Education: Early Childhood Education, Elizabeth, New Jersey

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Project Type:

Education (Pre-School)

Owner: Elizabeth Board of Education

Services Provided: Architecture, Interiors, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Plumbing Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering

Construction Cost: $13,195,885

Project Size: 56,000 S.F. - 300 Students/20 Classrooms


HACBM provided full architecture, engineering and interior design services for the design of this 20-classroom pre-K facility nestled in a dense, mixed-use neighborhood. A columned portico leads to a round entrance cupola, a multi-purpose room, a kitchen and support facilities. The plan features ease of circulation in spite of a sloping site that necessitated changing floor levels. Every element is child-scaled. The design features bright colors, easily recognizable garden, animal, and block symbols and abstract patterns that keep spaces lively and can also be used to organize activities.

The building and site were arranged for maximum efficiency to accommodate a small site. The parking and utility work were fully coordinated with the building, entries and the landscape. Covered in a colorful granular rubber safety surface material, both play yards are fully enclosed by classrooms. Documents were developed to enable modular pre-fabricated construction, and design and construction schedules were accelerated.