Mary E. Wheeler-Willis Early Childhood Center, Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ
CTS Group, as part of their ongoing term contract design services, provided schematic design services for The Newark Public School district to assist in the design of a new Early Childhood Learning Center and administrative offices for NPS Early Childhood Education Department; The Mary E. Wheeler Early Childhood Center was the result of these efforts. Some key considerations and programming requirements for this project were:
-A new Pre-school, home to 10 Abbott classrooms, a multi-purpose room for indoor play and family style dining, a secure outdoor play area, a commercial kitchen, and a staff break room.
- New administrative offices for NPS Early Childhood Education Department including spaces for 9 supervisors, 5 secretaries, 3 fiscal professionals, 33 resource teachers, and 25 ancillary staff.
-Parking near the site was a major issue and approximately 70 parking spaces were planned for on site.
-The new design was to meet LEED standards, at least 26 LEED points, as well as ADA accessibility requirements.
Weequahic High School, Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ
The Weequahic High School basketball teams will soon have something they have not had since the early 1970’s – a home court.The Newark Public Schools System engaged the CTS Group to design a state-of-the-art 2000-seat arena that provides gymnasium space, offices, and activity rooms for the Weequahic student body, as well as a venue for some long-awaited Newark basketball tournaments.
Relevant Project Data:
- The addition is 38,000 square feet, the gymnasium roof structure reaches almost 30 feet above the court floor.
- Exterior envelope comprised of metal and membrane roofing and insulated CMU perimeter walls.
Sustainable Design Notes:
- The addition is designed to earn LEED Silver status.
- A 100 Kilowatt ballasted solar module system will be constructed on the main roof.
Arts High School, Newark Public Schools, Newark, NJ
The original Arts High was constructed in 1931 with a steel skeleton and a decorative masonry façade including decorative terra cotta pieces at the building parapets and tower. In 2011 Newark Public Schools contacted CTS Group to stabilize the severely deteriorating parapets along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. In 2013, after the parapets had been stabilized, CTS was again called upon to review the entire building and create a restoration scope of work. The building required disassembly and reconstruction of the previously stabilized parapets as well as additional parapet areas. Multiple steel lintel/relieving angle replacements, replacement of large areas of cracked and displaced brick masonry, terra cotta restoration, and the removal and replacement of the existing roof system were all addressed in the restoration of this building.