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Project specifications:

Location: Newark, NJ
Project Type: Educational - Ground Up
Architect: Blackney Hayes Architects


project summary:

Hollister Construction Services completed a 73,000sf, 4-story facility for the Marion P. Thomas Charter High School of Culinary and Performing Arts (MPTCHS). The new charter high school focuses on performing and culinary arts, allowing students to choose college and career paths, such as Culinary Arts and Performing Arts. The high school opened in September 2015.

The new high school provides students with access to state-of-the-art equipment, learning laboratories and stages. It also features a dining facility; the largest commercial kitchen in Newark and a blackbox theatre, which is available for use by the community. In addition, the school is equipped with 38 classrooms, science, media and computer labs, a dance studio, production room and prop workshop.

Preconstruction Approach
Hollister has been providing preconstruction and construction services to MPTCS since 2012. Hollister was heavily involved with all phases of design, leading to the completion of final construction drawings. In the schematic design phase, Hollister conducted extensive drawing review and budget analysis that resulted in key design recommendations, leading to a revised design that met the funding constraints. During the design development phase, Hollister utilized its practical experience in school construction to further refine the specifications and budget through value engineering of building materials, heating and cooling systems, site work logistics and storm water system design.