The Franklin School

Spartanburg, SC

Spartanburg County School District Seven
Delivery Method
CM At-Risk

Project Description

Harper was selected by the Northside Development Group to provide preconstruction services, site preparation, and construction services for a best-in-class early childhood learning facility. The 35,000 SF school offers full-day, full-year early learning services for approximately 200 children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years. Harper constructed an early childhood learning center not only expand the minds of children through education, but also enhance their development with an environmentally influenced building.

Harper harvested a variety of very large oak, pecan, and elm trees from the site. These trees were not disposed of off-site; the logs were stored on-site and then used to create natural wood architectural features and playground equipment. Incorporating these trees, not only reduced the negative environmental effect of clear cutting, but also provided learning opportunities not normally found in traditional learning settings.