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May 10, 2019 – TRENTON, NJ – In March 2019, the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) awarded a contract in the amount of $18.4 million to Brockwell & Carrington Contractors, Inc. of Towaco, NJ for construction services at the Cleveland Street Elementary School in Orange.

The project will address overcrowding and facility condition deficiencies at the Cleveland Street Elementary School, with the scope of the project to include an approximate 11,550 square-foot addition to the existing school. The school, built in 1898, will also receive extensive renovations; including lighting updates, boiler rehabilitation, abatement and work on interior and exterior doors among other items.

“The new Cleveland Street Elementary School will include significant renovations and state-of-the-art technology to improve learning opportunities for NJ students,” said Manuel Da Silva, SDA Interim Chief Executive Officer. “Our professional staff looks forward to working with our contractors to complete this project on time and on budget.”

The renovated Cleveland Street Elementary School is set to open its doors to students in September 2021 and has been designed to educate approximately 316 students (with a maximum of 348) in Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade.

“The expansion of our elementary school is a much needed and important project for the Orange School District,” said Mr. Ronald Lee, Interim Superintendent of the Orange School District. “Our students will now study in a high-quality facility that they can be proud of and is conducive to their learning and success. As a District, we are grateful and look forward to our continued collaboration with the SDA.”

The initial phase of this project includes a Constructability Review, where the contractor will review the contract documents (plans and specifications) to identify issues, which would impact the schedule or cost of completion. Following the conclusion of this review process and resolution of all issues, the contractor will be issued a separate notice-to-proceed to begin construction of the school.

In March 2019, the SDA Board also approved the Final Project Charter, which represents the project budget and schedule. An award for construction management services was awarded to Epic Management, Inc. of Piscataway, NJ at the December 2018 Board meeting.

About the New Jersey Schools Development Authority

The SDA is the State agency responsible for fully funding and managing the new construction, modernization and renovation of school facilities projects in 31 SDA Districts. Its current portfolio of active projects is valued at approximately $2 billion – including the Capital Project portfolio, emergent projects and Regular Operating District grants. Since the program's inception, the SDA has provided funding for and management oversight of more than 850 completed school facilities projects in SDA Districts and has executed more than 5,400 grants for Regular Operating Districts throughout the State of New Jersey. For more information about the SDA, please visit our website at: or follow us on social media at: Facebook; Instagram; LinkedIn; or Twitter.