The Architects Alliance has served as Architects of Record to the following Public Boards of Education: The Newark Public Schools, the Wallington Board of Education, the Elizabeth Public Schools, and the Wood-Ridge Board of Education. The firm has prepared and updated long range facilities planning studies, has performed code reviews and prepared feasibility and due diligence reports, has developed construction scopes for the School Development Authority, and has undertaken a series of rehabilitation projects including the proposed 54,000 square foot addition and renovation to the Jefferson School in Wallington which is currently seeking funding via a ROD Grant. 

We have recently completed the renovation of the former headquarters of the state historical society into a K-12 student center for the Newark Public Schools.  We have addressed emergent repairs requiring a rapid delivery, and have converted spaces for optimal use and function. Within a relatively short duration for both design and construction, we achieved the reconstruction of flood damaged portions of Newark’s Central High School and likewise had converted portions of an existing high school for use as the West Side Ninth Grade Success Academy. 

We have recently completed an investigation and report of nine schools within the Newark School District. The report documented code deficiencies, health and safety concerns, and construction in need of immediate repair.  Documentation include photographic reports with commentary, site and key plans, schematic diagrams, and projected construction budgets.  These reports formed the basis for the scope of repairs for several Emergent Repair projects issued via the School Development Authority.

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 We have proposed several building conversions including a proposed renovation to accommodate the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, the conversion of an industrial arts shop into a lecture hall and classroom, and a proposal to construct a free-standing carpentry shop to support the school to career initiative at the Newark Technical High School.

The greatest concentration of our educational related work involves the analysis, documentation and development of drawings and specifications for the upgrading and routine maintenance of building components and systems.  Recent work includes heating, ventilation and electrical service upgrades, upgrading fire alarm systems, replacing asbestos flooring, replacing windows, doors and curtain wall systems, restoring exterior masonry facades, replacing roofs, adding ramps and entrance canopies, stabilizing parapets walls, assessing and implementing  barrier free modifications, renovating auditoriums, and painting interiors.  The Architects Alliance has been instrumental in procuring project funding through low interest loan and grant programs, and is currently working toward procuring funding through the NJSDA and the Department of Education for several pending projects.

Newark Student Center - In May of 2008 the Newark Public School dedicated the Newark Student Center, a project in which we take particular pride.  This landmark project is K-12 student center which incorporates a state of the art media center, a television studio, a student publication suite, and several conference rooms with a duplicity of use.  One such conference room with a retractable stage was developed as a teen supper club for live artistic performances and hands-on school to career training.

In cooperation with the NJSDA (formerly the NJSCC) The Architects Alliance has participated in a variety of Health and Safety Renovations.

Elizabeth Board of Education - Renovations to four schools. Projects involve roof replacement, masonry repair, door and hardware replacement, renovations to interior stairs, HVAC and lighting upgrades, emergency egress and exit lighting and modifications to egress for code compliance.

Elizabeth Board of Education - Project involves window replacement at nine schools and masonry restoration at one school.

Newark Public Schools - Window and exterior door replacement at the Vailsburg Middle School.

Newark Public Schools - Construction administration services for two new elementary schools.

  • North East Elementary School
  • Franklin School
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    Wallington Board of Education - Architects of Record for a proposed $25 million referendum including: A 54,000 square foot addition and renovation to the Jefferson Elementary School.

    In 2004, The Architects Alliance helped the Wallington Board of Education pass a $6.5 million referendum which addressed the following improvements to local schools:

  • Electrical and HVAC Upgrades to the High School
  • Conversion of Industrial Arts room to a large group instruction space and classroom
  • Security system upgrade to Gavlak Elementary School
  • Curtain wall replacement at Gavlak Elementary School
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    West Ward Cultural Center - Second floor additions, renovation and expansion of an Abbott District preschool - 13,000 square foot. Scope included 6 classrooms, multipurpose room, elevator addition, offices, nursing station, accessible restrooms and private toilet rooms, outdoor play court and on-site parking.

