Charlotte Lappla Early
Education Center

Wellsboro, PA


  • 38,400 SF Total
    • 21,274 SF Renovation
    • 17,126 SF New Construction
  • 240 pupils / grades PK-1
  • 1956 / 2002
  • Additions & Alterations
  • Citation Award in 2003 from AS&U for Best Renovation/Modernization
  • $ 5,800,000

The Charlotte Lappla project consisted of the conversion of a 1956 building into an early childhood education center for pre-kindergarten through 1st grade. Pivotal to the project would be construction of a new 17,000 SF addition housing art and music rooms, community multipurpose room, recreation center, five new classrooms, satellite kitchen facilities and support areas. In addition to renovations to all the building's systems, the school's existing multi-purpose room was then absorbed as "found space" through its conversion into a library.

Plainfield Elementary School

Newville, PA


  • 41,520 SF
  • 350 pupils / grades K-5
  • Design Completed – Project not bid
  • New Construction
    Replacement Facility for a 1955 Elementary
  • Designed to LEED Silver from USGBC
  • $10,900,000

This new elementary school is based on a previously developed proto-type design and site adapted for the Plainfield community. Exterior design took its cue from the surrounding area and building shapes, materials & color palettes reflect the barns, silos and outbuildings found on farms nearby. The completed school design encompasses approximately 41,520 SF to house 350 pupils, with is designed for easy expansion to 450 and then to 600 pupils, including all core facilities. Designed to LEED™ Silver, the redeveloped site plan created safe parent drop-off areas and preserved the community green space for play fields.

Selinsgrove Intermediate
Elementary School

Selinsgrove, PA


  • 107,800 SF
  • 900 pupils / grades 3-5
  • New Construction
    Elementary facilities – dating from 1870, 1932 & 1955 – were closed while remaining Elementary facilities were converted to grades K-2
  • Citation Award in 1998 from AS&U for Elementary Schools & Curriculum Planning Award in 1998 from CEFPI
  • $ 10,094,804
  • [Completed by Vern McKissick, while partner at HLA]

Designed with expansion in mind, this school’s initial capacity of 900 pupils could easily be increased to 1,200 as the community continues to grow. Parental and staff concerns regarding the size of the building resulted in the creation of two schools-within-a-school where three 4th-grade, 125-pupil teaching teams are at one end and two 5th-grade, 125-pupil teaching teams are at the other. Technology and communications were designed ahead of the times and incorporated into the design of the entire school. Learning labs of 1,500 SF accommodate specialized instruction via perimeter counters/sinks, rolling workstations and under floor power/data system.

Hepburn-Lycoming Elementary School

Williamsport, PA


  • 54,593 SF
    • 40,267 SF Renovation
    • 14,326 SF New Construction
    • 6,800 SF Demolition
  • 543 pupils / grades K-5
  • 1954 / 2006
  • Additions & Alterations
  • $7,977,335

The original "pod" school plan was limited by under-sized core facilities for a growing student enrollment. A new core area, including space for a kitchen, stage, music instruction area and gymnasium replaced the existing multi-purpose room, which was converted into a more suitable library and remaining "found" spaces throughout the building were converted to additional classrooms and much-needed storage space. With energy costs rising, the district also elected to integrate a geothermal ground-source system for heating and cooling, replacing the existing electric resistance/oil heating system and resulting in the most energy efficient building for the district.

Manoa Elementary School

Havertown, PA


  • 85,355 SF
  • 850 pupils / grades K-5
  • New Construction
    Replacement Facility for a 1903 Elementary
  • $18,200,000

Our proto-type design for the Chestnutwold Elementary School (completed in 2006 for this school district) was adapted for the Manoa School by enlarging the building for greater student capacity and making adjustments for the more level site. Designed for an initial student population of 620, the facility houses four classes per grade level from grades K-5. The new 3-story building located on 3.1 acres maximizes the amount of athletic field space that has remained available to the district and community for sports including lacrosse, soccer, field hockey and football.

Summerfield Elementary School

Summerfield, NC


  • 94,400 SF
    • 42,000 SF Renovation
    • 52,400 SF New Construction
    • 14,000 SF Demolition
  • 700 pupils / grades PK-5
  • 1939 / 1950-1956 / 1976 / 1984 / 2011 Phase I / 2013 Phase II
  • Additions & Alterations
  • $17,950,000 Phase I & $750,000
    Phase II

The Summerfield Elementary School consists of 21 buildings constructed between 1940 and 1985 including 14 modular classrooms. Unlike prior building projects, Phase I of this project was envisioned as a total reconstruction of the site. The solution to maximizing the buildable area was a two-story classroom wing and the creation of an internal kindergarten play courtyard. Extensive green features have been utilized in the design. The building itself is primarily ICF (insulated concrete form) construction in order to create a high-performing envelope and allow a faster-paced low construction schedule. Using funds left over from the original Phase I bond project, Phase II involved reconstruction of the 1939 WPA constructed stone gymnasium to state and federal preservation standards.

Andrew Jackson Elementary School

Williamsport, PA


  • 85,800 SF
  • 725 pupils / grades K-5
  • New Construction
    Replacement Facility for a 1913 Elementary
  • $11,950,000
  • [Completed by Vern McKissick, while partner at HLA]

This new 3-story facility was built in the parking lot of the former 1913 elementary school. Existing in an established neighborhood, this landlocked district chose to replace the historic building but wished to preserve some of the historic elements, including an exterior design that looked to replicate the “feel” of the old Jackson school. The old school’s footprint was preserved through masonry remnants with the inside of the space converted to a hard-surface play area by day, and additional parking at night. A bridge connects this parking area to the new building’s library, which serves as a branch for the citywide library system. As a design premise, the 30 classrooms were to be augmented by numerous small group instruction areas to accommodate the extensive slate of remedial programs envisioned.

Ashley Elementary School

Winston-Salem, NC


  • 8,300 SF
    • 7,800 SF Renovation
    • 500 SF New Construction
  • 450 pupils / grades K-5
  • 1961 / 1980s / 2009
  • Additions & Alterations
  • $ 1,600,000

McKissick Associates was retained by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to develop a plan for reconstructing and rebuilding the site. Originally constructed in 1961 it was enlarged on several occasions and included a conversion to use as a middle school before again reverting to elementary school use. Located within a residential neighborhood, the site is very compact and further complicated by severe terrain variation, and a stream, which bisects the property. The initial phase was implemented with the conversion of underused space to classrooms as well as the construction of a new kitchen.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal K-8 School

Harrisburg, PA


  • 37,300 SF
    • 36,300 SF Existing
    • 1,000 SF New Construction
  • 300 pupils / grades K-8
  • 1826 / 1840s / 1920s / 2005
  • Eco-Preservation, Adaptive Reuse Conversion
  • LEED Silver Rating
  • $3,100,000

The renovation encompassed five existing buildings, including the 1826 Cathedral and the adjacent 1847 Chapter House, both of which are designated historic structures. An unheated concrete frame brick exterior 1920's 4-story, garage was transformed into classroom space and multipurpose room. Also included in the project were renovations to the 1840's school building and a new stair tower addition inter-connecting both structures. Other improvements included renovations to the internal circulation spine that now connects the campus buildings while providing handicapped access.