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G-Wing Renovation/Adler Center Addition

The renovation of G-Wing and construction of the new Adler Center, including the newly-opened café on the ground floor are complete.

Architecture/Engineering: Mitchell/Giurgola Architects LLP, New York, New York
Construction Manager/Cost Estimate: Cambridge Construction Management, Somerville, New Jersey
Demolition Contractor: Pyramid Contracting Corp, Clifton, New Jersey
General Contractor: Century 21 Construction, Clifton, New Jersey

Photovoltaic System Public/Private Partnership (P3)

Pursuant to the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009, the College entered into a Public/Private Partnership (P 3) with National Energy Partners (NEP) of Mt. Laurel, NJ. The agreement calls for the private parties to construct and operate a photovoltaic system on campus that includes solar carport canopies in the main parking fields; ground-mounted solar panels on the berm near the south entrance/exit of the campus; and solar panels on the roofs of the Phase I Academic Building, Mackin Hall, Bischoff Hall, and the bill Bradley Sports & Recreation Center.   The terms of the agreement call for the private partner to construct and operate at its expense the photovoltaic system, and sell back to the College electricity generated at the initial rate of $.105/kWh, with cost increases over a 20-year term not to exceed 2% per year.

The engineers engaged by NEP completed design documents, and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has released plans and specification for construction of a photovoltaic system.

The plans and specification for the project were released for construction by the NJ Department of Community Affairs. NEP is finalizing construction contracts and associated project labor agreements (PLA’s). Site mobilization for the project is expected in May 2016, with project completion expected late Fall 2016.

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the P3 agreement, NEP transferred to the College $2.2 million which covered the cost of the recent roof replacements. The firm will also provide the College with a credit towards the first $75,000 of electricity billings once the photovoltaic system is operational.

Consulting Engineer for Solar Installation: Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, New York, New York
Construction Management: Cambridge Construction Management, Somerville, New Jersey

Student Center Dining Services Alterations and Expansion

One of the first steps for the renewal of the “heart of the campus” referenced in the College’s Facilities Master Plan were alterations at the Student Center. Plans highlighted new servery stations, increased dining capacity, and new social spaces to better integrate the Student Center with the campus hub.

The Phase I renovations of the Student Center retail servery and dining area are complete.

Phase II, involving a building expansion and renovations of the board side dining area, will take place mid-Spring 2016 through end of Summer 2016. The project is currently out for bid.

Architect: Connor Architecture LLC, Arlington, MA
Construction Management: Cambridge Construction Management, Somerville, New Jersey

Padovano College Commons

A program prepared by a task force appointed by President Mercer envisioned a former Copy Center located in an old stone garage repurposed for dining, socializing and meeting. A generous pledge from Professor Anthony Padovano helped advance the project.

Plans and specifications were completed and released by the Department of Community Affairs for construction. A request for proposal was issued for public bidding, and submissions were received October 28, 2015. The price from the lowest responsive bidder exceeded the available project budget and all bids were rejected.

The College recently issued an RFP for the project and received bids on March 31, 2016. The bids are under analysis.

Architects/Engineers: ikon.5 Architects, Princeton, New Jersey

College Park Apartments Interior Renovations and Exterior of the Laundry Room and Site Repairs and Improvements

The student residences known as the College Park Apartments were constructed in two phases in the early-mid 1970’s. The first phase consists of nine two-story buildings. Each floor level has two apartments. Individual apartments include two bedrooms, with two beds per bedroom, a living room, kitchen, and bathroom. The original design occupancy totaled 304, but with allowances for single bedrooms for Community Assistants, the buildings now can house 299 residents.

The second phase consists of five two-story buildings. Originally designed to house two students per bedroom for a total of 300 residents, the buildings are configured as 18 one-bedroom units, and 66 two-bedroom units. In addition to the bedroom(s), each apartment has a living room, kitchen, and bath. Currently, given the use of several apartments for information technology cabling and network communications infrastructure, the apartments can accommodate 44 residents in one-bedroom units and 223 in two-bedroom units.

Prior facility condition audits commissioned by the College noted the poor condition of the buildings and recommended replacement of their roofs, siding, glazing and packaged, self-contained air-conditioning and heating systems. With financing provided in the case of the Phase I buildings by unspent housing Debt Service Reserve Funds, and for the Phase II buildings, the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority Series 2012 bond issue, the College arranged for these exterior renovations and upgrades.

