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Vailsburg Campus

Project specifications:

Location: Newark, NJ
Project Type: Educational - Ground Up / Renovation
Architect: KSS Architects

Renovation of existing school:

  • 52,000 SF renovation and improvements to building
  • Interior gut rehabilitation
  • New ceilings, floors, security, fire alarm and mechanical, engineering and plumbing systems.
  • The new gym building will be linked by an elevated bridge to the middle school

Demolition of existing convent and new construction of gymnasium:

  • Ground up 9,500 SF building
  • Brick and glass façade
  • Wood floor, spectator seating and locker rooms


The project involved the demolition of an existing vacant structure (formerly a convent) and the new construction of a gymnasium addition while maintaining an active school schedule during the phased construction.

Serving approximately 2,800 students in elementary, middle and high schools across Newark, North Star Academy is part of the Uncommon Schools network of free, public charter schools in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey.