West Hall Construction to Begin: Groundbreaking Held Sept. 24
Middlesex County College held a groundbreaking to kick off construction on one of two new buildings scheduled for completion in 2016. West Hall, which will consolidate enrollment services, was introduced at the groundbreaking September 24, 2014. Scheduled to open in the spring of 2016, the two-story building will transform student enrollment procedures.
"Thank you for joining is on this wonderful day as we begin another addition to our campus," said College President Joann La Perla-Morales at the groundbreaking. "Our goal is to bring the services of several departments under one roof to meet the needs of students and their family members for admission, financial aid, advising, registration, orientation, scholarships and student accounts."
College officials are excited about the new building.
"It's going to revolutionize how we admit and register students," said Kasey Drennen, director of the College's First-Year Experience. "We've been looking at Montgomery County Community College, which is in the vanguard of enrollment services, to create a true one-stop process."
Students could take care of most of their enrollment process by visiting one counter.
"The idea is you can get through the process quicker and more conveniently," Mr. Drennen said.
Dorothy K. Power, chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, noted the construction was taking place during the College's 50th anniversary.
"We are please in this golden anniversary year to be adding another fine facility to our learning environment," she said. "This new enrollment services center will provide improved assistance to our students and their families."
Carol Barrett Bellante, deputy director of the Middlesex County Freeholders, lauded the College and its trustees.
"For 50 years, utilizing some buildings from the former Raritan Arsenal, the beauty of this campus has been maintained and extended," she said. "I'm proud of the quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunity we offer our residents."
From left: Mark McCormick, vice president for academic and student affairs; Ronald Goldfarb, special assistant to the president; Susan Perkins, vice president for administration and finance; Brad Morton, executive director of information technology; Thomas Tighe, vice chair of the Board of Trustees; Diane Conboy, MCC Foundation treasurer; Brian Daugherty, chair of the MCC Foundation; Middlesex Freeholder Charles Kenny; Congressman Frank Pallone; John Mulkerin, Board of Trustees; Eileen Palumbo'78, Board of Trustees; College President Joann La Perla-Morales; Obi Agudosi, senior vice president, DMR Architects; Robert Sica, secretary of the Board of Trustees; Carol Barrett Bellante, Freeholder deputy director; Robert Oras, Board of Trustees; John Hoffman, College counsel; Dorothy K. Power, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Garlatti, chief of staff to the New Jersey secretary of higher education; Patrick Madama, vice president for institutional advancement; and State Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin'74.
West Hall will be approximately 26,000 square feet, at the corner of Parkside Drive and College Drive East. The project includes improvements to the ecological park behind the building – a more defined path, new lighting and benches – as well as upgrading two parking lots and increasing the number of spaces in them.
Donald R. Drost Jr., executive director of facilities management, said the design has been completed and construction is scheduled to start at the end of 2014 or early 2015. It is expected to cost $12 million and will be funded by Chapter 12, a program in which the county government sells bonds, and the state and the county then split the debt service.
Middlesex's most recent building, Crabiel Hall, received a LEED® silver rating from the United States Green Building Council, signifying its environmental attributes. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides building owners with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
Mr. Drost said the College is attempting to attain a gold rating for this building.
A groundbreaking for the second building, South Hall, will be held October 24. That building, funded by the Building Our Future Bond Act approved by the voters in 2012, will be a state-of-the-art science building. It replaces South I and South II, which were demolished over the summer. They had been the temporary home for James Monroe Elementary School last spring.