Uncommon Schools North Star Academy

Newark, NJ
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The new North Star Academy Charter School at 377 Washington Street in Newark, NJ includes construction of a 162,500 SF, 6-story school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and facade improvements and ground floor level enhancements to an existing, attached 4-level parking garage.

The Elementary School/Middle School occupies floors 1-3, and the High School occupies floors 4-6. The building features 2 gymnasiums, 2 multipurpose rooms, 4 performing arts centers, and 4 labs – chemistry, physics, biology, graphic design.

The building is a steel structure on steel piles. A soil exchange was required prior to pile cap/grade beam placement. Facade is brick, metal panel and curtain wall. Various pick-up/ drop-off canopies and main roof is EPDM. Classroom construction is metal stud/drywall. Stair and elevator shafts are concrete. Typical school finishes include acoustic ceilings, painted partitions, vinyl flooring, and plastic laminate casework.

Market Sector
Uncommon Schools, Inc.
Owner's Representative
DBI, Inc.
KSS Architects
162,500 SF
Completion Date
May 2018
Photo Credit
AC Photo