Bedford High School

Bedford, PA


  • 154,000 SF
  • 950 pupils / grades 9-12
  • 1932 / 1997
  • Colonial, Georgian Revival
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation & Addition
  • $10,800,000
  • [Completed by Vern McKissick, while partner at HLA]

Forming a partnership between the school district, vo-tech schools, employers, community groups and local colleges and universities allowed the school to create a School-to-Work high school philosophy. Bedford’s historic 1932 High School was transformed into a modern school facility capable of supporting the District’s vision.

Hazleton Elementary / Middle
School & the Alice C. Wiltsie
Performing Arts Center

Hazleton, PA


  • 139,304 SF
  • 1,106 pupils / grades 3-5 & 6-8
  • 1926 / 2007 / 2011
  • Collegiate Gothic
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation & Addition
  • $24,600,000

In 2003, McKissick Associates, PC, was retained by the District to provide a comprehensive facilities evaluation. The study also identified the architectural significance of the old high school, and the sense of pride associated with it by many residents. As a result, a fund was established by the District to receive donations for the rehabilitation of the Castle with great success.

Williamsport Area Middle School & District Administration Center

Williamsport, PA


  • 188,440 SF
  • 1,317 pupils / grades 6-8
  • 1951 / 2000 / 2013
  • Late Art Deco
  • Historic Preservation, Green Renovation (LEED Gold from USGBC pending) & Addition
  • $43,727,000

The Roosevelt Middle School constructed in 1951 is a unique school due to its poured in place concrete construction. Originally designed to support the 1940’s view of junior high school instruction, the inflexible environment acts as an obstruction to true middle school programming with the original architectural and mechanical systems dating from 1951.

C.E. McCall Middle School

Montoursville, PA


  • 142,586 SF
  • 922 pupils / grades 5-8
  • 1971 / 2011
  • Green Renovation & Addition (2 Green Globes Rating from GBI) –
    1st Green Globes School in Pennsylvania
  • $19,750,000

Although the existing building was in fair to good condition, at 40 years of age the building systems had never been updated and the existing building did not meet handicapped accessibility requirements. The Board desired that these building upgrades be accomplished in a sustainable manner. In meeting this goal the project was designed to achieve a rating of two globes under the Green Globes Rating System.

Cochran Elementary School

Williamsport, PA


  • 72,000 SF
  • 760 pupils / grades K-5
  • 1926 / 1999
  • Collegiate Gothic
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation & Addition
  • $8,100,000
  • [1999 project Completed by Vern McKissick, while partner at HLA]

Along with a new addition in 1999, the facade of the curtain wall to an insensitive 1950’s 3-story wing was reconstructed with masonry and trim to blend with the new addition and reference the original 1920’s architecture.

Mount Union Area Jr/Sr High School with Community Use facilities – Auditorium & Mt. Union Branch of the Huntingdon County Library

Mount Union, PA


  • 169,000 SF
  • 1,135 pupils / grades 7-8 & 9-12
  • 1954 / 1963 / 2011
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation & Addition
  • $24,200,000

This project involves a small addition to a very large mid-century modern junior/senior high school. Because the budget was constrained, the focus of the interior design was to embrace the mid-century modern design style with some updated color palettes and materials. The project also included found space conversions, former locker rooms were converted into modern 21st century Science labs as shown in this photograph.

Summerfield Elementary School

Summerfield, NC


  • 94,400 SF
  • 790 pupils / grades PK-5
  • 1939 / multiple Buildings from 1940-1980s / 2011 / 2013
  • WPA era Stone Gym – Local Vernacular
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation & Addition
  • $18,400,000

The Summerfield Elementary School consists of 21 buildings constructed between 1939 and 1985 including 14 modular classrooms. Not only does this 8.8 acre site lie within the town of Summerfield’s historic overlay district, but one of the site buildings which also serves as the community gymnasium is a treasured historic structure.

Reading Citadel Intermediate High School

Reading, PA


  • 311,363 SF
  • 3,057 pupils / grades 9-10
  • 1885 / 1893 / 1926 / 2010
  • Romanesque, Neo-Classic Colonial Revival
  • Adaptive Reuse with Elements of Historic Preservation
    Complex Demolition, Renovation & Addition - Phased Public/Private Partnership
  • $58,600,000

Dating from the 1885 and 1893, original walls (including a four story high stone chapel, a bell tower and 30" thick stone walls) were incorporated as exterior elements in the new additions. The 8.3-acre St. Joseph's site was completely transformed through the demolition of 150,000 SF (primarily built between 1950 and 1970), and the renovation of 200,000 SF of existing buildings.

Pottstown Middle School

Pottstown, PA


  • 164,000 SF
  • 1,250 pupils / grades 6-8
  • 1932 / 2000
  • Colonial, Georgian Revival
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation & Addition
  • $16,600,000
  • [Designed by Vern McKissick, while partner at HLA]

Originally slated for potential demolition, the Pottstown Middle School elected to save the building and expand the campus. The 1932 building was restored and updated to accommodate changes made to the educational programs and allow for "teaming" by grade level.