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Crane Country Day School

The $3.3 million project took 10 months to complete and added nearly 33,000 sq. ft. of classroom, amphitheater, decking and outdoor teaching area to the school’s overall campus.

For the start of this new year Crane Country Day School will be holding lessons in five new classrooms. These new classrooms represent the largest building expansion project for the school since it started in 1928. This project included three new buildings comprised of two English classrooms with an adjoining library including a stone fireplace and reading nook; two math classrooms with an adjoining breakout room; a design center full of the newest technologies including 3D printers; three staff offices; two new restrooms; as well as new outdoor assembly and learning areas with an historic Oak Tree as the central focal point. 

The $3.3 million project took 10 months to complete and has added nearly 33,000 sq. ft. of classroom, amphitheater, decking and outdoor teaching area to the School’s overall campus. The three new buildings frame and highlight a spectacular 100 year-old oak tree in the center of the new amphitheater. The Amphitheatre has seating capacity for 300 with a speaking platform surrounding the oak tree.  Great care was taken to preserve the tree providing the main focal point of this new area of campus. 

The Design Center is named the Phil Von Phul Design Center in dedication to the School’s 33 year veteran teacher of engineering and math.  Phil was a longtime advocate of teaching curriculum’s that engaged the students in an immersive learning experience that included hands on examples.    

FSCC is proud to have been part of this very important project for the Crane Country Day School. This was a challenging project due to the aggressive schedule, preservation of the beautiful Oak Trees within the construction site, and complex storm water management issues that the design team managed to skillfully blend into the stunning hardscaping and landscaping. It is always exciting to be part of a project that so many people will enjoy and benefit from for years to come.

Photo credits: Frank Schipper Construction Co.