Long-Vacant Site in Newark Transformed into New Early Childhood Learning & Community Center

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  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) June 08, 2022 - Minority-Owned DIGroup Architecture celebrated the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting of the long-awaited Clinton Hill Early Learning Center with Newark Mayor Bas Baraka, local dignitaries and several non-profits involved in the project. The brainchild of four non-profit groups: The Maher Charitable Foundation, La Casa de Don Pedro, Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center, Inc. and Clinton Hill Community Action, the highly anticipated Clinton Hill Early Learning Center evolved from rising concerns voiced by the community regarding a lack of quality early childhood education facilities in Newark’s South Ward. Together with DIGroup Architecture, a blighted, long-vacant site was transformed into a thriving and vibrant destination for the community’s youngest members and their families.

    DIGroup Architecture designed 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. The Center features 16 classrooms, a secure inner courtyard, a multipurpose room for 200 people (available for community use), a family childcare resource room, and commercial kitchen. The building will be cohabitated by Clinton Hill’s Pre-K programs and La Casa’s Early Head Start programs, providing quality care and services to the community.

    According to Principal In Charge Richard Alderiso, AIA, “My hope is that through our collaborative process and thoughtful design, we have created a safe and luminous environment that enriches the lives of curious children, hard-working educators and positively impacts the community."

    DIGroup Architecture is a leading designer of transformative educational projects in underserved areas throughout the Tri-State area. 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.

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    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; in 2022, the firm was an award winner for the “Top Education Project-Suffolk” for their design of the UNITI Cultural Center at Stony Brook University located in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY by Long Island Business News in their prestigious 2022 Real Estate, Architecture & Engineering competition; in 2021, 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.

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    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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