Taking Education to a “High Tech” Level
Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus, NJ – On May 17, 2016, the community celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the construction of a brand new High Tech High School. Nearly 10 years in the making, RSC Architects (RSC) worked closely with the Hudson County Schools of Technology and the Hudson County Improvement Authority—as well as staff and teachers—to make this new school a reality.
The innovative school, located on a 20-acre parcel adjacent to Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, will combine the existing North Bergen and Jersey City campuses into one 350,000 SF facility. The complex itself comprises four schools organized around a core that contains shared activity spaces and resources. The schools themselves, which will each have a unique character and identity, will take learning to the next level through Culinary Arts, Architecture & Engineering, Applied Sciences and Performing Arts. The shared activity spaces include a gymnasium, a performing arts auditorium, and food service and banquet facilities—many of which can be used for community events.
With a focus on advanced learning, the layout of the new school provides an open environment to encourage discovery and interaction, as well as provide a centralized location for school administration offices, the district’s central school administrative offices, a student-operated business store, and a wellness center. The new school facility will accommodate 2,000 students and 400 faculty and staff members.
The state-of-the-art facility was designed to meet the requirements for LEED-Gold certification and incorporates various sources of renewable energies and sustainable purpose. Once completed, RSC believes that this facility will meet the needs of the district while embodying the vision and objective of the administration and faculty to enhance the learning opportunities and experience of its student body.