The design and construction of the new North Hudson Higher Education Center was part of an ongoing capital expansion plan at Hudson County Community College. This satellite campus addressed the need for a larger, more modern facility to meet the demand for affordable, quality instruction.
The seven-story building CAPACITY2,300COST PER SQ FT$292.00FEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio classrooms, an administrative area, student commons, media center, science labs, campus store, fitness center and outdoor green space. The unique design incorporates several sustainable elements, including a photovoltaic rooftop system, rainwater-harvesting tanks, daylight and occupancy sensors, recycled materials, low-flow fixtures and high-efficiency mechanical equipment.
In addition, a glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge spans across the New Jersey Transit bus lanes and connects the campus building with the neighboring bus station via a new stair tower with elevator. This enables students and visitors arriving by mass transit to have easy access to the center. One flight below the bus station, students also can access the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail system.
A soaring three-story lobby welcomes students and visitors into the building, and an outdoor courtyard provides a quiet space away from the public.