Princeton City School District
LEED Silver Certification
This multi-phased building program for Princeton City Schools consisted of three new facilities, totaling approximately 535,000 SF. The first two phases included a 182,000 SF middle school, accommodating 1,200 students, and 209,500 SF high school, accommodating 1,800 students. These innovative facilities are designed for increased collaboration, safety, security and technology integration, and feature over 75 learning spaces comprised of flexible learning classrooms with interactive seating; learning studios accommodating 60+ students in tiered, college-style seating; think tanks for small group instruction or enrichment; and tech hubs for technology-based collaboration. The buildings are all equipped with full Wi-Fi access, over 500 iPads for student learning, smartboards, moveable whiteboards, retractable glass/soundproof walls, natural lighting, and a grand staircase that serves as a public speaking platform.
The project’s third phase involved construction of a 200,000 SF shared complex entitled Viking Village, consisting of a cafeteria, main and practice gymnasiums, 2,500-seat arena-style competition gymnasium, a 300-seat natatorium, and a 1,000-seat theater with balcony and full depth orchestra pit. Achieving LEED Silver certification, the new facilities’ sustainable features include an energy efficient mechanical system (chilled beam system with geothermal central plant), day lighting, vegetative roof areas, and solar-ready components.
Megen, in conjunction with their JV partner, provided construction management services for the new facilities. The new schools were constructed on occupied sites with the existing and fully operational middle and high schools. Each phase was constructed adjacent to one another making collaboration between each facility crucial. Our project team’s pre-planning, phasing and logistics expertise proved valuable, as we collaboratively planned with the District to accommodate bus and parent drop off/pick up, student safety, and revised traffic plans. Additionally, we coordinated with the District and design team to ensure each phase would be completed to allow for a smooth building move-in aligned with their academic calendar. All three phases were completed on time and within budget. This was an encore project for Princeton City Schools, as our JV team also constructed eight elementary schools for the District in 2008.