Nursing Education Center

Coming 2016: The Nursing Education Center

Thomas Edison State College broke ground on its new Nursing Education Center on Thursday, June 19 and expects the building to be completed in early 2016.

To prepare the site, which the College acquired from the City of Trenton in March 2013, the College demolished the former Glen Cairn Arms apartment complex, which sat vacant and dilapidated for decades. Demolition of the complex was completed in November 2013.

The development of the Nursing Education Center will provide the City of Trenton with its newest landmark building and redefine an important part of the historic State House section of the city at a key gateway location.

Building

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  • Nursing Education CenterThe Nursing Education Center will be a 34,360-square-foot building that will house the College's W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing and include a new, state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory, lecture halls, conference rooms and a testing center.
  • The building will also have a two-level, 44,828-square-foot parking garage to accommodate up to 98 vehicles.
  • The building is designed to reflect the many former mansions that were located along this portion of West State Street and incorporates traditional and durable materials for the exterior, such as slate and composite slate roofing, brick walls, and limestone accents.
  • The building's skin features robust insulation, thermal breaks, continuous air barriers and many details adapted from the National Institute of Building Sciences "best practice" design guides.
  • The windows will utilize high performing insulated glazing, which vastly exceed the code required minimums for glazing performance and provide ample light and views without the energy loss usually associated with larger windows.
  • The rear of the parking garage roof is designed to be a green roof that creates an outdoor space for students and College events while also reducing the flow of rainwater and mitigating the urban heat island effect.
  • Nursing Education Center Student LoungeFirst Floor:
    includes a testing center, meeting and conference space, a two-story student lounge featuring the reconstructed iconic entrance to the former Glen Cairn Arms and gallery space to display inventions, artifacts and memorabilia from Thomas Alva Edison donated to the Thomas Edison State College Foundation by John and Eileen Martinson.
  • Second Floor:
    W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing, including the nursing simulation laboratory, lecture halls and classrooms.
  • Third Floor:
    additional meeting rooms and office space.
  • The site was previously home to the Glen Cairn Mansion in the late 19th century and the recently demolished Glen Cairn Arms apartment complex.
  • The site is located on West State Street and Calhoun Street and features views of the Delaware River, the Calhoun Street Bridge and the Trenton skyline.

Budget

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  • The total project cost is approximately $26.2 million, including:
    • $1.5 million for demolition of the Glen Cairn Arms and site remediation and preparation.
    • $24.7 million for design and construction of the Nursing Education Center.
  • Approximately $12.7 million of the project cost is being funded by the Building Our Futures Bond Act, approved by New Jersey voters in 2012.

Project Timeline

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  • Demolition of the Glen Cairn Arms began in September 2013 and was completed in November 2013.
  • Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2014 and be completed by early 2016.
  • Architect is Clarke Caton Hintz of Trenton, N.J.
  • Construction Manager is Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc. of Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • General Contractor is Epic of Piscataway, N.J.