Carlstadt Public School | New Construction

Carlstadt, NJ

DMR provided professional services for a new Pre-K-8 school in Carlstadt, N.J. The first step in the process was to assist the district in gaining public support for a referendum after three prior defeats. The end result was a successful referendum and a 110,000 square foot neighborhood school that replaced three outdated, aging facilities.

The district’s objective was to have a building that would not only support their educational programs, but also serve as a community center for after school activities. DMR’s design team accomplished this by creating individualized learning communities, each with their own identity, in addition to developing a unique access to those areas that would be utilized by community programs after hours. The exterior design of the building was also given special attention so that it would complement the surrounding residential setting.

In addition to meeting all of the goals for the district’s educational and community facility, the school achieved LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council. It was the first LEED certified public school in New Jersey and the first LEED Certified building in Bergen County.

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