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Union City High School

Union City, New Jersey



Birdsall Services Group (BSG) participated in a design team that has delivered a new 380,000-square-foot four-story high school for Union City and the NJ School Construction Corporation (NJSCC). This project is one of only several projects selected by NJSCC as a premiere example of educational design: expediting the delivery process and incorporating community access were paramount project goals. Furthermore and as required by the NJSCC design standards, the new high school design is structured to meet the requirements equivalent to satisfying LEED certification.

The HVAC system includes two 700-ton chillers, central boiler plant, cooling tower, ducted fan coil unit, and built-up indoor modular air handling units. The electrical design includes three emergency generators, one 13,200-volt, three-phase medium voltage electric service with distribution to two 13.2-KV medium voltage unit substations throughout the building, lighting consisting of indirect T5 HO lighting, power, and emergency systems. BSG is also designing complete plumbing, fire sprinkler, and fire alarm systems for the building.

A unique design element of this project is that the football stadium, including fields, bleachers, locker rooms, concession stand, etc., is located on the roof above the auditorium, gymnasium, and media center.



– Construction Administration, Data/Telecommunications, HVAC
– Energy Management Control and Fire Protection/Detection Systems and Engineering
– Cost and Value, Electrical, Plumbing, Sanitary Engineering
– Security Systems



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