Monthly Archives: July 2009


On July 27, 2009 Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009. Sections 37 through 39 of the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 suspend the Non-Residential Development Fee Act which was signed into law on July 17, 2008. As a result, proof of payment of a non-residential development fee or proof of an exemption is no longer required for a final certificate of occupancy to be issued.

All developers involved in the construction of non-residential development which is subject to the Non-Residential Development Fee Act must still complete Form NRDF. The Form will be modified to reflect the amendments to the Non-Residential Development Fee Act by the Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 and the additional exempt status of certain projects which receive preliminary or final site plan approval prior to July 1, 2010.

In addition, developers that have paid a non-residential development fee since July 17, 2008, may claim a refund of “the difference between the moneys committed prior to July 17, 2008 and the monies paid.” Continue reading

AIA Philadelphia Releases New Guide Book

The Center for Architecture announces the publication of the third edition of Philadelphia Architecture: A Guide to the City, the most comprehensive book on the architectural treasures of Philadelphia. Authored by John Andrew Gallery, this updated, comprehensive guide provides descriptions and photographs of over four hundred of the city’s important buildings, with seven walking tours, historical timelines, and short biographies of Philadelphia architects (including Frank Furness and Louis Kahn). The new edition includes expanded color images of the icons of Philadelphia architecture. Purchases may be made online at or in person at the AIA Bookstore and Design Center, 1218 Arch Street.

Review Courses for the Architect Registration Examination

Review Courses for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE 4.0)
Structural Systems – Mechanical & Electrical Systems

Two review courses will be offered this coming fall semester at the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, to help prepare architecture graduates for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE 4.0) in the following two sections: Structural Systems and Building Systems (Mechanical & Electrical).
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New Jersey Architects Inspire Students Through Mentoring Program

VINELAND, N.J. (JULY 24) – The highly successful ACE (architecture, construction and engineering) Mentor Program of America, in which building industry professionals, including members of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ), serve as mentors for high school students seeking careers in the building industry, is seeking to expand in New Jersey.

The ACE program is seeking design and construction professionals to be mentors for the program, which now serves approximately 100 students in eight teams throughout the state, said Diana Eidenshink, manager of affiliates for the national organization. The program is seeking to double the number of participants.
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Architects Tour Bell Labs

Bells Labs, Architecturally Significant Modernist Building in Holmdel, N.J.

Peter C. Papademetriou, an expert on Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, who designed the Bell Labs building in Holmdel, N.J., delivers a presentation on Saarinen to architects in the atrium of the modernist landmark.

Peter C. Papademetriou, an expert on Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, who designed the Bell Labs building in Holmdel, N.J., delivers a presentation on Saarinen to architects in the atrium of the modernist landmark.

HOLMDEL, N.J. (July 17, 2009) — Though most had seen photos of the Bell Labs building designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen — or even studied it in school — few of the architects who recently toured the shuttered building in Holmdel were prepared for the awe-inspiring scale and drama of the building, which is nearly a quarter mile long and once housed 7,500 employees, a small city unto itself.

The group of about 60 architects attended a tour sponsored by the Emerging Professionals program of the Newark and Suburban section of the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ). The tour included presentations by Saarinen expert Peter C. Papademetriou, and Ralph Zucker, president of Lakewood, N.J.-based Somerset Development, the contract purchaser for the building.

“It’s immense compared to what I thought it would be,” said self-confessed Saarinen fan Elizabeth Drake, AIA, principal of Elizabeth Drake Architect in Cedar Knolls, N.J.

The modernist landmark, which was completed in 1962 and expanded in 1966 and 1982, is considered the state’s most important example of post-World War II modernist architecture. It was closed in July 2006 and listed for sale by owner Alcatel-Lucent. The site was named to Preservation New Jersey’s list of the “10 Most Endangered Historic Sites in New Jersey” that same year.
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Carleton Riker, Jr. – In Memoriam

November 26, 1919 – July 12, 2009

In 2007, AIANJ was prepared to present to those assembled at the annual AIA Convention, the Carleton Berrian Riker, Jr. we knew. The purpose was to gain emeritus status for Carl even though he was not a licensed architect. Our reasoning was that he given thousands of hours of his time to AIANJ and AIANewark and Suburban Architects in support of our members to promote a better public understanding of our profession. AIANJ believed those years of service were worth recognition on a national level.

At the time I wrote Carl that his leadership as a tireless worker for section and the chapter is what we all should strive for! We wanted to make sure that those assembled at the event became aware of Carl’s legacy as we saw it-a legacy that allowed 534 other long time associates from around the nation who because of Carl were now able to call themselves Associate Emeritus AIA members.

