After a $24.8M referendum passed in the Fall of 2019, Florham Park School District retained LAN to improve schools throughout the District. At Ridgedale Middle School, renovations included a new Media Center, Production Studio, Robotics Classroom, Auditorium, and various capital improvements.
The Media Center renovated an old 1990’s library to accommodate the needs of 21st century learning. The diverse space can host a variety of group sizes and learning styles, with flexible and rearrangeable furniture to allow students to break out into smaller groups. Study nooks provide private enclaves and bar tops, lighting, and painted wood beams round out the modern design.
Two new classrooms, formerly a home-ec room and a wood shop, collectively called “The Forge,” include a Production and Robotics Studio. This maker’s space style classroom includes a logo and branding to highlight the unique offerings of the learning environment. To support the branding, the edges of desks and support beams are painted green. Along with a variety of stations for equipment, the renovations include white boards that can be pulled off the wall and stylized lighting. New furniture was also included.
A new Auditorium was also designed which includes new stage lighting, sound system, seating, and finishes. A new rigging system for the curtains was installed to aid in student productions and the ceiling was renovated to complement the design.
The project also includes school-wide bathroom renovations, new energy efficient LED lighting and controls, ceiling replacements and HVAC system upgrades.
Florham Park Board of Education
Florham Park, NJ
Auditorium: 3,091 sf
Media Center: 4,420 sf
The Forge: 3,570 sf
Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Construction Administration
“LAN Associates not only delivered, they went above and beyond to ensure we, the client were informed and satisfied. From day one they took ownership of every detail on the project, everyone from Vice President, Mr. Stephen Secora, to the design team and construction manager were accessible and very communicative. Any concerns that the district’s Board, Superintendent, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds or I had were addressed in a timely professional manner. Their knowledge of design and construction in that exists in the public school setting was evident.”
Dr. Steven Caponegro, Superintendent
Florham Park Public Schools