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JLL Completes Expansion for Bronx Charter School of Excellence

JLL Project and Development Services completes expansion of original school building, ground-up construction of the “Tower,” a new, seven-story middle school

NEW YORK, October 13, 2016JLL has completed its work for the Bronx Charter School of Excellence at its Benedict Avenue campus in the Bronx. JLL Project and Development Services was tapped by the charter school to manage the renovation and expansion of the original school building at 1960 Benedict Avenue and the ground-up construction of the "Tower," a seven-story middle school at 1952 Benedict Avenue. The Bronx Charter School for Excellence held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school on Wednesday, September 21.

The effort was overseen by Randy Apfelbaum, senior vice president, along with Jennifer Mitchell, vice president; and Dan Morici, assistant project manager. They worked closely with Stacey Lauren, Board Chair, and Charlene Reid, CEO of the Bronx Charter School of Excellence.

"The Bronx Charter School for Excellence selected JLL for our expertise in the design and construction of educational facilities for charter schools throughout the New York metropolitan area," said Apfelbaum. "The Bronx Charter School for Excellence sought to expand its existing school and build a state-of-the-art middle school that would allow the school to admit more students into its academically rigorous program. The new school was designed to be LEED certified to help promote sustainability and assist students in becoming more environmentally conscious."

JLL was tapped in 2013 to oversee the project, which was completed in two phases. The first phase involved the construction of a two-story horizontal expansion to the two-story original school building, with the work completed in 2014. The second phase involved the ground-up construction of the Tower, a new, seven-story middle school that will house students in the fifth grade through the eighth grade. JLL completed construction of the new middle school in 2016. JLL was also responsible for managing the certificate of occupancy process for both buildings. The school is now using both structures in a consolidated campus on Benedict Avenue.

The Tower features open spaces with large windows that allow for significant amounts of daylight. The new middle school also features a two-story regulation gym, a full cafeteria and a fully equipped science lab. The Tower features state-of-the-art technology throughout the facility, including full Wi-Fi access and smartboards in every classroom. JLL also worked closely with the charter school to ensure the Tower met U.S. Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification for schools.

The Bronx Charter School for Excellence opened in 2004 with 100 students in kindergarten and first grade, and its enrollment has grown to 810 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the school with the highest distinction a public school can receive by naming it the first charter school in the Bronx to receive a National Blue Ribbon.

JLL has completed two other charter school projects this year, including the International Leadership Charter High School in the Bronx and the Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem. The firm has also begun work on a large project for the Inwood Academy for Leadership, a charter school in northern Manhattan.

JLL is a leader in the New York tri-state commercial real estate market, with more than 2,300 of the most recognized industry experts offering brokerage, capital markets, property/facilities management, consulting, and project and development services. In 2015, the New York tri-state team completed approximately 32.6 million square feet of lease transactions; arranged investment sales, notes, debt and equity transactions valued at more than $8.2 billion; managed projects valued at $7.8 billion; and oversaw a property management, facilities management and agency leasing portfolio exceeding 141 million square feet.

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