Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School

Mechanicsburg, PA


  • 152,300 SF Total
    • 127,800 SF Renovation
    • 24,500 SF New Construction
  • 844 pupils / grades 9-12
  • 1968 / 2003 / 2006
  • Additions & Alterations
  • $ 4,116,833 (2003) / $ 360,000 (2006)

The objective of the project was to create a new state-of-the-art diesel mechanics shop, 3-Instructor lab for building construction trades, horticulture and data communications and to improve the accessibility of the building to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The challenge of the renovation work was to modify the two-story carpentry, diesel, HVAC, welding, auto body, auto mechanics, and precision mechanics shops for handicapped accessibility. This was achieved by relocating the diesel, carpentry, and horticulture shops to new construction, thus allowing space for classrooms and accessible bathrooms on the lower level adjacent to each shop. This “found space” also allowed room for three ramp systems, which link the upper and lower levels of the building.

East Lycoming Career and Technology Center

Hughesville, PA


  • 12,830 SF
  • 110 pupils / grades 9-12
  • 2006
  • New Construction
  • 2009 Metal Building Award
  • $ 2,608,975

When the lease on their former facility became suddenly unavailable, this new vocational building was taken from the start of design to occupancy in less than 12 months (including completion of full 10-part Pennsylvania PlanCon process). The project featured the use of an ESCO agreement to provide all HVAC construction. The new facility houses administrative offices, automotive shops, full food service kitchens, health occupations, general classrooms and a restaurant practice area accessible to the community while 6-additional programs are housed in existing school buildings.

Wellsboro Area High School

Wellsboro, PA


  • 126,000 SF
  • 265 pupils (out of 804 total pupils) /
    grades 9-12
  • 2007
  • New Construction - built on existing
    High School Site
  • $ 20,200,000

With this project, the district significantly expanded their curriculum to include comprehensive vocational education and technology preparation ("tech prep") programs in 12 areas including building construction, production industries, data networking technologies, computer applications, graphic design, institutional foods, secretarial, health care occupations, natural resource management and forestry products.

Reading Citadel Intermediate High School

Reading, PA


  • 311,363 SF
  • 3,057 pupils / grades 9-10
  • 1885 / 1893 / 1926 / 2010
  • Romanesque, Neo-Classic Colonial Revival
  • Adaptive Reuse with Elements of
    Historic Preservation
  • Complex Demolition, Renovation & Addition - Phased Public/Private Partnership
  • $ 78,848,000

The building has been programmed to create a small supportive learning environment. Construction of an additional story above an existing building created four standalone grade 9-10 schools arranged around the District's newly developed magnet programs; Arts & Humanities, International Business, Technology, and Agriculture Ecology & Science. Each of these 600-student “schools-within-a-school” are arranged to be self-contained, supporting the four 150 pupil teaching teams (each including science and special education). Looping of instructors will permit two years of contact with professional teaching staff.

Mount Union Junior (& Senior) High School

Mount Union, PA


  • 165,238 SF
    • 138,138 SF Renovation
    • 27,100 SF New Construction
  • 1,135 pupils / grades (7-8) & 9-12
  • 1954 / 1962 / 2011
  • Additions & Alterations
  • $ 24,100,000

McKissick Associates is looking at the district holistically to develop a long-range plan to determine the best expenditure of funds in order to decrease the district’s overall expenses without negatively impacting programs. This GIS study addresses walkability, transportation, historic structures issues and environmental investigation.

Bedford High School

Bedford, PA


  • 154,000 SF
  • 950 pupils / grades 9-12
  • 1932 / 1997
  • Colonial, Georgian Revival
  • Historic Preservation, Renovation
    & Addition
  • $10,800,000
  • [Completed by Vern McKissick, while partner at HLA]

Forming a partnership between the school district, vo-tech schools, employers, community groups and local colleges and universities allowed the school to create a School-to-Work high school philosophy. The areas of emphasis include Engineering and Art, Business and Computers, Liberal Arts and Humanities and Human Services. Months of interaction with school faculty and members of the school's administration resulted in the complete reorganization of the wings to house the four career paths. The science classrooms are configured with both a traditional teaching area and a laboratory space.

Cumberland-Perry Area Vocational Technical School

Mechanicsburg, PA


  • 152,300 SF Total
    • 127,800 SF Renovation
    • 24,500 SF New Construction
  • 844 pupils / grades 9-12
  • 1968 / 2003 / 2006
  • Additions & Alterations
  • $ 4,116,833 (2003) / $ 360,000 (2006)

The objective of the project was to create a new state-of-the-art diesel mechanics shop, 3-Instructor lab for building construction trades, horticulture and data communications and to improve the accessibility of the building to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The challenge of the renovation work was to modify the two-story carpentry, diesel, HVAC, welding, auto body, auto mechanics, and precision mechanics shops for handicapped accessibility. This was achieved by relocating the diesel, carpentry, and horticulture shops to new construction, thus allowing space for classrooms and accessible bathrooms on the lower level adjacent to each shop. This “found space” also allowed room for three ramp systems, which link the upper and lower levels of the building.

East Lycoming Career and Technology Center

Hughesville, PA


  • 12,830 SF
  • 110 pupils / grades 9-12
  • 2006
  • New Construction
  • 2009 Metal Building Award
  • $ 2,608,975

When the lease on their former facility became suddenly unavailable, this new vocational building was taken from the start of design to occupancy in less than 12 months (including completion of full 10-part Pennsylvania PlanCon process). The project featured the use of an ESCO agreement to provide all HVAC construction. The new facility houses administrative offices, automotive shops, full food service kitchens, health occupations, general classrooms and a restaurant practice area accessible to the community while 6-additional programs are housed in existing school buildings.

Wellsboro Area High School

Wellsboro, PA


  • 126,000 SF
  • 265 pupils (out of 804 total pupils) /
    grades 9-12
  • 2007
  • New Construction - Built on existing High School Site
  • $ 20,200,000

With this project, the district significantly expanded their curriculum to include comprehensive vocational education and technology preparation ("tech prep") programs in 12 areas including building construction, production industries, data networking technologies, computer applications, graphic design, institutional foods, secretarial, health care occupations, natural resource management and forestry products.