Bound Brook School Board of Education and School District is comprised of six schools built between 1907 to the 1950’s, which were in need of repair and renovation to resolve building envelope, building interior, asbestos and MEP issues facing the district (all similar in scope to those listed in the NSP RFP). DRG Architects was hired by the district to assess each school and develop a plan, budget and schedule to repair and renovate each school for a public referendum, which was approved in 2014. DRG Architects has been working closely with the administration to address each project within their referendum budget and school schedules.
DRG Architects worked with the administration and staff to complete an assessment of each school building and to develop a comprehensive list of repairs, renovations and upgrade projects. DRG Architects then established a pre-design cost estimate, so that the district could make an informed decision about which projects to include in the referendum. DRG Architects worked with NJDOE to ensure that Bound Brook received the maximum amount of debt service aid, thus reducing the tax burden on local residents.
DRG Architects teamed with Becht Engineering for MEP/FP. Asbestos consulting was coordinated by DRG Architects, but contracted directly by the district. The effectiveness of our task and each project was straight forward, resolve the district building envelope, building interior, asbestos and MEP issues within the referendum budget and the schedule established by our pre-design assessment. Each project effectiveness was measured by how it was able to resolve the specific issue and was it within budget and schedule to accommodate school use. It was essential that each project provide the best approach and solution alternatives to maximize utilization of the referendum budget. Each solution needed to resolve specific issues in the most cost effective manner, while still providing a long term solution and added value.
This required that each solution address; codes, standards, security, durability, ease of construction, ease of maintenance, availability and healthy/sustainable building design.