The new 3-story 149,000-square- foot Midtown Community School provides space for 550 pre-kindergarten through grade five, special education and handicapped students. The facility located on Corlies Avenue provides core curriculum subjects as well as innovative opportunities for students in science, math and technology. The school has 38 classrooms, a gym, cafeteria and a rooftop outdoor science lab. The school, geo-thermally heated and cooled, is designed to be a “3-D Textbook.” It features Plexiglas sections of floors, walls and ceilings to reveal aspects of mechanical and other inner workings for students to study as part of the curriculum. It will be a destination for intra-district field trips and provide special instruction, programmed activities and learning experiences for all Neptune students. Community-oriented features include intergenerational tutoring – senior citizens and students working together – a police substation that features the Cops in Schools Program and a health services center.
The facility, a leader in the design for high-performance, sustainable design for educational achievement, has been submitted for Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification - the highest level of sustainable design certification awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC LEED Green Building Rating SystemTM is a voluntary standard that defines high-performance buildings, which are healthier, more environmentally responsible, and more efficient and sustainable structures. The Midtown Community Elementary School already has won two design awards.
The construction for the school began in January 2004 by the Turner Construction Company. SSP Architectural Group, Inc. was the design architect and Imperial Construction Group, Inc. was the Management Consulting Firm.
The SDA learned of the presence of mold in the exterior walls of Midtown Community in January 2007. The SDA hired experts to assess the conditions and to advise SDA concerning correction of the problem; work was undertaken with the guidance of the Department of Health. The brick façade had to be taken down and the exterior walls replaced to remove the mold. The work was completed and the school opened in September 2008.