Wiley & Sons in Somerset Gets a New Look Courtesy of Hance Construction

FRANKLIN, N.J. (June 15, 2011) – Hance Construction recently completed a renovation and expansion project at John Wiley & Sons busy distribution center in the Somerset section of the Township. Built in the 1960s, the facility needed a new look and upgrade that included a new computer lab, conference rooms, exterior pavilion, offices and café and dining area.

“Although we are primarily known for pre-engineered metal buildings, Hance also offers comprehensive construction services for conventional structures – from renovations to brand-new construction,” said Art Hance, President of Hance Construction, an Authorized Butler Builder® based in Warren County. “In this case, we provided renovations performed by our own internal team of construction experts that created improved operational efficiencies and a much more modern look for the existing footprint. This enabled direct control and accountability over the construction process, ensuring a high-quality end product.”

Wiley was established in 1807 by entrepreneur Charles Wiley and has grown into one of the leading publishers in the world. Hance Construction was asked to renovate the conventional facility to better meet the publisher’s needs without disrupting the busy distribution center. An oversized and underused commercial kitchen was removed, and replaced with a café. Remaining floor space was used to accommodate a new computer lab, offices and two conference rooms.

The 900-square-foot exterior columned pavilion features a wood trussed roof system, metal standing seam roof, eight decorated columns, maintenance-free composite trim on all exterior surfaces, as well as ceiling fans and lighting to maximize its usability.

Led by Hance Construction Project Manager Rob Stephenson, the renovation always respected Wiley’s need to keep book distribution flowing during the construction phase. A portion of the project was conducted in the evening hours to minimize disruption to workflow and staff.

“I’ve been very pleased with the quality of work provided by Hance Construction and Rob Stephenson’s willingness to work on off-hours enabled us to sail through the renovation phase without any loss in operational productivity,” said Facility Manager Bob Jankowski. “The beautiful outdoor pavilion is already very popular with our staff. Hance is currently working on another project for us as well.”1319