Allen Frear Elementary School

Camden, Delaware

KCI provided site and civil design, survey and landscape architecture services for the Allen Frear Elementary School Renovation. The project required significant redesign of on-site circulation and stormwater management.

The original school was constructed in the mid-1960s and then in 2006, the nearby Charlton elementary School underwent an expansion and renovations bridging the two facilities. The buildings now share common spaces including the cafeteria, library, and student drop-off areas. Due to the Charlton School’s year-round curriculum, the facility had to remain fully occupied throughout most of the construction.

Improvements to the Allen Frear Elementary School included a complete interior renovation, new storefront glazing, a connect wing to an adjacent pod, four additional classrooms and a new bus parking and drop off area with a central entrance corridor.

As a result of the site improvements and increase in impervious coverage, our team retrofitted portions of an existing bioretention facility and designed a series of grass filter strips to capture and treat runoff from the new bus loop. The school is also served by an existing dry pond that is used as part of the adjacent Postlethwait Middle School curriculum.