DMR Architects and Moonachie Board of Education Rebuild After Hurricane Sandy
DMR Architects, a full-service architectural firm located in Bergen County, N.J. is progressing with efforts to assist the Borough of Moonachie Board of Education recover after Hurricane Sandy flooded the district’s only school and left the facility unable to accommodate school functions.
The Borough of Moonachie, including the Board of Education, suffered widespread damage following the storm, including complete flooding of the 54,000 square foot Robert L. Craig Schoolwhich serves students from Kindergarten to grade 8. The flooding damaged interior finishes and furniture in administrative spaces and a small portion of student furniture. The district’s more than 250 students are currently attending school in Wood-Ridge, N.J.
Working collaboratively with the Board of Education and their insurance company, DMR Architects, the Architect of Record for the Board since 2002, assisted the Board in securing temporary classroom space and placing 36 modules, enough space for 24 classrooms plus administrative space, on the school’s existing field. Within one day, the modules received approvals from the New Jersey Department of Education and New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Currently, DMR is assisting the district with professional services for utilities tie-in and furniture selection. Students are expected to begin class in the new modules by December 10.
“Following the storm, our first priority was to identify how to immediately assist our surrounding communities,” Obi Agudosi, AIA, Senior Vice President/Principal said. “It is important to us that we begin to rebuild, and we are proud to assist the Moonachie Board of Education begin to return to normalcy. We utilized prior experience with modular construction to ensure Moonachie’s needs were quickly addressed.”
DMR’s second phase of work will include interior renovations to the damaged school. Renovations to the damaged school is expected to take between three and five months.