DMR Architects and Moonachie Board of Education Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy


DMR is progressing with efforts to assist the Moonachie Board of Education recover after Hurricane Sandy flooded the district's only school and left the facility unable to accommodate school functions.

Damage from the storm included complete flooding of the 54,000 square foot Robert L. Craig School which serves Kindergarten - Grade 8. The flooding damaged interior finishes and furniture in administrative spaces and a small portion of student furniture. The district's more than 250 students are currently attending school in Wood-Ridge, N.J.

Working collaboratively with the Board and their insurance company, DMR, the Architect of Record since 2002, assisted in securing temporary classroom space and placing 36 modules, enough space for 24 classrooms plus administrative space, on the school's existing field. Within one day, the modules received approvals from the New Jersey Department of Education and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

Currently, DMR is assisting the district with professional services for utilities tie-in and furniture selection. Students are expected to begin class in the new modules by December 10. DMR's second phase of work will include interior renovations to the damaged school. Renovations to the damaged school is expected to take between three and five months.

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