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Academic STEM Building at Brookdale Community College

Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.

Posted: May 8, 2018 | Projects

Located on Brookdale Community College’s Wall Campus in Wall Township, New Jersey, this new academic STEM building/student success center is built on the grounds that once were home to the U.S. Army Base Fort Monmouth. 

Since its completion in 2017, the 38,500-square-foot, two-story dynamic and versatile structure immediately became the student hub for the Wall Campus. The building’s exterior skin is both contemporary and reminiscent of Brookdale’s main campus, with its unique expanses of curtain wall and projected entrances and canopies on the inward campus facade. The elevation facing the roadway was constructed of regional masonry stone veneer and HardiePlank® siding panels to appear more residential-looking.

Brookdale Community College’s mission is to empower a diverse community by providing open access to high-quality, cost-effective, and lifelong educational and learning options with clear paths to personal, educational, and economic success. To further support the goals of the school, the college invested in this state-of-the-art academic building, embracing an environment that supports collaboration. Cutting-edge technology is a major asset of this new building, and an explicit priority for the college and its students.
The building’s interior provides spaces that promote interaction and community, encouraging staff and students with various backgrounds to connect and work together. On each floor there are common, open spaces of differing shapes and volumes, to support a multitude of different studying techniques. 

The departments housed in the building are engaged in the study of natural sciences, nursing, and technology. Students here thrive in an environment that creates opportunities for impromptu meetings and fosters informal interaction. These community spaces are critical to supporting true experiential learning that is desirable for these students.
Through the Higher Education Capital Facilities Program Building Our Future Bond Act available in New Jersey, Brookdale was able to advance the construction of this new building, focusing on the establishment of much-needed new classroom space and concentrating on the STEM-related curriculum. 

The building contains 14 classrooms, two science labs, a computer lab, group study rooms, digital whiteboards and interactive video conferencing systems, student lounges, and a state-of-the-art nursing suite which includes two simulation labs and a functioning nurse station. Furthermore, the Campus Learning Commons is housed in the building, which will allow for student research, tutoring, testing, and counseling, as well as collaboration with peers and faculty.

The success of this project can be attributed to the dedication of the college and the design team in creating spaces that encourage academic excellence and teamwork for all students and faculty. The overall vision and goals for the college are seen in the positive outcomes of this new building and the students that inhabit it.


Building Envelope: Imetco, Eldorado Stone, HardiePlank®
Roofing: Garland
Windows, Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Kawneer
Flooring: Daltile, Armstrong, Johnsonite, Palmalite
Interior: Armstrong, Wolf Gordon, Sherwin Williams
Lighting: Finelite, Gotham, Lithonia, Elliptipar
Elevators: Otis


Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
1395 Yardville Hamilton Square Road, #2A
Hamilton, NJ 08691

Structural Engineer 
Harrison Hamnett, P.C.
40 Knowles Street
Pennington, NJ 08534

Mechanical Engineer
Vanderweil Engineers
101 Grovers Mill Road
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Civil, Site & Geotechnical Engineer
CHA Consulting, Inc.
575 Broadway, #301
Albany, NY 12207

General Contractor
Benjamin R. Harvey Company, Inc.
9 Cindy Lane
Ocean, NJ 07712

Location: Wall Township, New Jersey
Date Bid: Aug 2015
Construction Period: Jan 2016 to Jul 2017          
Total Square Feet: 38,500
Site: 13 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 14 classrooms.
Building Sizes: First floor, 19,500; second floor, 19,000; total, 38,500 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 14′; second floor, 14′; total, 44′.  
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade, CMU foundation walls.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, aluminum composite panel, stone masonry veneer, cement board siding.
Roof: Membrane, metal. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
KBTU/SF/yr: 133.634 MMBTU/yr

View full project details in magazine issue May-June 2018.