Colin Powell Elementary School

Union City, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    RSC Architects


    Union City Board of Education

  • AREA

    121,505 sq.ft.





This new state-of-the-art elementary school was designed to fit within a tight urban site in Union City, N.J. To make the most of the site, the architect created space-saving solutions, such as an underground parking garage and rooftop playground.

To preserve historical elements of the previous building on the site, key elements of the old structure were ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMHOKCOST PER SQ FT$205.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio and repurposed creatively for the new building. For instance, existing porticos were restructured into dramatic entryways to the new auditorium.

Totaling 121,505 square feet, the three-story facility was designed to serve more than 700 students in grades K to 5. The building features more than 35 classrooms, a media center, science labs, gymnasium, auditorium, art and music rooms, and a cafeteria with a full-size kitchen.

It also includes two elevators, two play areas and parking for 46 vehicles. The $34 million facility opened to students in September 2012 and was dedicated on Feb. 7, 2013. It is the most recent addition to Union City’s public school system.