South Iselin, NJ

The 8 story, 140,000 sf office tower, originally constructed in 1970, suffered a fire in February, 2014 which damaged the exterior curtain wall and caused fire and smoke damage to 5 floors. The fire was followed by a flood from the freezing of the standpipe, which caused additional damage. The building owners were required to vacate the building until repairs to the common areas and exterior facade could be completed. The owners decided to spend additional funds to completely modernize, improve and renovate the building. RBA Management served as the on site Project Manager. The overall scope of the work included:

  • Complete renovation of lobby
  • Complete renovation of all bathrooms
  • Installation of sprinkler system
  • Replacement of fire alarm system
  • Replacement of exterior curtain wall system
  • Replacement of all HVAC units

RBA managed the scoping, design, permitting, construction and closeout of all of the above. Final project budget was $9 million.

Highlights and Challenges:

  • Curtain wall system: The original facade of the building consisted of ¼” plate glass in an aluminum curtain wall system. This system was extremely energy inefficient. RBA worked with fenestration contractor VP Altitude Corporation to design a custom aluminum extrusion that would allow the 40 year old existing aluminum tubing to accept 1” glazed, insulated glass. In addition to changing the appearance of the building, the new curtain wall significantly improved the insulation value of the exterior wall and the energy efficiency of the building.
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