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  College Residence DormCollege Residence Dorm


Ives, Schier, & Lesser Architecture Studio
16-00 Route 208 South, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

General Description

Location: Bloomfield, New Jersey
Date Bid: Feb 2007
Construction Period: Jan 2008 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 25,980 Site: .2278 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 4,833; first floor, 5,595; second floor, 5,184; each additional floor, 5,184; total, 25,980 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 8’1”; first floor, 8’11”; second floor, 8’11”; each additional floor (2), 8’11”; total, 52’4”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Persimmon Engineering - 439 Route 46 East, Rockaway, NJ 07886
General Contractor: Hunter Roberts Construction Group - 60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102
Mechanical Engineer: Monsen Engineering Company - 6 Daniel Road East, #1, Fairfield, NJ 07004
Landscape Architect: Omland Engineer Associates - 54 Horsehill Road, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927

The renovation and conversion of a circa 1929 apartment building into a modern dormitory for Bloomfield College, presented IS&L Architecture Studio of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, with many challenges. Principal architect Keith Lesser, AIA, had to maintain the historic integrity of the street facade as the building is within the Bloomfield Historic District, while creating a new ADA compliant lobby at the eastside as the original lobby could not be converted to meet code. Furthermore, the building required complete infrastructure and plan renovations to make code compliant: the existing stair shaft was modified to fit a new elevator and two new stair towers were cut into the building to bring the building up to fire egress standards. Overall, portions of the brick exterior bearing walls had to be either re-pointed, repaired, or replaced due to either settling or damage. The interior iron structural frame was retained, however the wood framed floors and walls in the former bathroom areas had to be either replaced or reinforced. Finally, the entire basement, which still housed the original coal deposit, was gutted and excavated to house the community room and 2 dorm suites.

Once the structure was stabilized and abated of lead paint and asbestos, all of the wood and terrazzo floors were refinished, new bathrooms were installed, and new kitchenette units replaced the existing kitchens. The original apartment layouts allowed for living areas to be partitioned into spacious 4-person suites that were upgraded with individual PTAC units and tamper-proof energy efficient windows, wireless-internet, built in bookcases, storage closets, and all new lighting and finishes throughout. Each floor contains an ADA suite and private suite layouts for senior or graduate students. the basement now is home to a spacious recreation room and the college's Campus Security offices. Other amenities include laundry rooms on each floor, mailboxes, fitness room, and communal kitchen.

Finally the exterior facade's common brick was covered in a breathable exterior coating and the street facade was restored. The center section of the building is clad with stucco to complement the split face masonry stair towers. New landscaping and historic street lighting were extended to the new curved side entrance lobby addition. 

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