Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Whitney Center Apartments

Interior Lobby
The Whitney Center is a five-story, 160,000 SF off-campus mixed use facility that provides 26,000 SF of retail space on the ground floor and 98 apartments on the upper four floors for the students enrolled in the Honors Program at Rowan University. In addition, there are TV lounges, offices and classrooms dedicated to the honors program. Kinsley Construction was selected to provide Construction Management services for the project. The first floor level is slab on grade with a structural steel frame and precast plank with a concrete topping in order to achieve the required fire separation between the retail and residential levels. The upper four floors used panelized wood framing and wood trusses for the roof. Exterior architectural features are designed to create a liveable, walkable downtown atmosphere. The budget for the Whitney Center was extremely tight. Kinsley worked with the owner and architect to value engineer various aspects of the project, including alternates to the originally designed MEP systems and exterior finishes, resulting in substantial savings for the project. The
apartments were open and ready for the students last fall and we are currently working with several retail tenants on the ground floor. To date, Prime Burgers is now open for business and Yapple Yogurt and the Green Zebra are in the process of fitting out their spaces. Up to 10 additional spaces are available for lease. The Whitney Center is named in honor of the Whitney Brothers Glassworks which originally occupied this site. It is an anchor of the Rowan Boulevard project which is a $300 million, 26-acre revitalization project which was originally designed to connect Rowan University with downtown Glassboro, but has evolved into a plan to create the quintessential college town.