Malvern Prep academic building to get high marks for flexibility & sustainability
Philadelphia, PA (Sept 2018) – IMC Construction, a nationally-recognized, full-service construction company, broke ground Sept 7th on a new $10.6 million academic building for Malvern Prep, a top-rated independent school in the Philadelphia suburbs. The new 58,000-square-foot Center for Social Impact will link two existing buildings on the Georgian revival campus.
“The Center’s footprint and façade, connecting Carney and Sullivan Halls, will be constructed on a large arc radius and create a new focal point and entrance to the school,” said Daniel O’Rourke, senior project manager for IMC Construction. “It will be a gracious welcome to the campus as well as emphasizing the Augustinian school’s commitment to social justice.”
A bridge will connect the student drop-off area to the new 3-story steel structure clad in brick, cast stone and glass curtainwall. Inside, sunlit common areas will encourage informal gathering, conference rooms will house group meetings and a grand stair will serve as amphitheater seating as well as connecting the first and second levels. Classroom spaces with moveable, writable walls will help to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math studies.
Adjacent to the Center, Sullivan Hall will be gutted and thoroughly renovated as a state-of-the-art home for the sciences with easy flow between buildings. Academic spaces in Carney Hall will be updated and renovated.
“Malvern is embarking on a building that will enhance the experience of learning for the students here on campus.” says Rev. Donald F. Reilly, OSA, DMin, Malvern Prep Head of School, in a video on the school’s website. “The excitement comes from the ability for the students now to have a space that accommodates what they are currently learning and how they are learning.”
In addition to sustainable, energy-efficient practices that are now standard, builders will repurpose most of the masonry removed when the buildings are connected and will also build a green roof to control stormwater runoff.
The project is expected to be complete for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.
The Malvern Prep Center for Social Impact team includes construction manager IMC Construction; architect Voith & Mactavish Architects; structural and m/e/p engineer Bala Consulting; and site/civil engineer Nave Newell.
About IMC Construction
IMC Construction is an award-winning professional construction firm based in Malvern, Pa. IMC Construction provides comprehensive construction management, general contracting, and consulting services tailored to the needs of diverse national clients. IMC has extensive experience in the corporate, education, healthcare, retail, institutional, and multi-family market sectors, and is an active member of the Citadel National Construction Group, an alliance of seven construction-related companies with operations in 19 cities. The group serves national clients by providing value through consistency and standardized services. IMC has been named a national Top 50 Green Builder and a Top 400 National Contractor by Engineering News Record; a Philadelphia Business Journal Best Place to Work and Community Impact Award recipient; and a Top 25 Construction Firm and Top 10 National Retail Contractor by Shopping Center World. For more information or additional images please visit imcconstruction.com and citadelgroup.org.