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Central Services Facility

NJTA revolutionizes its supply distribution process with first-of-its kind central inventory building.
  • View of the building entrance, along with six garage door entrances to the right - Gannett Fleming.

    An aesthetically pleasing entrance to the Central Services Facility welcomes more than 120 employees.

  • View of the facility’s two sections, with loading docks to the right - Gannett Fleming.

    Divided into two sections, the facility serves as a central warehouse and office building.

  • Front view of the building with high bay storage areas to the left of the entrance - Gannett Fleming.

    The high bay storage area to the left of the entrance features palletized and non-palletized systems. 

  • Construction site of the building posed at the intersection of major highways - Gannett Fleming.

    The 9.93-acre project site provides immediate access to both the GSP and NJTP.  

  • View of building construction with precast, load-bearing panels - Gannett Fleming.

    Using precast, load-bearing panels for the exterior walls reduced construction time.

Client
New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Partner(s)
George Harms Construction Company, Tishman Construction Corporation, Advantage Engineering, St. Onge
Location
Woodbridge, New Jersey
Our Role
Architecture, Engineering
Data
Size:
67,458 sq. feet
Construction Cost:
$37.7 million
Completed:
2016
Type:
New Construction
Duration:
1 year, 5 months
Outcomes
  • Consolidated 4 million pieces of NJTA equipment and supplies into one building
  • Designed a first-of-its-kind building for New Jersey
  • Established a model for roadway inventory management
  • Saved NJTA $4 million through a geogrid solution to retain soil. 

NJTA maintains a staggering amount of infrastructure, including the Garden State Parkway (GSP) and New Jersey Turnpike (NJTP). Together they encompass more than 3,500 lane miles and 729 entry and exit lanes. Just as important to keeping this infrastructure in optimum condition is having an efficient system to maintain the facilities and supplies that workers need to support the roads. With more than 4 million pieces of equipment and materials spread across 26 maintenance facilities, NJTA needed a better way to manage its inventory. 

As part of NJTA’s $7 billion Capital Improvements Program, Gannett Fleming analyzed the condition of NJTA’s maintenance facilities and found that, at 60 years old, many were outgrown and outdated. Additionally, the lack of a central inventory caused multiple inefficiencies. It was particularly challenging to maintain proper inventory levels, with items consistently running out of stock in one location and sitting in abundance in another.

What We Did

Gannett Fleming partnered with NJTA to identify a solution – creation of the Central Services Facility. Divided into two sections, the 67,458 square-foot facility provides centralized warehousing of parts and equipment and serves more than 120 employees. The design team seamlessly integrated the facility into the 9.93 acre project site, along with 249 parking spaces, a new fueling station with two 10,000 gallon underground fuel tanks; an 8,500-square-foot salt shed; a 60,000-square-foot outdoor storage yard; and a 30 feet x 30 feet fresh water rinse and de-icing station.   

Two design modifications stand out as showcase innovations of the project. In place of a retaining wall to support the grade differentiation of the on- and off-ramps to the facility, Gannett Fleming redesigned the area to utilize geogrids—a soil reinforcement product made with polyester yarns. Using geogrids instead of a retaining wall saved NJTA $4 million. Additionally, selecting precast, load-bearing panels for the exterior walls increased the durability of the maintenance facility to withstand the daily impact of heavy equipment moves. The solution also reduced construction time and helped the project meet an accelerated schedule – 17 months instead of the standard 24 months for a facility of this kind – in order for New Jersey to be ready for the 2016-2017 snow season.

Key Features

  • Eleven garage bays of approximately 10,000 square feet accommodate vehicles and equipment
  • Precast, load-bearing panels for the exterior walls increase building durability
  • Palletized and non-palletized systems in the high bay storage area create more storage space
  • High bay racking and management systems efficiently pick and pack materials for transport
  • Four stories of smaller shelving systems, cantilever racking, tire racking, pallet racking, and hand stack racking optimize space
  • Vertical design of the stormwater management basin saved approximately 10,000 square feet.

Awards & Recognition

  • National Recognition Award, 2017, American Council of Engineering Companies, Engineering Excellence Awards
  • Honor Award, 2017, American Council of Engineering Companies of New Jersey, Engineering Excellence Awards.

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