PERTH AMBOY – Construction on the new $ 283.8 million, 576,000 square foot, three story Perth Amboy High School began Monday on Convery Boulevard with a groundbreaking ceremony.
The school, which will accommodate approximately 3,300 students in grades 9 to 12, is slated to open in the fall of 2024. It is one of New Jersey’s largest school-building projects. Schools Development Authority, according to the governor’s office.
“We are committed to ensuring that every child in New Jersey has access to a high quality education,” Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement. He was joined at the event by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) CEO Manuel Da Silva, Perth Amboy Public Schools Superintendent, Dr David Roman and the city students.
“This school will not only alleviate overcrowding in Perth Amboy public schools, but will also provide a state-of-the-art facility that will promote learning and success for Perth Amboy students,” said Murphy.
In addition to classrooms and science labs, the school will include specialized educational spaces such as an automotive lab, culinary arts lab, black box studio, dance studio, ROTC classroom, a world language class, a life skills lab and a day care center. The school will also be equipped with 1: 1 technology for students and energy efficiency systems.
“Today’s groundbreaking event for this important project is another step in meeting the needs of educational institutions that exist in Perth Amboy and across the state, particularly those responding to overcrowding at the district-wide, ”SDA CEO Manuel Da Silva said in the statement.
The school is built on an 11.63 acre site that once housed the federal housing complex Delaney Homes. Perth Amboy Public Schools purchased the land from the Perth Amboy Housing Authority for $ 7.4 million in 2016, then the district demolished pre-existing structures on the site.
“Today’s grand opening takes us forward on the promise of ensuring that all of our New Jersey students have access to the high-quality public education they need to be successful,” said Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin, D-19th District. “Twenty years of preparation, not only will generations of future students at Perth Amboy High School benefit from the facilities at the new school, but this construction project will be great for the community and the local economy through job creation. well paid union members. Alleviating the stress of current high school resources is what a successful investment in our children’s future looks like.
The Middlesex County Building Construction and Trades Council will work on the project with the Schools Development Authority, Donald Dinallo and General Contractor Terminal Construction Corp. The project will support more than 2,000 construction and other jobs.
SDA contracted with a company for the design and construction of the school project. Terminal Construction Corporation / Dinallo Construction Corporation (Joint Venture) was awarded a design-build contract for the design and construction of the new school. Under the design-build contract, Terminal Construction Corp./Dinallo Construction Corp. works with RSC Architects on the design. Anser Advisory manages the project.
When completed, the school will be the sixth capital project built by SDA in Perth Amboy since the school construction program began in 2000. SDA has already invested over $ 150 million in Perth projects Amboy, which Rose M. Lopez Primary School opened. in 2019.
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