Fenton Plays Key Role in Construction of New Athletic Center at The Pingry School
WARREN, NJ Fenton Construction Company Inc., the Warren, New Jersey, -based builder played a pivotal part in the recently completed Miller A. Bugliari '52 Athletics Center at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Fenton served as the general contractor for the project, which spanned 12 months. As the general contractor, Fenton oversaw the foundation, building shell, floor slabs, exterior steel structure and walls, and EPDM roof, as well as the building interior fit out.
"The success of The Pingry School athletics center project is the result of an outstanding, coordinated effort by all those involved in its planning, design and construction," said Michael Mulcahy, President of Fenton Construction. Also contributing to the project's success were Pingry CFO, Olaf Weckesser and Michael Waelz, the school's Director of Facilities; while Kevin Aitken, the Senior Sports Architect, represented CHA Companies, architects for the project; and Michael Virzi acted as Construction Manager on behalf of The Fulcrum Group. A well-coordinated team effort among the many different contributors generated a final result that was not only on time, but also within the budget constraints.
Fenton was directly involved in the design of the structure and worked closely with Butler Manufacturingâ„¢ to configure the building's steel shell according to plan. Butler is the oldest and largest pre-engineered metal building company in the world, providing both design and fabrication of metal building systems for commercial construction. In addition to engineering and supplying the steel structure, Butler supplied its renowned MR-24 Standing Seam Roof system, which is recognized worldwide for its superior quality and maintenance-free performance.
Fenton's interior fit out of the field house included interior masonry, aluminum and glass, metal stud drywall partitions, painting, overhead doors, carpeting, polished concrete floors, epoxy floors, ceramic tile, stairs, railings, signage and the Hall of Fame reception desk.
The Miller A. Bugliari '52 Athletics Center is strategically situated adjacent to the Pingry football field and track, and serves a variety of sports activities and sports training needs. The modern, spacious field house provides locker rooms for both Pingry and visiting teams along with a strength and conditioning room. In addition to two full basketball courts and four basketball side courts, there are eight squash courts and ample room for fencing and wrestling events. The structure also serves as an indoor practice facility for lacrosse, softball and baseball.
Visitors to the state-of-the-art facility enter through an expansive lobby, which houses The Pingry School Sports Hall of Fame and is the showcase for the trophies that commemorate the school's many athletic accomplishments. The lobby's walls are constructed of Nichiha Illuminations Panel, a cementitious modular panel from Japan, which is used in combination with aluminum and glass elements to create a unique entry space. Adorning the entry are entire walls of life-size sports murals depicting past Pingry sports achievements.
Michael Mulcahy said, "At Fenton, our philosophy and mission is to construct buildings to a higher standard - the goals and dreams of our clients. We envision Pingry's new field house serving future generations of coaches and student athletes as they write the school's next chapter of athletic achievement."