One Year After Breaking Ground, Crabiel Hall Is On Target

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Crabiel Hall on Oct. 12, 2010

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — It was one year ago this month that College and county officials gathered in a parking lot on the Middlesex County College campus to break ground for Crabiel Hall, a state-of-the-art building that will house classrooms, computer labs, multipurpose rooms, offices and a culinary demonstration kitchen.

Work commenced a few days later and has been nonstop ever since.


Donald R. Drost, executive director of facilities management at the college, said construction should be complete by the end of November.

“It is going to be a beautiful building,” he said.

Crabiel Hall was designed to be environmentally friendly and the college is seeking LEEDS certification. Phase one – the design phase – was awarded 17 out of a possible 21 points, putting it on target to receive a Silver LEEDS ranking, which is what Drost is expecting.

“The building is really taking shape,” he said. “The second floor classrooms are complete and they are now working toward the first floor. Site work will be finished up over the next month. At this point everything is coming together. One of the best things about this project is that the project teams have worked very well together – the contractor, architect, construction manager and the college staff. It’s a very good project. The quality of the work is very high.”

To see photos of Crabiel Hall in various phases of construction, visit

Crabiel Hall's groundbreaking ceremony last October

From left: County Clerk Elaine Flynn; Freeholder H. James Polos; College Trustee Robert Sica, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan; Ronald Rios, Freeholder liaison to the College and deputy director; Dorothy K. Power, chairman of the College Board of Trustees; Christopher Rafano, Freeholder director; Freeholder Stephen J. “Pete” Dalina; Freeholder Carol Barrett; Thomas Tighe, vice chairman of the College Board of Trustees; family members Mary Crabiel, Carolee Grocott and Paulette Wahler;  Trustee John Mulkerin; Freeholder Blanquita Valenti; Trustee Eileen Palumbo; Mark Finkelstein, treasurer of the College Board of Trustees; Freeholder Mildred S. Scott; College President Joann La Perla-Morales; Brian Wahler, mayor of Piscataway and son-in-law of David Crabiel; and Trustee Praful Raja.

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