Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Codes Adopted in New Jersey

On September 7, 2010, several new codes were adopted for use in New Jersey including:

–  International Building Code New Jersey edition 2009

–  International Residential Code New Jersey edition 2009

–  National Standard Plumbing Code 2009

–  International Energy Conservation Code 2009

–  International Mechanical Code 2009

–  International Fuel Gas Code 2009

To learn more visit the NJ Department of Community Affairs website:

AIA-NJ 2010 Design Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 2010 AIA-NJ Design Award winners, announced during the Awards Reception held in Bally’s Atlantic City on September 16th, during the East Coast Green Conference:

Merit Awards – Design Build Category

Midohaus Architecture
Vlahakis Residence, Harvey Cedars, NJ

Minervini Vandermark Architecture
360 14th Street, Hoboken, NJ

Merit Awards – Interior Architecture Category

Hugh A. Boyd Architect
office – Montclair, NJ
The Landmark, Philippines

Joshua Zinder Architecture & Design
office – Princeton, NJ
Waku Ghin Restaurant, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Merit Awards – Built

office – Englewood Cliffs, NJ
The New York Foundling, Brown Place, Bronx NY

KSS Architects
office – Princeton, NJ
School of Hotel Administration – Tower Renovation
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Ikon.5 Architects
office – Princeton, NJ
Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, Princeton, NJ

KSS Architects
office – Princeton, NJ
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY
Philadelphia, PA

Honor Awards – Unbuilt

office – Princeton, NJ
Biomedical Educational Research Institute
Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Honor Awards – Built

Ann Beha Architects
Carl A. Fields Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding
Princeton, NJ

KSS Architects
office – Princeton, NJ
Human Rights Institute,
Kean University, Union, NJ

Presentations will be made to all winners at the Annual Awards Dinner to be held in January, 2011, in Princeton.

AIA Announces Design for Decades

Beginning September 15th, AIA will be accepting submissions for the Design for Decades initiative. This is an opportunity for the AIA to spotlight outstanding global architectural projects. Projects will be displayed online in a virtual exhibition; selected projects can also be featured in venues such as AIA Headquarters, the 2011 National Convention and, with your cooperation and interest, in your local chapters. We strongly encourage you to make suggestions for other venues where the exhibit could be shown.
The purpose of this undertaking is to feature works of all scales and types that represent the scope and quality of work being done by AIA members. Entries including small, large, commercial, residential, public, private, interiors, historic preservation, engineering, landscape and urban design projects will be accepted.
Ultimately, this will highlight the excellent work done by our members and promote the value of design. It will also serve as a “snapshot in time” that can be viewed by future generations of architects.
Design for Decades is open to all AIA members including associate, international associate and allied members.
Please note there is a $25 entry fee to be paid online. Each project requires a separate and complete submission and fee, with a limit of four per member or firm.
The Design for Decades site will be posted on on September 14. Deadline for submissions is October 27, 2010. Projects selected will be featured in a virtual exhibition and can be used for exhibitions in venues in the US and abroad.
Please spread the word to AIA members and together we can draw attention to and celebrate the diverse work of the Institute’s membership.


Voorhees-based Architectural Firm Designs Accessible House for Mt. Laurel Family

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Aug. 31, 2010 A simple act of generosity last year has led to an outpouring of support for a family in Mount Laurel, N.J. In order to enable their 8-year-old son, Dominic, to receive the best education through the Mount Laurel school system, Dave and Joanne Stratton lived in a one-bedroom converted 1940s chicken coop in the township. Initially purchased as a fixer-upper, the structure presented many problems, including an old septic system and a well with unhealthy water.

In the spring of 2009, a frequent passer-by and concerned resident, Pam Machulsky, left a note on the Strattons door, offering to assist them in someway after seeing Joanne struggle to put Dominic on the bus to school. Even though she did not know of the issues the Strattons had with their family home, Machulsky was moved to help in an Extreme Home Makeover way. As a result, the Stratton Home Trust was created and has raised thousands of dollars to date for Dominics House.

John Canuso of Canuso Builders, the team that is building the new home, approached Bill Feinberg, president of Feinberg & Associates, a few months ago asking for assistance on the project. The architectural firm has experience with special needs and accessible floor plans, and Feinberg was eager to help incorporate specific elements to fit Dominics needs.

We want to ensure Dominic and his family have optimal space to grow and live comfortably in this new home, said Feinberg. With an accessible layout and an open floor plan, the Strattons and Dominic will have a much easier time moving around the house.

