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Parkland unveils updated renderings for new $30M elementary school

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Hatfield-based architectural firm spearheading the planning and design for the Parkland School District's new $30 million elementary school in Upper Macungie Township unveiled updated design plans at Tuesday's school board meeting, following extensive consultation sessions with teachers and administrators to address student accommodation needs.

Partner Mike Kelly of  Kelly, Clough, Bucher, and Associates (KCBA) architectural firm provided and detailed updated plans regarding the unnamed school to be located on Twin Ponds Road on a Jaindl land parcel valued at nearly $500,000 donated to the district by the family.

Kelly said the new school is predicted to open in the fall of 2020, with construction scheduled to begin next May. He said his firm recently participated in successful meetings with utility providers of water, sewer, gas, and electrical services to turn on these services at the new school's site.

KCBA architects explained the school's center will contain a two-story open concept literacy center flanked by glass walls allowing for a flood of light into its center. The building's hub will also contain a STEM---science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interactive projects center containing plenty of project presentation space.

According to KCBA drawings, the building's center will sport a contemporary style slanted roof with a wood and glass exterior with lots of red masonry highlighted with gray accents reflecting the district's official colors.

The center courtyard will contain notable walkways in addition to garden verandas, allowing for outdoor classrooms just outside two traditional classroom wings running near parallel to one another bordering the courtyard.

In addition to fulfill the district's contract with KCBA, the board approved spending between $350,000 to $395,000 for fees, permits, land surveys, geotechnical investigations, traffic and environmental studies needed for the construction process.

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