Monthly Archives: May 2010

Lawrence University’s Campus Center Wins National and Regional Design Awards

$35 million, 107,000 sf project is the first higher education building to earn LEED Gold in Wisconsin

Lawrence at Dusk

Lawrence at Dusk

The Richard and Margot Warch Campus Center at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., has won many national, regional and sustainable design honors for KSS Architects in Princeton, N.J., and associate architect Uihlein-Wilson Architects in Milwaukee.

In March, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) awarded the Warch Center its 2010 Facility Design Award of Excellence. The national award recognizes student-centered buildings that support the campus community and student learning.

“It was an incredible honor when ACUI recognized our project,” said KSS partner Pamela Rew, AIA. “The submission required both the designer’s and user’s perspectives, and we were thrilled to re-engage with a client we consider a great friend. It was particularly rewarding to have the university accept the award with us. The award is about more than design: It shows us that our client loves their building.”
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Seminar on the Process of Becoming FAIA

Allan Kehrt FAIA will be leading the discussion on the application process for becoming an FAIA. Allan, this past year was the Chairman of the National FAIA jury and had been a juror for several years. This is an extrodinary opportunity for anyone who wants to learn about the application process.

A seminar will be held:
June 16th at 5:00 PM
Clarke, Canton & Hintz
100 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Tel: 609-883-8383

The AIA Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to Fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also honors before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Any questions please contact Hugh A. Boyd FAIA @ 973-783-2878 or [email protected] Please RSVP by June 9th.

Candidates for 2011 AIA-NJ Offices

All members of AIA-NJ are invited to attend the AIA-NJ Candidates Night Presentations on Tuesday May 18th 6PM, at the offices of Clarke Caton Hintz in the Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Please RSVP to Lori Lee at [email protected] so that adequate seating will be available.

There is a contest for President Elect, with Joyce Raspa, AIA, Esq. and Laurence Parisi, AIA both running for the position. Please read their statements at

The uncontested slate of officers 2011 are:

First Vice President Jack Purvis, AIA
Second Vice President Kimberly Bunn, AIA
Treasurer Justin Mihalik, AIA
Regional Associate Director Clair Wholean, Associate AIA
Regional Director Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Officers who automatically move on to the next position include:

President Michael Hanrahan, AIA
Past President Jason Kliwinski, AIA

Officers completing an unexpired term include:

Secretary Kurt Kalafsky, AIA

Uncontested offices will have a single vote cast by the AIA-NJ secretary on Tuesday May 18th.

The election for President Elect will take place from June 11 – June 25, by electronic vote. Details to follow.

For more information or with questions, please contact AIA-NJ Nominations Chair Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA at [email protected]

EPA Hosts First Building Competition to Boost Energy Efficiency

Photo of the exterior of a large, horizontal building at night  with lights on.

The Memorial Arts Building in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of 14 finalists in an EPA energy efficiency competition.
Credit: EPA

Is there a flabby, inefficient office building in your neighborhood that needs to drop a few kilowatts? Now that energy hog has a chance to be inspired, as 14 commercial buildings compete to “shape up” their energy consumption under the first National Building Competition, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While trimming kilowatt-hours is their bottom line, the 14 participating buildings will also save money and help fight climate change through their belt-tightening. Like the NBC television show “The Biggest Loser,” which follows contestants who drop weight, the EPA contest will declare the building that sheds the most energy waste on a percentage basis as the winner. Stay tuned for the EPA’s final “weigh-in” on October 26.

Nearly 200 applications were received for EPA’s National Building Competition, and the 14 finalists, ranging from an elementary school to a hotel building, will be judged on their energy performance from September 1, 2009, to August 31, 2010. Participating in the challenge are buildings from ten states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia. The energy use of each building is being monitored with Portfolio Manager, Energy Star’s online energy measurement and tracking tool, and a Twitter feed allows you to follow the contestants as they take such actions as upgrading their lighting and cooling systems and tweaking their energy management systems. Fitness expert Bob Harper, who appears on “The Biggest Loser,” will also provide energy fitness tips for the contestants through a series of videos that will be available on the competition Web site. See the EPA press release and the National Building Competition Web site.

