CAMDEN, NJ— The New Jersey Schools Development Authority announced today that it has awarded CBRE Heery, Inc., of Philadelphia, a $2.6 million construction management contract to oversee the construction of the new $133 million Camden High School.
The contract was approved at the SDA's Jan. 2 board of directors meeting.
“A new Camden High School will provide the city with a modern, innovative, educational environment that will help Camden Students reach for their dreams,” said Lizette Delgado Polanco, SDA CEO. “Together with the Camden School District, local officials and the community, we will fulfill the SDA’s commitment of positively impacting the lives of the students in Camden through the construction of this new high school.”
In 2016, the SDA committed over $130 million to build a new Camden High School. The first phase of the project, the demolition of the former Camden High School and associated site work, is complete. Camden High School has been operating out of Hatch Middle School since September 2017.
The second phase of the project began this October with the start of the design-build contract which was awarded to Ernest Bock & Sons of Philadelphia. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, and the new school is scheduled to open to students in September 2021.
The new Camden High School will be approximately 270,000-square-foot, two-story education complex, educating more than 1,200 students in grades ninth through 12th grades.
The school district’s magnet schools — Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy, Brimm Medical Arts and Camden Big Picture Learning Academy — will be moved to the new high school as small learning communities. The new school will also have space for a new small learning community, a STEAM Academy.
The four small learning communities will have their own dedicated classrooms and individualized spaces, such as music rooms, a dance studio and an art room for Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy students; various labs for the STEAM Academy; an entrepreneurial lab, art room and student lounge for Big Picture Learning Academy students; and forensic science lab, medical arts lab and an autistic sensory room for Brimm Medical Arts students.
“We are very excited to work again with the NJSDA as construction manager for the new Camden High School,” said Bob Monser, CBRE | Heery Managing Director. “As construction manager, we will help the contractor complete the project on time and on budget,” he added.
CBRE | Heery, is a full-service program management, construction management, architecture, interior design, engineering, and commissioning firm. The firm will be working with the design-build contractor Ernest Bock and Sons, Inc., and architect Design Ideas Group Architecture + Planning, LLC on this important project.