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Monmouth County breaks ground on new DMR-designed West Wing Security Vestibule

Monmouth County breaks ground on new DMR-designed West Wing Security Vestibule 789 444 DMR Architects

Construction for the West Wing Security Vestibule addition to the Monmouth County Courthouse, designed by DMR Architects, began last month following a groundbreaking ceremony in Freehold Borough.

DMR Architects designed the 3,400 square foot screening area to address modern security equipment and measures that the existing facility, built in 1954, could not accommodate.  It will be used as the lone entryway for all employees and visitors to the building, replacing the courthouse’s previously- used East and West wing entrance hallways.

DMR’s design supports easy sightlines, an intuitive and efficient queuing system, ample space for machines including metal detectors and up to four x-ray machines, and technological upgrades with access to restricted areas and video monitoring systems.

“By investing in the space and technology required to support the most sophisticated safety protocols available today, Monmouth County is demonstrating its commitment to the safety of all those who work in the County courthouse and the hundreds that visit daily,” said Lloyd A. Rosenberg, AIA, President & CEO of DMR Architects.  “We’re honored to provide the infrastructure that will allow Monmouth County’s judicial machine to continue running effectively.”

In addition to the construction of the West Wing Security Vestibule, the project provides for the reconstruction of the East Wing main entrance stairs, landing and handrails, along with the restoration of additional exterior entrance stairs throughout the building. All improvements will comply with standards enumerated in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“It was important to address the practical needs of the county while seamlessly integrating the new addition with the aesthetic of the original Courthouse,” said Kurt Vierheilig, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Design and Partner at DMR Architects. “The new security Vestibule will be the new public lobby to the Courthouse, expressing an appropriate Civic presence with its modern exterior design, while improving the efficiency and safety of security screening and interior circulation.”

The Monmouth County West Wing Security Vestibule is one of hundreds of municipal buildings that DMR has designed in New Jersey, and one of ten municipal projects either recently completed or currently underway.

South Toms River Opens DMR-Designed Municipal and Public Safety Building

South Toms River Opens DMR-Designed Municipal and Public Safety Building 789 444 DMR Architects

Today South Toms River police and other municipal workers are beginning operations in their newly renovated, 10,000 square foot Municipal Building, Police Department and Municipal Court, designed by DMR Architects.

DMR’s plans retrofitted a vacant daycare center into a modern building that addressed the borough’s need for the police to have a separate entry, two holding cells, a processing room and interview room. It will also house all municipal offices and a municipal court with advanced technology for closed circuit court proceedings and governing body presentations. The new location will also provide for a community room with an interactive smartboard for enforcement training, and space for the Borough’s Office of Emergency Management.

“DMR helped us see that a vacant building was the best solution for our needs, not just today but many years into the future,” Oscar Cradle, Mayor for South Toms River, said. “We were also able to complete a redevelopment agreement with other parcels in the Borough so the new building helps us serve our residents/taxpayers better at no cost to them.”

“Projects like South Toms River are very exciting for us because they allow us to creatively address multiple issues in addition to the need for a new building, and ultimately help the township run more efficiently,” Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA, President and CEO of DMR Architects, said.