Monthly Archives: November 2012

Toms River Notice on Rebuilding

Reprinted from the Toms River Township Office of Emergency Management communications, effective Tuesday, November 27, 2012:


Toms River Township encourages residents to rebuild their homes, and as such, residents seeking to rebuild within the same footprint will be permitted to do so. Contact the Planning office for further info and details. Their office is located at Town Hall and can be reached at (732) 341-1000, ext. 8354

IMPORTANT:  On 11/27/12, the Township received notification from FEMA that new preliminary flood elevation maps will be issued by FEMA on or about DECEMBER 12, 2012. Based on this new information and in light of the short time frame involved, the Township strongly recommends that property owners review the new flood elevation maps once they are issued, prior to moving forward with their rebuilding plans.

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To read more goto the Toms River website.

A diagram showing the coastal storm surge stillwater elevation and how it relates to wave setup and wave runup effects.

In Memoriam – Emily Thomas Baio

Emily Thomas Baio, 17, of Mendham, N.J., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at her home.  Daughter of AIA Central member Thomas Baio, Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd, Watchung, N.J., followed by an 11:30 a.m. Mass of Resurrection at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church in Short Hills, N.J., and interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. To send condolences, please visit

Born in Livingston, N.J., Emily resided in Short Hills for 13 years before moving to Mendham. Emily was a 2009 graduate of P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls, N.J., and was currently a junior at Horizon High School in Livingston. In October of 2007, Emily served as keynote speaker for the P.G. Chambers School’s Annual Golf Classic, which raised over $90,000 in donations. Emily had an extraordinary taste for haute cuisine. She loved life and traveling. She loved shopping and was always thrilled to attend a good party. Emily was an avid fan of the N.Y. Yankees and Derek Jeter.

Emily is survived by her parents, Thomas and Monica Baio of Mendham; her sister, Ariana; her brother, Ian; her maternal grandmother, Dolores M. Gorman; uncles, John and Edward Gorman; aunts, Anne Piscopo, Lori Gorman, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Zagaria, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Baio, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Arata; cousins, Mr. and Mrs. James Piscopo, James Piscopo Jr., Louis, Peter and Elizabeth Baio, Olivia and Andrew Arata, and many other family members and wonderful friends.

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AIA-NJ Disaster Assistance Training Seminar

AIASaturday, December 8, 2012
The Role of the Architect in Disaster Preparedness and Assistance 

Location: New Jersey Institute of Technology AIA-NJ Board Room
New Jersey School of Architecture Weston Hall 340
Newark, NJ 07102

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Moderator: Laurence Parisi, AIA NJ President

Speaker: Michael D. Lingerfelt, FAIA

Credits: 6.5 LUs

Cost: $25 AIA Member $50 Non-Member
(includes continental Breakfast & Box Lunch)

Limit:  40 Attendees


In response to the multitude of architects asking how they can help with the recovery of Hurricane –

AIA New Jersey Homeland Security Committee will be hosting a workshop to introduce participants to the AIA Disaster Assistance Program. Utilizing the California Emergency Management Agency Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training, this course will provide tools and procedures to assist communities in disaster preparedness and response highlighting the importance of efficient disaster resources for a sustainable and efficient recovery of the areas affected by disaster.

Attendees who take part in this training seminar will become active members of the AIANJ Homeland Security Committee and will be on call to volunteer their services in the event of disaster.   Further training may be required by the NJ State Police for possible deployment to assist the Damage Assessment Teams.


Intended for licensed architects, engineers, or building code officials, this course certifies attendees as Building Evaluators in the California Safety Assessment Program (SAP). The program is managed by Cal EMA with cooperation from professional organizations, including the AIA. It utilizes volunteers and mutual aid resources to provide professional engineers and architects and certified building inspectors to assist local governments in safety evaluation of their built environment in an aftermath of a disaster. SAP the preferred training standard of the AIA Disaster Assistance Program, which provides leadership, advocacy, and training to architects who are interested in volunteering their professional skills in times of crisis. This workshop will teach participants to conduct rapid damage assessments of structures affected by earthquakes, wind, and water. It also teaches the appropriate protocol for coordinating with emergency managers to limit professional liability. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to consistently and safely assess structures for habitability and will receive a Building Evaluator license from the state of California.

Speaker: Michael D. Lingerfelt, FAIA

Michael is a high-energy AIA Florida based executive with more than 30 years experience in design and project delivery. He has served on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Disaster Assistance Task Force (2007 – Present), represented the AIA at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute’s Strategic Plan 2009 – 2014 Focus Group, participated in the Haiti Rebuilding Summits (2010 & 2011) and has been a California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Trainer since 2008. To date, he has trained over 976 architects, engineers, building officials and inspectors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi Tennessee, Texas and the US Virgin Islands. He has provided safety assessment evaluations for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA (2004), Northridge, CA Earthquake (1994), Birmingham, AL (2011), as well as fire and flood assessments in California.

