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  Rider University North HallRider University North Hall


Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
120 Sanhican Drive, Trenton, NJ 08618

General Description

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
LEED® Gold
Date Bid: Apr 2010 Construction Period: June 2010 to July 2011
Total Square Feet: 22,658 Site: 1.75 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 11,207; second floor, 11,451; total, 22,658 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’; second floor, 15’; floor to floor, 15’; total, 36’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, metal panel, stucco. Roof: Metal, membrane, vegetated. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Harrison-Hamnett, P.C. - General Contractor: Seacoast Builders - 566 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Schiller and Hersh Associates, Inc. - 110 Pennsylvania Avenue, Oreland, PA 19075
Civil Engineer: Maser Consulting, P.A. - 331 Newman Springs Road, #203, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Landscape Architect: Synterra, Ltd. - 4747 S. Broad St., Navy Yard Bldg. 101, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Rider University, understanding the need for additional academic and faculty space, opened its new facility, North Hall, in the fall of 2011. The building, with its nine classrooms, two seminar rooms, sixteen faculty and departmental offices, and multi-purpose conference room, is the first strictly academic facility to be built on the Lawrenceville campus since Sweigart Hall in 1988. The building houses the History and Philosophy department offices, but its classrooms serve all programs throughout the University, including one of the large seminar rooms acting as the President's Board Room. The building's construction was part of a $12.9 million combined project that also included a large outdoor plaza connecting North Hall to the adjacent Memorial Hall, creating a student gathering space which was previously missing from the campus vernacular, and a substantial renovation of the Bart Luedeke Center Theater, all designed by Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.

North Hall is certified LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. Some of its sustainable features include sunshades, green roof, VOC-free paints and adhesives, rapidly renewable materials, low flow fixtures, daylighting, detention basin for storm water management, fly ash content in concrete, green power purchase, recycling storage, water efficient landscaping, bike racks, and regionally-sourced materials. "The LEED Gold certification for North Hall exceeded expectations and is a great example of the teamwork and expertise that went into designing and building this project," said Mike Reca, Rider's associate vice president for Facilities and Auxiliary Services. North Hall was designed and constructed from beginning to end with sustainability as a driving force.

Rider University has committed itself to sustainability. "Achieving LEED Gold for North Hall just shows how far Rider has come with its green initiatives," said Melissa Greenberg, sustainability manager at Rider University. "This is real proof that with the signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, an impact was made, and Rider has chosen to dedicate resources toward achieving the goals that it set out to complete."

Beginning with a master plan, in conjunction with a carbon neutrality study and action plan, Rider University, with Spiezle providing the guidance and expertise, has carved a path to be a leader in sustainability among higher education institutions. In fact, earlier this year, Rider University was named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review, which selected Rider for inclusion in the third annual edition of The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Colleges: 2012 Edition. North Hall is another step in the University's charter of providing the optimal learning environment in a sustainable approach.

LEED® Points Achieved          63 Total
Sustainable Site                       
Water Efficiency                     
Energy & Atmosphere             
Materials & Resources             
Indoor Environmental Quality  
Innovation in Design                
Regional Priority                     

Product Information
Brick: The Belden Brick Company
Metal Panels: Bamco
EPDM Roof: Carlisle
Vegetative Roof: Furbishco
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: YKK AP
Translucent Insulated Wall Panels: Kalwall
Flooring: Armstrong VCT, Fritztile, Mohawk Carpet.
Elevator: Schindler
Lighting: Architectural Area Lighting, Finelite, Columbia, Emergi-Lite

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