Kean University, Green Lane Building

Union, New Jersey

Design team
Kenneth A. Gruskin, AIA/PP/CID (Principal); Joel Shulman, RA/AIA (Principal, Architecture Division and Executive Director), Damon Paczkowski (Project Manager), Edward Godek, RA (Senior Architect); Henderson Engineers, Inc. (MEP/FP Engineer); DeSimone Consulting Engineers (Structural Engineer); Pennoni (Civil Engineer); Melick-Tully ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,466COST PER SQ FT$401.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio Associates, P.C. (GeoTechnical Engineer); DOBCO Group (General Contractor); Lewis S. Goodfriend & Associates (Acoustical Design Consultant)

This six-story reinforced concrete structure with glass curtain wall, brick, and stone exterior includes a café/retail space on the first floor, classroom and administration spaces on floors two through five, and a conference center and rooftop terrace with views of Manhattan on floor six.
The design communicates that Kean University encourages students to “think outside the box.” The architectural mass and interior spaces of the upper academic floors, with their modern, irregular glass curtain walls, “break the box” of the predictable, “real-world” orthogonal geometry of the non-academic, pedestrian ground floor. The building offers numerous opportunities to engage, collaborate, and study outside classrooms.
Exterior systems – the unitized glass curtain wall, the stone panel system, and metal panels – were fabricated prior to completion of the concrete structure to accommodate the 15-month timeline. The accuracy of the building structure and these systems was critical to ensure all parts came together properly.
Concrete provided the desired floor plate depth and edge thinness, and long spans accommodate the non-rectilinear interior room layouts. The ability to celebrate the material itself as a defining architectural feature supports the design narrative.