Feinberg & Associates is donating its time and resources, as well as the development of the design a two-story, 1,784-square-foot Cape Cod-style house, which is slated to be completed by the end of the year. The entire first floor of the home will be accessible with wide doorways, ramps from the garage into the entry foyer that can be easily navigated by a wheelchair, low sinks in the kitchen and bathroom, a roll-in shower and a special therapy room. The second floor will contain the master suite for Dominics parents.

This project is a great reminder of how a small group of people can come together and make a difference for someone in need, stated Feinberg. This story is an inspiration, and we are very thankful to be a part of it.

Feinberg & Associates, P.C. is an award-winning architectural design firm that has assisted builders and developers with various residential and mixed-use projects from its earliest stages of due diligence to the final closings of the buyers in the marketplace.

The Rotary Club of Mt. Laurel will be hosting a golf outing on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Burlington Country Club in Mt. Holly, N.J., which will benefit Dominics House. For more information about the project or to donate, visit

PHOTO CAPTION: (Standing L-R) Feinberg and Associates Scott Nehring, project manager; Bill Feinberg, president; and Mike McQuaide, project manager, look on as Dave Stratton shows his son, Dominic, the design of their future home. Feinberg & Associates is donating its time and resources, as well as the development of the design a two-story, 1,784-square-foot Cape Cod-style accessible house to ensure Dominic and his family have optimal space to grow and live comfortably in this new home.

The Week in Trenton

Christie Proposes Ethics Reform Package

Governor Christie this week proposed a series of ethics reform measures. The Governor also plans to propose reforms in the areas of pension and benefits, economic development and job creation, and education.

Christie’s ethics reform proposal includes:

A complete ban on dual office holding, ending the grandfathering of current legislators at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 session.

A ban on dual employment for all state, county and local officials and employees that would prohibit all such employees from drawing a salary at a second government position, either state, county or local.
Mandatory recusal and strict disclosure of conflicts of interest for legislators.

Requiring pension forfeiture for public officials for crimes that involve the public office.

Forfeiture of campaign funds for officials convicted of crimes of the first through fourth degrees.

Banning the use of campaign funds for criminal defense costs.

Restricting the practice of “wheeling” by imposing contribution limits on county and municipal committees for committee-to-committee contributions and committee contributions to out-of-county or out-of-municipality candidates.

Imposing a uniform set of contract award standards on all levels of government and all branches of state government by ending the “fair and open contract” exception for businesses that make reportable campaign contributions at the legislative, county and municipal levels, yet are able to receive contract awards valued greater than $17,500 with local governments – a practice that is not permitted at the state / gubernatorial level.

Close pay-to-play loopholes by leveling the playing field with changes to the law that would make labor unions subject to the same contribution requirements which apply to other entities doing business with the state.

While details are expected at a late date the Governor’s plans for pension and health benefits include changes for those currently enrolled in the system, increases in health insurance contributions, and a crackdown on disability pension fraud; for education they include changes to the tenure system and teacher pay based on student performance. The Governor also said that he and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno had reached out to CEOs every week for input on how to make New Jersey more attractive place to private businesses.

Assembly Committees to Hold Hearings on Impact of Budget Reductions Assembly Group A and B Committees will meet on Monday and seven committees will discuss the impact of budget reductions on the citizens of New Jersey.

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee will hear testimony on the impact on New Jersey consumers of the new law that requires stored value cards that go unused for two years to escheat to the state at 10:00 in Room 13.

The Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee will hear testimony on access to capital for New Jersey businesses looking to improve and expand and the extent in which credit is available to New Jersey consumers and homebuyers at 10:00 in Room 12.

The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee will hear testimony on the impact on families of cuts to NJ FamilyCare, which provides insurance to working families, and the New Jersey Early Intervention System, which helps young children with disabilities at 10:00 in Room 16.

The Assembly Higher Education Committee will hear testimony on the tuition aid grant program and the increased demand for student financial assistance. It will also discuss the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act at 10:00 in Room 15.

The Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee will hear testimony on Christie’s cuts to the job-creating New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology at 10:00 in Room 9.
The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will discuss the impact of the reduced funding of Urban Enterprise Zones at 2:00 in Room 9.
The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will hear testimony on the impact of layoffs of public safety officers on New Jersey communities at 2:00 in Room 15.

