June 9, 2015, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson
County Community College (HCCC) was one of just a dozen entities in New Jersey
to be recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA)
with that organization’s “New Good Neighbor Award” for 2015 for the College’s
new Library Building on Sip Avenue in Jersey City.
The award was presented to HCCC
President Glen Gabert, Ph.D. along with Hudson County Executive Thomas A.
DeGise (who was the nominator), NK Architects, and Hall Building Corp. at the
NJBIA award luncheon on Friday, June 5 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe
Each year for the past 55 years,
the NJBIA New Good Neighbor Award has been presented to recognize new,
renovated or expanded buildings. Nominees are judged by a panel representing
statewide organizations that share an interest in New Jersey’s growth and
development. The panel considers each nominee on the basis of economic
benefit/job creation, architectural merit, and community involvement.
This was not the first time
Hudson County Community College has been recognized with the NJBIA New Good
Neighbor Award. The College was presented with the 2009 Award for the Culinary
Conference Center on the Journal Square Campus in Jersey City, and with the
2012 Award for the HCCC North Hudson Higher Education Center in Union City.
The HCCC Library Building
officially opened in September 2014. The six-story, multipurpose building
serves as the cornerstone for the HCCC Journal Square Campus, and for the
redevelopment of the Journal Square community.
Situated just steps away from the
Journal Square PATH Transit Station, the 112,000 square-foot, steel-frame,
masonry Library Building was designed to complement and enhance the existing
architecture of the surrounding area. Sustainable features, including daylight
and occupancy sensors and high-efficiency mechanical equipment, are
incorporated throughout the building.
Entrance to the HCCC Library
Building from Sip Avenue is available through a soaring, two-story lobby. Adjacent
to the lobby is the HCCC Liberty Café, a coffee bar that offers pastries,
sandwiches, and snacks.
The building’s first two
stories (street-level and second floor) are dedicated to the 33,500 square-foot
Library itself. Included here is a “Makerspace,” a meditation room, three
group-study rooms, and more than 70 computer stations.
Floors three through five house
33 classrooms (traditional “smart” classrooms, computer labs and tiered lecture
halls) and 21 office stations. Two rooms on the fifth floor are being named in
honor of notable Hudson County natives.
There is a gallery on the sixth floor that is named
for Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull, who presented the College with
an historic gift of works of art. Works from the HCCC Foundation Art Collection
are installed on each floor throughout the Library Building and throughout each
of College’s buildings. The Library Building’s sixth floor also includes the
College’s 9/11 Monument, an exhibit space, three classrooms, and a roof terrace
with spectacular views of Hudson County.
The HCCC Library Building represents
the mutual commitment of the County of Hudson and Hudson County Community
College to the residents and businesses of Hudson County.