Cherry Hill Elementary School, Additions and Alterations

River Edge, New Jersey


Di Cara Rubino Architects


River Edge Board of Education


40,500 sq.ft.

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The three-story addition to Cherry Hill Elementary School, dubbed New Bridge Center, accommodates the district’s increased enrollment and desire for an expanded learning day. It houses kindergarten classrooms, educational space for a new program for autistic students, and dedicated classrooms for visual and performing arts. The addition, which uses traditional, warm brick tones, connects to the existing school via a glass-enclosed breezeway.

Design features include terrazzo flooring in the lobby where new administrative offices are centralized for an easily supervised and secure environment. Geometric tile patterns in bold primary colors add playfulness and creativity to the school’s corridors.

Renovations to the existing school include a newly expanded media center playing up the same radiant color palette. A custom circulation desk, small-scale lounge seating and a storytelling area, backed by an expanse of glass allowing natural light to spill into the space, complete the room.

The centerpiece of the project is the Discovery Classroom, designed and constructed to be self-sufficient through solar (photovoltaic) energy. Although the classroom is still “connected” to the school, the solar energy harnessed is distributed back into the grid, resulting in a carbon-neutral educational space.

This classroom not only meets today’s sustainability goals, but also raises awareness of global-warming issues for students by integrating the photovoltaic system into the classroom to enhance the district’s curriculum.

Additionally, the eco-conscious classroom features green finishes, including paint with low-VOC content, and carpet and ceiling tiles manufactured from recycled materials.

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Washroom/Shower Partitions by Santana Products
Library/Media Center Furniture by Arnold
Library/Media Center Furniture by Interchange
Library/Media Center Furniture by Leland
Security Systems by Ingersoll Rand
Doors by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Door Hardware by Ingersoll Rand
Emergency Lighting by Gardco Lighting
Emergency Lighting by McPhilben
Carpet by Collins & Aikman
Carpet by Tandus
Draperies/Blinds by Hunter Douglas
Lighting & Accessories by Day-Brite Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Focal Point
Lighting & Accessories by Ledalite
Lighting & Accessories by Visa Lighting
Windows by Architectural Window Mfg
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Drinking Fountains by Bobrick
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Paint/Wallcoverings by ScuffMaster
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Cabinets by Clearwood
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
HVAC Units by
HVAC Units by Sterling
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Clocks/Time Management by Lowell
Hand-Drying Equipment by Bobrick
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Smart Technologies
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Webster
Plumbing by Zurn
Roofing by Garland
Elevators by Canton Elevator
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by GE
Locks by Ingersoll Rand
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Flooring by Johnsonite
Flooring by Mannington
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Communications Systems by Lowell
Communications Systems by Panasonic
Insulation by Johns Manville
Brick/Masonry by Tri-State Brick & Stone
Roofing by Unimac
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