Enhancing Life Through Innovative Architecture

RSC Architects Designs New Medical-Surgical Unit for Englewood Hospital

Hackensack, New Jersey – Industry-wide efforts to deliver an improved hospital experience for patients and families combined with the pressure to safely minimize the length of a hospital stay has created a movement toward patient-centric healing environments. In addition, hospitals are under intense scrutiny for infection prevention and the efficacy of its staff.

New Jersey’s High School of the Future Becomes a Reality

Secaucus, New JerseyHudson County Schools of Technology partnered with RSC Architects to create the new High Tech High School under construction in Secaucus, NJ.  The $143 million, 341,000-square-foot school—which will replace the aging, undersized North Bergen campus—will house nearly 2,000 students in more than 70 classrooms with specialized instruction and experience rooms.

New $140 million Justice Center Designed by RSC Architects Opens on Historic Site in Hackensack, New Jersey

A new $140 million Bergen County Justice Center designed by RSC Architects opened its doors this week. Sitting on a historic site, the six-floor, 130,000-square-foot facility is the centerpiece of a six-year plan to modernize and upgrade the County’s justice center complex.

“Two Bergen County Plaza is a tremendous new addition to the County’s government complex and a prudent investment of public funds,” said Bergen County Administrator Julien Neals. “It not only brings a unique, traditional design created by RSC Architects but also complements the historic surroundings while accommodating for modern upgrades in security, technology, and amenities. Two Bergen is now home to critical government services and we are confident that it will stand for many years as a symbol of the pride we feel for community.”

As the first modern addition to the justice center complex, which also includes a historic county jail and courthouse, the new building provides much-needed improvements in functionality while seamlessly fitting in with the existing historic buildings. The building will now serve as the new home of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Surrogate Office and Tax Board.

“The project presented a unique set of challenges from an architectural and design standpoint, as we needed to balance the 21st century needs of Bergen County with the preservation of the site’s rich cultural history,” said John P. Capazzi, AIA, president of RSC Architects, the project’s architect of record, design architect and interior design firm. “We worked closely with New Jersey’s Historic Preservation Office to create a design that would mold with the ‘Beaux-Arts’ architectural style of the adjacent historic courthouse.”

Due to the site’s historic status and configuration, design and materials had to be carefully selected to complement the existing buildings. With careful guidance and astute suggestions from Bergen County officials, RSC created an exterior design with a strong h istoric character by incorporating additive massing with projecting porticos and a recessed top floor.

“We chose to use pre-cast concrete panels for construction, which can be fabricated off-site in lots of different designs, shipped here, and craned up to be placed on the steel frame,” said Jeffrey Schlecht, AIA, senior project manager for RSC Architects. “This allowed us to incorporate unique details that hint at classical elements, while working with a durable product on a site with limited space.”

RSC incorporated stone tile throughout the building’s interior to create a traditional, dignified feel, with wood accents for comfort and geniality. The lobby was designed with stone tile for elegance and durability, while the prosecutor’s office features a recessed lay-in decorative ceiling tile to give it a unified feeling across two different floors. A multi-purpose conference center was designed for both special events and daytime meetings, with floating wood panels on the ceiling that provide a rich ambience.

On the building’s first floor are a central main lobby, cafeteria, conference center and tax office. The higher floors house the sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office and the surrogate’s office.  The sixth floor is a data center operated by the Sheriff’s department, which has cellular signal and emergency radio booster antenna systems. There is also a two-story bridge connection to the Justice Center Complex use by the public and prosecutor’s office staff.

RSC is now beginning design work on the renovation of the vacated portions of the historic Bergen County Courthouse. 

Taking Education to a “High Tech” Level

Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus, NJ – On May 17, 2016, the community celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of the construction of a brand new High Tech High School. Nearly 10 years in the making, RSC Architects (RSC) worked closely with the Hudson County Schools of Technology and the Hudson County Improvement Authority—as well as staff and teachers—to make this new school a reality.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Opening of Bergen County Special Services Educational Facility and BCSS/BCTS Administrative Offices

The opening of the Bergen County Special Services Educational Facility, and the Administrative Offices of the Bergen County Technical and Special Services School District, was celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 9 at the facility’s location at 296 East Ridgewood Avenue in Paramus.“It’s so fabulous and it’s new,” the 12-year-old Mahwah boy said Monday following a ribbon cutting ceremony for the $45 million state-of-the-art facility that serves to centralize the Bergen County Technical and Special Services School District.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Pharmacy Receives Praise of Design From Students and Faculty

DOC_20150331224804-810x1024Read the latest NJBiz.com article Farleigh Dickinson University School of Pharmacy, designed by RSC Architects, which received praise from students and faculty alike for a design that promotes cross-collaboration and customization. In an effort to modernize education, the school has a technology-driven program that will be a model of higher education for years to come. Click on the link to read the NJBiz Article.

RSC Architects designed new Team Walker Learning Center in Jersey City

TeamWalkerExterior-EDITED-1008x1024On Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m., Jersey City, NJ native Jerry Walker and the Team Walker foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Team Walker Learning Center, located at the corner of Communipaw Ave. and Halladay St. on the site of a former vacant lot in Jersey City. Designed by RSC Architects, the new three-story, 7,200 square-foot facility serves as a community center that supports communication and instills the value of education for students in grades four through 10.

Distinguished guests included Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, State Senator Sandra Cunningham, and Associate Dean Robin Cunningham from Seton Hall University, as well as board members, students, and parents.