Essex County College Facilities Master Plan Re-Envisions Main Campus
Bright, welcoming campus that fosters collaboration, improves student services and provides state of the art facilities where learners can flourish
Earlier this year, a Posen Architects team led by Design Principal Thomas Fantacone and Architectural Associate LaNeé Carter completed a master planning study for Essex County College's Main Campus in Newark, New Jersey. The plan re-envisions the existing campus and provides a road map for the College as it plans improvements and renovations in the coming five years.
A facilities assessment study was completed to determine the condition of the existing infrastructure and identify improvements to space usage and the environment. Posen made recommendations for building restructuring to accommodate new program elements - particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Health Sciences; improve student services; upgrade security; strengthen the college's identity; and creating a, welcoming environment. The process included discussions with members of the Essex County College community to understand the mission and vision for the campus, which currently serves approximately 9,000 credit students and 18,000 continuing education students.
Highlights of the Facilities Master Plan recommendations:
- Comfortable, flexible, bright environments throughout the campus that foster collaboration
- A welcoming, convenient One Stop Center where enrollment, testing, advising, bursar and financial aid functions are located near each other
- A large, vibrant Makerspace in the STEM area
- Additional skill labs with simulation for Health Sciences, as well as surgical suites and massage therapy areas
- Improved lockers and showers for athletics
- A flexible language lab for Continuing Education
- A new "Front Door" for the campus on University Avenue and bright, connecting links between buildings
- New exterior lighting and updated signage to highlight the College at night and strengthen its identity in the neighborhood
The focus on STEM and Health Sciences keeps these programs in step with the latest developments in these areas of study to best prepare Essex County College students, and the design recommendations update and modernize the school's functionality and identity to carry it into the future.
The Essex County College Facilities Master Plan is the latest in a large portfolio of educational projects that Thomas Fantacone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has completed throughout his career. Other recent projects he is responsible include an accessibility study for upgrades to the Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey; five new buildings for the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY); and a Master Plan study for East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Prime Healthcare - Saint Clare's Health
Prime Healthcare, based in Ontario, CA, is one of the nation's largest for-profit hospital systems. Their tagline, “Saving Hospitals, Saving Jobs, Saving Lives, reflects the company's commitment and successful track record of transforming financially distressed hospitals into thriving community assets. Posen Architects is excited to work with Prime Healthcare as they expand into New Jersey.
In 2015, Prime Healthcare purchased Saint Clare's Health which operates a network of hospitals and healthcare facilities in Morris and Sussex counties, including Denville Hospital, Dover Hospital, Behavioral Health centers, Sussex Health Center, and an Imaging Center in Parsippany. Shortly thereafter, Christopher McIvor, Director of Plant Operations for Saint Clare's Health, retained Posen Architects to provide architectural and engineering services for three Siemens imaging equipment replacement projects. Those three, now completed and built by Robert Chemi, EVP of Sweetwater Construction, have led to code compliance investigations, campus master planning, signage, way-finding, and additional assignments at all of the facilities in the Saint Clare's Health portfolio. With extensive experience in outpatient and inpatient facilities, the Posen team has been able to move all these projects along with quick approvals.
Projects nearing completion at Saint Clare's Dover Hospital include:
- A new Digital X-Ray and a 64 Slice CT suite
- A new digital fluoroscopy unit suite
- A new MRI suite
- A new pathology lab
- Renovation of the existing pharmacy to meet 797 & 800 compliance
- New exterior branding and signage
Denville Hospital projects that are in design and construction:
- A new interventional radiology suite
- Renovation of an existing Cath Lab with new equipment
- Emergency Room renovation to provide a new CT unit and two X-Ray room
- A new suite for an additional digital fluoroscopy unit and a radiology department holding area
- Renovation of the existing pharmacy to meet 797 & 800 compliance
- New exterior branding and signage
It's gratifying to be involved in the rejuvenation of these important community healthcare resources.
New Leadership Team
Dennis Posen is joined by Lori Klein, Thomas A. Fantacone and Kosta Koulouris to lead the firm.
