by Brad Wadlow
Middlesex County has retained DMR Architects to redesign its County Archive and Record Storage Building and County Highways and Bridges Complex Administration Building on Apple Orchard Road, and the County Medical Examiner’s Office and Morgue on Livingston Avenue, all in North Brunswick.
With much of its tax and property deeds being kept and now issued online, one-third of The Archive and Record Storage building’s nearly 8,000 square feet will be reconfigured into satellite office space for the county prosecutor and warehouse space for its large item storage. Plans also include a new parking area, a new driveway off the main road, and a loading area for the warehouse space.
The County Highways and Bridges building plans call for gutting the interior to make office space for its current, reduced staff and that of the Middlesex County Area Transit. Plans also include a new roof, HVAC system and new windows.
The current County Medical Examiner’s Office will be enlarging its cold storage capabilities from less than 400 square feet to close to 1,000 square feet in total by expanding it into an underutilized adjacent garage. The existing office space will be reconfigured to accommodate medical doctors’ offices, medical investigators and clinical technicians.
“Similar to what we are seeing in other municipal buildings as well as hospitals, facilities that were built in the ’70s and ’80s have outgrown their original uses,” said Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA, president and CEO of DMR Architects, in a news release. “These are the types of changes that necessitate companies and organizations needing an architect.”
DMR Architects, which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, has worked on more than a dozen municipal buildings in the past five years.
This article originally appeared on myCentralJersey.com.