2017, Jersey City, NJ – On Tuesday, September 19 at 10 a.m., Hudson County
Community College (HCCC) held the official Grand Opening ceremonies for the new
70,070 square-foot STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Building at
263 Academy Street in Jersey City.
HCCC Board of
Trustees Chairman William J. Netchert and HCCC President Glen Gabert, Ph.D.
welcomed federal and local officials, including U.S. Congressman Albio Sires,
Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony
Romano, and Hudson County Clerk Barbara Netchert.
and Dr. Gabert also greeted College Trustees and several members of the HCCC
Foundation Board of Directors, as well as HCCC administrators, faculty and
students. In all, approximately 200 people were present for the event.
blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transit Center, construction on the $30
million, 70,070 square-foot HCCC STEM Building began more than two years
ago. The HCCC STEM Building is
constructed to link to the HCCC Cundari Center, which was renovated and
reopened in September 2015 to accommodate the HCCC Nursing and Radiography Programs.
The Cundari Center includes state-of-the-art simulated rooms in various
hospital settings (pediatrics, OB/GYN, general medicine, orthopedics, ER, and
by RSC Architects, the six-story, steel-frame HCCC STEM Building, each of the
top five floors is dedicated to a specific course of study: Chemistry and
Organic Chemistry on the sixth floor; Biology, Microbiology and Histology on
the fifth floor; Physics, Engineering and Electronics Engineering on the fourth
floor; Geology and Environmental Studies on the third floor; and Mathematics on
the second floor. The floors include lecture halls, classrooms, science labs,
prep rooms, clean rooms, dirty rooms, STEM computer labs and stations,
conference rooms, breakout rooms, suites of administrative and faculty offices,
and student lounges.
commanding exterior design of the HCCC STEM Building opens onto an impressive,
1,500 square-foot, first-floor lobby with stone-detailed walls, and a coffered
ceiling with light pockets. The first floor will also include a student lounge,
lecture hall and exhibit/event space.
State-of-the-art equipment, including
autoclaves, incubators, ionizers, explosion-proof refrigerators and vacuum
ovens were built into the labs.
of the other unique features are: classrooms and breakout rooms adjacent to
labs which allow for what is learned to be put into practical use; stage and
prep rooms attached to labs; lab tables with data ports so students may research
their findings immediately; walls coated with “Wink,” a clear, water-soluble,
dry-erase coating that wipes clean with no ghosting; microscopes that transmit
images to laptops so specimens can be better seen; labs outfitted with workstations
with fume hoods that protect students, faculty and the environment from toxic
or volatile chemicals; acid-proof pipes; additional security mechanisms.
“All of us at
the College are very proud of this new STEM Building,” stated HCCC President
Glen Gabert, Ph.D. “The most important thing, however, is not the building, but
the students we are serving and the programs that are offered. The
opportunities these programs provide will benefit the people of Hudson County
far into the future.” He notes that the HCCC STEM programs – including the new
Computer Science A.S. - Cybersecurity Option, Biotechnology A.S., Computer
Science A.S. - Bioinformatics Option, and Construction Management A.A.S.
offerings – will allow HCCC students to prepare for careers that are in-demand
now and will remain so for decades to come. Moreover, HCCC students will now be
able to pursue these courses of study on the HCCC campus, without having to
utilize labs at other colleges and universities.
Gabert noted that another important aspect of the HCCC STEM Building will be
the installation throughout the building of art from the HCCC Foundation
Permanent Art Collection, which now includes more than 1,000 works.