School of the Future

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School District: School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Project Name: School of the Future (Microsoft High School)

Project Size: 160,000 Sq. Ft. (Grades 10-12)

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Construction Value: Total Project: $38.5. million / S&H Portion: $7.6 million

Services Provided: Electrical engineering design of a new 160,000 square-foot state-of-the-art $40 million high school in the City of Philadelphia. The electrical engineering for this building incorporated many unique design concepts such as:

  • State-of-the-art 500 seat theatre with full dimming systems, motorized rigging & lighting battens and an orchestra pit.
  • Electrical support systems and emergency shut-down systems for all Labs within the facility.
  • Roof mounted photovoltaic system with web-based data acquisition and energy savings monitoring. Curtain window system incorporating integrated photovoltaics within the glass panels, which provides direct contact learning for the students.
  • Integrated classroom lighting systems, which incorporate general classroom lighting modes, Audio/Visual modes and dual-technology infrared/ultrasonic motion sensors.
  • Automatic lighting controls within the building.
  • Isolated ground technology power source system for clean, surge protected power to all technology equipment, including classroom LCD projectors, flat-panel plasma screens throughout the building, classroom computer and IT rooms.
  • UPS systems for all IT switches and servers.
  • Hidden wireless access points throughout the facility to support a fully electronic educational curriculum (no books).
  • Hidden weapon’s detection system in the front entry, which is invisible to all staff, students & visitors.
  • State-of-the-art integrated CCTV surveillance, card access and security system for the entire facility that is tied into the District’s central security monitoring systems.
  • Lightning protection system for the entire facility.
  • 3,000A, 480V electrical service via a 1500kVA transformer containing environmentally safe Envirotran bio-liquid for transformer cooling.
  • 250kW backup emergency generator with overlapping neutral automatic transfer switch.

Services Began: 2004

Construction Completion: 2006