September 20, 2016
Phelps Construction Group has completed another Charter School project in Newark - the design and construction of Newark Collegiate Academy, a new high school for KIPP:NJ, on Littleton Avenue.
KIPP:NJ held a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday to mark the opening of the new home of Newark Collegiate Academy. The charter school will serve grades 9 through 12 and house over 600 students.
Phelps was chosen by KIPP:NJ in late 2014 to design and construct a new high school on Littleton Avenue in Newark. Working with their Architect, KSS Architecture from Princeton, New Jersey, Phelps Construction Group engineered a cost effective way to add an additional two floors of future classroom space over the proposed gymnasium which will give KIPP:NJ the potential for future expansion. Phelps Construction Group took the project to the Newark Planning board to gain approval for the two additional floors which delayed the start of construction until September of 2015. Faced now with an almost impossible schedule and knowing the school still needed to be open for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Phelps Construction Group fast tracked the construction project and completed the school in less than 12 months. The new 104,000 square foot facility, which has drastically improved the Littleton Avenue landscape, includes state of the art classrooms, science rooms, performing arts room, Library, Cafeteria, full service kitchen, Gymnasium and turf field. Using their experience in the design build of educational facilities, Phelps continues to make its mark in providing new educational facilities to Newark's children.
Douglas Phelps, President of Phelps Construction Group, said, "In the past few years we have had the privilege of being involved in several Charter School projects in Newark. I have had the privilege of seeing firsthand the difference these schools are making in the lives of these kids and their families. We are very proud to know we are playing even a small part in helping."
Phelps Construction Group, headquartered in Boonton, NJ, provides pre-construction, construction management and design-build services. The firm has completed a wide range of major commercial, Industrial and Institutional projects since its founding in 2007, including the construction of Teachers Village on Halsey Street, the historic 18th Avenue School for KIPP:NJ and several renovations for the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center.