As Posen Architects celebrates its 20th anniversary, we are thrilled to introduce a new leadership team structure. Dennis Posen, AIA, the founder of the firm, welcomes long-time Posen staff members Lori Klein, CID, and Kosta Koulouris, AIA, as well as recently hired Thomas A. Fantacone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to join him as principals. Each principal will continue to actively lead individual projects, and will now share responsibility for the firm's architectural and interior design direction, operational management, strategic planning and business development. Lori was a founding staff member of Posen Architects in 1996 and has more than 30 years of corporate, healthcare and commercial design experience. In her role on the leadership team, she will continue to focus on the firm's space planning, programming, and interior design work and manage the firm's Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) services assisting clients with selection, specification, procurement, delivery and installation. Her projects have included the headquarters for Ansell, Evonik, Daiichi Sankyo, NJ Sharing Network and her design influence is evident in almost every project in the office. Kosta has been with Posen Architects since 2004, overseeing all elements of the architectural design, project management and construction process for clients that include the Dormitory Authority of New York (DASNY) and DASNY's state-funded community agency partners such as the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Koulouris' leadership responsibilities will include the day-to-day operations of the firm, such as staffing and recruitment, project management and technology. “Dennis' highest priority has always been the quality of the work we provide to clients and welcoming us to join him to form the firm's leadership team is a very natural evolution for each of us and for the firm, notes Klein. Koulouris adds, "We've proven that Posen Architects is a firm that moves creative, well-designed projects successfully through the regulatory environment" getting things done. Expanding and sharing the executive leadership functions allows us to build on that strong foundation and grow to better serve our clients' design and facility needs. Tom Fantacone joined Posen in March, after having worked at firms including Rothe Johnson Associates, Rothe Johnson Fantacone, Fletcher Thompson, and CDI L.R. Kimball. He has an accomplished architectural career of more than 35 years, with projects that include the Robert Wood Johnson Cancer Hospital, Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Office Facility, the Middlesex County Administration Building and Public Safety Building as well as numerous collaborations on 20 college and university campuses in the region. Architectural design will be his focus on the leadership team, including design review of all of the firm's architectural projects, mentorship of emerging professionals and increasing design recognition for the firm. "I'm excited to be here and feel that my portfolio of work is a complement to the high caliber work that Posen Architects has been producing for the past 20 years. I look forward to contributing to the leadership team and working with this talented group of colleagues, remarks Fantacone. Dennis will continue to take a design and project management lead on a wide range of individual projects; and as a member of the leadership team, he will spearhead business development, finance and strategic planning . “These are talented professionals and proven leaders - and I am delighted that we will work together to guide the future of the firm," said Posen. "This expanded leadership team will allow us to reach new heights of accomplishment in our work, our professional development, and, most importantly, in our clients' continued satisfaction. The announcement of Posen Architects' expanded leadership team is an auspicious start to the firm's 20th anniversary year. Celebrations - to be announced throughout 2016 - will include client recognition and other special events.
Westchester Medical eHealth Center
Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) recently unveiled its new, technology-driven eHealth program on its Valhalla campus. This initiative, the first of its kind in the area, is expected to vastly improve patient outcomes on the Valhalla campus and throughout the Hudson Valley. At the heart of this system is the network's 5,500-square-foot operations center. Posen Architects collaborated with the Strategic Design Group of Philips Healthcare on this innovative design. Using the eHealth Center's state-of-the-art technology, expertly-trained medical staff will accurately monitor all patients in 98 Intensive Care Unit beds from this location. The central operations room features 20 multimedia stations equipped with the latest monitoring technologies and software. Patients' vital signs, bloodwork, imaging and medications can all be supervised from these multimedia stations. In addition, two-way audio and video allows the remote specialists to speak directly to patients, family, bedside physicians and nurses. In addition to the COR, the center contains support spaces for this facility to run 24/7 - staff offices, conference space, a staff lounge, and consult/training rooms. The technology-driven space's use is reflected in the material palette - soft whites, cool neutrals, and silver accents are used throughout the center. Light wood tones bring warmth to the space and a bright blue accent color both energizes and represents the WMCHealth brand. eHealth is a growing trend. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, use of eHealth in Intensive Care Units, known as eICUs, has been shown to decrease mortality by 20 percent and reduce the length of hospital stay by 26 percent. WMC is joining a select list of progressive organizations as more than 50 health systems and 400 hospitals nationwide are operating eHealth programs with great success. Posen Architects is proud to have been involved in this project and is currently working with Phillips Healthcare on other projects for WMCHealth at Valhalla and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie. To see Posen's Winter 2016 Newsletter: http://conta.cc/1QSYf1n
VIP Community Services, Inc.
