West Chester-Based Contractor Builds Treehouse Classroom for Private School in Pittsburgh

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Image via James Knox, Shady Side Academy.

A treehouse classroom, designed and built by West Chester’s Tree Top Builders, has opened at Shady Side Academy, a private school in western Pennsylvania, writes Stacey Federoff for the Pittsburgh Business Times.

The classroom hosted its first students from all grades who will use the 12-by-20-foot space and its observation deck to explore the wooded area outside Fox Chapel, a borough located six miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

The treehouse cost $150,000 to construct, $100,000 of which was raised from more than two years of fundraising.


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The classroom includes fold-down tables, a ramp from the school’s parking lot, and a rope suspension bridge. This connects the treehouse to a lookout named after Sharon Smith, the head of school who will retire at the end of this school year.

“I have been fortunate to be among many Country Day teachers who believe the outdoor environment is an extraordinary opportunity for children’s learning,” she said. “What better opportunity to learn in an environment where their thinking is not limited by four walls and a ceiling, literally boxing in their creativity?”

Read more about the treehouse classroom in the Pittsburgh Business Times here.

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