Moon Township’s McCormick Elementary School had been closed in the 1980s as part of a consolidation effort. Although the building remained under District ownership, it was leased for 20 years by an airline company for use as a flight training center. When the airline company gave up the lease, the building remained vacant for 5 years. Growth in the area led the school district to return to a neighborhood school model and plan for a reopening of McCormick Elementary. Hayes Design Group Architects was retained to bring the building back to life.
The 48,000 SF facility was stripped down to masonry, mortar, and steel. The exterior of the building received masonry repairs, a new roof, and all new windows. The facility was fully renovated for interior finishes, ADA compliance, and fully new toilet rooms, plumbing, and fixtures. Electrical and HVAC systems were completely overhauled, and completely updated technology systems were installed. A new 4,000 SF addition was built to house an administrative wing, containing a secured vestibule where visitors were forced into the administrative area before entering school, thereby improving student, staff, and faculty security. This secured vestibule took form in the creation of a two-story volume space, providing an abundance of natural light to the interior of the building. Site work included a new parking lot, sidewalks, bus drop-off loop, and playground equipment.
August 17, 2017