Location

Ship Bottom, NJ

Client

Borough of Ship Bottom

Market

Government

Services Provided

  • Construction Management
  • Owner Representation

Project Overview

The Borough of Ship Bottom is known as the gateway to Long Beach Island and obtained its name in 1817 as the location of the wreck of an unnamed ship.  It was incorporated in 1925, and its current municipal building was built in 1966 undergoing various additions and renovations over the years.  The building had passed its useful service life, affected by inclement weather, including Hurricane Sandy, and no longer met the needs of the Municipality with its inadequate layout and size and its need for constant maintenance.  The Borough engaged The Goldstein Partnership to develop the design for their new building and site.  T&M was engaged in 2020 to provide bid and construction management services and worked closely with the Borough, the Goldstein Partnership, and other team members during the construction process leading oversight and management for the bid award, permitting, construction, startup, and occupancy phases of the new, state-of-the-art, 2-story, 16,000 SF, $10M municipal building.

The new structure was constructed on the same site as the current building in an existing parking lot with the existing building remaining in full operation serving residents and visitors until occupancy and operation of the new facility was complete.  The new building includes municipal offices; a multipurpose courtroom for the Borough, Council, Boards and New Jersey Courts; a police station, post office branch, and provisions for use during elections.

For minimal impact to daily municipal operations, the innovative, new municipal complex was constructed in phases including demolition of the existing parking lot and storage of its existing Fortuna Anchor (1910 shipwreck of the Italian boat, Fortuna) and Borough time capsule; construction of the new building and its utilities; relocation; abatement and demolition of the existing building; and the construction of new parking lot and Fortuna Anchor and time capsule park.

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