The ReNew Schools Program is a part of the Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction Program. ReNew Schools will create innovative and inspiring places of sport by transforming public school athletic facilities throughout New Jersey damaged by the storm. This program is made possible by Architecture for Humanity and Nike Inc.
STATUS: Community charette complete
NEXT MILESTONE: Design Phase kick-off meeting
Community Charette Report - A report that outlines the charette exercises and summarizes the charette outcomes. (Coming soon.)
This campus is a complex of two schools that are situated across the street from each other. 900 plus students in Pre-K through 8th grades use this campus, and the outdoor play area is open for use by the community after school hours.
The Washington Street school, celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014, was flooded with more than 3 feet of water throughout the classrooms, gymnasium and basement areas. Memorial School (serving grades 6-8), the gym and nearby classrooms were flooded with approximately two inches of water. Additionally, oil and fuel contaminated water covered the synthetic play surface outside for several days, and is need of replacement.
The project will include the repair and improvement of athletic spaces throughout the school.
11.06 - Community workshop with over 40 participants from the schools and surrounding community.
12.04 - Schematic design kick off meeting
ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY
The role of Architecture for Humanity is essential throughout all the project development stages. The first step is to analyze the feasibility of the project in order to design an appropriate project that relates to the existing context and the community can take full ownership of the project. Architecture for Humanity is managing the design, construction and construction administration of the project, to ensure that the project represents the community’s objectives and is developed within schedule and budget. Architecture for Humanity also performs a post-occupancy evaluation in order to document the sustainability and use of the project by the Washington School for many years to come.
Location: Union Beach, NJ
Union Beach has 735 students in their K-8 program, all located on a single campus. Superstorm Sandy pushed water up the nearby bay, flooding the school and the surrounding area with up to one-and-a-half feet of water. The building is insured and repairs are being made, but there is no funding available for the adjoining playground and sports fields.
All school facilities are open and available for use by the community with various organizations using space in the buildings. Community athletic organizations as well as the public at large have access to the outdoor areas.