Posen Architects has designed a new 50,000 sf building in the Bronx, to be operated by VIP Community Services, Inc., a local provider of substance abuse and alcohol treatment services. The new outpatient facility, funded by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), will include Article 28 and 31 programs, an Outpatient Methadone and Chemical Dependency Clinic, Methadone Counseling and Administration spaces. A lightweight base of translucent glass and brick contrasted by modern zinc panels were exterior materials selected to emphasize the history and reinvention of the neighborhood. The project, currently in the design phase, is anticipated to be completed in 2017. To see Posen's Fall 2015 Newsletter: http://conta.cc/1nfRlcF
White Plains Hospital Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center
The renovated 10,000-square-foot floor space includes communal chemotherapy areas as well as nine private infusion bays, each complete with individual television, temperature control and Wi-Fi access. The new infusion center satisfies a need for increased capacity due to the Hospital's growing patient volume in its award-winning cancer program. Posen is also in the process of renovating the other three floors of the Dickstein Cancer Center and constructing a new 40,000-square-foot Doctors Office Building that will connect to Dickstein and contain patient amenities, exam rooms, physician offices, and consultation space. To see Posen's Spring Newsletter: http://conta.cc/1KB3sGd
A New Beginning at White Plains Hospital
Construction has begun on a seven-story, 38,000-square-foot building that will double the size of White Plains Hospital's cancer program. It will be combined with the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center on three levels when construction is complete in late 2015, making it a 70,000-square foot facility. Posen Architects is designing the new Hospital Office Building as well as renovating the existing building.
For related White Plains Daily Voice Article: http://whiteplains.dailyvoice.com/real-estate/building-demolition-makes-way-white-plains-hospital-expansion
Ansell Donates Products to Equip Relief Workers in Typhoon-Battered Philippines
According to an NJBiz story, Ansell is donating medical and industrial products from facilities throughout its global operations to the non-profit medical assistance organization Direct Relief in response to the Hayian Typhoon disaster, including 1.7 million exam gloves and 680,000 surgical and industrial gloves for use in recovery and rebuilding efforts.
"Ansell's extraordinary steps to source rapidly and provide surgical, exam and industrial gloves in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan's destruction have been amazing and critically important," said Thomas Tighe, president and chief executive officer at Direct Relief. "Gloves are essential items for patient care and infection control in the health emergency caused by Typhoon Haiyan." Ansell has responded to other major disasters in the past, including Hurricane Katrina, the fires in Australia, and the tsunami in Southeast Asia and will continue to work with Direct Relief through the course of this effort as the region continues rebuilding and returns to a level of normalcy. Posen Architects was proud to partner with Ansell in the design of their new corporate headquarters in Iselin, New Jersey in 2013. To read more, http://www.ansell.com/press/ansell-announces-record-product-donation-direct-relief-response-typhoon-haiyan-philippines
Posen Earns 2013 AIA Newark & Suburban Architects Design Awards
On October 17th, at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, Posen Architects received two of seven Design Awards presented by the AIA Newark and Suburban Chapter.
Originally designed in the Georgian Revival Style in 1917, the Wilson Building was awarded a Silver Medal for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse. Once part of Staten Island's Seaview Hospital, a NYC, NYS and National Historic Landmark, the project required approvals from NYC Landmarks Commission, NYC Planning Commission and SEQRA. The building was designed to LEED equivalency to provide a sustainable environment for housing, substance abuse treatment and recreational services for 45 adolescent males. Creating an environment of 'home away from home' called for an abundance of natural light, a key element in supporting a sense of calm and healing. The jurors praised this entry for the efforts Posen took in preserving this historic structure on a limited budget and how the design supports the client's social mission.
