Cerami & Associates is serving as the acoustical consultants for the Icahn North Charter School, a unique 125,000 sf facility in the Bronx. The project is unique in the fact that it is the first school built with the dual mission and purpose of housing both a charter school and a DOE school. The schools will share amenity spaces such as the kitchen, auditorium, gymnasium and play area, but otherwise have distinct and different program areas.
The project was an opportunity to, in effect, serve two different clients simultaneously. Approaches to architectural and mechanical acoustics issues were taken as appropriate to serve the needs and expectations of both user groups. We worked with Civic Builders to identify areas where the charter school approach to school acoustics might see a departure from DOE standards but result in an equally successful environment. Our history of working on K-12 schools in both the private and public domain enabled us to help the charter school shape the acoustical environment and design elements that would work best for their program and expectations.
We have since collaborated with Civic Builders on The Harlem Village Academy and a charter school project for Uncommon Schools in Newark, NJ. In each case, we worked with different architects and engineering teams to ensure the acoustic standards and requirements established for the charter school program. We believe that our history of collaboration with Civic Builders will be an asset to the design team.