The Graham Athletics & Wellness Center | William Penn Charter School 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Construction Cost: N/A
Area / Square Feet: 87,000 SF
Occupancy Date: September 2021

William Penn Charter School, the oldest Quaker school in the country, strives to create a learning environment where arts and athletics flourish side by side with scholastic achievement in support of its vision of “educating students to live that make a difference.” The wellness and athletics programs at Penn Charter are woven into the fabric of the institution, providing an opportunity for every student to participate. 

To accommodate more than 900 students, Penn Charter needed to build a facility to support one of the most extensive athletic programs among Pennsylvania Independent Schools, as well as serve the needs of the broader student population, including K-12 physical education. As the most recent project of a multiphase campus master plan, the Graham Athletic and Wellness Center is strategically positioned at the crossroads of the athletic and academic areas, and helps to realize the larger master plan goals of creating a pedestrian-friendly campus core free of vehicular traffic. 

The exterior expression of the new facility is a contemporary but contextual deconstruction of the austere colonial revival architecture prevalent on the campus, originally established in 1925, which features regimented facades, schist stonework and white trim. The interior spaces, washed with daylight and with clear lines of sight through to campus, evoke the values of a Quaker education: simplicity, transparency and community. Designers worked closely with the institution to program and plan the new facility, which accommodates multiple wellness programs and athletic programs, by focusing on what students need to thrive and make a difference in the 21st century.



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Indoor Sports Surfaces – Basketball

Connor Sports

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems


Fitness Center - Climbing Walls

Eldorado Climbing Walls

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena – Lighting


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Bleachers/Grandstands

Interkal LLC

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Scoreboards/Timing Systems

OES Scoreboards

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena – Lighting

Pinnacle Architectural Lighting

Fitness Center - Flooring, Aerobics


Fitness Center - Flooring, Fitness Center


Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Basketball Backboards/Supports

Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Divider Curtains

Porter Athletic

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Gymnastics Equipment

Porter Athletic

Locker/Shower – Flooring

Roman Mosaic & Tile Co.

Locker/Shower - Shower/Toilet Partitions

Scranton Products

Gymnasium/Field House/Arena - Sound Systems

Solution 2

Locker/Shower – Lockers

GearBoss by Wenger

Locker/Shower – Whirlpools

Whitehall Manufacturing