The All Stars Project of New Jersey/Scott Flamm Center for After School Development in Newark is a unique space designed to capture the imagination and energy of Newark's underprivileged youth. All Stars' programs underscore the significance of performance art and appreciation by young audiences as a key element of learning. Performance and rehearsal areas descend in size as the geometry of the space narrows from front to back, all with glazing that allows views from any one space into adjacent areas. Awarded Silver in the Interiors Category, Posen Architects was Architect of Record with Doug Balder as Design Architect. The jurors lauded this adaptive reuse project for its civic agenda and in the manner in which it engages its neighborhood. The jurors used adjectives such as “fun, cost-effective, honest, and straightforward to describe the project.
Ansell Captures 2013 New Good Neighbor Award
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association announced Ansell Healthcare Products, LLC and their new corporate headquarters in Iselin, New Jersey a winner in the 2013 New Good Neighbor Awards. The New Good Neighbor Award annually recognizes the best and most exciting commercial and industrial development projects in the state of New Jersey. Winners are chosen based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit, and community involvement. The 201 nominees were responsible for over $1 billion in new investment, over 11,000 jobs, and a commitment to the economic and civic well-being of New Jersey.
Ansell was nominated for the New Good Neighbor Award by the Mayor of the Township of Woodbridge, John E. McCormac. In his letter to the Awards Committee, Mayor McCormac stated, "As an international leader in protection solutions, Ansell stands as a key business component to the 2013 economic well-being of Woodbridge Township. Ansell retained Posen Architects to go beyond the challenge of creating a new space for the growing healthcare products group - in short, they wanted their new home to communicate the vital role their brand plays in improving the lives of their clients." Ansell moved into a new 50,000 square foot space in Iselin NJ in September 2012 creating more than 200 job opportunities for local residents. The company designs, develops and manufactures multiple healthcare protection products such as specialty gloves for industrial workers and healthcare professionals. Their new location serves as Ansell's North and Latin American Headquarters.
Histopathology Services Seeks New Jersey Affiliations
With the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act projected to increase the demand for additional outpatient services and facilities, Histopathology Services is one step ahead. After an addition and renovation of their Suffern, New York location, Posen was called upon for a second project: expanding their presence in the market with a new laboratory and office relocation in Ramsey, New Jersey. The Client required a New Jersey laboratory to facilitate partnerships with regional healthcare entities; a location for an executive staff headquarters; and a facility for a growing client relations and billing services departments. The goal for the 30,000 square foot space was to create a highly functional work environment for both lab and office staff and adhere to strict budget parameters. Posen was challenged to re-use and adapt as much of the existing space as possible for the administrative portion of the program and create a flexible layout allowing for growth and efficient process flow in the various lab modules. Concepts included providing flexible bench set-up in the labs to facilitate equipment changes and storage needs; allowing access to natural light, and establishing standards for open workstations. The design team was successful in recycling pendant lighting in the open office area as well as relocating millwork within an expanded staff lounge. Custom wood door frames and sidelights were relocated to staff office areas. Construction brought about its own set of challenges with high moisture issues in the existing slab, so alternate lab flooring solutions were sourced. After remarkable growth and exceeding the capacity of the first lab in New York, this project was an opportunity to customize a lab and office space design that supports the specific nature of their work. The project was completed in December, 2012. Posen Architects is looking forward to future projects with Histopathology Services.
Building and Branding for Ansell
When Ansell Healthcare made the decision to move their corporate headquarters to Iselin NJ, they asked Posen Architects to go beyond the challenge of creating a new space for the growing healthcare products group. They wanted their new home to communicate the vital role their brand plays in improving the lives of their clients. By designing an environment where large-scale images tell the Ansell story at every turn, Posen's solution envelops the visitor in the Ansell culture while guiding them through the space via branded communication. The new office space for 225 employees includes new standards for workstations, executive offices, meeting spaces, a bistro area for each floor and integrated product displays. The space maximizes access to natural light with the use of modular glass wall systems and an open ceiling concept. Scaled down workstations promote open communication, but still provide privacy and a quiet working environment. Posen Architects also coordinated and managed the furniture, furnishings and equipment. Ansell, an international leader in protection solutions, moved into the new 57,000 square foot space in September 2012. The company designs, develops and manufactures select protection solutions such as specialty gloves for industrial workers and healthcare professionals. The new location serves as the Operational Headquarters as well as headquarters for North America and Latin/Caribbean Regions.
