On Friday April 16th, 2021 LAN Associates joined leadership from the SDA (School Development Authority), Keansburg school district officials, and state and local leaders to break ground on the new Port Monmouth Road School Addition in Keansburg, NJ.
Once finished, the new 27,500 sf addition will be used in conjunction with an additional 19,000 sf of renovations. The combined total new space is approximately 47,000 sf which will be dedicated to the education of over 300 Pre-K students.
“It was great to see shovels in the ground on a project that will fill such a vital need,” said LAN Vice President and project manager Stephen J. Secora. “We are one step closer to moving students from the temporary classrooms they attend school in now, to a fully renovated and expanded building designed exclusively to meet the needs of Keansburg’s youngest learners”
The one-story, addition and renovation will provide 21 new pre-school rooms, a renovated main office, a renovated motor skills room, nurses’ suite, and a 1,400 sf food service area.
A large courtyard bordering the school’s wings will provide a connection to nature for students as well as a great source of natural light to adjacent classrooms. The courtyard is easily accessible from neighboring classrooms which have secondary exits that go directly to the outdoor space.
Every classroom has been designed with flexible space to accommodate learning areas for dramatic play, art, music & movement, science & discovery, reading and other activities vital to the development of young students. Capital improvements are also being made to the existing building including new HVAC, masonry repairs, interior finishes, ceilings, lighting, fire alarms and sprinklers.
The school was designed with sustainability in mind, with ample daylighting from the courtyard windows, and vegetation in place of pavement where possible.
The project is being funded by the SDA and designed by LAN Associates’ team of architects and engineers. The total project cost is estimated at 28.4 million and Niram, Inc was awarded the construction contract. Doors are expected to open to students in the fall of 2022.