OCTOBER 19, 2018 – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
– The New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA)
joined New Brunswick Public Schools for an open house celebration at the Paul Robeson Community Theme
School for the Arts. During the open house, guests toured the new facility, heard from some of the project
stakeholders and enjoyed student performances. The school’s address is 199 Commercial Avenue in New
"The expansion of the Paul Robeson School was completed successfully due to the SDA's productive
partnership with the New Brunswick School District, local officials and our construction partners," said Lizette
Delgado Polanco, SDA's CEO. "It was an honor to work with the community to construct this elementary
school addition that will help to improve the quality of life and education for children enrolled here."
The project delivered a 60,500 square-foot, three-story addition that provided a new multi-purpose room, 30
new classrooms, four small group instruction rooms, and two Basic Skills/ESL classrooms. The 59,400 squarefoot
existing school was also renovated. A fire sprinkler system was added and renovations/rearrangements
were completed in the food service area, media center, nurse’s office, main office and student services suite.
Providing more than 400 additional seats with the school addition, the project benefits approximately 900
students overall currently in grades K through eight.
"The refurbishment of Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts – a two-year project made possible by
support from the New Jersey Schools Development Authority – has created an exceptional learning
environment for our students," said Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools.
"We're delighted with this opportunity to show it off to the community, particularly to accomplished local
artists from whom our young people can learn so much."
The school's addition is on track to be submitted for the United States Green Building Council – Leadership
in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED ®) Silver certification. In pursuit of this certification, the design
builder incorporated different LEED elements into the design including solar panels, energy efficient lighting
and HVAC systems.
This project employed SDA’s design-build methodology, which enables the Authority to contract with one
company for both design and construction services. This approach allows for some design and construction
activities to occur simultaneously through phased advancement. Hall Construction Co., Inc. of Farmingdale,
New Jersey was awarded the design-build contract for $32 million in October 2015. As part of the designbuild
contract, PS&S Engineering, PC of Warren, New Jersey was the project architect. GREYHAWK North
America LLC. of Mount Laurel, New Jersey was the construction manager. The total estimated project costs
were $48.5 million.
The Paul Robeson School is the latest in the SDA’s portfolio of completed projects in the New Brunswick
Public Schools District. To date, the SDA has invested more than $313 million in completed projects in New
Brunswick including five capital projects.
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,
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