     

    Renovation Projects for the Newark Public Schools in Recent Years Include:

    Renovations - Conversions:

  • Central High School
  • West Side Ninth Grade Academy and Newark Vocational High School
  • Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts
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    Auditorium Renovation - 18th Avenue School

    Window and Door Replacement Projects:

    Window and door replacement projects representing full professional services:

  • West Kinney Alt. High School
  • Vailsburg Middle School
  • 18th Avenue School
  • West Side High School
  • Bergen Street School
  • Alexander Street School
  • Lincoln School
  • Maple Avenue School
  • So. 17th Street School
  • Warren Street School
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    Contract Administration and Field Observation Services:

    The following projects represent window and door replacement projects in which our firm assisted the Office od Design and Construction with Contract Administration and Field Observation Services:

  • Branch Brook Elementary School
  • Lafayette Street School
  • Miller Street School
  • Dr. William Horton School
  • Boylan Street School
  • 15th Avenue School
  • Barringer Prep
  • Harriet Tubman School
  • Hawthorne Avenue School
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    Playground and Courtyard Renovations:

    Scope of related renovations include asphalt paving, concrete walks and curb, rubber playground surfacing, playground equipment for preschool and grammar school children, interlocking block retaining walls, planters beds, brick pavers, site furnishings, drainage, flagpoles and monuments.

  • Barringer High School (courtyard renovation)
  • West Side 9th Grade Academy (courtyards)
  • Broadway Elementary School (playgrounds)
  • South Street Elementary School (playground)
  • Franklin Elementary School (playgrounds)
  • Barringer Preschool (playground)
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    Masonry Restoration Projects:

    In recent years we have served as Architects on masonry restoration projects at seven Newark schools.  Related construction costs at these seven locations totals over one million dollars.  Our restoration efforts have included brick and stone masonry repointing, high pressure chemical cleaning, reconstruction, and stucco repair, as well as ornamental terra cotta and cast stone replacement for historical authenticity.  In addition, we have provided daily monitoring services at six of the seven sites, and have actively participated in a pier review process, assuming the role as Architect of Record for construction on a project begun by one of our colleagues.

  • Dr. William Horton School
  • Ridge Street School
  • Franklin School
  • So. Seventeenth St. School
  • 14th Avenue School
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    Roof Repair and Replacement:

    Roof Replacement projects for the Newark Public Schools includes recently serving as administrative assistance to the Office of Design and Construction for re-roofing projects at six schools.  Our responsibilities included routine inspection services, documenting progress or conditions presenting concern, and producing related reports.

  • Ridge Street Annex
  • West Kinney Alternative High School
  • Oliver Street School
  • University High School
  • Lincoln School
  • Boylan Street School
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    NJEDA - Health and Safety Renovations:

    Elizabeth Board of Education HS0078:

    Masonry Restoration and Repair:

  • Cleveland - Holmes Middle School
  • Hamilton Middle School
  • Butler Elementary School
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    Roof Replacement:

  • Cleveland - Holmes Middle School
  • Hamilton Middle School
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    Interior Doors and Hardware:

  • Cleveland - Holmes Middle School
  • Butler Elementary School
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    Electrical and HVAC Upgrades:

  • Cleveland - Holmes Middle School
  • Hamilton Middle School
  • Butler Elementary School
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    Auditorium Lightin Upgrade:

  • Cleveland - Holmes Middle School
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    Repair of Interior Stairs:

  • Cleveland - Holmes Middle School
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    Elizabeth Board of Education HS0088:
    (Subconsultants to Studio Pedro E. Campos AIA)

    Masonry Restoration and Repair:

  • Columbus Elementary School
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    Window Replacement:

  • Battin Middle School
  • Alexander Hamilton Middle School
  • Christopher Columbus Elementary School
  • Madison-Monroe Elementary School
  • Victor Mravlag Elementary School
  • William Halloran Elementary School
  • N.M. Butler elemtary School
  • Edison House School
  • JP Mitchell Building (Annex)
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    Newark Public Schools:

    Window and Exterior Door Replacement:

  • Vailsburg Middle School

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