Located in a distressed, historic neighborhood in downtown Camden NJ Accommodating 240 students in 30,000 square feet of programming Fostering a more collaborative teaching and learning environment Integrating the adaptive re-use of an existing historic mansion façade Located in a distressed, historic neighborhood in downtown Camden NJ LEAP Academy STEM Charter LEAP Academy STEM Charter Camden NJ Camden NJ
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Highlights

Project Info

Project TypePreservation
Square Feet30,000 SF
CompletedOctober 2012
Recognition

Award Winner

  • American Schools & Universities Educational Awards, Outstanding Design – Specialized Facility

LEAP Academy S.T.E.M. Charter School

Camden NJ

The LEAP Academy STEM Charter School in downtown Camden, New Jersey is an important facility for this growing charter school. Context-sensitive urban design, the latest building technologies, and sustainable design practices allow this facility to be an exciting laboratory for learning for a generally underserved student population.

Working closely with LEAP, K&A successfully integrated an existing historic mansion façade into their design for the new school. Accommodating 240 students in approximately 30,000 square feet of space, the finished facility incorporates programs for Pre-K, grades K through 3, and grades 9 through 12 with discrete learning environments distributed throughout the overall building, while establishing a strong connection with the surrounding community. Classrooms, and science/technology laboratories have been combined in order to foster a more collaborative teaching and learning environment—one that is both flexible and dynamic for students and teachers alike.

A media center and library offers the students the latest in information technology, while a modern “fab lab” and computer-aided design classroom provides cutting edge training on certain hardware and software. Light-filled study lounges, adjacent to classrooms and located throughout the building, are fitted with informal, soft furnishings that help facilitate an open and welcoming atmosphere where students and faculty come together and interact in a casual and comfortable setting.

The Academy also boasts two state-of-the-art 100-seat lecture halls, each outfitted with new computer and A/V capabilities. These will be shared between LEAP and neighboring Rutgers University, creating opportunities for connection between high school students, college students, and instructors. 

About

LEAP Academy S.T.E.M. Charter School

Project TypePreservation
Square Feet30,000 SF
CompletedOctober 2012
LocationCamden NJ
RecognitionAmerican Schools & Universities Educational Awards, Outstanding Design - Specialized Facility

The LEAP Academy STEM Charter School in downtown Camden, New Jersey is an important facility for this growing charter school. Context-sensitive urban design, the latest building technologies, and sustainable design practices allow this facility to be an exciting laboratory for learning for a generally underserved student population.

Working closely with LEAP, K&A successfully integrated an existing historic mansion façade into their design for the new school. Accommodating 240 students in approximately 30,000 square feet of space, the finished facility incorporates programs for Pre-K, grades K through 3, and grades 9 through 12 with discrete learning environments distributed throughout the overall building, while establishing a strong connection with the surrounding community. Classrooms, and science/technology laboratories have been combined in order to foster a more collaborative teaching and learning environment—one that is both flexible and dynamic for students and teachers alike.

A media center and library offers the students the latest in information technology, while a modern “fab lab” and computer-aided design classroom provides cutting edge training on certain hardware and software. Light-filled study lounges, adjacent to classrooms and located throughout the building, are fitted with informal, soft furnishings that help facilitate an open and welcoming atmosphere where students and faculty come together and interact in a casual and comfortable setting.

The Academy also boasts two state-of-the-art 100-seat lecture halls, each outfitted with new computer and A/V capabilities. These will be shared between LEAP and neighboring Rutgers University, creating opportunities for connection between high school students, college students, and instructors. 

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Photography © Kitchen & Associates