DMR Architects has completed architectural design and construction administration services for the new Municipal Court and Parking Authority building located at 4225 Bergen Turnpike in North Bergen. The project consisted of a $4 million renovation to a 2-story building totaling 13,000 square feet.
The building used to occupy a TD Bank branch. The building was discovered by Township Administrator Christopher Pianese, who tried to utilize the branch several times, assuming it was closed. Mr. Pianese then realized the bank building was vacant and immediately thought the location would be a perfect fit to expand space for the Township.
This project was extremely important to the Township, since the former court space was outdated and undersized as the court shared space with the Police Department in Town Hall. Such accommodations made the space unsafe for staff and residents of the community - six years ago a ceiling collapsed in the court (thankfully on a weekend) - which started the search for new space.
The building offers more space for long lines for the court and more parking, which are two big issues in this small urban community. The North Bergen Municipal Court is a high volume operation, and with the recent State Legislation requiring courtrooms to be more secured and safe, the new facility will be able to address all of the requirements for the safety of the judge, staff and public.
DMR worked closely with Township leaders to put together a program and re-design the former bank space to fit the needs of the court and parking authority. "Our firm has major strength in renovating existing building and spaces to fit a completely different program than its original use. Our staff is always up to the challenge," says Lloyd. A Rosenberg, AIA, President and CEO of DMR Architects.
The front part of the building houses the North Bergen Parking Authority who leases 40 percent of the building from the Township. The building officially opened for business on Monday, July 23rd.
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