Thriven Design’s Asset Preservation Studio was honored to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Borough of Collingswood’s new Department of Public Works Facility on Wednesday, alongside government officials of Camden County and the Borough, as well as other project team members from McDonald Building Company and Remington & Vernick Engineers.

The Public Works Department of Collingswood, New Jersey, has been operating out of a facility made up of a series of garages that have well surpassed their useful life and no longer suit the needs of the Borough. To rectify the issues with the current facility, Thriven Design is providing architectural and engineering services towards developing a new facility that will provide a fresh start and much-needed additional space. The new facility will be located at the corners of Harrison and Sloan Avenues, a site large enough to house most all of the Public Works Department’s operations, which streamlines their processes and increases efficiency.

Included in the new site is parking for employees, a climate-controlled office building with locker rooms and secure storage for temporary equipment, a 2,400-square-feet prefabricated structure for outdoor equipment, and a modern five-bay garage for rolling equipment and maintenance.

Special measures will be taken to prepare the site due to the condition of the soil that rendered it unsuitable initially for traditional foundation methods. To address the site conditions, Controlled Modulus Columns (CMCs) will be employed to improve the ground and enhance the performance of the soft soil. CMCs are sustainable and cost-effective, allowing for high load-bearing capacity and minimal soil disturbance. With the addition of the CMCs, the site will become suitable as the foundation for the proposed facilities.

Thriven Design is proud to have had its corporate office located in Collingswood for nearly 25 years and is thrilled to continue supporting the work of the Borough and strengthen a partnership that has lasted through many years of community development. The new facility for the Department of Public Works represents the Borough’s ongoing commitment to providing “small town living at its’ best.”

Pictured: Thriven Design Principals Geno Schiavo, AIA, PP, LEED AP, and Alkesh Taylor, PE, LEED AP.