thackston Charter School located on East Philadelphia Street in York City. The school remained operating while a 40,808 SF addition was being constructed over an eight month duration. The addition includes a teacher’s lounge, gymnasium, kitchen and office space. After the completion of the addition, students and faculty were relocated to the new addition while the renovation to the existing 27,750 SF of the school was completed.
Stewart & Tate Construction was selected to serve as the general contractor for the construction of the Elizabethtown College Jay Walk. The Jay Walk, an addition to the Thompson Gym, serves as the school’s athletic hall of fame and a connecting building between the gymnasium and the Baugher Student Center. Located at the center of the school’s campus, all work was conducted amid an occupied educational setting. The Jay Walk project included study spaces for students and modern architectural design elements inclusive of high end finishes.
This is a three-story, design/build project consisting of 24 units to house 96 students. The structure is made of wood framing with a split block and brick veneer. The interior is painted finished drywall and wall-to-wall carpet throughout. It is completely furnished including compliance with ADA requirements and an elevator. The project was completed in 240 days.
14 months after the completion of the first project, Stewart & Tate Construction began construction on a sister building. Identical in appearance, this facility also included a larger laundry room facility, IT room and student lounge.
Stewart & Tate Construction was selected as the Design/Build contractor for the James B. Hoover Center for Business located on Elizabethtown College’s campus. The project involved the construction of a 30,000 SF, 2 story education facility consisting of classrooms and offices with state-ofthe-art communication data systems and high-end interior finishes.
Stewart and Tate Construction completed the construction of an 18,000 SF addition to Carroll Christian High School on the campus of Church of the Open Door in Westminster, MD. After renovating the church’s sanctuary several years earlier, we were invited back for this return engagement. Working with the architect as a team approach to design and value engineering, this project includes a library, multi-purpose room and new classrooms.
The concept of this 18,768 SF building was to provide the local residents with a facility that has many uses, ie: library, small activity center, town meeting space and gymnasium for youth sports and aerobic exercise. To achieve this goal, a 7,800 SF pre-engineered steel gym building was constructed at the rear of the site. The gym included six motorized fold-up basketball hoops, sound attenuation masonry walls, pull-out folding bleachers, and a rubber sports floor with a full court volleyball/basketball layout. At the front of the site, construction included a wood framed, masonry and vinyl siding 5,500 SF library, work rooms, restrooms, lunchroom and office facility. These two buildings were joined together by a similar 4,350 SF wood frame building housing offices for the parks and recreation director and building and maintenance supervisor along with storage area, public toilets and a community activity center designed for lectures, town meetings and visual presentations. The finished project is a functionally designed, multi-use building which both the residents of Norrisville and Harford County will enjoy for many years to come.