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New Jersey State Police Troop B Headquarters

Totowa, New Jersey<br style='line-height:2px'>New Jersey Division of Property Management and Construction

Troop "B," headquartered in Totowa, serves northern New Jersey, covering 2,807 square miles, with a population of approximately 5 million. Troop “B” is called upon to conduct crowd and traffic control at major events and works very closely with the U.S. Secret Service in providing dignitary protection. HAKS planned and designed renovations to this two-story police headquarters for the New Jersey Division of Property Management and Construction (NJDPMC). 

The 28,500-square-foot building houses the state police administrative staff, the 911 Communication Center, the Facility Control Center, the mechanical workshop, the locker room and gym, a detention facility and maintenance facilities for police vehicles. Prime consideration was given to the secure 911 Communication Center housed within the central area of the first floor. 

HAKS was responsible for a key goal—improving the facility’s energy efficiency. To this end, the firm designed a digitally controlled variable air volume system; planned and monitored construction for replacement of all rooftop-mounted HVAC equipment; replaced the existing roofing with a modified bitumen roofing system; and installed new ceilings and lighting throughout the facility. 

Challenges included designing and managing the scheduled work in a secure environment that is staffed and operational 24/7. The 911 Communications Center had to remain active and work had to be carefully phased so as not to interrupt communications and other vital services. Special care was also taken not to disturb the special police equipment and antennas located on the roof. 

The project was completed without change orders in May 2010 at a construction cost of $8.2 million.

HAKS’ performance was rated “excellent” by the State Police and NJDPMC, and the project received the 2011 ACEC Silver Award for Engineering Excellence.