Berkeley College Interior Design Graduates Partner to Create New Look for Lobby of St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, NJ


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Interior Design graduates of Berkeley College, Sandra Dolin of Pompton Plains, NJ, and Courtney Spong of Sparta, NJ, brought their expertise above and beyond the internship that was created between Berkeley College Career Services and St. Mary’s Hospital to create a remodeled lobby for the Passaic, NJ, hospital that has served the community for 115 years.  At a special ceremony held there yesterday, St. Mary’s President, Michael Sniffen, acknowledged their contributions.
“These two professionals, brought to the project under the auspices of Berkeley College, worked on this project pro bono, devoting countless hours to making the best use of the space and of our budget,” Mr. Sniffen said. “All you have to do is look at the photos from the old lobby to see what a tremendous job they did. I wish to thank Ms. Dolan and Ms. Spong, as well as Berkeley College, most sincerely for their invaluable work on this project.”
“The Career Counselor at Berkeley knew my portfolio included work at another hospital so when the opportunity arose, she inquired,” said Ms. Dolin, who was completing the curriculum with an internship after returning to college to follow her passion in interior design.
“After listening to what St. Mary’s Hospital needed, I knew the project would benefit from the career placement assistance we offer our graduates, so I asked Courtney. Professionally, the relationships among all worked extremely well,” said Berkeley College Career Counselor Lynn Page.
According to Ms. Spong, “Sandy and I complemented each other and we were so compatible. I was able to bring the computer-assisted drafting and space planning aspects to the project while she brought her expertise with color and paints and fabrics.”
“The project consumed a lot of time and energy, and was challenging,” added Ms. Dolin. “But it also was rewarding.”
Berkeley College Career Services works with businesses as well as students to form partnerships that assist students and graduates with internships and job placement.
A leader in business education for 79 years, Berkeley College maintains an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, including 665 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College has four New Jersey campuses located in Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark; two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains; an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area and Berkeley College Online. Concentrations are offered in more than 20 career fields,and all campuses are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s website address is
St. Mary’s Hospital is the primary provider of quality healthcare to the Passaic and Bergen communities, as well as to areas of Essex and Hudson Counties. It is a non-profit acute care hospital offering a broad range of health care services and community outreach programs. St. Mary’s Hospital is a Center of Excellence for Cardiology, Oncology, Maternal-Child Health Services and Outpatient Behavioral Health. The Hospital has 292 licensed beds, over 550 physicians and is one of the largest employers in Passaic. St. Mary’s Hospital is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.
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Photo A
Berkeley College Interior Design students Sandy Dolin and Courtney Spong – now graduates – with Interior Design Faculty Advisor Norris Cannon, ASID, were honored for their creativity and expertise in remodeling the lobby of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, NJ, at a special ceremony.  To better accommodate traffic flow and make the space more welcoming, the security desk was relocated and incorporated the new look of natural woods with stainless steel accents that matched the information desk, blending well with the new coordinated color palette used for the flooring, wall color and art, and the chair fabric selected, for an area that now seats up to 20 people comfortably.
Photo B
Medical Staff President S.D. Singh, MD, (left) and St. Mary’s Hospital President Michael Sniffen flank the two Berkeley College Interior Design graduates, Courtney Spong (second from left) and Sandy Dolin, who collaborated in a partnership between Berkeley College Career Services and St. Mary’s Hospital to fulfill the vision of the medical staff and hospital administration to create an especially comforting and welcoming environment for the doctors, staff, patients, and guests, that also accommodated traffic flow.
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