So which U.S. cities feature the most “lean” energy buildings? According to the EPA’s second-annual ranking of the top 25 U.S. cities with the most Energy Star buildings, released on March 23, the list is headed by Los Angeles, California, followed by Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; Lakeland, Florida; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; and New York, New York. Lakeland and New York City are new to the top 10 this year. EPA awards the Energy Star to commercial buildings that perform in the top 25% of buildings nationwide compared to similar buildings. In 2009, nearly 3,900 commercial buildings earned the Energy Star, representing savings of more than $900 million in utility bills and more than 4.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. The total number of Energy Star-qualifying buildings and plants in the United States is now more than 9,000, achieving overall annual utility savings of more than $1.6 billion and preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 1 million homes. The Energy Star is a joint program of EPA and DOE. See the EPA press release, the list of top 25 cities (PDF 168 KB), and the real-time registry of all Energy Star buildings and plants. Download Adobe Reader.

The IX Annual Congress of the Cuban Cultural Center of NJ announces the Cuban Architecture: A Historical Legacy to be held Saturday, May 15, 2010, at The Cooper Union.

Annual event devoted to the preservation, advancement and dissemination of Cuban and Cuban-American culture. Keynote Address Historical Overview and Legacy of Cuban Architecture; The Colonial Period and the Cuban Republic; Revolution and Post-Revolution; Cuban Architecture and Urbanism Full Cycle; evening Concert – The Music and Architecture of a Romantic City starring Chico Álvarez and his Band

Event is sponsored by The Cuban Cultural Center of New York, a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation, advancement and dissemination of Cuban and Cuban-American culture. The event will be held in association with The Society of Cuban-American Engineers and Architects, and co-sponsored by The Cooper Union, The AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, The Architectural League and The Municipal Art Society.

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or e-mail: [email protected]

Fletcher Thompson Architecture and Engineering Firm

Goals for Centennial Include Focusing On Future Growth, Leadership

Shelton, Conn. (April 14, 2010) — Fletcher Thompson, an award-winning full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm headquartered in Shelton, Conn., is proud to announce the celebration of its 100-year anniversary.

With six East Coast offices, in Shelton and Hartford, Conn.; Boston, Mass.; Somerset, N.J.; Naples, Fla.; and New York City, Fletcher Thompson is growing regionally with an eye toward future expansion, both geographically and in the range of professional services it offers.

Over the course of a century, Fletcher Thompson has distinguished itself with an illustrious portfolio of projects. In its early years, the firm was known for its creative design and engineering of industrial and manufacturing buildings. Today it is a solidly integrated architecture and engineering firm with a strong body of design work in the K through 12 education, healthcare, college and university, corporate, development and government markets. Many of its projects have won American Institute of Architects (AIA) design awards for design excellence. The firm has also been honored by building, industry and community organizations for its work.

Fletcher Thompson was founded in 1907 by E. Leslie Fletcher, who first established his industrial engineering practice in Bridgeport, Conn. He was later joined by Charles L. Thompson in 1909, and in 1910 the firm established itself as the Fletcher Thompson Engineering Co., which later became Fletcher Thompson Inc. The firm has grown through a combination of acquisitions and the opening of new office locations.

“We are proud to be celebrating this significant occasion,” stated Michael Marcinek, managing partner and chief financial officer of Fletcher Thompson. “As we look to the future, we are confident that our next 100 years will continue to bring our clients as much design excellence, leadership and contributions to the community as we have successfully provided in the past 100 years.”

The University of Connecticut Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in Storrs, Conn., is one of the firm’s notable college and university projects. The complex contains 63,000 square feet of contiguous archival, academic and conference facilities within a technologically advanced, climate-controlled environment for the storage and preservation of university archives and special collections.

Within the healthcare sector, Fletcher Thompson has also left a major mark, especially in New Brunswick, N.J., where the firm’s projects in the healthcare arena have helped to transform and revitalize the downtown and have contributed to the city’s reputation as a “Health Care City” for the healthcare micro-market that has developed there consisting of internationally renowned medical researchers, practitioners and facilities.

In particular, the firm has been involved with New Brunswick’s Robert Wood Johnson Academic Medical Center and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey since 1989. Projects for those institutions include designing three prestigious medical facilities: The Cancer Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital of New Jersey, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital CORE Pavilion and the Clinical Academic Building Complex.

