The facility represents one of the first educational facilities built with tilt-up concrete construction in New Jersey. The building was originally planned for construction with steel frame steel stud. When the owner was introduced to the tilt up system, he was sold by the ability to achieve a complete building shell within a faster construction schedule. The building shell was completed in only 10 weeks.
The three-story charter school includes typical classroom and office areas, as well as a gymnasium on the ground floor and a basement under a portion of the building. The basement houses a 15-foot diameter water tank for the sprinkler system, which was installed prior to the floor above being constructed. In a portion of the building, the library on the third floor spans over the gymnasium. There is no second floor in that area to allow for the clear height required in the gym. In order to keep wall panel weights in workable range, the wall height was held to 34 feet. Framing members were reduced in depth to keep floor to floor heights to a minimum.
Lakewood, NJ 08701