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Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Center, Essex County Vocational Technical Schools, Newark, New Jersey
 
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Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Center
Essex County Vocational Technical Schools
Newark, New Jersey
NAC Architecture consulted with Essex Tech to create a 21st Century learning space for this "vocational" high school. The $4 million project has been described as the classroom of the future, with movable walls, shifting seating and students working at laptops and large electronic boards. The 3,300-square-foot space features a variety of flexible furniture options that allow students to collaborate in large and small groups and work individually. Students earn between 12 and 15 college credits by participating in the program. NAC worked with key staff at Newark Tech to first define 21st Century learning, and then translate what it meant for an addition to Newark Tech that would be a modern learning environment for seniors at the school. Our work also included space planning and furniture selection. The building architecture was done by Comito Associates, and NAC Architecture was hired directly by the school.