Dwight-Englewood School |
Levien was retained by Dwight-Englewood, a K-12 private school located in northern New Jersey, to develop the new 27,000 SF Hajjar STEM Center for its upper school students. The science, technology, engineering and math building was thoughtfully designed by Gensler Architects to capitalize on the growing trend in high school education towards cross- curriculum integration. The building features a grand staircase with stadium-style seating for school gatherings and an "Innovation Lab" which is centered upon a robotics workshop and experimentation area. Levien played a key role in the pre-construction process by facilitating value engineering exercises which allowed the project to be bought out within the school’s fixed budget. As the project’s leader, Levien guided the team through the city’s Board of Adjustments process to obtain required variances prior to re-development of the site. During construction, Levien pushed the schedule to meet the critical deadline of the start of the academic year and led negotiations with the utility company, after last-minute regulation changes threatened the service delivery date. Levien also organized the Owner’s vendors, staff and faculty to dovetail FF&E work with construction activities and a condensed move-in period. The building is pursuing LEED certification.