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  The Leaguers, Inc. Head Start School & HeadquartersThe Leaguers, Inc. Head Start School & Headquarters


EI Associates, Architects & Engineers, PA
8 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

General Description

Location: Newark, New Jersey
Date Bid: July 2008 Construction Period: Sep 2008 to Sep 2009
Total Square Feet: 67,000 Site: 1.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 7 classrooms with seating capacity for 180.
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.

Construction Team

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, New Jersey.

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 administrative functions.

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.

Product Information
Roof: Carlisle Flooring: Armstrong Window, Curtainwall: Kawneer
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer, Armalite
Elevator: Thyssen Krupp Lighting: Lightolier, Bega, Selux

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