Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — The Best of 2011 — March 16 - 29, 2012 — 33C


The Favorite/Most Unusual Architecture Project of 2011 RSC Architects Hudson County Community College — Higher Education – New Construction — Aztec Architects Pearson — Corporate Office Interiors —

Pearson is the leading educational publishing firm in the world. Aztec provided them with the interior architectural and relocation services. The scope was to help them down size and right size their space. The project was completed in three separate phases. The result was a contemporary open environment that allows collaboration and interaction while providing a soothing color pallett of blues and greens. Aztec also created shared huddle rooms, open collaboration area’s as well as a small meeting center and a breakout area. The overall result was an open attractive collaboration. This was a very challenging project as the construction had to be done in three phases while the premises were occupied. There were many interim moves to help keep the process going as well as to allow Pearson to keep doing business without interruption. The old space was very traditional office space with offices ringing the perimeter window and 65” high workstations in the center. The colors where also dark giving the entire space a closed feeling. Aztec lightened the color and opened up all the window line for everyone to enjoy. We created a new workstation standard to allow collaboration and light into the space as well as significantly reducing the amount of offices. All the offices are placed in the interior. The transformation is a whole new look and feel that Pearson will enjoy for years to come.

The new seven-story satellite campus of Hudson County Community College houses classrooms, administrative offices, student commons, media center, science labs, campus store, and a fitness center. A soaring, three-story lobby welcomes students and visitors into the building, and an outdoor courtyard provides a quiet space away from the public. Other exterior features are a six-story curved curtain wall system and a 100-foot-tall clock tower. The unique design incorporates several sustainable elements, including solar panels, rainwater harvesting tanks, daylight and occupancy sensors, recycled materials, low flow fixtures, light shelves, and high-efficiency mechanical equipment. Accordingly, the facility is slated to receive LEED certification. The project is unique in many ways, especially given how many features were fit into such a small footprint. The site was specifically selected due to its location next to an existing NJ Transit bus depot and the Bergenline Avenue Station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. A glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge spans across the bus lanes and connects the campus with the transit hub via a new stair tower with elevator. This transit village concept ties into the surrounding community, and allows students arriving by mass transit to conveniently access the building through a separate secured entrance. Furthermore, this portion of the project was funded entirely by Hudson County.

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