Christie Submits Proposal to Privatize New Jersey Network

The Christie Administration has submitted a proposal to the Legislature to accomplish the conversion of New Jersey Network (NJN) from a government body to an independent entity, either to a non-profit corporation or through a sale or transfer of assets to an existing public broadcasting entity.

The primary goal of the legislation, the New Jersey Public Broadcasting System Restructuring Act, is to maintain the availability of public broadcasting in New Jersey. The Department of Treasury will be responsible for executing the plan, including:

* compiling an inventory of the authority’s and foundation’s assets and liabilities;
* identifying the methods or mechanisms required to transfer assets and liabilities;
* receiving and approving proposals for the transfer of any or all of the authority’s or foundation’s assets; and
* assuring that the successor to NJN can fulfill the responsibilities of a maintaining a New Jersey-focused public broadcasting operation.

In addition, the Treasurer is given the option to negotiate directly with an existing public broadcasting entity in order to increase the likelihood of a vibrant public broadcasting presence in New Jersey.
Funding for New Jersey Network was reduced in the annual 2011 Appropriations Act passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Christie on June 29, 2010. As a result of the funding cut it was determined that the State of New Jersey would no longer be in the public television business, effective January 1, 2011.

Legislative Task Force on Public Broadcasting Schedules Hearings

The Legislative Task Force on Public Broadcasting will meet on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 AM in Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex.

At this hearing the Task Force will hear from invited guests and the public on the following topic: “An Overview of New Jersey Network and Public Media in New Jersey.” The Task Force will take testimony on the evolution of public media in New Jersey and nationwide. This meeting’s focus is to learn about the history of NJN and the future of public media in the State. The hearing will also examine national trends in public media and how public media is impacted by the Internet, as well as the advent of social media.
The Task Force will also meet on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the Lakeside Lodge, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

At this hearing the Task Force will hear from invited guests and the public on the following topic: “Workforce and Labor Issues.” The Task Force will take testimony on current staffing issues at NJN and workforce needs in public media and also will discuss the vision for the future workforce of a New Jersey-centric media entity. 

Sweeney and Oliver Form Business Task Force

Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver announced the formation of a new Business Task Force that will work to craft reforms to make the state more business-friendly and reposition New Jersey’s economy for long-term growth. The task force, led by leaders in private industry, will be given the broad leeway to propose reforms to state regulatory policy, grants and incentive programs, and business tax law.

The Senate President and Speaker announced the initial membership of the task force and said additional members would be named in the coming days. Initial members are:
* Karen Alexander, President, NJ Utilities Authority;
* Hal Bozarth, Executive Director, Chemical Industry Council of NJ;
* Charlene Brown, Vice-president, AT&T & Chairwoman, NJ Policy Research Organization;
* Terri Duda, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Berkley College;
* Michael Egenton, Senior Vice President, NJ Chamber of Commerce;
* John Holub, President, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association;

* Jaishankar Ganesh, Dean, Business School, Rutgers-Camden;
* Mike Riley, Vice President of Corporate Taxation, Johnson & Johnson;
* Monica Slater-Stokes, Director of International and State Affairs, Continental Airlines;

* Rick Thigpen, Vice President of State Government Affairs, PSEG. 

Christie Signs Executive Order 40 Eliminating 60 Boards and Commissions

Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order 40 eliminating 60 State boards and commissions that were found through a thorough review to be expired, inactive, non-operational or otherwise defunct.

Governor Christie also accepted the report of the Cabinet’s recommendations submitted in accordance with Executive Order 15, which directed a Cabinet-level review of all authorities, boards and commissions to determine whether each entity should continue or cease to exist. The review resulted in recommendations to eliminate approximately 250 entities and over 60 additional recommendations for mergers. The Governor will review the Cabinet’s recommendations and propose legislation to eliminate or merge boards and commissions that were created by statute.
The report outlining the findings of the EO 15 review and recommendations can be found on the Governor’s website at:

