Teacher’s Village is an urban redevelopment project that transformed four blocks of Newark, NJ, into three charter schools and 224 homes marketed for teachers. The site has been converted into an education mini-village in the heart of a bustling urban center.
McLaren Engineering Group worked in partnership with RBH Group and Richard Meier & Partners Architects to provide geotechnical, structural, and cold-formed metal detailing services for three mix-use buildings at the Teacher’s Village development in downtown Newark, NJ. The development encompasses over 200 residential units marketed to educators and 65,000 square feet of street-level retail, serving as a model for market-rate urban renewal projects across the nation.
McLaren was initially engaged to provide a comparative cost analysis of alternate framing and was later selected to convert the structural design from conventional concrete construction to a pre-panelized cold form metal panel bearing wall system intended to shorten the construction schedule and reduce the overall budget. McLaren worked closely with the acclaimed architect to develop details integrating the curtain wall façade system into the structural design, eliminate impact to the architectural design brought on by the change in structural system, deliver detailed foundations designs, and provide full structural design of cold-formed metal framework for canopies and soffits throughout the development. Because McLaren served as both engineer of record and cold-formed metal wall panel detailer/engineer for the project, the pre-panelized wall shop drawing creation and approval process was streamlined, reducing the schedule impacts.