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Atlantic Cape Breaks Ground for $16 Million STEM Building

December 10, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College held a ceremonial groundbreaking today, Dec. 10, for the Science, Engineering, Technology & Math building at the college’s Mays Landing Campus. Nearly 100 college representatives, government and hospitality officials were in attendance.

The groundbreaking featured remarks from Dr. Peter Mora, Atlantic Cape Community College president; Otto Hernandez, department chair, Information Systems & Aviation Studies; Ken Calemmo, Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation board officer and capital campaign cabinet member; Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson; Assemblyman John F. Amodeo; and Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo.

The centerpiece of the Blueprint 2020 Master Plan, the $16 million project will feature science labs, computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways. The building will also be home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute.  The building will be located on the south side of the main campus quadrangle between the William Spangler Library, D-building, and the central plant, F-building, will serve as a highly visible beacon. This project marks the first Atlantic Cape building constructed at the Mays Landing Campus in more than two decades.

“The groundbreaking for this state-of-the-art STEM building simply would not be possible without the vision and support of a wide range of advocates, including members of the college community, led by our Board of Trustees, elected officials from the local through the national levels, and leaders from the private sector. It has truly been team effort,” Dr. Peter Mora, Atlantic Cape president, said.  

“The construction of this facility, when linked to the recent opening of the Rutgers Degree Completion facility here in Mays Landing and the current construction of a new hospitality studies wing at our Worthington Atlantic City Campus, constitutes a transformational, historic change in improving the quality of the academic and workforce programs offered at Atlantic Cape Community College. These projects directly support our published mission of providing opportunity to superior and affordable higher education for the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties,” Mora said.

Funding for the $16 million STEM building project came from a number of sources, totaling $8 million, plus an $8 million match by the County of Atlantic. Funders included: South Jersey Economic Development District; Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation; federal government, omnibus and U.S. Economic Development Administration funding; Atlantic Cape; and the state of New Jersey, Chapter 12 program.

The 32,475-square-foot, two-story facility, designed by Philadelphia firm Stantec Architects (formerly Burt Hill), will be eligible for LEED Silver certification for its “green” design. Following input from students, faculty, staff and external stakeholders through focus group sessions, and guidance from the Atlantic Cape STEM Core Team, architects prepared a design that incorporates a palette of materials and colors that complement the colors, textures and scale of current campus buildings, while maintaining the natural quality of the campus landscape. Exterior building materials will feature brick cavity wall construction on the first floor, insulated metal panel walls on the second floor and penthouse, and glass window walls in the two-story atrium/lobby.

Atlantic Cape plans to award the construction contract at the Dec. 18 Board of Trustees meeting with construction expected to begin in March 2013 and occupancy in September 2014. For more information about the project, visit www.atlantic.edu.