The Pilot School
The Pilot School originated in 1957, as an educational experiment. The experiment consisted of a class of five young boys, and two teachers meeting at the Christ Church Sunday School in Greenville, DE. The teachers created an innovative teaching program, which would be soon known as the successful “pilot” plan. Due to the great success of the “pilot” program, the Pilot School was established. Since the founding, there is over 160 students, and 50 faculty members. The school was founded on providing a customized educational experience for children with language-based learning problems.
Henry Adams provided the MEP engineering design for the new $34M, 88,000 SF PK-8 private school serving approximately 160 students. The school includes 24 classrooms, full size gymnasium, auxiliary gymnasium, indoor heated pool, library, cafeteria, administrative offices, science lab, computer lab, art/music rooms, counseling rooms, physical therapy room, and occupational therapy room.
The new site contains athletic fields, a running track, playgrounds and parking. The school sits on 50 acres of land, and is surrounded by the First National Historic Park. Nature plays a very big part in the Pilot School curriculum, and is integrated into the building.
The school’s 6,400 SF aquatic facility includes a salt water pool with a beach-style entry on one side, and a 6-lane, 25-yard lap/instruction pool on the other side. The facility serves multifunctional uses from incorporating water features to encourage enjoyment, areas for more capable swimmers to be challenged, and benches for swimmers to receive instruction.
The mechanical engineering scope included HVAC (with geothermal system), associated building controls, as well as sanitary, vent, water, gas, and fire suppression piping. The electrical scope included power, lighting, voice/data, public address, intercommunication systems, and clock system.
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