The Proposed Addition & Alterations to Centeral 5 - Jefferson School in UNion, NJ incorporates a complete rethinking of an existing fragmented school design, of which there is a 1910 component and a 1930’s component. After evaluation, the project team decided to save and renovate the 1930’s component, while demolishing the 1910 component and replacing it with a new addition.
The new state-of-the-art addition includes classrooms, a new central office/lobby/control area, art and music rooms, special education rooms, a 2,500 s.f. media center and a 850 s.f. computer lab.
The project also features several areas that are available for community use after hours. These area include the 5,500 s.f. gymnasium and locker facilities, a 2,500 s.f. multi-use room/cafeteria and full support kitchen, and a 4,500 s.f. auditorium with handicap accessible stage. The auditorium/stage feature professional grade lighting and sound systems.
The new elevator, which will allow for handicap accessibility to all levels of the school building, was located at the juncture between the existing building and new addition, adjacent to the main lobby/control area. The existing exterior of the building will receive masonry restoration, new windows throughout and a sixty (60) car parking lot with specialized weather-protected bus drop-off area and several outdoor play areas.