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CAMDEN, NJ-Campbell Soup Co. is set to start construction for an 80,000-sf employee services building, costing an estimated $72 million. The facility will adjoin the company’s long-time headquarters here, which itself will be the anchor of a new office park redevelopment project.

Plans for the office park were finalized in March, when local officials agreed to support a scaled-back version of Campbell’s original plans. Originally, the company, as master developer of the 100-acre redevelopment site, wanted to build 500,000 sf of office space on the tract but agreed to reduce that to 200,000 sf.

And Campbell has picked the Red Bank, NJ-based Torcon Inc. to build the two-story facility. “Torcon is a natural fit,” says Robert Zane, Campbell’s VP of real estate operations, in a statement. “The company is headquartered right here in New Jersey and is a leader in the region’s construction industry.”

The building, designed by the Philadelphia-based KlingStubbins, will occupy a portion of the 40 acres set aside for Campbell’s activities within the 100-acre tract. It will feature a glass entryway and a lobby with super-graphics, and will house a café, a fitness center, company store, credit union, office space, conference rooms and a learning and development center. Campbell’s is also looking for LEED certification for the building.

“The facility clearly has a lot of significance to Campbell, and also to the state, the city and the county,” says Joseph Torcivia, co-president of Torcon, which besides its New Jersey headquarters has a field office across the river from here at Philadelphia Navy Yard. “We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with the building trades and workers in Camden.”

Much of the site surrounding the Campbell’s headquarters campus has, for years, consisted of vacant or underutilized buildings, parking lots and other underutilized pieces of property. A portion of the building stock has been demolished, notably an abandoned Sears Tire and Battery building, which went down in July. An adjacent Sears department store building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard, although vacant for more than three decades, is considered a local landmark and has been spared. It is under separate, private ownership and will itself be redeveloped.

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