Tekton Development Corp., one of New Jersey's leading general contracting firms, has completed two projects for the Westfield Board of Education, including the renovation of the former Lincoln Elementary School at 728 Westfield Ave. into an Early Childhood Learning Center.
The $2.5 million Lincoln project involved a total renovation of the school, which had been out of service for a number of years. The center, which opened for the 2008/2009 school year, now serves kindergarten students from every part of town. The school also provides programs for the town's youngest special-needs children.
The renovations included three pre-kindergarten disabled classrooms, nine kindergarten classrooms, a transitional kindergarten classroom, an autistic classroom, an art/general classroom, a physical therapy room, two small group instruction rooms, a speech/multipurpose room and offices.
The bright halls and classrooms are accented with primary colors on the walls, floors, counters and lockers.
"We were delighted to be able to transform this outdated school, which has played such an important role in the lives of generations of Westfield students, into a modern early childhood learning center while still preserving its original character," said Brendan Murray, founder and president of Tekton, which is based in New Brunswick, N.J.
The project draws on two of Tekton's strengths: its experience in education construction -- it has completed nearly 50 school projects -- and its expertise at adapting older properties for new uses.
The task of updating the building while preserving its original character posed special challenges, chief among them that of retrofitting the building to make it accessible to the handicapped, Murray said. A new central core was constructed to house an elevator, which allows handicapped student to reach the upper floors.
The project also included the replacement of outdated building systems, including mechanical, electrical and technology/communications systems, with the central core also housing a new central technology hub room. Exterior renovations included new windows and restoration of the masonry.
In addition, Tekton Development Corp. recently completed work on a new 40,000-square-foot dropped ceiling for the corridors at Westfield High School. The architect for both projects was Faridy Veisz Fraytak (FVF), based in Trenton, N.J., which includes early childhood classrooms among their specialties.
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About Tekton Development Corp.
Tekton Development Corp. is a private, family-owned general contracting firm incorporated in 1997. The firm's fine work and dependability have contributed to its growth into one of the state's leading full-service general contracting companies. Tekton provides a broad range of services to public and private clients, from full-service general construction and management services to highly skilled site work and interior specialty services. Tekton takes its name from the ancient Greek word for skilled carpenter/craftsman. The name is an expression of Tekton's knowledge, skill and experience -- the most powerful tools in construction. For more information, visit the Web site at www.tektondevelopment.com.