The Neeta School used funding available under the recently enacted facilities legislation in New Jersey to complete the required upgrades to support the educational program. The one-story school was constructed in 1961 with several subsequent classroom additions. The architect first determined which spaces were undersized by today’s standards, including the COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio room, computer lab and library. The 20,000-square-foot addition features a new gym/multipurpose room and stage with locker facilities in a separate wing that can be isolated from the rest of the school on weekends for community use.
The architect also investigated hidden opportunities for renovations. The former multipurpose room with its beautiful laminated wood beams was converted into a dramatic and inspiring media center that preserves unique architectural detail. This space also was geared for public use, as Medford Lakes has no public library.
The former library was converted into an enlarged computer lab and mathematics classroom. A distance-learning lab was added to the new media center, forming a technology core for the school. Also, the science lab received a complete renovation and educational upgrade.
Maintenance and repair projects undertaken included window replacement, ADA upgrades, mechanical-system upgrades and erosion control/drainage.