Uncommon Schools Portfolio
Newark, NJ

Since 2012, DBI has cultivated a lasting relationship with Uncommon Schools, guiding the network’s development and operation of facilities to support their expansion across the Northeast United States.

On behalf of Uncommon, DBI has completed over thirty projects, including ground-up buildings, as well as others ranging from the renovation of historical buildings to real estate assessments. We have delivered schools in Brooklyn, Camden, Rochester, Boston, and Newark, even having served as interim Director of Facilities for a number of schools there. The complex nature of these successfully-executed projects – often involving fast-tracked schedules and phased construction during occupancy – has developed our expertise in understanding the nuances of academic developments, particularly when it comes to charter schools.

Recently completed projects for the network include a ground-up, six-story construction in Newark that now serves as a 166,000 sf K-12 academic center for the community and an 86,000 sf school in Camden, also a ground-up construction, that incorporates a modern design consistent across Uncommon’s newer facilities.

This summer, DBI will also be delivering two additional locations in time for classes to be held for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year: a seven-story building in downtown Rochester that involved a gut renovation of an abandoned building, and a renovated historical building, beloved to the community, in Camden that will serve all grades.