Camden Forward School & UrbanPromise Academy, Spirit Building Renovation

Camden, New Jersey

Founded in 1997, the CamdenForward School (K-8) and the UrbanPromise Academy (9-12) offer Camden youth a unique schooling opportunity with a low teacher-to-student ratio, a family-style learning environment, an emphasis on community service, and experiential and expeditionary learning.
The task was to adapt a neglected circa-1906 church, used sparingly by the school ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$109.58FEATURED IN2017 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation community space, into a welcoming and functional building that supports a variety of programs, summer camps, alternative schools, and job training initiatives that UrbanPromise Ministries provide for the community.
The project included stripping the interior of the building to its structural elements and developing a space plan that provided classrooms, a cafeteria with full commercial kitchen, a small gymnasium and multipurpose spaces. All new building systems are incorporated into a small footprint.
The use of bright colors, natural light and functional space creates a vibrant, safe and secure learning environment.