Saphire + Albarran Architecture LLC celebrates its 25th year

Saphire + Albarran Architecture LLC celebrates its 25th year in business on May 13, 2011.  Founded by Joseph Saphire, AIA in 1986 as Saphire Associates, the firm reformed as Saphire + Albarran Architecture LLC in recognition of a new partner, longtime associate Edwin Albarran.  Based in Princeton for 20 years the firm now operates from Pennington NJ in a building it owns.

What began as a two-person practice, Saphire +Albarran is now a 14- person practice with a diversified clientele comprised mostly of healthcare and educational institutions.  This year, in what continues to be a slow construction market, the firm estimates the construction value of its committed projects to be $25-30 million.

Among the firm’s many clients are the Meridian Health System, St. Francis Medical Center, Penn Medicine, Rutgers University and Kean University. Projects currently on the boards include a new Emergency Department for the Southern Ocean Medical Center for Meridian Health; Enhancements to the Otolaryngology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Renovations to Hardenbergh Residence Hall for Rutgers University and an addition to the Vaughn Eames Theatre at Kean University.

Silver is the watchword for Saphire + Albarran  this year as the firm awaits LEED Silver Certification for a new childcare facility it designed for the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune New Jersey-  a building recognized this year with an Innovative Sustainable Design Award from School Planning & Management magazine- and as it anticipates its quarter century mark.

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