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Unparalleled in Paramus: Bergen Community College One-Stop

When the Pitkin Education Center was constructed in the 1960s, it was a shining example of modern contemporary design. Flash forward six decades and the building reflected outdated ideas for both space utilization and the delivery of efficient student services. The solution: a reimagined “One-Stop” student center, replacing a 1960s-era labyrinth design with modern stainless steel, wood and glass to create an open, sunlit-drenched space housing every student function. The 14,280-square-foot project, costing $2.6 million, relocated every student services function – including admissions, registration, the bursar, financial aid, and more – into an all-inclusive environment. With the assistance of architectural firm Arcari + Iovino Architects and the construction expertise of the G Meyer Group, the college was able to enhance communications with students, removing administrative barriers and streamlining the process for admission, registration and supportive services. At the same time, the project created some 30 construction jobs. Funding from a State of New Jersey and Bergen County initiative slashed the cost to the college in half, solving the most significant obstacle for the college: financing.

College leadership sought input from students, faculty and staff to design the One-Stop, including special touches like widening entry areas for disability accommodations, increasing Wi-Fi capacity, and using durable materials throughout to resist wear and provide longevity to the space. Visiting the new center in January of this year, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona recognized the One-Stop as a national model for developing innovative tactics that help students succeed.


Arcari + Iovino Architects

Little Ferry


The G Meyer Group Inc.



State of New Jersey,

Bergen County


Dr. Larry Hlavenka,
Executive Director,
Public Relations,
Bergen Community College


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