Duo-Gard’s Translucent Canopy Complements New Frank J. Gargiulo Campus
May 22, 2019
Renowned for its approach to education that prepares students for careers integrating technology in several disciplines, New Jersey’s Hudson County Schools of Technology and Hudson County Improvement Authority strengthened that commitment last Fall with a new technologically advanced high school.
Defining the school’s entry with aesthetic high-tech style is a sweeping translucent canopy almost 60 feet long by 14 feet deep. The canopy was engineered by Duo-Gard Industries in Canton MI.
Opened in September 2018
and named for a former superintendent, the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus is a
stunning, 350,000-square-foot educational facility set on 20 acres in Secaucus,
NJ. Home to High Tech High School, KAS Prep and Hudson Technical, the campus
serves more than 1,200 students in support of the career-prep curriculum of the
Hudson County Schools of Technology. The design accommodated for dedicated
space for each of the school’s academies: Culinary Arts, Design &
Fabrication, Applied & Environmental Science and Visual/Tech &
The project was
completed following a design-build approach with RSC Architects of Hackensack
NJ serving as the bridging/design architect and DMR Architects of Hasbrouck
Heights NJ serving as the architect of record.
The canopy plays an
important role, says DMR’s Fernando Robledo, AIA: “We wanted a high-tech look
that represents the current educational approach. The translucent canopy
complements the building’s cement block, metal panels and storefront entrance.
“As you approach the
building, you need to know where to proceed. The canopy’s dynamic, modern shape
and function call your attention to the entrance.”
He says the designers
wanted to provide protection, of course, but didn’t want heavy shading.
Duo-Gard’s Series 3100 Sloped Radius Canopy System with 25mm triple-wall
polycarbonate in an opal tint provides enough shade but also captures a high
degree of diffused sunlight.
Robledo says they
considered glass, but found it too heavy and too expensive. “Duo-Gard’s
translucent system is not too heavy, it’s maintenance free, offers economy and
has flexibility for design,” he adds.
fabrication capabilities, Duo-Gard engineered and installed the system’s steel
structure including columns, beams, rafters and purlins. They added aluminum
downspouts and gutters.
“We think it looks great,” says architect Robledo. “All the feedback we’ve gotten has been positive.” Collaboration included MAST Construction Services Inc. of Little Falls NJ and Terminal Construction Corp. of Wood-Ridge NJ.
Duo-Gard is a leading innovator in high-performance translucent walls and strategies, illuminated walls and ceilings, custom canopies, and outdoor structures including bus, bike and smoking shelters since 1984.
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