In 2004, it had been nearly 40 years since a new school had been constructed in Carlstadt, N.J., where elementary school students were occupying three aging schools. Following the third defeat of a referendum to build a new facility, DMR was retained to provide professional services.
DMR first worked with the Board, District administrators, staff and community members to achieve community buy-in for a new facility. As part of pre-referendum services, DMR worked with the NJSBA field service to facilitate community outreach. DMR presented both the tangible benefits of lower operating costs and more efficient systems, and the intangible benefits of happier and healthier students. DMR also provided feedback and designed conceptual plans based on the community input. The result was a successful $28.6 million referendum.
After the referendum passed, DMR provided architectural design, engineering and construction administration services for the new, 110,000 square foot Carlstadt Public School to serve more than 500 students in Pre-K – 8. DMR worked closely with NJDOE to obtain the maximum eligible 40% funding from the State. In 2008, the building achieved LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council.
The Carlstadt Public School was the first LEED certified public school in New Jersey and the first LEED certified building in Bergen County.