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Erie FCU recognized by Preservation Erie!

Apr. 26, 2018

Erie FCU recognized with a 2018 Preservation Erie Award!

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Erie FCU was recognized at the 6th annual Greater Erie Awards ceremony last night with a Preservation Erie Award for preservation excellence in our adaptive reuse strategy in transforming the former Glenwood Elementary School into our new Corporate Headquarters and Branch office facility. Five other local businesses and organizations who have stood out for their preservation efforts in the community were also honored.

Preservation Awards Brian W Accepting

Glenwood project Adaptive Reuse Vision

The former Glenwood Elementary school was dedicated in September of 1951. The build of our new corporate office and Glenwood branch facility utilized the sixty-five year old school’s existing main structure following the lines of the original structural layout. In planning the construct, the architect chosen for the project noted that the building had “beautiful bones”. We agreed and the vision of transforming the school in an adaptive reuse fashion was adopted instead of simply knocking down the existing structure.

To implement this challenging adaptive reuse vision, the original foundation was repurposed allowing the new structure to be built into the existing space while retaining the integrity the school once enjoyed. The new facility was carefully designed to preserve the historic aspects of the former school and gently integrate the new structure into the existing community and adjacent neighborhood. At nearly 42,000 square feet, the modernized building is large enough to allow for future growth. By adopting the vision of adaptive reuse, the intent is to preserve the integrity of the former Erie elementary school and through this process the memories of former students, their families, and the teachers involved are also preserved. With that said, the caveat of our efforts was for the aforementioned to recognize their former school but also be a little wowed by the transformation.

A big "thank you" to those who made this build possible

Local Architects: Bostwick Design Partnership

Construction Management: Perry Construction Group Inc.


  • Rabe Environmental Systems (HVAC\Plumbing)
  • Electrical & Mechanical Systems Inc. (Electrical)
  • William T. Spaeder Company Inc. (Fire Protection)
  • Bauer Specialty (Acoustic\Drywall)
  • Erie Contract Interiors Inc.(Flooring)
  • Gillette Masonry Inc. (Exterior Façade)
  • Corporate Glass Inc. (Glass)
  • Alex Roofing Company Inc. (Roofing)
  • Mayer Brothers Construction Company (Site Prep\Paving)
  • Erie Custom Millwork (Interior Millwork)
  • King Communications (Data)
  • Wilkins Company Inc. (Fire)
  • C W Beal Inc. (Painting)
  • Howard Industries (Signage)
  • David Laird Associates (Civil Engineering)
  • CJL Engineering (Environmental Systems Consulting)

Local Artisans:

  • Dahlkemper Landscape Architects and Contractors (Landscaping)
  • AJ Grack Business Interiors (Space Planning\Systems Furniture)
  • Glass Growers Gallery (Local Artist Paintings\Photography)
  • Ed Grout and Thomas Ferraro (Commissioned Abstract Art Piece – Old Brass Corridor Gate)
  • McShane Welding Company (Custom Corten Fencing\Railing)
  • Dan Kean, Project Superintendant, Perry Construction Group (Glenwood Elementary School Insignia Lettering – Grand Lobby)
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Preservation Erie aspires to engage like minded individuals, civic leaders, agencies, and organizations in a regional discussion about the need to reverse course. We seek to create public policies that link the potential of historic preservation and smart urban design with a strategy for sustainable development that can rejuvenate our region.

Learn more: Preservation Erie