Office of the Mayor – West Windsor Township
September 24, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Shing-Fu Hsueh, Mayor
West Windsor Township
West Windsor Township Senior Center Expansion to Open
Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh is pleased to announce that the Senior Center expansion project is complete and ready to open. A grand re-opening ceremony is planned for September 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM. After a formal ribbon cutting; tours of the facility will be conducted and light refreshments will be served. Confirmed to be joining Mayor Hsueh is Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and NJ State Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein. It is anticipated that Township Council members, administrative staff, and representatives from the Friends of West Windsor Seniors all will be in attendance. Governor Corzine has been invited to participate.
A contract was awarded to Tri-Form Construction of Metuchen, NJ on June 23, 2008 to build a 3,400 square foot addition to the Center and renovate sections of the existing building. Michael Winkler of Saizan Winkler Architects, LLC; Freehold is the project architect. Funding for this project has been provided in part by the County of Mercer and the State of New Jersey. Mercer County, through County Executive Hughes, provided a $500,000 grant and the State, through Assemblywoman Greenstein, provided a $100,000 grant. An additional $50,000 grant was provided through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, State Wide Livable Communities Program.
Mayor Hsueh stated, “I am delighted that County Executive Hughes and Assemblywoman Greenstein will see first hand what their agency contributions have provided the seniors of West Windsor. This expansion has been critical to serving our growing community of seniors and increasing our various programs.”
The new addition provides five classrooms or meeting rooms, additional bathrooms, and more storage space. A new patio has been added to the rear of the addition across from an existing gazebo. In addition, renovations have been made to the entrance and interior of the existing building. Lynn Thornton who manages the Center said, “We are excited to be able to utilize this new space. I would also like to thank the Friends of West Windsor Seniors who provided new technology and other enhancements to the Center.”
Much of the expansion has been constructed to be environmentally friendly. Solar panels have been used to service the new expansion and the additional lighting is powered by photovoltaic systems. The building has a great deal of natural light through clerestory skylights, solar tubes in the new restrooms, and vision panels in the hall to facilitate natural light from room to room. The lights have occupancy sensors that turn the lights on when people enter and off when no motion is sensed and waterless urinals have also been installed.
The West Windsor Senior Center is one of a handful of nationally accredited senior centers and it has been a model for other Centers throughout the State of New Jersey.
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