The $16-million Science and Teleconferencing Center's vision is to stimulate the economic development of Southern New Jersey with a program that includes heavy emphasis on the Center's availability for use by business. The Center will serve as an electronic hub for the program needs of a consortium of six New Jersey institutions.
An L-shaped building responds to the campus master plan by anchoring the east end of a new proposed campus quadrangle and serves as an important link from the vehicle circulation areas. The building's three major elements will include a teleconferencing center, a science wing, and a large entry rotunda. The interior of the 100,000-sf building will be organized via an oversized perimeter corridor along a full-height glass wall bordering the new quad. This configuration creates day-lit spaces designed to promote impromptu gatherings and offer informal seating areas to enjoy the view across the quad.
The centerpiece of the Teleconferencing Center will be a 575-seat auditorium on two levels. Its cylindrical form will be capped with a large dome roof designed to visually anchor the east end of the new quad. The auditorium will accommodate small college and community performances in addition to larger lectures and multimedia events. Businesses will have access to the flexibly designed exhibit hall/dining room area with seating for 300 and an adjacent full-service kitchen. Other key spaces include sub-dividable meeting rooms, lecture rooms, computer classrooms, and multiple distance-learning rooms. A television studio complex will also support college classes, direct broadcasts, and business use for commercial production shoots.
Designed to complement the Teleconferencing Center, the profile of the science wing will be defined by a low sloping roof that echoes the forms of the adjoining wing. The building's two stories will provide flexible laboratory and classroom space for the biology and chemistry departments. An entry rotunda, two and a half stories in height, will serve as the focal point from the campus loop road and Route 38 to the south, especially at night when light from its clerestory windows will act as a beacon defining the new campus element.
Educators as well as business trainers will be taught the effective use of multimedia technologies. This will allow for the implementation of the long-term vision, which is for education and workforce development opportunities to be provided through multimedia teleconferencing technologies and business/industry space for marketing, product development, and tele-medicine.
|Building Owner:||Burlington County College|
|Owner Contact:||Lisa DiChiara-Platt|
|Building Location:||Mt. Laurel, NJ UNITED STATES|
|Project Type:||New Construction|
|Principal Building Function:||Teleconferencing Center|
|Project Delivery Method:||Design/Build|
|Cost Per Sq. Ft:||$140|
|About These Cost Figures|
Video Conferenceing Center
|People Density:||44 gsf/person|
|Building Services:||DI, compressed air, steam, gas, fiber-optic, data backbone|
|Structure/Foundation:||Braced-frame steel with concrete spread footings|
|Architect||EYP Architecture and Engineering|
|Builder||Thomas P. Carney Inc.|
|Consultant - Accoustical||Shen, Milson & Wilke Associates|
|Consultant - Fire Protection||Vitetta|
|Consultant - MEP Engineer||Vitetta|
|Consultant - Structural||Vitetta|
|Contractor - Electrical||DEC Electrical Contractors Inc.|
|Contractor - Plumbing||Comfort Mechanical Group|
|Supplier - Steel||Arnold Steel Co. Inc.|
|Profile Created 06/01/2001|
|Last Updated 04/04/2006|
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