Becica Associates LLC is proud to announce Governor Chris Christie’s celebratory opening and the successful completion of the George L. Catrambone Elementary School. Becica Associates was responsible for the design of the new 109,000 square foot Elementary School in Long Branch, New Jersey. Completion on time and under budget is indicative of the successful collaboration of all team members involved. Check out the State of New Jersey, Office of the Governor’s website posting.
The cost effective design not only meets the District’s educational curriculum and provides high level building security but also incorporates many sustainable technologies and systems, just a few of which include high efficiency HVAC and plumbing systems, a high performance building envelope, daylighting controls and sustainable materials.
The academic wings were designed with exterior views in all learning spaces and were arranged to offer quiet zones for learning, buffered from the active assembly areas and music rooms. Pre-K and K classrooms are located adjacent to the outdoor playground, complete with a safety surfacing system. Interior and exterior performance areas, a courtyard classroom and flexible multi-use spaces all provide students with enhanced learning opportunities.
Becica Associates designed and managed the installation of a permanent mural on the facade of the Union City High School. The mural was painted on rain screen metal wall panels. Art work was designed by the Union City High School graphics art teacher, drawn by the art students, painted by a professional painter and installed by a contractor. The abstract colorful mural is a further enhancement of the Union City Student Sanctuary.
Cherry Hill Public Schools, Cherry Hill, NJ
Originally built in early 1960s and known at the time as New Jersey’s most inexpensively built school building, the original facade consisted of un-insulated glass in an aluminum store front system. Over the years numerous renovation projects further depleted the facade’s ability to resist water and air penetration. BA studied various renovation options leading up to the recommendation to replace the aluminum store front with an externally insulated rain screen metal panel covered steel stud wall system replacing continuous fenestration with high performance punch windows. The facade replacement project has greatly reduced building heating loss.
A capital repair project of 928,000 square foot distribution center for automobile parts to correct over 28,000 feet of concrete fractures/cracks in 130,000 square feet of precast-prestressed concrete wall panels. Repairs were necessary to protect the durability and structural safety of the wall panels, the weather resistant integrity of the building envelope and restore the originally intended aesthetics of the façade.
Becica Associates provided facade condition assessment, design and construction administration services for Cherry Hill Board of Education at High School East. The repair option chosen was a complete facade replacement using reinforced brick masonry veneer. Project included the reconstruction of the entire wall, including portions of the back-up wall, cavity drainage systems, and energy efficient window systems.
Becica Associates provided condition assessment, forensic engineering, design and construction administration for this 20-story residential condominium building in Ventnor, New Jersey, that houses 324 units built in 1970. Pedestrian hazards created by falling concrete from balcony beam soffits prompted BA’s involvement. BA completed a number of investigations including load testing of balconies to determine the cause of the failures. Design for balcony repairs included replacing edge beam concrete while maintaining existing balcony slabs, new balcony coatings, guard rails and sliding glass doors.
Additional projects included pool deck repairs, a new front entry Porte Cochere, roof replacement, roof top cooling tower replacement and mechanical penthouse exterior wall over cladding.
The Bridgeton High School Athletic Complex Master Plan included replacement of the 1939 vintage stadium with a barrier-free compliant 1,300 seat grandstand and press-box, a synthetic all-purpose turf field, all-weather running track, long and high jump and pole vault events. Other features include public toilet rooms, home and visiting team locker rooms, elevator access to upper cross walk and barrier-free seating, utility and support spaces.
Becica Associates provided Architectural and Engineering Services for the design of a 6,500 square foot Instructional Media Center and elevator addition. Managed and funded by New Jersey Schools Development Authority, the building includes: Computer classroom, book stack areas, quiet reading spaces, constructed as a multi-use flexible, learning space created by a long clear span acoustically dampened structure.
Becica Associates provided design services for a 22,000 square foot addition and renovations to the existing facilities. The completed facility was expanded to include: New science, art and music classrooms, gymnasium/multi-purpose room, full service kitchen, locker rooms, toilet rooms, physical education office, and staff room and new front canopy entrance. Renovations included: Roof replacement and complete facade renovation and HVAC replacements, new bus loop, barrier-free curb ramps and sidewalks, storm drainage and utility systems work.
Becica Associates was engaged by New Jersey School Construction Corporation to evaluate the adaptive reuse and expansion of an existing office building into a 615 student Early Childhood Center for the Millville School District. Alterations included reconfiguring 61,000 SF of space to accommodate 29 classrooms, parent and teacher meeting rooms, gross motor skills rooms, a full service kitchen, a wellness center, administrative and support areas. New construction included a 23,000 SF addition containing 12 classrooms as well as a multi-use space. Restoration included a complete facade replacement.
Robins’ Nest is a charity organization located in Glassboro, NJ whose mission is to insure the safety of children and enhance their well-being in a family setting. Becica Associates LLC designed a new building to provide much needed space for an expanding counselor and administrative staff. BA was selected as a “partner” to help improve the organization’s facilities.