A new $25.9 million, 70,070 s/f Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building has pened on the Jersey City campus of Hudson County Community College.
Designed by Hackensack-based RSC Architects, the state-of-the-art complex consolidates and centralizes the college’s STEM programs into one location serving 700-750 students.
RSC served as the project’s architect-of-record and began the initial design work in 2014. Opened for the Fall 2017 semester, the new building is located at 263 Academy Street near Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ. The site was formerly a parking lot for the school.
“STEM studies offer the greatest opportunities for well-paying, long-lasting careers and economic growth,” said Glen Gabert, Ph.D., president of Hudson County Community College.
“We wanted a building that reflects our commitment to STEM and our students. One that is comfortable, secure, learning-focused, has the newest and best technologies, and encourages the kind of collaboration that leads to innovations that can improve life in the future.”
The new STEM facility includes 14 general classrooms; 10 science labs for the study of microbiology, genetics, and engineering; an open lobby design; an outdoor collaborative space; a multi-purpose room, and offices for administrative officials.
Equipment including autoclaves, incubators, ionizers, explosion-proof refrigerators and vacuum ovens were built into the labs.