STEM Building and Hospitality Studies Center Projects Advance

Two major building projects that are part of the College’s Blueprint 2020 Master Plan—one on the Mays Landing Campus and another at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus—took major steps forward in Academic Year 2009-2010.

Architectural and engineering work was completed and site preparation began for a new $16 million Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) building, the first new construction at the Mays Landing Campus in nearly two decades. The project will go out for bid in AY 2010-2011 with planned completion in AY 2012-2013.

In November 2009, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority awarded the College a $5 million grant to build a $10 million Hospitality Studies Center for Workforce Training at the Worthington Campus. As part of its pledge to support capital improvements at Atlantic Cape, Atlantic County will match the CRDA grant. The center will train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers.

STEM Rendering

Courtesy of Burt Hill Architects and Engineers, P.C.

STEM Building Highlights

  • $16 million project
  • 32,475 square feet
  • Five science labs, three computer labs
  • Home of new Air Traffic Control (Terminal) Degree program
  • Vegetated “green” roof and astronomy viewing area
  • Designed to received LEED Silver status

Centerpiece of the Master Plan

Considered the centerpiece of the Blueprint 2020 Master Plan, the STEM building was designed by Burt, Hill, a national firm with extensive experience in designing such facilities. Among other uses, the building will house the College’s Technology Studies Institute and its new Air Traffic Control (Terminal) degree program.

The building’s exterior materials will feature brick cavity wall construction on the first floor and insulated metal panel on the second floor. Working with Burt, Hill, Atlantic Cape chose materials and colors that echo the look of current buildings and complement the natural quality of the wooded campus landscape.

The 32,475 square-foot building contains:

  • two biology labs
  • one organic chemistry lab
  • one general chemistry lab
  • one lab shared between earth science and anthropology
  • adjacent science preparation rooms
  • three computer classrooms, one housing the College’s highly anticipated Federal Aviation Administration tower simulator for its new Air Traffic Control (Terminal) degree program
  • a second simulator designed to teach radar operation instruction
STEM Rendering-2

In addition to academic program spaces, the STEM building contains a number of areas designed to make the student’s experience on campus more engaging, including:

  • student collaboration spaces
  • faculty offices
  • conference rooms
  • student lounges
  • small ‘grab and go’ food station

‘Highly Visible Beacon’ for the Campus

The STEM building will be located between the William Spangler Library and the campus central plant. The site is also near the main student parking lots and actively engages the southern section of the campus quad. In this location, architects say, the building will serve as a “highly visible beacon” for those entering or leaving campus.

The STEM building roof will have a patio area for a rooftop astronomy program and will feature a partially vegetated green roof with native plants and grasses. The vegetated roof will assist in storm water management and moderating the required cooling loads. A rooftop mechanical penthouse will protect and hide the heating, ventilating and air conditioning units, fans and equipment.

The building is designed with many “green” initiatives and the architects will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification at the end of construction. Some of the elements that support the LEED Silver status include:

  • a vegetated green roof
  • use of recycled materials in construction
  • day-lighting in most of the occupied spaces and use of indirect lighting
  • use of natural materials including linoleum flooring and stone tile
  • indoor air quality monitoring
  • storm water management using a vegetated bio-swale

The project also will be tied to the campus’s new photovoltaic system.

Hospitality Studies Center for Workforce Training

The new Hospitality Studies Center for Workforce Training at the College’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus will house training facilities for entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers.

“Atlantic Cape has grown its presence in Atlantic City over the last 30 years, training residents with a variety of superior academic, technical and training programs and is committed to the future of the city,” said Dr. Mora. “The Hospitality Studies Center will provide incumbent worker training for those in culinary and hospitality jobs, directly supporting the hospitality industry, in particular the casino hotels.”

Hospitality Studies Center for Workforce Training

A conceptual drawing of the new Hospitality Wing.  Courtesy of Blumberg Associates.

Training and Facility Highlights

The new 22,000 square-foot facility will create a central training facility for:

  • Introductory and Advanced Culinary Arts
  • Housekeeping, Computers
  • English as a Second Language
  • Hospitality Management

The center will train as many as 1,200 students annually. The project will help fulfill the recommendations of the June 2008 Atlantic City Region Economic & Workforce Profile Project completed for the CRDA by the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

The center will include:

  • two teaching kitchens
  • one classroom
  • offices
  • mock hotel room for training
  • a “green roof”

The roof will house a culinary garden where fresh produce will be grown for use in the classroom. It was designed to reduce energy costs, minimize the urban heat/island effect and provide efficient storm water management.