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William Paterson University Science Hall

Gilbane construction management team completed the project $4 million under its original estimated cost.

Project Summary

In order to provide ongoing functionality of the University’s Science Curriculum, construction was divided into two (2) phases. Phase 1, the new 65,000 SF Science Building with greenhouse, was ready for occupancy by the summer of 2010. Following the transition of the existing building’s occupants into the new Science Building, Phase 2 included the of renovation 165,000 SF  to the original home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Science and Health completed in time for the opening of the 2011-2012 academic year. The new facilities house state-of-the-art modular research laboratories and teaching labs designed to encourage research collaboration between faculty and students. Studies include:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Pre-medicine
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology

The architect, HOK of New York, designed the new and old facilities to merge with the existing facility, which received a complete facade upgrade with insulated curtainwall. The project required deep foundation work of 30 to 40 feet excavations near existing structures. This site work was scheduled around special needs students to maintain access without class rescheduling. The logistics of the existing building due to the site slope has ground access at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.

Construction was completed while the existing building was occupied; this work consisted of two lecture halls, four classrooms, upgrades to two air handlers and five boilers for the entire building. Careful planning and execution was pertinent to the successful implementation of the work that was done in the occupied area to ensure that the day-to-day activities were not interrupted.

Client Testimonial

“It is apparent that Gilbane has a systematic approach to construction management, which was committed to by its field personnel with credibility, consistency, and success.”

– Richard Stomber, Associate Vice President – Administration