Under Executive Order 40 the following State Authorities, established under the authority of one or more Executive Orders, are abolished and those Executive Orders, or parts thereof that authorized their creation and existence, are rescinded:
(1). the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Celebration Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 116 (2000);
(2). the Advisory Committee on the Preservation and Use of Ellis Island established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 82 and No. 93 (1998);
(3). the Advisory Committee to Study the Future of the New Jersey Training School for Boys in Monroe Township established pursuant to Executive Order No. 75 (1997);
(4). the Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice established pursuant to Executive Order No. 10 (1994);
(5). the Advisory Council to Promote the Profession of Nursing in New Jersey established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 139 (2002), and Nos. 141 and 142 (2002);
(6). the Advisory Panel on Higher Education Restructuring established pursuant to Executive Order No. 14 (1994);
(7). the Advisory Panel on School Vouchers established pursuant to Executive Order No. 30 (1995);
(8). the New Jersey Character Education Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 9 (2002);
(9). the Benefits Review Task Force established pursuant to Executive Order No. 39 (2005);
(10). the Billboard Policy Procedure and Review Task Force established pursuant to Executive Order No. 59 (2003);
(11). the Blue Ribbon Panel on the Development of Wind Turbine Facilities in Coastal Waters established pursuant to Executive Order No. 12 (2004);
(12). the Budget Efficiency Savings Team Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 2 (2002);
(13). the Commission on Rationalizing New Jersey’s Health Care Resources established pursuant to Executive Order No. 39 (2006);
(14). the Construction Trade Training Council established pursuant to Executive Order No. 123 (2001);
(15). the Defense Conversion and Community Assistance Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 87 (1993);
(16). the Deferred Balance Task Force – Board of Directors established pursuant to Executive Order No. 25 (2002);
(17). the Delaware Bay Weakfish Action Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 20 (1990);
(18). the Ellis Island New Jersey Restoration Advisory Committee established pursuant to Executive Order No. 111 (2000);
(19). the Election Advisory Council established pursuant to Executive Order No. 143 (1986);
(20). the Fix DMV Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 19 (2002);
(21). the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 34 (1995), 79 (1998), and 107 (1999);
(22). the Task Force for Farmland Assessment Program established pursuant to Executive Order No. 109 (1993);
(23). the Renewable Energy Task Force established pursuant to Executive Order No. 45 (2003);
(24). the Governor’s Cabinet for Children established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 60 and No. 83 (2003);
(25). the Governor’s Commission on Eastern European History established pursuant to Executive Order No. 41 (1991);
(26). the Education Mandate Review Study Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 75 (2003);
(27). the Governor’s Commission to Support and Enhance New Jersey’s Military and Coast Guard Installations established pursuant to Executive Order No. 106 (2004);
(28). the Governor’s Committee on Children’s Services Planning established pursuant to Executive Order No. 102 (1993);
(29). the Governor’s Committee on Welfare Reform established pursuant to Executive Order No. 101 (1993);
(30). the Governor’s Council on New Jersey Outdoors established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 138 (1986), No. 196 (1988), and No. 40 (1995);
(31). the Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Council for Policy Development established pursuant to Executive Order No. 17 (2002);
(32). the Governor’s School Board of Overseers established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 42 (1991) and No. 129 (1986);
(33). the Blue Ribbon Transportation Committee established pursuant to Executive Order No. 43 (2003);
(34). the Governor’s Study Group on the Bicentennial of the Polish Constitution established pursuant to Executive Order No. 31 (1991);
(35). the Governor’s Task Force on Mental Health established pursuant to Executive Order No. 1 (2004);
(36). the Governor’s Task Force on Public Health Emergency Planning established pursuant to Executive Order No. 140 (2002);
(37). the Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention established pursuant to Executive Order No. 46 (2005);
(38). the Study Commission on Parole established pursuant to Executive Order No. 39 (1995);
(39). the Governor’s Teacher Advisory Committee established pursuant to Executive Order No. 13 (2002);
(40). the Hudson River Waterfront Development Committee established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 53 (1983), No. 152 (1986), and No. 32 (1991);
(41). the Invasive Species Council established pursuant to Executive Order No. 97 (2004);
(42). the Lake Restoration & Management Advisory Task Force established pursuant to Executive Order No. 115 (2000);
(43). the Landlord-Tenant Task Force established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 81 and No. 86 (1998);
(44). the Legalized Gaming Policy Study Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 83 (1993);
(45). the Liberty State Park Public Advisory Commission established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 74 (1979), No. 75 (1984), and No. 163 (1987);
(46). the New Jersey Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 125 (2008);
(47). the New Jersey Advanced Technology Vehicle Task Force established pursuant to Executive Order No. 4 (1999);
(48). the New Jersey Council on Access and Mobility established pursuant to Executive Order No. 87 (2007);
(49). the New Jersey Council on Job Opportunities established pursuant to Executive Order No. 54 (1992);
(50). the New Jersey Fisheries Development Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 75 (1984);
(51). the Video Lottery Study Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 46 (2003);
(52). the Task Force for the Review of the Treatment of the Criminally Insane established pursuant to Executive Order No. 58 (1996);
(53). the New Jersey Character Education Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 9 (2002);
(54). the Governor’s Asian American Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 39 (2002);
(55). the Task Force on the Affordability and Accessibility of Health Care in New Jersey established pursuant to Executive Order No. 97 (1999);
(56). the State Council on Vocational Education established pursuant to Executive Order No. 28 (1991);
(57). the Study Commission on New Jersey’s Non-Public Schools established pursuant to Executive Order No. 161 (2009);
(58). the New Jersey Geographic Information Council established pursuant to Executive Order No. 122 (2001);
(59). the Citizen’s Committee on Permit Coordination established pursuant to Executive Orders No. 57 (1977) and No. 100 (1985); and
(60). the Toll Road Consolidation Commission established pursuant to Executive Order No. 15 (2002).

