Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah

Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah

(Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Religious Architecture)
615 5th St., Lakewood, NJ 08701
The building for Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah was designed as a two-story wood framed structure that incorporates an interior shear wall to resist lateral wind loads because of the long thin rectangle shape in plan. It was also a challenge to develop enough shear resistance in the front wall due to the many openings. The second floor was also to support an assembly load and had to clear span the first floor sanctuary space. Zoning regulations allowed the second floor to cantilever into the setbacks on each side, so we took advantage of this both to increase the floor area, and to reduce the depth of the floor joists. We used two layers of three quarter inch thick plywood to help stiffen the floor and reduce the natural vibration period of the joists during periods of celebration and dancing.

Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah Finished Basement Plan

Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah Finished Basement Plan


Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah First Floor Plan

Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah First Floor Plan


Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah Second Floor Plan

Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah Second Floor Plan


Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah Front Elevation

Congregation Chevra Lomdei Torah Front Elevation


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