About the Academic Gateway Building
- Why does Stevens need to build the Academic Gateway?
- Where will Gateway be located?
- How does the Academic Gateway fit within the university’s ongoing Master Plan effort?
- What were the guiding architectural principles for designing the Gateway project? Who designed the building?
- How much academic and classroom space will the Academic Gateway add to the campus?
- What types of laboratories will be constructed in the Academic Gateway?
- How many stories will the Gateway building be? How will the views from neighboring buildings be impacted?
- What is the function of the sky bridge?
- How much is the construction of the Academic Gateway expected to cost?
- What elements of the Academic Gateway will be accessible to the community?
- How will the Academic Gateway impact surrounding properties?
- How does Stevens support Hoboken and the local community?
- How does Stevens contribute to the local economy?
- What is the university doing to ensure the Academic Gateway is constructed in an environmentally friendly manner?
- How will Stevens meet its own internal parking demand after removing the availability of the Stevens lot on Sixth and Hudson?
- How long will construction take place?
- During what hours will construction take place?
- How will the addition of construction vehicles impact local traffic?
- Where will the construction staging area be? Will roads need to be closed?
- What steps are being taken to reduce the noise impacts of construction?
- Will street parking on Sixth Street between Hudson and River be impacted by construction?
- How can I stay up-to-date on the status of the Gateway buildings?
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Why does Stevens need to build the Academic Gateway?
Stevens’ 10-year strategic plan seeks to position Stevens to advance education and research in areas of significant societal need, including health care and medicine, sustainable energy, financial systems, defense and security, urban infrastructure resilience and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Achieving progress for research and education in these areas of societal need requires more academic space and new research laboratories, along with associated technology upgrades. Stevens commissioned a programming study in the summer and fall of 2013 by Rickes Associates, an international firm specializing in analysis and strategic utilization of institutional space resources for higher education. The study examined the school’s current utilization of classrooms, laboratories and academic office space, and found that Stevens currently faces a severe space deficit in classrooms, academic/research space, academic office, library and study, special use and health care space. The study found that Stevens is lagging far behind peer institutions, adjusted for enrollment, in a comparison of assignable square footage of these important campus facilities. The average ratio of assignable square feet per student among peers is 268, compared to 129 at Stevens, less than half the total of its peers.
The new Academic Gateway will have a significant impact in addressing these needs by providing laboratories, conference rooms, smart classrooms and lobby space for informal meetings and general use. In total, Gateway will include 11 new classrooms and ten state-of-the-art laboratories supporting our areas of strategic education and research investment.
Where will Gateway be located?
The Gateway project will be located on the northeast and southeast corners of Hudson and Sixth Street, connected by a sky bridge over Sixth Street linking the two wings. The Gateway building will replace a Stevens-owned parking lot on the north side and the Lieb Building on the south side.
The site for the Gateway project was selected to be located within the existing core academic area of the campus. Its location is critical for academic and research programmatic adjacencies that are required by the faculty, staff and students.
How does the Academic Gateway fit within the university’s ongoing Master Plan effort?
In addition to developing plans for the Gateway project, Stevens is also developing a draft campus master plan to address space needs in all areas including residential, student life, athletics and academics.
Developing the draft campus master plan has been a complex process to optimize the limited space on campus and align it with the university’s highest strategic priorities. The Gateway building is an urgent priority due to the severe shortage of academic space. The location optimizes space that is currently underutilized, and adds academic space in “lower campus” where other academic buildings are situated.
What were the guiding architectural principles for designing the Gateway project? Who designed the building?
The design for Gateway aims to balance the university’s facilities needs with the aesthetic, civic, and environmental considerations of the City of Hoboken. The building creates a state-of-the-art, world-class academic and research facility for Stevens.
The proposed design for Gateway complements the other residential and academic buildings nearby. The north Gateway building replaces a surface parking lot which, while currently used for student parking, is an underutilized space from an urban design perspective. Gateway will replace the Lieb Building, a dilapidated building that cannot practically be renovated to meet the current stringent structural demands for state-of-the-art research spaces. The Gateway building will be set back from the street consistent with neighboring buildings to the north and south.
Wallace Roberts Todd, a national architectural firm specializing in urban planning, designed the Academic Gateway.
How much academic and classroom space will the Academic Gateway add to the campus?
The Academic Gateway will consist of 90,380 gross square feet. This includes 11 new classrooms, ten labs, and 45 offices. Overall, Gateway will become the new home for a host of leading-edge laboratories, programs, and academic departments, as well as office and classroom space, all equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
What types of laboratories will be constructed in the Academic Gateway?
The Academic Gateway project will include a network of major laboratory facilities to assist with research in areas such as smart energy, healthcare innovation, digital learning, computational and prototyping manufacturing.
Gateway will also include 11 smart classrooms.
How many stories will the Gateway building be ? How will the views from neighboring buildings be impacted?
The Academic Gateway is proposed as a four-story building. Three stories are aligned with the setback of adjacent buildings on Hudson Street, while the top floor is set back 10 feet. It is important for the programs in the complex to be in close proximity to one another, to create an effective research and learning environment. The location and number of labs and classrooms are calibrated to support this integrated need.
What is the function of the sky bridge?
