Lumberton Municipal Complex

Lumberton, NJ

RYEBREAD Architects was chosen as designer for new facilities for Lumberton Township in a competitive process among leading South Jersey public-sector firms. They selected us for our ability to bring in construction on-time and on-budget, while producing an asset with maximum value for the money invested. Turns out, the Township Committee made the right decision.

This 20,000 SF complex houses Municipal Services, Police, and Committee Chamber/Courtroom. The floor plan and building systems were configured so that each of these areas can operate independently for maximum efficiency. Archives are located within each department, and the building was built to meet current requirements. The exterior envelope allows for future incremental expansion just where it is needed.

The building and site were also designed according CPTED principals, creating “natural” security, augmented with digital systems. There is a clear delineation (and control) between public spaces and back-of-the-house areas. Workspace windows provide clear line-of-sight (and natural illumination).

The exterior colors and massing evoke a farmhouse, relating to Lumberton’s rural tradition. The Courtroom’s clerestory pedimented window becomes the logo for the dais, and for the Township. Each functional area is articulated, has its own designated parking, and entry. The tax office even has a drive-in window: talk about creating a good opportunity to Reinvest In Your Community!

Completion: 2001
Client: Lumberton Township; Lumberton, NJ
RYEBREAD Project Manager: Scott Charles England, AIA/PP
MPE Engineer: AKF; Princeton, NJ
Structural Engineer: Robert Rosen; Conshohocken, PA
Civil Engineer: Richard A. Alaimo; Mount Holly, NJ
General Contractor: Eagle Construction; Burlington, NJ