In addition to the buildings’ exterior/structural/mechanical deficiencies, both the earlier facility condition audits noted the poor condition of the buildings’ interiors. Extensive work is needed to address substandard assessments and assure desirability of these apartments for resident students. The scope of work includes demolishing and replacing bathroom fixtures and finishes; replacing kitchen floors, appliances, millwork and fixtures; replacing bedroom and living room carpeting and light fixtures; refinishing and painting walls and ceilings; replacing electrical switches, receptacles, cover plates and diffusers; installing doors for closets and replacing all existing doors and hardware; and installing vinyl composition tile (VCT) at floor landings and replacing stair carpet with rubber treads. Additional work will upgrade site conditions and renovate the exterior of the Laundry Room serving the facilities. Findings of asbestos containing materials (ACM) in the joint compound of the buildings’ sheetrock increased the project scope.

The Board in September 2014 authorized a drawdown of $1.772 million for the purpose of developing plans and specifications for interior renovations and site repairs and improvements. The Board in April 2015 approved a total project budget of $20 million.

The Phase I residence Buckeye and Holly Halls are complete. International Hall is currently under renovation and its completion is scheduled for June 2016.

Bids have been received for the balance of the other College Park Apartment buildings. Renovation of these halls is slated to commence in July 2016. Project completion was originally expected to be August 2017, but the schedule has been adjusted based on housing constraints which will extend the overall project schedule. These constraints are currently being analyzed to determine an overall revised project completion date.

Architects: Comerro Coppa Architects, Totowa, New Jersey
SNS Architects and Engineers, PC, Montvale, New Jersey
Construction Management: Cambridge Construction Management, Clinton, New Jersey
Contractors: GL Group, Inc. Bloomingdale, New Jersey
Slate Construction, Pequannock, New Jersey

Mansion Entry and Stair Alterations

An analysis of the existing conditions at the Mansion’s front entrance recommends the complete demolition and replacement of both steps and the ramp. Repairs are no longer practical or feasible.

The project scope has changed from a ‘ramp’ construction to a code compliant ‘entry’ walkway that meets the standards for means of egress and ingress. This revision will lessen the profile of required railings and masonry work as seen from the approach to the building’s main entrance.

In addition to a landscape architect, the College has engaged a licensed architect to complete the required submissions for DCA plan review as well as the construction documents necessary for advertised bidding. The drawings have been completed and released for construction by DCA. Bid proposals will be solicited April 2016.

The project will be performed in two phases. The first phase will be the maintenance of a temporary ramp during partial demolition of the stairs, and the second phase will be the construction of the new stairs and walkway beginning the Spring of 2016. The project will be completed by the end of August 2016.

Landscape Architect: MKW + Associates, LLC, Rutherford, NJ
Project Architect: RSC Architects, Hackensack, NJ

Athletic Field Lighting

The College allocated funds for engineering design and cost estimation related to the installation of permanent lights on the existing artificial turf stadium field, softball and baseball fields, and the soccer and practice fields. Lighting these areas expands their usage capacity, allows for greater flexibility in scheduling games and practices, enhances opportunities for rental to outside camps and organizations, and promotes student engagement in both varsity and non-varsity athletics.

The College plans to solicit proposals for energy-efficient light emitting diode (LED) systems for the various fields. The base bid will provide lighting for the multipurpose artificial turf stadium field and the adjacent practice field, with an “add alternate” for lighting the softball, baseball, and competition/women’s soccer field.

Engineers: Hatch Mott MacDonald, Iselin, New Jersey

Phase I Academic Building Restrooms/Core Ceilings Renovation/Door Replacement

The two-story, 166,000 GSF Phase I Academic Building was first occupied in September 1971. Its five wings (A-E) are separated by six cores (1-6). Each core has one men’s and one women’s restroom on the first floor only.

All the restrooms and Cores 2-5 are in need of renovation (Core 1 was renovated as part of the first phase renovation of Wing A during the Summer of 2013). In the restrooms, tiles were missing or cracked beyond repair; toilets malfunctioning and separating from walls; exhaust vents were rusted and inoperative; ceiling slats were rusted and stained; silvering of mirrors delaminated; toilet partitions rusted, non-hygienic and missing hinges; and restroom doors misaligned and rusted. The top-mounted sinks trapped moisture which results in the disintegration of laminate countertops. Manually-operated faucets were wasteful of water.

