Second Street Youth Center, 200 Plainfield Avenue, Plainfield, NJ

On its 50th anniversary, the Second Street Youth Center will be relocating to its new site and building on Plainfield Avenue. The new building, approximately 25k+ sf, is a one-story building that encompasses the end of a block and occupies two corners. The intertwining of the traditional school material – brick, and the contemporary material fiber cement siding is done to reflect the school’s historical presence while also looking towards the future and embracing a forever playful learning environment we aspire for in this community facility. The shades of gray brick are the canvas for the bolder blue, yellow and white colored fiber cement panels. The placement of these materials on the four facades hints at the internal use in these areas. The pedestrian traffic in the school will predominantly be that of children. We addressed this by providing colorful and soft materials that would stimulate and inspire. Wide corridors and large classrooms allow plenty of space for the kids to stretch their young bodies and minds.

The outdoor areas include an urban farm (providing fresh produce and serving as an educational tool for the kids and community), playground, parking and drop-off that are all strategically placed and oriented to ensure safe play and travel, as well as the effective and efficient use of the limited space.

ClientTD+Partners/JG Petrucci