The new Elliott Street and Oliver Street Schools will serve the needs of both students and educators in Newark for generations to come.
Newark, NJ (PRWEB) April 18, 2014
Gilbane Building Company, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (NJSDA), legislators, local officials, and Newark School District leaders recently gathered for an event to mark the start of construction at the sites of the future Elliott Street School and Oliver Street Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey. These projects are part of the NJSDA’s commitment to providing students with a proper place to be educated. Gilbane Building Company is the construction manager for both projects.
“We’re excited to deliver these facilities for this community,” says John Fumosa, Gilbane vice president. “The new Elliott Street and Oliver Street Schools will serve the needs of both students and educators in Newark for generations to come by providing modern classrooms, labs, media centers and other learning environments, and we’re proud to be a part of that.”
The new 137,000 square foot Oliver Street Elementary School will replace the existing 144 year old school, and will address the current overcrowding at the school. The new facility is designed to accommodate 848 students from Grades Pre-K to 8 and is situated in downtown Newark, encompassing an entire city block.
The Elliott Street School, a 138,000 square foot facility, will be located on the site of the former school on Elliott Street, which was struck by lightning and condemned after a serious fire in July 2006. This new facility for the Newark School District is designed for Kindergarten to Grade 8 education, and will also accommodate 848 students.
Both school buildings include state-of-the-art facilities comprising of general classrooms, specialized instructional classrooms and labs, media center, multi-purpose/assembly room, cafeteria, gymnasium and outdoor play areas, as well as administrative and support facilities.
Design-build construction contract value inclusive of design fees were $37,937,000 for the Elliott Street School and $40,895,000 for the Oliver Street School. Construction of both schools is anticipated for completion in time for the 2016-2017 school year.
About Gilbane Building Company
Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services–from sustainable building to the latest in construction technology–for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-run company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.gilbaneco.com.
In New Jersey since 1967, Gilbane has provided construction and project/program management services to a variety of market segments. Prominent clients in the New Jersey area include the Devils Renaissance, LLC; the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; County of Essex; Becton Dickenson & Co.; Rutgers University; and New Jersey Transit.