The original core ceilings were metal slat. The metal was rusted and irreparable. Lights were energy inefficient.

The poor condition of these highly visible and heavily trafficked entryways and restrooms gave a negative impression to first-time visitors and was a source of dissatisfaction to enrolled students, faculty and staff.

Renovation work for Cores 1, 2, 4 and 6 is substantially complete. Design professionals have prepared punch lists which have been turned over to the contractor for completion. Cores 3 and 5 are currently under renovation.

Project is expected to be complete August 2016.

Architect: RSC Architects, Hackensack, New Jersey
Construction Management: Cambridge Construction Management, Clinton, New Jersey
Contractor: APS Inc., Paterson, New Jersey

Campus-Wide Fiber Infrastructure Upgrade

The College’s existing cabling infrastructure is capable of supporting a maximum speed of one gigabit of data per second (Gbps). This capability is outmoded given the current and forecasted technologies for voice, video and data and widespread utilization of the Ethernet throughout the campus by students, faculty and staff.

A more robust system would meet demand for greater upload and download speeds and bandwidth. The College applied and received approval for a grant from a State-supported bond program, i.e., the Higher Education Technology Infrastructure Fund (HETI), administered by the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority. The College retained the Commsult Group to assist with the preparation of design documents for bidding and construction.

When complete, this project will enhance the College’s fiber backbone and support greater demands for speed and bandwidth of up to 10Gbps with current network equipment, and provide transmission capability of up to 40Gbps in the future in conjunction with new network electronics.

Work is underway and is anticipated to be completed by Fall 2016.

Architects/Engineers: Commsult Group, Jersey City, New Jersey

H-Wing – Les Paul Sound Studio

The Les Paul Foundation in New York City awarded a $150,000 grant to the College in furtherance of the foundation’s mission to support music, music engineering and sound programs. The College has dedicated space on the second floor of H-Wing for a state-of-the-art audio and music production facility. Now complete, it will likely be the best facility of its kind in an academic setting in the region. The studio will serve as the primary music recording and production facility for the Music major, which has grown dramatically over the past four years, from 80 students to over 160 students.

The project called for an architectural renovation of the existing facility to provide a sound effects studio, a secure storage area for equipment and instruments, and the installation of a professional grade recording mixing board in a separate adjacent room. Enhanced acoustic treatment, improved LED lighting, and carefully selected finishes now make the studio very attractive to potential students while providing current faculty and students with a vibrant, professional teaching and learning environment. Courses scheduled in the studio include Fundamentals of Audio, Audio-Post-Production, Sound Design for Digital Media, and Recording Arts I and II. Additionally, students have access to the facility via swipe cards, and may reserve the studio to work outside of the class time.

The project received a Certificate of Approval for use in December 2015.

Architects/Engineers: Holzman-Moss-Bottino Architects, New York, New York
General Contractor: Slate Construction, Pequannock, New Jersey

Campuswide Fire Alarm Monitoring and Network Upgrade

The purpose of this project is to migrate the campus fire alarm monitoring system from a dedicated copper/fiber network to an Internet Protocol (IP) based system using existing internet communication equipment, switches and network lines. The existing dedicated system and equipment are obsolete, and the industry has moved to an IP based system, like many other types of communications. The project entails replacement of all the individual building fire alarm panels and interfacing them with existing network switches. At some locations, UPS or generator power that supplies these switches will be upgraded.

The migration to the network for all campus buildings is expected by the end of December 2016.

Contractor/ Engineers: United Fire Protection.

Renovation of Senior Administrative Suite

A portion of the second floor of the main administration building that houses the senior administrative suite will undergo renovations and alterations. The suite’s current configuration is cramped, untidy, and its finishes, fixtures and furnishings are in need of replacement.

During the demolition and alterations, senior administrators as well as other occupants situated immediately below the area of construction will be relocated to temporary office spaces.

The College recently awarded a construction contract for the project. The schedule reflects work commencing in April 2016 with completion by August 2016.

Portions of this work will be concurrent with the demolition and alterations of the Mansion’s entry stairs and its existing ramp.

Project Architect: RSC Architects, Hackensack, New Jersey
Contractor: Billy Contracting, LLC