N.J.'s Hindu American Religious Center Under Way
Construction on the first two phases of the five-phase, multi-use Hindu American Religious Center located on 33-acres in Robbinsville, N.J. is currently under way. The center broke ground in September 2010 and upon its completion in 2016, it will total 262,000 sq ft.
The first two phases of the project include a main atrium building that will enclose a 9,000-sq-ft, 36-ft high Hindu prayer building known as a Mandir designed by PS&S of Warren, N.J. who are also acting as engineers on the project, in collaboration with local and India based artisans. Hand-carved stone for the exterior and the two-level interior will be created in India and shipped to Robbinsville. Philadelphia and New York City-based Lighting Design Collaborative is the lighting design consultant on the project and will be providing the Mandir with LED lighting fixtures. Other phases of the project will include the construction of a cultural center, meeting rooms, classrooms, dormitories, dining areas, facilities for indoor sports and arts and crafts.
The fifth and final phase of the project will include the construction of the center’s larger Mandir at 42,000 sq ft and 108 ft high and will be surrounded by approximately 100,000 sq ft of landscaped gardens, a water feature and almost a half-mile of covered walkways put together by municipal and environmental engineers Maser Consulting P.A. of Hamilton, N.J.
The Robbinsville Hindu American Religious Center is the fifth center in North America to be operated by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a 104-year-old worldwide civic and religious organization that sponsors religious, cultural and social service activities.