After the fire that stole away a treasured part of the Perkiomen School in 1994, Baver, Inc. restored it to it’s original beauty. While keeping the existing facade, the reconstruction allowed for more room inside, HVAC throughout the building and internet in each room. It now stands as a residential area for alumni, current students and faculty apartments. On the lower levels are the administration offices, classrooms, and the Headmaster’s office, as well as their beautiful Chapel.
200 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Client – Perkiomen School
Architect – H2L2 Architects/Planners
Date of Completion – August 7th, 1995
Kind – Institutional/Religious
Size – 68,500 square ft. / 5 Floors
Like the mythical Phoenix, the new Kriebel Hall arose from the ashes, retaining its historical identity yet fully equipped to educate for the 21st century.
– Perkiomen Alumni News
Getting the Job Done
In order to meet their start of school year deadline, GHB averaged 112 workers a day in order to complete the reconstruction in just 8 months and 8 days.
Maintaining the Foundation
Kriebel Hall stands as “a pillar of education at one of the most elite private preparatory schools,” writes GHB estimator. In order to maintain the original facade, built in the 1800’s, steel foundations were laid and walls were braced in order to do demolition from the inside.
Restoring the History
During construction, the original design was found on sheepskin. There was a cupola included that wasn’t on the destroyed building. The Headmaster based a capital campaign for the installation of this cupola. They raised more than enough to include it in this restoration.
A Water Source Heat Pump System was put in place to allow energy efficient control in each area of the building, simultaneously cooling and heating. This system is monitored by a direct digital computer driven control system.
The multi-purpose Kriebel Hall functions as administrative and faculty offices, faculty apartments, classrooms, Lower Day Lounge, Language Laboratory and conference facilities. An addition was constructed along with the restoration which holds a 286 seat auditorium, the main mechanical/electrical rooms, student residences, Upper Day Room and the computer classroom.
Rich in History
The estate mansion Kriebel Hall was originally built in 1875. A Second Empire addition was added in 1902. It was the oldest and largest building on the Perkiomen School campus standing at roughly 56,000 gross square feet.