Legislative Calendar

The Assembly Appropriations Committee met this week to receive testimony on the Race to the Top application. Next week Senate Group 1 and 2 Committees and Assembly Group A and B Committees are scheduled to meet.

Building Design Might Save Earth

Climate change is a complicated problem, but New Mexico architect Edward Mazria says the solution is within reach – right in our homes, schools, office buildings and other structures. He founded Architecture 2030, a non-profit research organization that, in his words, looks at “energy, climate change and the economy, and how it all relates to the building sector.”



By Raymond R. Heinrich, AIA

There are times in a man’s life when you meet another, and find something familiar, at ease, at home, knowing and trusting. Nothing said, you look at his work and he looks at yours and you nod to each other. There are times when an Architect surveys the professional scene and ranks a few colleagues at the top by whatever qualities that are deemed important. One’s ideal standard of aspiration. Leo Halpin Mahony, Sr. was there.

At Rutgers University, where I had been teaching, Leo designed the Cook College Student Center to host landscape architects and environmental specialists. Built in a wooded area, the integration of outdoors and in was seamless. The structure spoke of its occupants, their education and their relationship with all of the life sciences. The results here were an act of love and that was in fact, was Leo.

We had briefly discussed joining in partnership, but I found myself instead, heading the NJ Division of Housing and Development. Through the 40 odd years since, I have sorely regretted that irreplaceable missed opportunity to work closely with Leo. However, now in retrospect, I can recall recognizing that his partner John M. Zvosec, AIA as a member of AIA-NJ Board and as a NJ State Director, I had some discretionary demonstration grant funds, and that AIA-NJ was in fact a non-profit corporation. The outcome of that composition resulted in Mahoney-Zvosec leading AIA-NJ into a statewide competition to design and build what became the high rise Architects’ Housing for Seniors in downtown Trenton. Perhaps in a way we then again nodded to one another.

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Very much like Ray’s words above, Leo put me at ease as a new employee of the firm Mahony-Zvosec in 1972, when after several weeks, I nervously asked, “can I join the AIA, Mr. Mahony?” His immediate reply was “you can call me Leo and be my guest at an AIA Central Chapter meeting this Thursday evening!” My AIA experience began, I have never looked back, and the credit belongs to Leo for that initial invitation.

While in his office, he nurtured my career and most certainly was more a teacher than employer. I can remember him coming to my drafting board with that roll of canary sketch and a felt tip pen working with me to solve some architectural problem. Like today, those were tough times and when the firm could not keep me on, he found a position for me at the office of Max O. Urbahn in New York City and my on the job training was able to continue.

Leo was from Baldwin, New York and after four years of military service, some of it in Korea; he was discharged with the rank of Tech. Sgt. (a rare elevation in rank to achieve in such a short period of service) from the United States Air Force. He returned, attended and graduated Pratt Institute in 1958 with a B. Arch. From 1962-’67 he practiced as a principal of Leo H. Mahony, Architect finally forming a partnership with John M. Zvosec, AIA in 1967.

Some of his more notable projects were Our Lady of Mercy Church, in South Bound Brook, Our Lady of Calvary Retreat House in Farmington, Ct, the South Brunswick Public Library, St. Anthony’s Church and School in Hightstown St. Luke’s Church and Rectory in North Plainfield. When I was with the firm they were finishing up the Math and Science Building at Montclair State and continuing with the theme of integration of outdoors, the wooded area where he created the several buildings that form the campus of Ramapo College are a reflection in the mirrored glass façade.