New All Stars Performance Space Breaks Ground in Newark
The All Stars Project of New Jersey hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, October 1, at 33 Washington Street in Newark to announce the beginning of construction of the New Jersey All Stars Center for Afterschool Development. The 9,000 square foot New Jersey All Stars Center for Afterschool Development was designed by All Stars Project National Board Member and architect Douglas Balder. Posen Architects is serving as Architect of Record and Hollister Construction Services is building the center. The New Jersey All Stars Center for Afterschool Development is the cornerstone of the All Stars' $9.2 million expansion campaign. To date, more than $7 million has been raised through the organization's private funding model supported by thousands of individual donors and hundreds of businesses. Included in the groundbreaking program were Newark City officials, including Municipal Council President Donald Payne, Jr. and Deputy Mayor of the Department of Neighborhood Engagement, Margarita Muñiz. “The New Jersey All Stars Center for Afterschool Development is an important development for Newark, New Jersey and nationally, said All Stars Project President and Chief Executive Officer Gabrielle Kurlander. "It will focus national attention on Newark as a leader in afterschool development using play, performance and pretending to help young people to develop." Newark Mayor Cory Booker, calls the All Star Project "...an important resource for our city's youth." He added, "I'm very excited that All Stars is creating a new generation of leaders among our young people." Established in 1999, the All Stars Project of New Jersey creates afterschool, educational and performing arts activities for more than 2,000 young people from Newark and New Jersey every year. The new headquarters will enable the All Stars to expand its world-class, innovative programming and create new partnerships with leaders in the business, performing arts, educational and other communities.
Posen Architects Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Now celebrating the firm's 15th Anniversary, Posen Architects, LLC continues to design buildings and spaces that meet high aesthetic and creative standards while moving past the regulatory hurdles imposed by state and local governments. That was the goal when the firm was founded, and it has remained a key element in its growth. “We have enjoyed tremendous success meeting the design and regulatory criteria of our clients, says Dennis Posen, AIA, founder and principal of the firm. “Architecture has sometimes been described as an exercise in problem-solving. The problems are not limited to the creation of space. We consider life and safety standards, the positive psychological impact of a building on its occupants, and the need to provide long-term value for our clients. It's not just bricks and mortar. Posen Architects' comprehensive approach has long appealed to clients in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. They value the firm's creativity and its expertise, especially in fields such as health care with complex construction requirements. Posen Architects ensures the process runs smoothly, earning client loyalty. Whatever the project, clients can rely on the involvement of senior-level staff at Posen Architects. "We have an incredibly talented team, and our focus as principals and designers is to understand how good design can enhance the success and productivity of our clients' businesses," says Lori Klein, Design Director. "We strive to marry our design vision to a client's unique needs and requirements. We always bring several options to the drawing board for clients to evaluate." Not surprisingly, Posen Architects is eyeing geographic expansion and new market sectors. A New York office was recently established. The firm has been attracting new work from clients in aviation and high-tech research and manufacturing, many of whom need to comply with requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the Port Authority of NY and NJ and the Federal Aviation Administration. They are no doubt drawn to the firm's record of solving problems both on the drawing board and in the regulatory world. "As we grow, we will continue to provide comprehensive services, highly specialized expertise and valuable regional experience," Posen says. "Our clients enjoy a comfort level in knowing that we will see their projects through to completion, on schedule and on budget."
Summer is a wonderful time to be out on the water and when you're a lifelong sailor like Dennis Posen, Principal of Posen Architects, what better venue can there be to share a teambuilding and bonding experience with your firm? To celebrate the July 4th holiday the crew of Posen Architects boarded the schooner "Adirondack" for a Hudson River voyage. Lady Liberty seemed near enough to touch as the group sailed by the buildings and ever-evolving skyline of downtown Manhattan and Jersey City. But this was to be more challenging than a sightseeing trip. After breaking into teams, a crash course in ship terminology and learning how to secure the lines with seaworthy knots, the crew(s) that normally collaborated over CAD drawings used their sea legs to raise the main sail faster than their counterparts. They worked on bowline knots and square knots and secured the lines on cleats with figure 8's. After the winning team was announced, architects, designers and support staff relaxed and enjoyed the ride home, followed by an inspiring recap of the year offered by Posen. "It was a great way to come together as an office," said Dennis. "And a little spirited competition keeps us sharp for the next client presentation!"