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Only One Year After Groundbreaking Ceremony, Crabiel Hall is on Target for Spring 2011 Opening

It was one year ago in October that College and county officials gathered in a parking lot on the Middlesex County College campus to break ground for Crabiel Hall, a state-of-the-art building that will house classrooms, computer labs, multipurpose rooms, offices and a culinary demonstration kitchen.

Work commenced a few days later and has been nonstop ever since.

Donald R. Drost, executive director of facilities management at the College, said construction should be complete by the end of November.

“It is going to be a beautiful building,” he said.

Crabiel Hall was designed to be environmentally friendly and the College is seeking LEEDS certification. Phase one – the design phase – was awarded 17 out of a possible 21 points, putting it on target to receive a Silver LEEDS ranking, which is what Mr. Drost is expecting.

“The building is really taking shape,” he said. “The second floor classrooms are complete and they are now working toward the first floor. Site work will be finished up over the next month. At this point everything is coming together. One of the best things about this project is that the teams have worked very well together – the contractor, architect, construction manager and the College staff. It’s a very good project. The quality of the work is very high.”

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