DIGroup Architecture’s Principal Tapped for Feature Article on Rethinking Educational Spaces

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  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) July 27, 2022 - Principal Richard Alderiso, AIA, a leading school designer, was recently featured in an ROI-NJ article discussing how architecture firms are reimagining vital educational spaces, while highlighting the recently completed, award-winning Clinton Hill Early Learning Center, in Newark, NJ.

    In the article, Alderiso discusses how far the transformation of educational buildings have come through Architecture. Previously, school buildings lacked a sense of creativity in relation to its physical appearance. Alderiso recollects the architectural state of the school buildings of his youth. “There’s a long hallway, with solid walls and doors flanking the empty middle in perfectly symmetric order. There’s a decaying, dead-end wall down the dark hallway, with no windows along the way to let in daylight.”

    As the Principal in Charge of Design of the Clinton Hill Early Learning Center, Alderiso describes how his team was tasked to provide a modern design in a community where architecture was not necessarily a priority. What resulted was a spacious, light-filled, two-story, 40,000 square foot facility conducive to learning and early childhood development, with extended childcare services for nearly 200 children from birth to age five for qualifying local families.

    At the Center’s grand opening in June, Alderiso saw firsthand how an intentionally designed built environment helps contribute to the development and engagement of the students, staff, and community. “Kids had already started in school, so, we were seeing the building in use, the smiling faces. It’s just a great experience. And the people who run those schools really do the best they can with whatever they have. So, we really wanted their vision to shine in that setting,” said Alderiso.

    The center is an example of improved school architecture; with connecting corridors and expansive windows for natural sunlight and a flexible environment in which to operate.

    DIGroup Architecture is a leading designer of transformative educational projects in underserved areas throughout the Tri-State area amounting to over $1 billion in new construction and renovations. Their extensive experience in the specialized needs of today’s varied academic arena, both in traditional settings and technology-rich, career-ready environments, has earned them the reputation as an expert in educational design.

    The article is featured in the July 14th issue of ROI-NJ.

    Rich Alderiso, AIA, NCARB is Principal-in-Charge of Operations for DIG and focused on the Education and Civic market sectors. He holds licenses to practice architecture in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Rich graduated first in his class from Pennsylvania State University where he received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees.

    ROI-NJ delivers real-time news and features that provide New Jersey’s diverse business community with a Return On Information, while creating dynamic engagements among influencers.

    DIGroup Architecture is a certified Minority-owned, Disadvantaged, and Small Business Enterprise (MBE/DBE/SBE) specializing in architecture, planning, interior design and environmental graphics, signage and wayfinding.

    DIG originated as a consortium of several small architectural firms who formed an alliance to collaborate and compete for large educational projects issued by the State of New Jersey to revitalize the most under-served public school districts. This collaboration became so successful at delivering many of the state’s most significant, community-centered design projects that the firms formally merged in 2006. The profound impact these projects had on the most basic human need of health and wellness, brought a whole new meaning and purpose to the firm. From that point forward, “Architecture for Change” became their story, design philosophy and commitment to clients to re-imagine structures and environments to unite people, enhance well-being and enrich communities.

    DIG’s successes have not gone unnoticed; the company was selected as one of the 2021 Leaders in Real Estate, Construction, and Design in the Architecture category by NJBIZ, and was ranked among the top Minority Businesses and Architectural firms by both NJBIZ and Philadelphia Business Journal.

    To view DIGroup’s recent media coverage, click here.

    Today, DIGroup Architecture is exponentially growing, its reach spanning New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. For more information on the firm, please contact: Debra Koehler at dkoehler ( @ ) digrouparchitecture dot com or 732 dot 249 dot 6242 X110 dot

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