Challenge: The project consisted of alterations to approximately 20,000 square feet and an expansion of 1,600 square feet of the serving and dining areas of the Student Center at Ramapo College of New Jersey in Mahwah, NJ. The new cooking area and kitchen hood was to be installed directly below the second floor campus bookstore and MJ was tasked with the challenge of identifying a route for the new exhaust ductwork to run to the roof. Further, once this route was identified, MJ needed to determine a location on the roof for the new exhaust fan that met current mechanical code requirements.
Solution: Working closely with the architect and college representative, MJ was able to find a duct route through the existing campus bookstore that did not disrupt the existing layout. The serving area alterations included the retrofitting of cooking and serving equipment within the existing servery footprint. MJ’s Scope included the replacement of commercial-grade cooking equipment and the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design to support grills, ovens, woks, steamers, fryers and dishwashing equipment, as well as utility connections, fire suppression interfaces (alarm and sprinkler/Ansul), and exhaust hood/ductwork design and installation. After evaluating the capacity of both the HVAC and electrical systems, McFarland Johnson determined that the existing systems could be extended to serve additional space, rather than requiring replacement, saving the owner the cost of new systems. In addition to design services, MJ also provided construction administration services for this project.