The sky bridge connects the north and south wings of the building, increasing functionality and flexibility of the activities within the building (e.g., collaborators can work on both sides of the bridge); improving space efficiency within the two buildings (e.g., only one loading dock and one freight elevator will be needed for the two buildings); and reducing the overall mechanical equipment needed for the building (by allowing some utilities to be fed from one building to the other via the passageway through the bridge). In addition, the bridge will reduce foot traffic by allowing faculty and students to traverse between the two buildings inside, and will not require any excavation near City utilities under Sixth Street.
How much is the construction of the Academic Gateway expected to cost?
The total project cost is expected to be between $40 and $50 million. Stevens received a gift from Susan and Greg Gianforte ’83 and the Gianforte Family Foundation – the largest single gift in Stevens’ history – to support construction of the new Academic Gateway. Since then, a number of additional gifts have been made in support of these buildings. The remainder of the project will be funded through a combination of philanthropy and borrowing.
What elements of the Academic Gateway will be accessible to the community?
Stevens will offer programs and academic seminars in Gateway which will be open to the Hoboken community and the general public.
How will the Academic Gateway impact surrounding properties?
This project aims to replace a dilapidated building and a parking lot with two aesthetically pleasing buildings linked by a sky bridge. The project in its entirety—the scale, architectural design and details, landscaping, and access points—has been thoroughly considered with the goal of enhancing and complementing the beauty and character of the neighborhood.
How does Stevens support Hoboken and the local community?
Stevens has a strong and long-standing relationship with the City of Hoboken, dating back more than 140 years to the university’s founding. We take great pride in telling the world that our premier, globally recognized technology-centric university’s home is Hoboken.
Stevens is a proud member of the Hoboken community, and plays an important role in the local and state community. We consistently identify avenues where the expertise and energies of faculty, students and staff can support the life of our community.
Stevens has a longstanding commitment to Hoboken Public Schools, having engaged more than 300 teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs for more than a quarter century. Stevens is also collaborating with several charter and non-public schools in Hoboken. Programs involving teacher training, student-focused summer programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as student volunteer efforts for tutoring and other educational programs, have characterized some of the enduring partnerships between Stevens and Hoboken. In addition, coaches provide sports clinics, students dedicate many volunteer hours to City programs and initiatives, and faculty research expertise have all contributed to City and community initiatives such as infrastructure resilience and energy innovations. Learn more in the Community Benefits section.
How does Stevens contribute to the local economy?
As of January 2015, Stevens employed 955 full and part-time staff (excluding students), making it the fourth-largest employer in the City of Hoboken and one of the 20 largest employers in Hudson County.
Taking into account the direct and indirect impacts of university spending (payroll, purchasing and construction) and off-campus spending by students and visitors to campus, the university is responsible for 1,469 jobs in Hudson County and 1,877 jobs across New Jersey. This spending accounts for $163 million of economic impact in Hudson County and $232 million statewide.
What is the university doing to ensure the Academic Gateway is constructed in an environment friendly manner?
Stevens has a longstanding commitment to green practices and innovation, between faculty research in areas such as clean energy; coursework in green and sustainable engineering; and on-campus practices that contribute to environmental sustainability.
Stevens will pursue LEED certification for the Academic Gateway. Some of the sustainability initiatives planned for Gateway include water use reduction, use of recycled materials, improved energy conservation and reduced light pollution.
How will Stevens meet its own internal parking demand after removing the availability of the Stevens lot on Sixth and Hudson?
Stevens will lease 60 spaces in a municipal lot during construction to accommodate the 39 lost parking spaces from the Sixth Street lot. In addition, Stevens has committed to completing the Babbio Parking Garage. Once completed, the garage will provide parking for Gateway, compensate for the loss of the Sixth Street parking lot, and accommodate future growth.
In addition to Stevens’ long-term goal to increase the number of students living on campus – thereby reducing the need for cars – Stevens has instituted several policies and initiatives to encourage alternative travel methods to campus, including the university’s shuttle service throughout the City and to Hoboken terminal, employee incentives for public transit and carpooling, and increased flextime and telecommuting. The university is also exploring a bike-share program, better ways to facilitate carpooling and off-site parking locations in conjunction with an expanded shuttle service program. All of these initiatives will alleviate the need for parking near campus.
How long will construction take place?
After clearing the site, construction for the Academic Gateway is anticipated to take approximately two years.
During what hours will construction take place?
The timing of all construction activities will comply with local ordinances.
How will the addition of construction vehicles impact local traffic?
Once the construction manager is selected and the means and methods for construction are determined, a logistics plan will be created. This plan is reviewed with the city to ensure minimal impact to local traffic.
Where will the construction staging area be? Will roads need to be closed?
It is anticipated that Sixth Street east of Hudson Street will be closed during construction.
What steps are being taken to reduce the noise impacts of construction?
Careful attention will be paid to noise and vibration mitigation, using consultants who specialize in this area throughout the course of the project. These consultants will make recommendations for keeping noise and vibration below target limits.
Will street parking on Sixth Street between Hudson and River be impacted by construction?
Stevens will comply with the City requirements for the loss of public parking spaces.
How can I stay up-to-date on the status of the Gateway buildings?
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