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Capital Project Status Report – Spring 2020


Library Rehabilitation and Learning Commons Addition

Our ultimate goal is to transform the existing George T. Potter Library into a vibrant knowledge commons that will enable students to learn and study more effectively by incorporating new technologies and methods of creating scholarship.

The most successful libraries provide a variety of flexible learning environments and high-quality experiences for both individual and group study while co-locating library, information technology, and other academic support expertise. To satisfy these expressed needs, the library renovation and addition will include spaces on all floors for both individual and collaborative learning and feature several new student and faculty-orientated services, including the College’s Information Technology Services, a newly-created makerspace, an expanded Special Collections, and enhanced space for Reference and Research Services.

In addition to several new conference rooms and two informational literacy classrooms, the library will add over twenty technology-rich group study rooms to be used for screening films, conducting group presentations, one-button studio recording, video conferences, and remote learning. Since library users are often immersed in their work for hours on end, a wide variety of comfortable seating options will address user preferences for lounge, study, and computer-intensive activity.

Additionally, the facility will also receive a thorough replacement and contemporizing of the building’s aging systems, including upgrades to the building envelope to address thermal performance and water infiltration issues and increase access to daylight and views, while maintaining the building’s slate panel facade, which is an iconic feature of the campus’ historic core buildings. When completed for the 2021 fall semester, the Learning Commons will not only enhance the College’s current exceptional academic curriculum, but it will also be a feature component of the College’s educational mission for many decades.

Construction began in August of 2019. The project is scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2021.

  • Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Construction Management: Anser Construction Management, Clinton, New Jersey
  • Contractor: Dobco Inc, Wayne, New Jersey

CPA Lodge Courts Renovation

The CPA Lodge area courts are in deplorable condition. Cracked pavement and vehicle intrusion make the basketball court area unusable. The project scope includes drainage and landscaping enhancements, repaving, outdoor furniture, solar charging stations, outdoor gaming, and updated security CCTV systems.

The project started in Fall of 2019 and expected completion by end of spring 2020.




  • Contractors: Slate construction, Pequannock, New Jersey & SportProsUSA, Wycoff, New Jersey & United Fire Protection, Kenilworth, New Jersey


Auxiliary Gym Floor Resurfacing

Finished project. Resurfaced Gym Floor

The Auxiliary Gym floor was in very poor condition, posing a risk to the campus community that utilized the space. The room is regularly used by sports teams, student groups, faculty & staff functions, and outside renters. The athletics department qualified for a Vitas Stablein grant for the work.The project was completed in the winter of 2019/20





  • Contractor: Mathusek Inc. Oakland, New Jersey 


Campuswide Fire Alarm Monitoring and Network Upgrade

This project’s purpose 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. The project includes 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. Pine Hall has been completely retrofitted with all new addressable detection systems.

All existing network switches located in buildings equipped with emergency generators are now connected to the generators.  The new fire alarm monitoring system head end computers located in Public Safety are live and are connected to G-Building and the Adler Center fire panels.  The migration to the new system is ongoing.

  • Contractor/ Engineers: United Fire Protection, Kenilworth, New Jersey


CPA Transformer Replacements

College Park Apartments

This project proposes to replace two (2) oil filled pad mounted transformers with new transformers. These transformers are critical to the operation of multiple buildings at the College Park Apartments (CPA). Bids will be solicited for this project in February of 2020. Construction is expected to begin at the end of May 2020 and be completed in August of 2020.

  • Engineer: RealPower Engineers, Morganville, New Jersey

Bischoff Hall Elevator Upgrades

Bischoff HallThe Bischoff Elevator Modernization project will upgrade critical equipment to the functionality of the duplex elevators that service the building. The components to be upgraded include a new tank unit, Auto-Safe unit, Oil Cooler/Tank Heater, Door Operator, Hoistway Door Equipment, Car and Hall Fixtures – Surface Mounted Hall Fixtures (Hall Stations, Lanterns, and Position Indicators), and controller.

The project is expected to begin in May of 2020 and be completed by August of 2020.

  • Inspection/Consultant: CBA Elevator Consultant, Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Contractor: Schindler Elevator Corporation, Morristown, New Jersey 

Recovery Housing/Renovation of White House

recovery housing

The college received a $999,408 grant in January 2018 from the State of New Jersey, a portion of which will be used for capital improvements to the White House for Recovery Housing and programming space. The design team was selected on March 23, 2018, and construction is expected to start as soon as funding is secured from the state.





  • Architect: SNS Architects and Engineers, PC, Montvale, New Jersey



Photo-voltaic System Public/Private Partnership (P3)

Pursuant to the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009, the College entered into a Public/Private Partnership (P3) with National Energy. The agreement called for the private parties to construct and operate a photo-voltaic 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.

Array installations on all academic buildings, ground-mounted arrays, Mackin Hall, Bischoff Hall, and carport structures have been completed. System was completed and went live Summer 2019.  



  • Developer: NEP Solar, Voorhees, New Jersey
  • Consulting Engineer for Solar Installation: Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, New York, New York
  • Contractors: Bullet Electric Co. East Rutherford, NJ & Dobtol Construction LLC, Hackensack, NJ

Athletic Field Sports Lighting

The college is currently in the process of accepting bids for the construction and installation of athletic field sports lighting around the turf field and running track. Project involves upgrades to the college infrastructure and existing field house.

Anticipated project completion summer 2020.



  • Project Architect: Mott Macdonald Architects, Iselin, New Jersey
  • Contractor: TBD