Monthly Archives: February 2010

Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work

I wanted to make you aware of a free webinar this week you might find interesting.  Reed Construction Data is broadcasting a webinar titled “Lessons in BIM Adoption: How Integrated Project Delivery Can Work” featuring the following speakers:
  • Robert Leicht, PhD – BIM Manager for DPR Construction
  • Scott Simpson, FAIA, LEED AP – Senior Director of Kling-Stubbins
  • Markku Allison – Resource Architect for AIA National
When:  Thursday Feb 25 at 2:00 PM Eastern

Visit Reed Construction to register for the event.


Robert Mencarini, AIA

Annual Awards Dinner Night of Celebration

AIA New Jersey held its Annual Awards Dinner in January at the Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. The evening started in the atrium space with presentations of AIA-NJ Presidential Citations to a number of individuals and the AIA-NJ Service Awards.

After attendees were seated for dinner, Regional Director David DelVecchio, AIA, installed the 2010 officers. Past President Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, spoke about her year as president and presented the gavel to incoming President Jason Kliwinski, AIA.

The evenings celebrations continued with the presentation of the honors to the 2009 Design Awards recipients. Capping off the event, The Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Eleanor Pettersen, FAIA, posthumously.
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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr To Be Closing Keynote for East Coast Green

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr

Organizers of East Coast Green announced this week that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the conference. Kennedy will be the closing keynote on the final day of the multi-day conference to be held in Atlantic City, NJ, in September 2010.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s reputation as a resolute defender of the environment stems from a litany of successful legal actions. Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. The group’s achievement helped spawn more than 130 Waterkeeper organizations across the globe.
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Mega Issue Update: Sustainable Design Nuts & Bolts

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I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the AIA community. My name is Rob Schmitz and like many of you out there, I too have felt the pinch of these economic times. However, persistence and expansion of my skills to include expertise in sustainability has carried me through thus far. I have been involved with USGBC‐NJ for some time as the Chair of their Emerging Green Builders Committee.
Now, as the appointed Champion for Sustainable Design Nuts and Bolts, one of the four Mega Issues AIA‐NJ is focused on for 2010, I would like to brief you on some strategies and events we have planned this year to help our members expand their knowledge and stature with potential clients.

Sustainability is one of AIA’s top priorities and climate change is everyone’s concern. On September 16th
& 17th at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ the AIA‐NJ East Coast Green Conference will seek to
benchmark how we are doing at meeting the Architecture 2030 goals and what still needs to be done.
Legislation, Codes/Metrics, Planning, Buildings, and Tectonic are among the tracks to be covered. In
conjunction with East Coast Green, we are proud to co‐host the AIA‐NJ annual Design Conference on
September 16th. Additionally, we are working in conjunction with USGBC‐NJ for them to provide a series
of LEED workshops Wednesday, September 15th at a discount rate to our members.
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RSC Architects Project Named “Best of 2009”

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The Firefighter’s Memorial Park in Union City, NJ was recently given an Award of Merit by New York Construction magazine, and named to their “Best of 2009” list in the Landscape/Urban Design category.

The Firefighter’s Memorial Park is a tribute to the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue firefighters fallen in the line of duty. Designed by RSC Architects, the park opened this past August.

Read more at: New York Construction Best of 2009

Historically Speaking – THE HOUSE THAT BOOZE BUILT

By Fred B. Adelson, Ph.D.
Professor, Art Department, Rowan University

Gordon House by Weise

Gordon House by Weise

After World War II, Collingswood established itself as a flourishing South Jersey residential community, expanding beyond Haddon Avenue toward the Cooper River. This area, which was originally a vineyard, had become the Camden County Country Club by the early 1900s. Due to increased local opposition to policies that allowed members to golf on Sundays and drink alcoholic beverages, the club closed and vacated its 9-hole course, providing substantial acreage for development. Collingswood, in a promotional brochure, touted itself as the “Long Island of Philadelphia,” a family-friendly borough where “no saloon is tolerated in the town and the complete freedom of the place from all the evils that are generally attendant on the licensed selling of liquor.”

In August 1951 Jack and Evelyn Gordon began plans for a new suburban home, having a lot surveyed not far from the Cooper River. Relocating from Camden, they officially took possession of this parcel in the Vineyard Farms area of Collingswood. The Gordons commissioned Frank Weise of Philadelphia to design a new home for their family of four, suggesting a rather enlightened Modernist taste.
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KSS Architects’ Founding Partner Chairs AIA Jury of Fellows

Allan Kehrt, FAIA

Allan Kehrt, FAIA

PRINCETON, N.J.—The American Institute of Architects appointed KSS Architects founding partner Allan Kehrt, FAIA, LEED AP, as Chair of the 2010 Jury of Fellows. Kehrt is one of three founding partners of the award-winning architectural design and planning firm KSS Architects, which has offices in Princeton, N.J., in Philadelphia.

