Monthly Archives: November 2013

AIA South Jersey Meeting


Resilient Designs Down the Shore

njit_coadResilient Design Roundtables

Sponsored by the Center for Resilient Design New Jersey Institute of Technology


Design experts and other development professionals will present ideas for (re)building in a resilient manner. Federal, state and local officials have been invited to raise questions and present viewpoints. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Open to all

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

3:00pm – 5:0pm

AIA Room, Weston Hall, 3rd Floor, Newark, NJ


Topic:  Resilient Designs Down the Shore

Guest Speakers: Jack Purvis, AIA-NJ President and S-DAT Team for Camp Osborn

Verity Frizzell, Feltz and Frizzell Architects


AIA-NJ President Jack Purvis, AIA, and the Sustainable Design Action Team (S-DAT) will present work from their public charrettes at Camp Osborn, Brick Township, New Jersey.  Much of Camp Osborn was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, with fire ravaging the homesites after the storm surge ended.  AIA-NJ provided design assistance to the residents and community to consider ways to rebuild in a more resilient manner.

Verity Frizzell, AIA, will present a number of design options to consider for homes along the Jersey Shore.

This is an interactive discussion and all are welcome.


Next Roundtable:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3-5pm Environmental Considerations of Resiliency


The New Jersey Institute of Technology has established a new Center for Resilient Design to ensure a resilient Post-Sandy recovery in New Jersey. Through applied research, experiential learning and civic engagement, NJIT provides federal, State and local leaders, businesses and residents with actionable 21st Century ready-to-build designs and expertise for recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy and other disasters, saving homeowners, businesses and towns money and time. For more information, contact Tom Dallessio, Resilient Design Project Manager at [email protected] or call him at 973.596.5872.

This Resilient Design Roundtable was made possible by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation. 

AIA Small Project Awards – Call for Entries


Submission Deadline: Before 5PM ET, November 18, 2013

The Small Project Practitioners (SPP) Knowledge Community presents the tenth annual Small Project Award Program to recognize the work of small project practitioners and to promote excellence in small project design. This Award Program strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to all project types, including renovations and additions, no matter the limits of size and budget.

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Projects will also be displayed at the 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition.

Fort Hancock – Vision for 21st Century

Request for Expressions of Interest

Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit
Monmouth County, New Jersey 


The National Park Service, with the advice of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, is seeking interested parties to redevelop historic structures in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Submissions are due by 5 pm December 16, 2013.

The NPS seeks proposals from individuals, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and non-profit or for-profit organizations and educational institutions for ideas for the re-use of 35 historic buildings in the Gateway National Recreation Area ( Sandy Hook Unit.

Individuals, governmental agencies, not-for-profit and for-profit orgnizations are welcome to submit proposals.  All legal uses will be considered. There will be two site visits: November 6 and November 14 at 10 a.m.

Interested respondents can submit questions to:       [email protected]

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CANstruction 2013 at Livingston Mall




AIA-NJ to Target Superstorm Sandy Relief at 15th Annual ‘Canstruction’ Event on Nov. 14 and 15


LIVINGSTON, N.J.  (Sept. 5, 2013) – The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA-NJ) Newark and Suburban section today announced that Canstruction, its annual design exhibition to benefit local food bank programs, will be held on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Livingston Mall in Livingston, N.J.


The unique food charity program is part of a national AIA-sponsored event that calls upon teams of architects, engineers, contractors and designers, as well as college design students, to design and build giant-sized structures made entirely from canned food.


After an eight-hour “Build Day” on Nov. 14, a distinguished guest panel will judge the structures on Nov. 15 at an awards gala. After winners are declared, the creations will remain on view to the general public as art exhibits.


Titled “NJ Shore CAN Rebuild – Coastal NJ Architecture,” this year’s competition encourages teams to creatively interpret and draw inspiration from New Jersey’s coastal and shore manmade and natural structures, including buildings and infrastructures.


“With New Jersey communities still recovering from the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy, the need for community food bank support is greater than ever,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “This event is one way for architects and design professionals to showcase talent, have fun and give back to communities in need in a significant way.”


Participating firms are responsible for obtaining the cans used in their structures. This involves soliciting donations from food manufacturers, supermarkets, clients, family and friends. There are still openings for creative design and building industry firms to sign up a team, and volunteers are welcome to pitch in.


“Event organizers and the registered teams are seeking support and donations for this fall’s 2013 Canstruction,” said Ronald Weston, AIA, LEED AP, who is serving as chair of the event. “Everyone CAN help make this event a success!”


At the conclusion of the exhibition, the cans are donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) for distribution to community food programs. CFBNJ distributes 40 million pounds of food and groceries each year, ultimately serving more than 1,500 nonprofit programs, including 436 programs served by its partner distribution organizations. The combined efforts of these nonprofit programs assist more than 900,000 people in 18 New Jersey counties.


This will be the 15th year for the design competition in New Jersey. Last year, New Jersey teams comprised of architects, designers and engineers used and donated over 25,100 pounds of food to build structures based on intricate designs that were conceptualized in advance.


For the third consecutive year, Simon Property Group® has generously made available its Livingston Mall as the host venue for the event. Goya Foods has also signed on again to donate canned goods to support a selected team entered in the event.


Since the founding of Canstruction, over 21 million pounds of food have been donated to community food banks to aid in the fight against hunger.


For more information on how to become a sponsor, competitor, donor or volunteer, contact Ronald Weston, AIA, at [email protected].