St. Matthias Campus of Bala House Montessori School

Bala Cynwyd, PA / 20,000 SF

Heckendorn Shiles Architects assisted St. Matthias Church and the Bala House School in converting a former parochial high school to a private Montessori pre-school. HSA led land approvals process, including complicated zoning approvals in Lower Merion Township.

The adaptive re-use of the high school required extensive reconfigurations of room sizes and modifications to de-centralize restrooms, all more appropriate to an early learning environment. Additional added design elements to the existing structure allowed for a secure drop off canopy and a naturalistic playground. Classroom spaces were also updated to enhance natural light. The adaption incorporated modern HVAC systems and higher thermal performance of the building envelope. ADA requirements were updated to current code.