Achieving Excellence in Higher Education

Loring is pleased to announce that the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence and G-Wing Renovation at Ramapo College of New Jersey has earned ENR’s 2016 Best Project award in Higher Education/Research for the New York metropolitan region. Loring provided MEP engineering services for the project, teaming with Mitchell Giurgola Architects; structural engineers Ysrael A. Seinuk; civil engineers Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; and Cambridge Construction Management Company.

Achieving Excellence in Higher Ed
The brand new Adler Center, a glass-clad building strategically located to maximize solar orientation, houses patient assessment and treatment simulation labs, classrooms, café, gallery, and administrative areas. A high-performance façade and sophisticated daylighting control system for the three-story 36,000-square foot facility reduce energy consumption.

Connected to the Adler Center by a new pedestrian bridge, the 1970s-built G-Wing underwent a full interior gut renovation, transforming the 100,000-square foot building into a modern research and teaching facility for the Schools of Social Science and Human Services, and Theoretical and Applied Science. An exterior redesign gave the four-story structure a brighter look, and new windows that maximize daylight and views of the surrounding Ramapo Mountains.

Staging and Coordination
With construction occurring while the G-Wing was in use, careful planning and coordination were required to keep the existing MEP systems up and running as new systems were installed. Trailers were used to create swing space, enabling the contractor to upgrade one half of the building while the other half was still occupied.

“By enlarging the existing mechanical penthouse, we were able to accommodate new air handling units and allow the old units to continue to function. New shafts were added on each floor to route the new MEP services from the mechanical room,” says Loring Executive Vice President Steven Kenah. “Through continuous communication between the design and construction team and Ramapo College, we were extremely successful in minimizing disruptions and delivering an exceptional project.”