In the corporate sector, Fletcher Thompson is well known for one of its most uniquely designed corporate facilities, the Timex Group USA Inc. headquarters in Middlebury, Conn., which set a new standard for sustainability and was the winner of a design award from AIA. The project, cited in 2001 by Fast Company magazine as “transformative,” is as unique as it is environmentally friendly.

Another Fletcher Thompson AIA award-winning project is the Cesar A. Batalla Elementary School in Bridgeport, Conn. The design goal of this pre-kindergarten through eighth grade urban school was to create a high quality learning environment while accommodating the diverse needs of each age group by creating a village with a town center, a main street and home base neighborhoods.

With its reputation well established, especially in the healthcare, education and corporate sectors, Fletcher Thompson is looking to a future that will emphasize design solutions to address the complex needs of tomorrow’s clients, especially in regards to sustainability.

Thomas A. Fantacone, design principal of the firm, comments on his vision for Fletcher Thompson, “Building upon 100 years of success, we are moving forward to shape solutions that continue to elevate design in partnership with our clients and the communities in which we work.”

“There are many developing markets and new business opportunities that match our integrated, single source approach,” says Edward N. Rothe, FAIA, business development principal and president of Fletcher Thompson’s New York City office. “Clients, regardless of the type of project, are challenging design professionals to do more, to do it faster and better and to make their business lives easier. Building upon our success, we are more than capable of meeting that challenge.”

Celebrating Fletcher Thompson’s milestone will be its 100 employees, including nine principals, six office presidents, associate principals, senior associates and associates. To commemorate the centennial year, Fletcher Thompson will be planning marketing campaigns and events that promote the firm’s longevity and stability at both the local and regional levels.

Fletcher Thompson is the recipient of the Architectural Firm of the Year award for 1999 from the New Jersey chapter of the AIA.

Michael Graves FAIA Inducted Into The New Jersey Hall of Fame

Third Annual Ceremony Celebrates New Jersey Legends

Past President Stacey Ruhle-Kliesch, AIA with Hall of Fame inductee Michael Graves, FAIA

Past President Stacey Ruhle-Kliesch, AIA with Hall of Fame inductee Michael Graves, FAIA

The New Jersey Hall of Fame honored almost a dozen inductees at a star-studded gala ceremony on Sunday, May 2nd at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The inductees included Count Basie, Judy Blume, Justice William Brennan, Danny DeVito, Larry Doby, Michael Graves, Carl Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Alice Paul, Les Paul, Susan Sarandon, Wally Schirra, Frankie Valli and President Woodrow Wilson. Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie were the hosts of the glamorous event.

In addition to the inductees, many other notables were in attendance including previous inductees Buzz Aldrin and Yogi Berra, along with Candice Bergen, Judy Gold, Fran Lebowitz, Bill White, Vivica Fox, John Crowley, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Damian Kulash, Patty Scialfa, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Dr. Greg Olsen, Governor Brendan Byrne, Harlan Coben and Mary Higgins Clark. The induction of Justice William Brennan was made by New Jersey’s own Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

The always popular Hubcaps retuned as the stage band and were joined by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph for two crowd pleasers. The Rusty Paul Band paid tribute to the great Les Paul with numbers featuring vibes virtuoso Jason Taylor, legendary KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and famed Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford. A surprise appearance by Bruce Springsteen had the audience on its feet.

It was a glorious night for New Jersey!

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Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. Helps Rider University Reach a “Green” Milestone with the Certification of its New Residence Halls

Trenton, NJ – April 20, 2010 –In the University’s ongoing pursuit of sustainability, Rider University recently received LEED™ Silver certification for the newest addition to the Lawrenceville campus, West Village Residence Halls. The new residence halls, which were completed for this past fall semester, are the University’s first buildings that were constructed to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Silver Standard, something that Spiezle was able to provide with no additional cost to the University. “Spiezle was extremely helpful in providing guidance throughout the entire project and ensuring that the University received a quality finished product” stated Michael Reca, Associate Vice President of Rider University.

An industry leader in providing sustainable building and design, Spiezle is currently working on numerous projects that are incorporating the sustainable elements of the LEED™ program, including many projects seeking certification. “We approach every project with the idea of incorporating elements of sustainable design for our clients and are very proud of the fact that we are successful in helping them apply for and receive funding to cover many of these costs, whenever available,” stated Thomas Perrino, AIA, LEED™ap, Principal of Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.