DC Bilingual Public Charter School (DCB) provides an innovative dual immersion Spanish and English learning program for all students, regardless of their home language. Through its rigorous academic curriculum, comprehensive arts, technology, and athletics programs, and celebration of diverse cultures, DCB’s students learn the skills and values they need to become influential participants in their community. DCB’s philosophy and model is built on the belief that students develop their fullest academic potential when they and their families have access to a full-range of services meeting their needs, value multiculturalism and prepare them to become responsible adults and leaders in their communities and beyond. The school offers a high quality bilingual education for more than 500 students from Pre-K (3 year olds) to 5th grade.
The 50,000 sf renovation project includes a completely new mechanical, lighting and fire suppression system, as well as reimagined classroom and collaborative environments for students and faculty within the existing building. DCB’s emphasis on creating a building that supports it’s educational mission, as well as becoming a community resource is realized with the new addition and building renovation.
Following the success of the renovation project and the school’s continued growth and strong enrollment, HCM completed the design and regulatory approval process for a 27,000 sf addition to the original building. The project team conducted several bilingual community meetings, lead the project successfully through the Commission of Fine Arts and Historic Preservation office review process, and helped obtain all required building permits.
The project opened for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The new facility and site improvements have enhanced the DCB campus, supported its educational mission, and become a community resource.
2023 Honor Award, AIA Central PA Chapter