Leaguers, Inc. Head Start School & Headquarters|
EI Associates, Architects & Engineers, PA
8 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 67,000 Site: 1.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 7 classrooms with seating capacity for
Building Size: Garage, 22,000; first floor, 22,000; second floor,
23,000; total, 67,000 square feet. Building Height: Garage, 8’;
first floor, 9’; second floor, 9’; floor to floor, 13’; total, 40’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Steel frame with brick veneer.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls:
Brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: EI Associates,
Architects & Engineers, PA - 8 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
General Contractor: McGowan Builders, Inc. - 160 East Union
Avenue, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
The Leaguers, Inc., a non-profit community service organization,
retained EI Associates to design their new 45,000-square-foot, 3-story
Head Start School facility located at 405-425 University Avenue, Newark,
The building is elevated to provide a secure parking garage for 75 cars.
The first floor which is approximately 22,000 square feet houses the
Leaguers’ Head Start Program with seven classrooms containing
state-of-the-art technology, a Nurses station, supporting administrative
offices, teachers lunchroom, a Head Start lobby with built-in display
cases, a media center, secured outdoor play area, access to a fully
functional kitchen for daily meal distribution to the Head Start
Program, and multi-purpose/training rooms to support administrative,
child and community services including adult learning programs. The
second and third floor levels will accommodate the Leaguers
The building is reminiscent of early Newark architecture, making use of
white brick creating a strong presence on University Avenue. Blue and
multi-colored tinted glass as well as a primary color palette of accent
brick forms the Head Start entrance. This primary color coding is
further introduced within the classroom interiors to provide visual
distinctions between each of the areas. These classroom “color ways” are
then woven together in the hallways and common areas to create a rich,
child-friendly interior environment.
Roof: Carlisle Flooring: Armstrong Window, Curtainwall:
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer, Armalite
Elevator: Thyssen Krupp Lighting: Lightolier, Bega, Selux