Lincoln School

East Rutherford, New Jersey


Di Cara Rubino Architects


East Rutherford School District


46,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design team
Allison Sroka, AIA; Germano Rubino, AIA; Valdemar Fracz, RA; Natalie Fariello

The Lincoln School project emerged from an addition to the Alfred S. Faust Middle School. It evolved into a dedicated facility for 4th and 5th graders. The school has 10 general-use classrooms, a special education classroom, occupational and physical therapy rooms, music, art, STEM and computer labs, and a gymnasium. Color is used throughout the building as wayfinding that identifies each floor. At the second and third floor corridors, a lounge space was created for students and classes to use.

The most notable design challenge led to a unique feature: a walkway bridge connecting the Lincoln School to the existing building’s 3rd floor. A town ordinance allowed us to expand the addition across Grove Street to a vacant lot. However, the need to maintain an underground utilities easement prevented construction atop the former road. As a result, the innovative solution of connecting the sites with a bridge was conceived. Beneath this bridge, a pedestrian walkway adorned with landscaping, artificial turf, and tiered seating create a functional yet appealing outdoor learning commons.

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Carpet by Bentley Prince Street
Flooring by Shaw
Flooring by Tarkett USA
Physical-Education Flooring by Aacer Flooring
Brick/Masonry by Cambridge
Cabinets by Stevens Industries
Ceilings by USG
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by NEMO
Door Hardware by Schlage
Door Hardware by Architectural Builders Hardware (ABH)
Door Hardware by Ives
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Pemko
Door Hardware by Sargent
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Doors by FRP Architectural Doors Inc.
Insulation by Owens Corning
Insulation by Hunter Panels
Paint/Wallcoverings by Benjamin Moore
Windows by EFCO
Lighting & Accessories by Pinnacle Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kirlin
Lighting & Accessories by LSI Indoor Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by OCL Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Prescolite
Lighting & Accessories by Litecontrol
Lighting & Accessories by Columbia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by 3G Mermet
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Sielox
Classroom Furniture by KI
Lounge Furniture by KI
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by KI
Office Furniture by KI
Washroom Accessories by Sloan Valve
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Global Partitions
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Bleachers/Grandstands by Interkal
Scoreboards/Clocks by Fair-Play Scoreboards
HVAC Units by Daikin
Kitchen Equipment by Continental
Kitchen Equipment by John Boos & Company
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Kitchen Equipment by Southbend
Kitchen Equipment by Garland
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Forbo Flooring Systems
Lockers by Art Metal Products
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