For the innovative use of modular precast concrete walls, the Secaucus Maintenance Facility prototype was awarded a Merit Award in the Transportation Category by the 53rd Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards committee. Gannett Fleming served as the prime consultant on the project.
The precast concrete walls allow for construction in good or bad weather. The client, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), appreciated that this modular design approach was used to expedite construction.
Led by Project Manager Harry (Ted) Osborne, PP, AIA, a vice president of Gannett Fleming Architects based in the South Plainfield office, this multi-use building prototype was developed to replace approximately 20 outmoded and inadequate administrative and maintenance buildings. These buildings supported the day-to-day operations of a major state-wide toll highway system. The prototype building has an area of 21,000 square feet and cost a total of $13 million.
“The prototype in Secaucus will be replicated at 11 other locations in New Jersey with the flexibility for each facility to accommodate a range of functions and activities,” said Osborne. “We have created spaces for vehicle repair and maintenance; offices and conference rooms; and even locker rooms, bathrooms, and dormitories to meet the needs of the NJTA.”
Built with the potential for LEED® certification, the prototype building features solar shading, renewable power, a recycled content concrete wall system, a thermal efficient building envelope, and water efficient landscaping. In addition, renewable interior material choices were made to increase sustainability.
The project was honored at the Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards dinner on May 12 at The Heldrich, a hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institution (NJACI) and New Jersey’s ready-mixed producers associations honor the projects that best represent excellence in concept, originality, design, and construction of structural concrete.