School District of Philadelphia Francis E. Willard Elementary School



  • School District of Philadelphia


  • PZS Architects


  • Philadelphia, PA

Hunter Roberts constructed the new Francis E. Willard Elementary School for the School District of Philadelphia.  The project scope included the demolition of existing recreational park structures including a one-story recreation building and swimming pool, and the construction of a new 100,000 SF elementary school and associated parking and drive areas. The new, two-story elementary school now accommodates 850 students and was designed to provide an enhanced learning environment. The school is organized around the entry court with an adjacent play area for young children and a large school yard. Features include offices and classrooms, art, science and computer labs, as well as a 350-seat auditorium, gymnasium, a cafeteria that seats 380 with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, and advanced audio/visual technology throughout the building including interactive Smart Boards in every classroom. The building consists of a steel structure with a masonry exterior skin including aluminum windows with insulated glass units and metal panel systems. Site development included remediation, soil densification, new utilities, storm water retention systems, paving of new roads, parking lots, sidewalks, play areas and landscaping. Hunter Roberts was responsible for the stockpiling and disposal of 6,104 tons of contaminated soils that were discovered from the previous use of the site.  The project received a LEED for Schools Silver Certification.