But as Paul Harvey use to state, “here is the rest of the story”:
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New Jersey Court Strikes Down “Open Space” Set-Asides

New Jersey homebuilders are applauding a unanimous June decision by the state Supreme Court that stops towns from requiring builders and developers to set aside land for open space (or pay a cash fee) as a permitting condition for housing developments. In the cases of New Jersey Shore Builders Association v. Township of Jackson and Builders League of South Jersey v. Egg Harbor Township, the court held that New Jersey towns have been exceeding the authority given to them under the state’s Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL).

Upholding an appellate court’s previous decision in the matter, the Supreme Court said, “The Legislature, although recognizing the benefits to be derived from open space, and although including its preservation among the enumerated purposes of the MLUL, limited the manner in which municipalities may demand that it be made available.” While towns can require open space in certain developments, called Planned Unit Developments (PUD), they can’t do the same thing for just any proposed development. And even in the case of a PUD, the appeals court remarked, the towns’ power under the law is limited: They can’t, for example, require a cash payment “in lieu of” the land set-aside, as towns have been doing. “Such an alternative would not advance the goal of ensuring that adequate open space be provided within the PUD and because the statutory authority that permits a municipality to require contributions for off-tract improvements is itself limited,” said the court. “We therefore note that, although not precisely the focus of this appeal, the suggestion that the MLUL would permit a payment in lieu designed to fund off-tract open space, as an alternative to the set-aside within a PUD, does not square with the MLUL.” The full text of the court’s opinion is posted on the website of the Rutgers University law library.

In an Asbury Park Press story (“Builders don’t have to set aside open space,” by Keith Ruscitti), an attorney for the builders’ groups was particularly critical of the cash option towns have pushed: “‘The towns can talk about open space or recreational facilities, but what they really wanted were the fees,’ said Paul H. Schneider, the attorney who represented the New Jersey Shore Builders Association. ‘This was a type of extortion, to squeeze more money out of the developers.'”

For New Jersey builders, however, this issue may not go away. The court’s decision rested on the phrasing of current legislation, not on any sort of constitutional issue. Accordingly, hinted Bill Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey League of Municipalities, towns may still press lawmakers to grant the authority that the court has ruled they lack under current law: “The Court has made it clear that a legislative solution will be necessary.”

N.J. Architect Unveils Puerto Rican Community Center

Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer
By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer

Carlos Castro, AIA, arrived in Camden from Puerto Rico a quarter-century ago, unable to muster a word of English as a student at East Camden Middle School.

But he kept a notepad in his pocket and wrote down everything he saw on the street. At the end of each day, he looked up his observations in a Spanish-English dictionary, memorizing the new words.

So, yesterday morning, when Castro’s father looked into his eyes and pulled him close, Castro was able to swiftly – and emotionally – translate his father’s words into English. He said: “I am very proud of you, my son.”

Castro, 39, was marking his biggest gig as an architect. With artistic nods to both his native island and his adopted city, Castro has designed the new 9,000-square-foot Puerto Rican Unity for Progress community center on Broadway.
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AIA West Jersey Hosts Annual Photography Competition

For the fourth year, AIA West Jersey is sponsoring a juried Photography Competition to celebrate architecture and the built environment.

Images from past years entries have circled the globe, highlighting architecture from here in New Jersey to Italy, Scotland, Japan and more. The top three 2009 selections were awarded to the Philadelphia Comcast Building (by David Lummis, AIA), USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii (by Michelle Drag), and the Stata Center in Boston (by Robert Longo, AIA).

Each year a full color calendar is printed with the top juror selections. Juries have included professional photographers, magazine editors, and past AIA-NJ and AIA-WJ presidents. Have your work included in the 2010 calendar.

ELIGIBILITY: Competition is open to all AIA members and affiliates, students and the general public.

AWARDS: 13 Winning entries chosen for inclusion in the 2010 calendar and silent auction. Cash prizes are awarded for the following categories: Best Overall Entry, Best Color, and Best Black & White

ENTRY: Submission deadline – September 2, 2009
Submission guidelines and entry form can be downloaded from the following:

Questions email: [email protected]

Green Building Attorneys Earn LEED Accreditation

Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst & Doukas, LLP of New Brunswick, NJ announces that four of our attorneys passed the LEED exam and are now LEED Accredited Professionals, certified by the Green Building Institute. Anthony Iacocca, Richard Gaeckle, Jacob Grouser and Vincent Carita, play significant roles in the firm’s recently formed Green Building practice group, led by Partner Lawrence P. Powers. By serving the construction, municipal, environmental and real estate industries, the Green Building practice group gives our clients a distinct advantage in confronting the multitude of legal issues presented by this emerging market. For more information visit