Client / UrbanPromise Camden


Founded in 1997, the CamdenForward School (K-8) and the UrbanPromise Academy (9-12)  offers Camden youth a unique schooling opportunity with a low teacher to student ratio, a family-style learning environment, an emphasis on community service, and experiential and expeditionary learning.

The task was to adapt a neglected circa 1906 church used sparingly by the school as community space into a welcoming and functional building that will support the variety of school programs, summer camps, alternative schools, and job training initiatives UrbanPromise Ministries provide for the community.

The project included stripping the interior of the building to its structural elements and create a space plan to incorporate classrooms, cafeteria with full commercial kitchen, small gymnasium and multi-purpose spaces while incorporating all new building systems into a small footprint.

The use of bright colors, natural light and functional space combine to create a vibrant safe and secure learning environment now dedicated as the Spirit Building.

Location: Camden, NJ

Size: 17,980 sf