MaST Community Charter School

MaST Tacony

Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1999 and currently serving 1,300 students, this Philadelphia Charter school is recognized for its unique approach which incorporates art and robotic design into a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum. MaST’s new Tacony campus is located on a 19-acre, former
industrial site on the banks of the Delaware River, requiring a design that responds to the opportunity for engagement with the surrounding environment. Designed in two phases, an initial three-year charter for 600 students, followed by a second charter to accommodate 650 students, two
distinct buildings are provided. The 53,000 SF rectangular forms are arranged to provide easy access for multiple users and create courtyard spaces for elementary play and school-wide outdoor learning, while the engineering systems are left exposed as a means of using the building itself as a teaching tool.