OAKLAND, NJ-The financing wasn’t easy, and the construction insome ways unusual for a school, but then the Reed Academy at 25Potash Rd. here is a special learning institution in a number ofways.

The private nonprofit school teaches life skills for people withautism aged 3 to 21, providing challenges in getting the projectbuilt, says Joseph Langan, president of ElmwoodPark, NJ-based River Drive Construction, theconstruction manager that completed the 25,000-square-foot school.The Academy was looking to relocate from a smaller facility inGarfield, NJ.

“It’s rare that we get a real feel-good project,” Langan tellsGlobeSt.com. “I was with these folks when they were trying to getfinancing. I’d sit with these parents and hear their stories.”

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