The ceremony was attended by HCST school officials, the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) and public officials, including Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, HCST Superintendent of Schools Frank Gargiulo, HCST Board President Craig Guy and HCIA Chief Executive Officer Norman Guerra (Photo: Courtesy/Hudson County Schools of Technology)
by Aida M. Toro
Hudson County and school officials signed and helped place the last beam to go into the new Hudson County Schools of Technology being built in Laurel Hill Park, Secaucus.
Construction on the $144 million school began in May 2016, with an expected opening date of September 2018 for 1,200 students from ninth through 12th grade. On Tuesday, officials gathered at the park as snow fell softly for the “beam signing” ceremony. Officials signed the beam and then watched as it was lifted by a crane and placed onto the building.
More than 3,286 pieces of steel will be utilized in the development of the building, said Lloyd Rosenberg, the President and Chief Executive Officer of DMR Architects.
“This was a ceremony to honor the milestone we have achieved,” said Rosenberg.
The 350,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility will be set in 22 acres along the Hackensack River near the turnpike. The new facility will house 1,000 students who will move from the current facility in North Bergen. That facility will be renovated and become North Bergen High School, said assistant superintendent of HCST, Dr. Joseph Sirangelo.
The new facility will feature four career academies—vocational training, architecture and engineering, applied science and performing arts, Sirangelo said.
The performing arts academy will have a 360-foot theater and a black box theater that can seat 100 people. It will also have larger dance studios, and updated recording and television production studios, he added.
“For the science academy, a new environmental science curriculum was enhanced as we went out to Secaucus,” said Sirangelo, about the facility’s new location along the river.
A hydroponics lab, a room where plants are cultivated using water instead of dirt, will be included in the science academy.
The gymnasium will contain yoga, judo and crossfit rooms, he said.
The facility will also be a Green School. “We are contracted for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and are working on upgrading to LEED Platinum,” said Sirangelo.
The LEED program targets new commercial projects and is based on a points system.
Rosenberg said the building is supposed to be completed by September 2018.
The school will utilize more than 3,286 pieces of steel in its construction (Photo: Courtesy/Hudson County Schools of Technology)
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