Felton Lofts Rehabilitation

Project Name

Felton Lofts Complex


Steelton, PA

Project Description

Quandel Construction Group partnered with Pennrose Properties, LLC for a revitalization project that transformed the original historic Steelton-Highspire Elementary School into the Felton Lofts Complex.

The project included rehabilitating three late 19th and early 20th century school buildings on a four acre urban site and turning them into 83 general occupancy units for affordable family housing. The 152,328 square feet of space in all three buildings includes a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units in the Felton and Main buildings, a community center in the former auditorium, an indoor parking garage, and additional units in the gymnasium.

To preserve the beauty and character of the building, roof upgrades were completed and the buildingʼs exterior masonry was re-pointed and cleaned. Many distinctive features of this historic landmark were preserved including the detailed moulding, wood wainscoting, and high coffered ceilings.

Square Footage

152,328 Sq. Ft.

Owner’s Name

Steelton Walnut Ltd. Partnership


The Architectural Team

The revitalization of this historic school facility was not a typical construction project. We were very pleased with Quandel’s staff, who worked hard to master an intimate knowledge of the building. They were very proactive in problem solving, often identifying issues before they became critical. When unforeseen conditions arose, they immediately sat down with us, were accommodating, and took responsibility to keep the process moving. Quandel set an aggressive pace and worked hard to ensure it was maintained. They were responsive and accessible team members, which is very important for projects of this nature. We have not worked with Quandel previously, but were thoroughly impressed with their performance and will definitely consider them for future development projects.
Mr. Mark H. Dambly, President, Pennrose Properties, LLC