Build with Purpose
Golden Door Charter School

Formerly a parochial school and convent, an early 20th-century American Beaux Arts structure will become a new charter school in a revitalized urban community. The renovation will update and increase the functionality of the school through controlled and sensitive architectural and mechanical/electrical/plumbing upgrades.

The building sits prominently on a hill just a few blocks away from the historic Journal Square. Upper floors open up to views of the New York City skyline. Inside, the building features nine-foot high windows in classrooms, soaring ceiling heights, wood floors, terrazzo corridors, marble wainscoting, and a magnificent auditorium lit naturally by skylights and inlaid stained glass coffers at the ceiling.

On the exterior, the renovation will make masonry repairs to the granite veneer and iron-spotted brick and replace existing windows on both buildings with new energy-efficient windows. KSS Architects consulted with architectural historians to ensure the replacement window design will closely match the profiles of the original cottage-style wood windows. Similarly, the renovation replaces all exterior doors with period-sensitive aluminum clad doors and frames.

Project Highlights
Jersey City, New Jersey

Program: K-12 charter school for 500 students

Size: 75,000 sf

Features: Classrooms, servery and cafeteria, nurses suite, media center and library, conference space, auditorium with stage, administrative offices, new exterior entry plaza

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