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Northampton Community College Selects MKSD for New Campus

Northampton Community College recently chose MKSD architects as the designer for its new Monroe County Campus, which will be located on 71 acres in Tannersville. When completed, the College’s Monroe Campus will accommodate 5,000 students and offer training programs for local business and industry, as well as community meeting space.

“It’s not often that educators and design professionals have a chance to create an entire campus from the ground up,” explained Northampton Community College’s president Dr. Arthur Scott. “It has generated a lot of excitement.” Forty-eight firms from as far away as Baltimore and Boston submitted proposals for the project, and all were carefully reviewed by a committee of four staff members and one board member hand-picked for their expertise in construction management and finance. The group evaluated the proposals for six criteria: recent, direct experience with projects of a similar scope and budget; capability to undertake a project of this magnitude and complexity; comprehension of the project and College goals; demonstrated ability to plan, cost, schedule and manage; fee structure; and overall competence.

College Board of Trustees member Charles Hannig served on the review team. As a contractor, he has years of experience in evaluating building plans. “The caliber of submissions the College received was exceptional,” he said. “Some were from nationally known design houses. They could have done the work, but what made MKSD’s presentation stand out was their understanding of Northampton’s mission and how that was reflected in their vision for the campus.”

MKSD personnel have a long history of working with Northampton Community College. We recently designed the Bethlehem Campus’ Student Activity Spartan Center addition, the College Center’s classroom renovations and science lab renovations for Penn Hall. MKSD has also been designing renovations of a former Bethlehem Steel six-story office building into the new Fowler Family Southside Center, which is serving as a new community campus for the College in South Bethlehem.

In addition to MKSD architects for architecture, interiors and project management, the Monroe Campus Design Team features Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. of Bartonsville for civil/site and environmental engineering; Strunk-Albert Engineering of East Stroudsburg for all mechanical and electrical engineering; Derck & Edson Associates of Lititz for campus master planning and landscape architecture; Pennoni Associates of Bethlehem for structural engineering; and Lam Partners Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, for lighting design.

Over the next several months, the MKSD Design Team will meet with Northampton Community College administrators, Board members, faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders to learn more about the Monroe Campus’ needs and hopes and to get design concept input.