Lyndhurst Shared Services Facility to break ground in May
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, March 13, 2008, 07:42 AM EDT
The Lyndhurst pool building, an addition to the existing Lyndhurst High School, is scheduled to go out for bid in March with construction expected to begin this May. The $4 million project was designed by Hasbrouck Heights-based DMR Architects, one of the largest and most respected full-service architectural firms in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region.
DMR Architects designed the pool building to fit in with the school and township's requirements of a community space for both students and adults, offering a year-round fitness facility that will host school swim meets, neighboring adult swim clubs and water aerobics classes. The pool itself will meet size requirements for competitive events, featuring six, 25-yard lanes.
"One of the challenges of designing this space was the safety and security of the school students," said Henry Ossi, director of construction administration for DMR. "The building is totally separate from the school, with a controlled access point and an office so that admission to the facility is controlled and monitored."
DMR Architects was charged with rerouting the current traffic pattern at the school and designing an additional 40 parking spaces to accommodate pool visitors. Two entrances are planned for the building - one for the general public and another for school students that will connect through a double door to an existing school corridor. The new entrance provides an area for drop off and pick ups at the pool building
"We took special care to make sure that all of the elevations - from the school to the pool building and the ramp from the street entrance, meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act," Ossi said. "Part of the plan with this building and the larger shared services project in Lyndhurst is to reintroduce 18 to 20 special education students to the general student population, and we wanted to make sure that they are able to use this facility with the same ease as anyone else."
The pool building boasts bleacher seating for 180 spectators with separate bathrooms in the bleacher area that greatly reduce the chances of slips and falls from having to walk across the pool deck. Competitive and recreational swimmers will have use of dedicated locker rooms and changing facilities apart from the general rest rooms.
The $4 million pool project is being funded through Lyndhurst Township with the Lyndhurst School District repaying the township at a rate of $500,000 per year. The district estimates it will save at least that much money annually by reintroducing special education students into the district, instead of sending them to a program outside of the district.
"What drives this whole process is another project we are working on with the district and township," Ossi said. "We are renovating the former Knights of Columbus building on New York Avenue, soon to be known as the Jefferson School Annex, to house kindergarten, first and second grade students."
That renovation -- which includes installing an elevator for ADA access, updating the existing kitchen, nurses office and main office, and giving the building's façade a facelift -- is estimated to cost $2 million and will free up enough classroom space to reintroduce special education students back to the district.
About DMR Architects
Headquartered in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., DMR Architects is a leading full-service architectural firm specializing in master planning, green design, programming, interior design and construction administration and is active throughout local, national and international markets. Founded in 1991, DMR celebrates its 17th year in serving a diverse client base across all sectors including education, healthcare, residential, mixed-use, transit, commercial and public use.
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