Effective Project Management Seminar

AIA NJ Emerging Professionals Mentorship NOW will be hosting its 4th Seminar titled Effective Project Management on Wednesday November 28th from 6:30 – 8:30.

Please email [email protected] to RSVP.

More Information about MentorshipNOW

Liberty State Park and LBI Clean-up Opportunities

Sat., 11/17 at 9 a.m. – Help restore Liberty State Park

Pass It Along Communities in NJ are mobilizing volunteers to remove litter from lawns and trees in Liberty State Park left by Hurricane Sandy. (Liberty State Park will remain closed until further notice as it sustained a great deal of damage from Hurricane Sandy.) Give as much time as you can. Wear sturdy boots, bring work gloves, water and snacks.  Ages 15 to adult can help. Teens must be accompanied by a parent.

 Take Exit 14 C (NJ Tpke.) to Liberty Science Center, enter the park through Johnston/Audrey Zapp Drive and park in the Central Parking Lot across from Liberty House Restaurant.Map of Liberty State Park.

Registration required:
 Email [email protected]. Please give your name, phone and number of volunteers. (A group is gathering to leave from Sparta at 7:30 am on Saturday morning, but participants can arrive on their own as well.)

Please contact Maria ([email protected]) with any/all comments or questions.

Sun., 11/18- Beach Haven West Cleanup  

Pass It Along NJ is working with several agencies coordinating cleanup work in Beach Haven West. Volunteers will be assisting in clean-up, debris removal and whatever else is needed in the recovery process in Beach Haven West, near Manahawkin, NJ.

Volunteers are asked to wear clothing they are not afraid to get dirty; possibly ruined. If you’re able to provide your own work gloves, mask and utility knives that would be great.  

Volunteers should bring their own water and lunch. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pass It Along will meet at the Sparta Park and Ride near their office on Woodport Road at 7:30 a.m. and caravan down as a group.

Please contact Maria ([email protected]) or go to Pass It Along website with any/all comments or questions.

Sandy’s Coastal Damage

News from the Ground: Diversity of Sandy’s Coastal Damage

Excerpt from Article Posted by Karl Johnson on Nov 11, 2012 by Architecture for Humanity

Last week the Disaster Team and New York City Chapter toured nearly 140 miles of the New Jersey and New York coastlines to get a firsthand sense of the damage wrought late last month by Hurricane Sandy, and assessing the highest priorities in long-term reconstruction.

The overall impression: recovery will be complex. Damage along the coast is pocketed, with separate conditions from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even house to house. This condition sets the Eastern Seaboard apart from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which was vast and total.

Working class communities were the hardest hit, and will have the most trouble recovering. The Wall Street Journal reports that, with a couple exceptions, at least half of damaged residences in most towns are uninsured against floods, and only 1% of damaged homes in New York are insured against flood damage.

This update highlights four different circumstances of damage that last week’s tour helped uncover. In the next few weeks, the New York City Chapter of Architecture for Humanity will conduct further assessments and mapping.


The barrier islands of New York and New Jersey took the brunt of Sandy’s impact. On top of some of the most extensive damage, the very nature of these islands makes them difficult to rebuild. Yet towns have populated these scenic destination spots, and the local economy depends on tourism to survive.

In Seaside Heights, 3000 people constitute the town’s permanent population, but the seasonal number swells to 100,000 – especially during holiday weekends and over the Summer.

The Seaside Heights boardwalk – the town’s economic engine – was completely destroyed by the storm. Most businesses along the boardwalk were also damaged or destroyed. The surge essentially pushed all the way across the barrier island, leaving an inundation of water and sand. One resident told our Team that 200 feet inland, he and his neighbors were digging out from beneath five feet of displaced sand. Only half the residents of Seaside Heights have flood insurance.

The residents of Seaside Heights are anxious, and hope for a rapid recovery. The absence of one season of business along the Boardwalk could mean bankruptcy for the town.


Read the full report highlighting effects on other areas by the storm OR donate to the recovery effort:

“Restore the Shore” Fundraiser Nov. 15th

AIAStephen Carlidge, AIA, on MTV’s “Restore the Shore” Fundraiser Nov. 15

Posted Nov 12, 2012 by AIA National

AIA-NJ Member Stephen Carlidge will join the cast of the Jersey Shore and Architecture for Humanity in a live fundraiser to rebuild Seaside Heights.

November President’s Corner


In light of recent events that have occurred with the severe devastation of Hurricane Sandy, our member architects are being offered the opportunity to aid in disaster recovery. What is it that makes architects vital as a government resource for disaster assistance?  Architects are uniquely trained in the building arts and construction science. They possess a keen awareness of stability and structural integrity, in addition to a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the NJ Uniform Building Code.

Shortly after 911, while things were still very unstable and frightening, the government issued a color coded warning system. Different colors indicated different levels of risk.  In Northern New Jersey, within close proximity of downtown Manhattan, conditions were always on elevated to high alert.  Certain elements, such as planning and logistics, of both the 1993 WTC Bombing and 9/11 were developed in New Jersey.