Records secured from national showed his desire to move his membership from New York to New Jersey once he settled here and AIACentral and AIANJ were all the better for this transfer. Leo’s service to our organization did not stop with his term as our President in 1980 and his commitment with leadership training and committee work continued long after.

His efforts for his fellow citizen extended beyond the practice of his profession with his involvement in the Jaycees, Boy Scouts, involvement on his local zoning board of adjustment and numerous other civic minded causes.

With his passing AIA-NJ has made in accordance with our Bereavement Policy a donation to the AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation. Members and others who want to honor the memory of Leo Halpin Mahony, Sr, AIA can make their own donations to this worthy fund, which in turn will help young people in their education to become an architect. Checks may be sent in care of Robert Zaccone, AIA, President of AIA-NJ Scholarship Foundation.

President’s Corner

I hope you all had time to enjoy the long labor day weekend. School is back in session and AIA-NJ’s Design Day and East Coast Green conference are happening this week. This conference is a timely assessment of where we are at with meeting the first goal of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, reducing emissions in new construction by 60% in 2010. AIA-NJ has taken a leadership role in this national conversation by convening this conference and once again placing architects at the center of the dialog on sustainability. Combined with our annual Design Day, tracks touching on planning, buildings, legislation, tectonics, and codes offer a comprehensive insight in to the integration in to all facets of design as well as the business opportunities and challengers meeting the Architecture 2030 goals present. No where in the region has such a content rich, comprehensive conference been assembled to discuss, vet, and look to improve upon our ability to reach the 2030 goals with an eye to ensuring design is not sacrificed and the architect’s role prominent. Even if just for a day, consider joining us if you have not already, so as not to miss Ed Mazria, creator of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, and Robert Kennedy Jr. discuss current and future solutions, trends, and actions. The AIA-NJ Committee on the Environment, chaired by Verity Frizzell, with assistance from the East Coast Green Conference committee, including Kim Vierheilig (education chair), Jack Purvis (expo chair), Dave Del Vecchio (sponsorship chair), Bruce Turner (public relations), Kim Bunn (website), and all the staff at PSI including Laura Slomka, Joanne Lombardi, Patricia Brewer, and our Executive Director Joe Simonetta are to be commended for pulling this unique and timely conference together. I must also thank our 40+ exhibitors and sponsors, including our Platinum sponsor, Verizon, and Gold and Silver sponsors for helping make this event possible. Please take the time at the conference to visit with our exhibitors as they are sure to have relevant and useful products and information to help you meet the 2030 goals.

Many of our members, and non-members, have been working through tough economic times for the last year plus. In times such as these, expanding your potential scope of services, particularly in to cutting edge and new markets, is a solid business plan to potentially improve your bottom line and help ensure a stable future. This conference will offer many educational seminars and a glimpse of where the focus of design and construction will be for the coming decade at least. I have not seen or heard of a project that does not include some form of consideration to energy efficiency and/or comprehensive green building requirements. Are you prepared for this market or are you missing the boat? There is still time to register for the conference and be a part of the next decade of design, sustainably. For those seeking CEUs, AIA, USGBC, and ASID continuing education is being offered in one place at East Coast Green. AIA-NJ made sure that this conference would provide easy, on-stop, CEU opportunities for our members. We know your time is precious, but maintaining your credentials and expanding your business opportunities are also critical.

On other business:

Codes- AIA-NJ has actively participated in the development of the International Green Code through the ICC process. Our representative, Tony Catana, will be presenting at East Coast Green on the development of this sub-code, its status, and its implications for design and building in the near future. I firmly believe it is just a matter of a couple years before sustainability is codified and LEED™ Silver level design is the basic requirement here in New Jersey and the region. Other States such as California have already adopted similar performance based codes with their Title 24. Look for more information from AIA-NJ on this developing sub-code and feel free to contact us for more information or visit the ICC website directly to review the published draft available now.

Economy- As mentioned in my previous installment, recognizing the economic times we are all working through, AIA-NJ is preparing to launch a new feature of our website entitled ‘Members in Transition’. The professional practice committee is spearheading this development with motivated assistance from the Newark & Suburban section of AIA-NJ. Schedule to be presented to the Board this week for consideration and comment, I am hopeful this resource center will be available to members by the end of October. For more information, or to get involved, please contact Chris Ling, Chair of the professional practice committee.

