College Residence Dorm|
Ives, Schier, & Lesser Architecture Studio
16-00 Route 208 South, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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, 81; first floor, 811; second
floor, 811; each additional floor (2), 811; total, 524.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls:
CMU, brick, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete,
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall, wood stud drywall.
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.