VIDEO: The Lakewood Cheder, situated inside a 220,000 square foot building on a thirteen acre parcel of land and, is getting ready to accommodate its entire school under one roof.
Over 30 masons per day are in the process of placing 275,000 bricks, over 2000 light fixtures, 365 doors and over 300 windows inside the massive school building purchased in 2011.
Construction of the expansion project started just a couple of weeks ago, but the school’s Executive Director, Rabbi Yosef Posen, hopes to have the entire project completed in time for September – the 2014-2015 school year.
During a private tour of the premises, Rabbi Posen gave TLS an inside look into the construction project, which by the time is completed will contain 99 classrooms, self-contained classrooms, offices, a gym, Bais Medrash and much more.
A unique feature in the building perhaps, is the 15,000 square foot 2-story indoor playground, which is situated in the center of the building’s new wing, and which is surrounded by dozens of classrooms.
In total, the school – which is currently utilizing about 35,000 square feet for its 7th and 8th grade students, will combine its current students spread out throughout several buildings into this one centralized location.
By the time the project is completed, the school, home of about 1,900 students and said to be the largest Frum elementary school in America, will have the capabilities to host 11 classes per grade and space for 2500 students – on two stories.
The cost? The current phase costs about $10,000,000, Rabbi Posen says. By the time they’re done, the total cost of the entire project (including the purchase of the building) will stand at about $18,000,000.
“If there’s enough funding and we can keep the project moving, we’ll be able to do the second floor and maybe have everyone in at one time by September,” Rabbi Posen said. [TLS]
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