Legislation- Governor Christie has appointed new chairs of the DEP & BPU during his tenure. He continues to strive to balance our State budget for the long term while creating a business friendly climate. With the focus on economic development and job creation, New Jersey stands poised to become a national leader in manufacturing as well as installation of renewable energy systems such as solar and wind. The legislation in New Jersey that created the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) has been a driving factor in creating a relatively stable market for solar especially in the State. Incentives from the BPU have aligned with legislation to further promote and encourage the development of strong energy efficiency and renewable energy markets. The State energy master plan and green house gas reduction goals further this commitment by setting measurable energy efficiency targets and carbon reduction goals and metrics, of which renewable energy plays a vital role. The RPS, related incentives, energy master plan & green house goals, and sizable renewable energy & energy efficiency markets all predate Christie however. Under the pressing economic times we find ourselves in, the legistation, goals, and metrics put in to place which have created new, sustainable multi-billion dollar markets in New Jersey are under review by DEP, BPU, and the Governor’s office. Stake holder meetings have been scheduled to review the sustainable policies of the State in the coming weeks. AIA-NJ will be there to help maintain and encourage a sustainable balance between the economy, the environment, and the people. I strongly encourage you to become familiar with the State energy master plan and green house gas reduction goals in the coming weeks and support APAC as we look to take an active role in maintaining and establishing good policies for a healthy and sustainable New Jersey. For more information on the upcoming hearings you can visit the BPU or Governor’s website.

Thank you all for your continued support of AIA-NJ as we continue to support our members and promotes the public’s understanding of Architecture through advocacy, education and service.


Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Sustainable Design

Trenton, NJ/ Media, PA/ Columbia, MD
T 609.695.7400 F 609.394.2274
[email protected]

AIA-NJ President 2010
AIA National Northeast Regional COTE Chair

Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Design,
New Jersey Institute of Technology, School of Architecture

USGBC-NJ Co-Founder
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SOMERVILLE, N.J. Erin Collins, Associate AIA, has joined Buric as an architectural designer.

In her new role, Collins uses her knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and computer-aided design (CAD) to advance clients projects. She supervises the design and development of construction documents, estimates building costs, manages projects, researches materials and building codes, and conducts site visits. She also supports projects in the firms Building Diagnostics and Forensic Architecture divisions.

Collins brings to Buric nearly 10 years of professional experience in the fields of residential design/build and commercial rehabilitation.

Erin is a skillful architectural designer who has a special talent for handling demanding custom projects, said Mark Harris Berman, AIA, PP, Buric principal and registered architect and professional planner. Erin complements Burics team of seasoned experts offering a full range of design services, and were glad shes joined our firm.

Collins earned her bachelors degree magna cum laude in architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technologys Albert Dorman Honors College. Certified by the state of New Jersey in computer-aided drafting technology, she is obtaining her professional architects license as well as her masters degree in business administration.

Collins works in the Somerville, N.J., branch office of Buric, which is headquartered outside Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and has a third branch location in Wilmington, N.C.

Buric is the premier consultant to the worlds diverse construction industry. The firms work allows clients to successfully complete jobs while minimizing their risks and costs.

Established in 1968, Buric provides construction planning and critical path method scheduling; construction claims resolution, including forensic investigation, demonstrative graphics and expert witness capability; surety contract management; building diagnostics and rehabilitation; project management and control; and architectural and engineering services.

Even more importantly, it is the manner in which Buric provides these services that sets the firm apart. Buric employees are knowledgeable and accomplished industry experts the best in their fields who take pride in providing accurate, thorough and responsive service while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. To learn more, visit

Award nominations are open for the following AIA Awards. Guidelines and applications can be found online at

Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture – Deadline October 8, 2010

Category One – Architects licensed in the United States and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishment to that end are eligible to be nominated.

Category Two – Licensed architects employed in the United States public sector or governmental agencies who manage or produce quality public architecture within their jurisdiction are eligible to be nominated in this category.

Category Three – Public officials or individuals who by his or her role and advocacy have furthered the public’s awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence in public architecture are eligible to be nominated in this category.

List of Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture Recipients

Honorary Membership – Deadline December 10, 2010

• Persons of esteemed character who are not eligible for membership in the Institute but who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or the allied arts and sciences.

• National and component staff members who have served on staff for a period of at least 10 years.

List of Honorary Membership Recipients

If you have questions concerning the awards, please direct your inquiries to Helen Looney at [email protected]