We have a two mile stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike that is considered the most dangerous and potentially critical and vulnerable for terrorist attack in America. Located in that area are 15 targets, including, but not limited to: fuel refineries, chemical plants, Newark International Airport, and Port Newark. Our state has a risk of attack and a history of terrorist activity, but terrorists aren’t the only thing that New Jersey has to worry about.

New Jersey has over 300 miles of waterfront coast line, which stretches from the Hudson River to Cape May, and back up around the west side of the state.  Among these areas there are low lying towns, cities, ports and the Jersey Shore resort spots.  We also have numerous inland rivers and estuaries, such as the ones that go through the meadowlands that flow up to the Hackensack River, which present considerable risk for flooding. Our vulnerability for tidal surge is as risky as New Orleans.

What I am getting at is here in New Jersey: whether or not there is a terrorist risk at the moment, or we are presented with a strong and unique vulnerability to natural disaster.  We need to be prepared and organized.  We are all aware of these risks already (or at least we should be).  The next step is dealing the problems presented by these risks. Today we are faced with an event of unprecedented magnitude, as we the people of New Jersey, have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  The hardest hit areas are on the coast of the Jersey Shore but areas around the State are equally devastated.  Architects were instrumental to the built environment of these areas, and we will be crucial to the reconstruction.

In an effort to provide disaster assessment services as AIA-NJ architects, I have written a proposal to Governor Chris Christie.  It offers our assistance in disaster recovery, specifically from our member architects who have received training in disaster recovery. We have requested the Governor to accept our offer with the provisions that he enact a proclamation that would provide protection to architects by eliminating and limiting liabilities for architects who serve on the recovery efforts within the state.  We hope that he accepts this proposal.

Over the years I have talked with architects from New Jersey who have wanted to assist and volunteer in the efforts in other disaster areas such as Katrina, earthquake areas of Chile, Cuba, and other locations all over the world. But now, it is here at home where we need as many volunteers as possible. We, AIANJ, are going to provide refresher courses in disaster recovery and train those architects who are willing to provide services for this effort.  I have recently spoken to Cooper Martin from AIA National about this plan and we are following through with it. If you would like to participate in the upcoming training, call Kelly Biddle at AIA-NJ (609-393-5690) to be placed on the list of attendees.

In order to make our disaster assistance offer more feasible, accessible and attractive, I maintain that protection from liability by way of a proclamation from the Governor is crucial. I trust that as president of AIANJ and the Chairman of the AIANJ Homeland Security Committee, the members of AIANJ will stand behind me in this request for us to give our support and expertise and come the aid of all the people of New Jersey who have suffered these terrible losses.

This is our profession, let’s keep it strong and let’s keep it ours.

Laurence E. Parisi, AIA

Regional Director’s November Message

The Next Generation
By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIANJ Regional Director, ’11-‘13

Recently, I was invited by Vicky Tran, Past President of NJITSoA&D AIAS Chapter to speak at the Quad Conference they sponsored this year. The conference is for student chapters from various eastern schools of architecture to get together for an exchange of ideas as well as socialize with each other

Early in the afternoon I had the opportunity to see some of the student’s work in a portfolio review. I must say that the work even from some of the beginners was quite good. I suggested to all I saw that they should carry a small sketch book with them wherever they go and hand draw at every opportunity. I asked them to go on line to find the New York Times guest editorial written by Michael Graves, FAIA from last month that stressed the importance of hand drawing.

I remain concerned that the assigned projects are ones that most will never get the chance to really do after they leave school. I can only hope that school administrators will read this article and ask us what we would like to see in these young people they are training for the profession?

As it happened, the day I spoke, October 20th was my forthieth anniversary….not that anniversary, but the day I joined AIA! My talk centered around the importance of this next generation to continue on with membership and convert their student classification to an associate classification and to do so without skipping a beat.

I explained how I did not go from my student days to associate until my second position, after joining the firm of Mahoney Zvosec Architects at the time in Princeton, NJ. I went on to discuss the importance of starting their IDP and completing it in as close to the 36 month time span as possible. From that completion on to taking the ARE studying for and taking the exams together or in fast succession with the goal of passing them and becoming an architect.

I asked the assembled how many of them made the decision to become an architect all the way back to the 6th or 7th grade? Not surprisingly more than 90% said that their decision to enter a school of architecture and pursue the goal of registration extended back to middle school.

Most importantly I told them that we would be back on February 14, 2013 with members from the State Board of Architects, and NCARB. Together, these three entidies will respond to any questions about membership, IDP and ARE It would be fantastic if many of you could join the next generation and me on this date, so mark your calendars and as they use to say “be there or be square” .

Thank you
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Update On Office Space Available

AIAOffers for office space and resources to those effected by Hurricane Sandy continue to come in to AIA-NJ.  If you know of anyone in need please forward this or have them contact Kelly Biddle.

Space is available in the following towns:

  • Collingswood
  • Hackettstown
  • Montclair
  • Pittstown
  • Ridgewood
  • Trenton