TSG Finishes Construction of West Orange Police Valley Substation
July 30, 2015
Within the last couple of weeks, The Shauger Group (TSG) completed a project to transform a gas station located at 549 Valley Road in West Orange, New Jersey, into a 1,200-square-foot police substation. The substation, named the West Orange Police Valley Substation, is already fully operational, housing full-time staff members of the West Orange Police Department’s Traffic and Community Affairs units.
The layout of the existing Fred’s Exxon gas station lent itself perfectly to the design of the police substation, as the facility also is being utilized to store police department motorcycles. The West Orange Police Valley Substation contains eight rooms, two of which are significantly-sized. Designed by architect firm, Herbst-Musciano LLC Architecture and Planning, the substation contains a general office, pantry, front desk area, vestibule, locker room, storage room, and equipment-specific storage room.
“It was really the perfect shell for a substation,” said Jamena Grant, Assistant Project Coordinator.
After TSG was determined the lowest responsible responsive bidder on the publicly bid project, the West Orange Town Council approved the contract on July 22, 2014. TSG participated in a pre-construction meeting on August 5, 2014, and immediately commenced work on the project. TSG finished the majority of the demolition work within the subsequent days. The demolition was done systematically, as existing interior walls; ceiling grids; lighting fixtures; HVAC equipment; piping; ductwork; and related accessory items, such as wire conduits, were removed.
With the interior gutted, workers began to rebuild from the shell, making both exterior and interior renovations for the substation. TSG addressed all of the building’s existing insulation issues, re-insulating the entirety of the building.
The substation has a repaired roof, along with new electrical, plumbing, flashing, and HVAC. A utility gas service, which was not there previously, now provides service to the building.
The final station has a glass storefront, which gives the building both an open and aesthetically-pleasing appearance, as well as façade of veneer brick.
The new substation includes substantial parking for police vehicles, including a few new motorcycles for the West Orange Police Department. After milling the parking lot, which is approximately 4,150 square feet in area, workers paved and striped the new lot. The lot incorporates all required measures of ADA-compliance, including a depressed curb and brand new accessible parking signs to replace the old ones. Lighting and appropriate signage, such as signs prohibiting overnight parking, were installed.
With 24-hour access to the substation, West Orange residents are able to utilize the West Orange Police Valley Substation in the same manner they presently also can use the main police station.