The New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s (NJTA) Central Services Facility (CSF) continues to earn top industry honors. The New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association (NJCAA) presented the facility with the transportation category merit award at the 54th Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards on May 11.
The recognition honors excellence in the concept, originality, and application of concrete. It follows two other awards for the building:
- The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards: National Recognition Award
- ACEC of New Jersey 46th Annual Engineering Excellence Awards: Honor Award in the Industrial and Manufacturing Processes and Facilities – Large Project category.
When the NJTA needed a better way to manage the materials it uses on a daily basis to maintain 2,500 miles of roadway, Gannett Fleming partnered with the agency to create a CSF. A first-of-its-kind for the agency and a model for roadway inventory management, the CSF centralizes the purchasing, receiving, and distribution of inventory.
Completing the design and construction of the building in just 17 months, the design team excelled at optimizing the 9.93-acre site to accommodate the four-story facility, 60,000 square feet of outdoor storage, a salt shed, 249 parking spaces, regular truck traffic for shipping and receiving, storage for ITS signage, a large stormwater detention basin, and a fuel island. Additionally, the team saved the NJTA $4 million by value engineering a geogrid to retain soil instead of traditional retaining walls.
ACI consists of contractors, engineers, and concrete suppliers and manufacturers that promote education in concrete technology, while the NJCAA represents businesses that manufacture or sell equipment, materials, or provide services used by the concrete and aggregate industry.