New CMCMUA Administration Building Nears Completion

Published on May 19, 2017 at 10:10a.m.

Charles M. Norkis Administration Building
1523 Route 9 North, Swainton, NJ


The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (“Authority” and/or “CMCMUA”) was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Cape May in August of 1972, pursuant to the Municipal and County Utilities Authority Law (N.J.S.A. 40:14B-1 et seq.) for, among other things, the purpose of providing "…relief of waters in, bordering or entering the district from pollution or threatened pollution, and the consequent improvement of conditions affecting the public health…".  Pursuant to said designation, the CMCMUA has designed and placed into operation a comprehensive water pollution control system which utilizes a multi-regional approach to address wastewater management within the Authority's jurisdictional area.  The Authority established and adopted regional planning areas throughout the County.  The regional planning areas delineated by the CMCMUA to receive wastewater treatment services are:  the Ocean City Service Region, Cape May Service Region, Seven Mile Beach/Middle Service Region, and Wildwood/Lower Service Region.  All major components of the Authority's four regional service areas were placed into operation between 1982 and 1988.  Currently, the CMCMUA provides wastewater conveyance, treatment and disposal services for all or a portion of, 13 of the 16 municipalities within Cape May County. 

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders formally expanded the Authority’s pollution abatement mission in 1980 when the Authority was designated as the implementing agency for the Cape May County Solid Waste Management Plan.  This Plan was developed in response to the 1976 enactment by the New Jersey Legislature of an Amendment to the New Jersey Solid Waste Management Act requiring all existing landfills to cease operation unless they were designed to meet strict new environmental protection standards.

The Authority developed and implemented a comprehensive solid waste management system which included the siting, construction and operation of a Secure, Sanitary Landfill located on the Woodbine Borough/Upper Township border; a Transfer Station located in the Burleigh section of Middle Township; and an aggressive source separation, recycling, reuse and waste reduction program that provides for the recycling of forty-one (41) mandated materials, reclaims energy through its landfill gas recovery system and prevents toxic materials from entering the waste stream through a household hazardous waste collection program.  The CMCMUA currently has disposal contracts with all sixteen Cape May County municipalities.



In 1974, the CMCMUA acquired the “Shute” residence at 1523 Route 9 North in Swainton to serve as its Administration Building.  The ranch-style home and garage were converted into offices for the initial few CMCMUA staff members.  The Administration Building has undergone many expansions as staffing increased to meet the needs of planning, constructing and operating the regional wastewater treatment systems and the solid waste management facilities.  Since the ranch-style house was purchased by the Authority, a north wing was constructed in 1978, pre-fab trailer sections were added in 1983 and after another land purchase (south of the original property purchase) in 1987, the southeast, south, and southwest building areas were constructed in 1989.  The current Administration Building configuration consists of approximately 19,500 square feet (16,500 square feet of first floor office space, 2,700 square feet of second story storage, and 300 square feet of basement storage).  The Administration Building provides working space for approximately forty (40) employees and serves as the location for the twice monthly meetings of the CMCMUA Board of Commissioners.

Considering the Administration Building’s age, history and apparent deficiencies, in 2014 the Authority directed its General Engineering Consultant, Hatch Mott MacDonald to conduct a Facilities Condition Assessment of the Administration Building.  Hatch Mott MacDonald assembled a team of electrical, mechanical and structural engineers, as well as an architect to perform the assessment.  The Facilities Condition Assessment report was divided into three distinct sections: HVAC and Plumbing Systems (Building Integrity, Environmental Conditions and Energy Efficiency); Electrical Systems (Electrical Adequacy and conformance with Codes, and Energy Efficiency) and Fire and Life Safety (including accessibility) Systems.  The Facilities Condition Assessment report included recommendations as to what repairs and renovations would be necessary to make the Administration Building suitable for future needs and to extend the building’s useful life in order to ensure an adequate return on investment and life-cycle optimization.  The estimated costs, as stated in the Facilities Condition Assessment report, to remediate identified deficiencies and life-safety issues totaled approximately $1.9 Million.  To extend the useful life of the Administration Building another twenty years would have required approximately $1.5 Million in addition to the $1.9 Million to remediate identified deficiencies and life-safety issues.  With several of the original Bonds to construct the Authority’s regional wastewater treatment facilities reaching maturity, careful consideration of the Facilities Condition Assessment report findings, and analyzation of the return on investment of repairs/renovations and life-cycle optimization, the Authority deemed it prudent to utilize the $3.4 Million to construct a new Administration Building with a seventy-five year useful life rather than extend the useful life of a forty plus year old building another twenty years.           

In late 2014, the Authority issued a Request for Proposal for Professional Architectural/Engineering Services, Design and Construction Management of a New Administration Building.  A competitive selection process resulted in OSK Design Partners, PA (“OSK”) being awarded a contract for the Design and Construction Management of the CMCMUA’s new Administration Building.  Over the course of a year, OSK architects met with Authority staff and the New Administration Building Committee to solicit feedback regarding the design of the new Administration Building.  The design of the new Administration Building was completed in December of 2015. The construction phase was bid in early 2016 and a construction contract was entered into in April of 2016 with Arthur Ogren, Inc for $8.496 million.  Ground breaking occurred in May 2016 with an anticipated completion date in August 2017.



building.pngThe Charles M. Norkis Administration Building, named after former Executive Director Charles M. Norkis for his substantial contributions to the Authority over his thirty eight years of service, is to be located on Authority property behind the existing Administration Building. The new two-story Administration Building will consist of 20,560 square feet of public meeting/office space along with a 9,870 square foot basement.  The basement will house the IT server room, the Authority library and storage of Authority records. Operations will continue from the existing Administration Building until the new Administration Building is complete at which time staff will move over to the new Administration Building and the existing Administration Building(s) will be demolished and removed.  A temporary parking lot has been constructed at the front of the existing Administration Building and will be removed after the existing Administration Building has been demolished and removed and upon completion of the new parking lot.  In addition to serving as the Administration Building of the Authority, the new Administration Building will serve as the Authority’s Emergency Management Center.  Real-time operational communications from all Authority wastewater and solid waste facilities will be transmitted to the new Administration Building affording Authority staff the ability to monitor and operate facilities remotely if the need arises.  The new Administration Building will be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, feature a robust IT infrastructure and incorporate materials/systems to reduce maintenance and utility costs.  Energy efficient, cost effective amenities including LED lighting, thermally-improved aluminum windows with insulated glazing, EPA/Department of Energy “Energy Star” rated roofing system and geothermal heating and cooling systems have been integrated into the design.  A portion of the costs of these energy efficient improvements are being financially supported by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Clean Energy Program.

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