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The Jersey P.A.N.T.H.E.Rs.

New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation representatives joined Paterson Public School District educators, city officials, community supporters and construction workers for a topping off ceremony marking a milestone at the new P.A.N.T.H.E.R. Academy, a state-of-the-art aerospace studies high school being built in Trenton in conjunction with the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

After a brief ceremony, the new 5,000 s/f, three-story school addition was literally "topped off" when the planetarium dome--a tubular aluminum framework 27-foot high and 40-foot in diameter--was hoisted by crane some 70 feet in the air and set into place to complete the structure at Memorial Drive and Ellison Street in downtown Paterson. The addition is connected to the existing school building, a completely renovated 12,000 s/f, one-story structure that formerly housed an automotive parts business.

Comerro Coppa Architects designed the school and Joseph A. Natoli Construction Corp. was awarded the construction contract.

Aside from a planetarium and auditorium, P.A.N.T.H.E.R.--Paterson and NASA Together for High Expectations and Results--will include 10 classrooms, two chemistry labs, a physics lab, a computer lab and a media center. The school, which will accommodate 150 students pursuing a math and science curriculum, is schedule/d to open this fall.

The $9 million project is being fully funded and managed by the SCC as part of the state's unprecedented $8.6 billion school construction program.

"This new school project is representative of New Jersey's continued commitment to our children. We are living up to our most important obligation by providing 21st century facilities to ensure every child has the opportunity to get the education they deserve and the skills necessary to start school," said Governor McGreevey.

Paterson School Superintendent Dr. Edwin Duroy believes that the new building's features "will inspire students and enhance the P.A.N.T.H.E.R. Academy's math, science and technology driven program."
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Title Annotation:New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Mar 3, 2004
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