Atlantic Cape breaks ground for $16 million STEM building

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Atlantic Cape ground breaking From left, Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson and Congressman Frank LoBiondo break ground Dec. 10 for Atlantic Cape's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, building on the Mays Landing Campus. HAMIL TON TOWNSHIP – Atlantic Cape Community College held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday, Dec. 10 for its Science, Engineering, Technology and Math building on the Mays Landing Campus. Nearly 100 college representatives and government and hospitality officials attended.

The groundbreaking featured remarks from college President Peter Mora; Otto Hernandez, chairman of Information Systems & Aviation Studies; Ken Calemmo, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation board officer and capital campaign cabinet member; Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson; Assemblyman John F. Amodeo; and Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo.

The centerpiece of the Blueprint 2020 Master Plan, the $16 million building will feature science labs, computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways. The building will also be home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute.

The building will be located on the south side of the main campus quadrangle between the William Spangler Library, D-building, and the central plant, F-building, will serve as a highly visible beacon. Theproject marks the first Atlantic Cape building constructed at the Mays Landing Campus in more than two decades, according to officials.

“The groundbreaking for this state-of-the-art STEM building simply would not be possible without the vision and support of a wide range of advocates, including members of the college community led by our board of trustees, elected officials from the local through the national levels, and leaders from the private sector. It has truly been team effort,” Mora said.

“The construction of this facility, when linked to the recent opening of the Rutgers Degree Completion facility here in Mays Landing and the current construction of a new hospitality studies wing at our Worthington Atlantic City Campus, constitutes a transformational, historic change in improving the quality of the academic and workforce programs offered at Atlantic Cape Community College,” he continued.

“These projects directly support our published mission of providing opportunity to superior and affordable higher education for the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties.”

Funding came from a number of sources totaling $8 million, plus an $8 million match by Atlantic County. Contributors included South Jersey Economic Development District; Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation; federal government, omnibus and U.S. Economic Development Administration funding; Atlantic Cape; and the state of New Jersey, Chapter 12 program.

The 32,475-square-foot, two-story facility, designed by Stantec Architects of Philadelphia (formerly Burt Hill), will be eligible for LEED Silver certification for its “green” design. Following input from students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders through focus group sessions, and guidance from the Atlantic Cape STEM Core Team, architects prepared a design that incorporates a palette of materials and colors that complement the colors, textures and scale of current campus buildings, while maintaining the natural quality of the campus landscape.

Exterior building materials will feature brick cavity wall construction on the first floor, insulated metal panel walls on the second floor and penthouse, and glass window walls in the two-story atrium lobby.

Atlantic Cape plans to award the construction contract at the Dec. 18 board of trustees meeting, and construction is expected to begin in March 2013, with occupancy in September 2014. For information see www.atlantic.edu.


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