This February Kehrt’s one-year appointment as Chair will conclude his 3-year term on the jury. The jury’s 5-day January session, which runs this week, culminates with the announcement of the select architects who have been elevated to the distinction of Fellow, one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member.

Kehrt said he has thoroughly enjoyed his time on the AIA Jury of Fellows and as Chair.

“The Jury of Fellows experience has to be one of the most intense, but rewarding, experiences of my professional career,” he said. “It is a very humbling undertaking to be confronted with the extraordinary accomplishments of those seeking Fellowship. It is something I will never forget.”
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Farewell Mills Gatsch combines expertise in architectural history and technical innovation to
create award-winning contemporary architecture.

Princeton, NJ – Farewell Mills Gatsch Architects, LLC is proud to celebrate 35 years of award-winning architecture and begin its 36th year of practice. Since the firm’s founding in 1974, FMG has been widely recognized for the design of new buildings and the stewardship of historic structures. Today, that tradition continues with an addition to the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, and renovation at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, which enabled the National Park Service to reopen the crown of the Statue to visitors in the summer of 2009; it had been closed since September 11, 2001. A formal celebration of FMG’s 35th anniversary will take place early this year.

Partner Michael Farewell, FAIA, said, “This is a wonderful milestone for the firm, and we look forward to continuing our tradition of innovative design and preservation projects in the future, both locally and nationally.” Partner Michael Mills added that, “the combination of our talents has always been the core of our practice, and it also enriches our work as architects.”

Under the firm’s leadership, FMG has built a strong culture that is grounded in the social use of space, architectural history, and sustainable principles. It uses these tools to create contemporary civic spaces that engage the natural environment. Its portfolio also includes diverse projects for cultural, educational, and institutional projects throughout the country.
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Clarke Caton Hintz Celebrates Grand Opening Of Their New Office Space At the Trenton Masonic Temple

Architecture and Planning Firm Commemorates Renovation of Historic Space With Elected Officials and Special Guests

Clarke Caton Hintz open new offices in Historic Trenton Masonic Temple.

Clarke Caton Hintz open new offices in Historic Trenton Masonic Temple.

TRENTON, N.J. (Jan. 5, 2010) – Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH), an award-winning architecture and planning firm founded in 1979, recently celebrated the grand opening of the firm’s new offices at the Trenton Masonic Temple located at 100 Barrack St. in Trenton, N.J.

The Grand Lodge of New Jersey, the statewide Masonic organization, acquired the Trenton Masonic Temple in 2004 for the purposes of restoring and managing its use. During the preservation work, CCH realized the potential of the unfinished third floor and decided to undertake the renovation project for the firm’s new headquarters while working with the Masons to prepare a long-term preservation strategy for the 80-year-old building.

The approximately 100 attendees were impressed at the spatial qualities of the new office, whose 11,000 square feet take up the entire two-story third floor of the building. The space, which houses 35 employees, features an open central atrium surrounded by a mezzanine level, as well as private offices and a conference room.

The project has also received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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AIANJ Emerging Professionals Committee Update – January 2010

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AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals Committee has launched our web page, Emerging Professionals. Please visit us and send us some feedback.

One item of interest for Associate members preparing for the ARE, is our ARE Success Teams. We are very excited about this offering and look forward to a successful, no pun intended, launch this year.

Please check it out and if you’re interested, send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll add you to our database, send you some more information and keep you informed about the upcoming launch meeting.

AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals Committee is now on Facebook. Please join our group, AIA New Jersey Emerging Professionals, so we can create a strong group that helps us help you and each other.

AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals Committee will also be launching ‘Joe Architect’, a series of interviews with New Jersey architects.

We are looking for diversity here; people at different places in their careers, people who came to architecture as a second career, etc.  So if you are interested in taking a few minutes to answer our interview questionnaire, please let me know by sending an email to e[email protected]

The intention is to capture a diverse cross section of AIA members and their experiences, and share them with our younger generations. The interviews will be posted on our website, , and will be archived for further use as requested.
Also, AIA New Jersey’s Emerging Professionals are building a mentoring database, so if you are interested in that as well, include that in your email to us.

Thank you for your time,

John A. Cwikla, Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C
AIANJ Emerging Professionals Chair