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Category Archives: Architecture in NJ
Congratulations to all the architects who participated in the 2014 AIA-NJ Design Awards. We had over ninety architectural designs submitted. The quality of work was outstanding. The list below of Honor and Merit winners were announced earlier this week.
We would also like to that this year’s judges including: Guy Geier, AIA of FXFOWLE of New York, Vern McKissick, AIA of McKissick Associates Architects of Harrisburg, PA, and Paul Lewis, AIA of LTL Architects of New York.
A celebration of Architecture in New Jersey will take place on Friday evening, January 9, 2015, at the Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, New Jersey. Please visit the AIA-NJ Website in the coming weeks for more information.
HONOR WINNERS BUILT OPEN
Project: Downtown Market
Architect: Hugh Boyd, AIA
Firm: Hugh Boyd Architects
Project: Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center
Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA
Firm: ikon.5 architects
Project: Rutgers Business School
Architect: Enrique Norton
Firm: Ten Arquitectos, AIA
HONOR WINNER BUILT – HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Project: The Wheeler Opera House Balcony Reconstruction
Architect: Michael R. Schnoering, AIA
Firm: Mills + Schnoering, LLC
HONOR WINNER – BUILT – RESIDENTIAL
Project: Tidewater Residence
Architect: Michael Ryan, AIA
Firm: Michael Ryan Architects
MERIT WINNER UNBUILT
Project: Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority
Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA
Firm: ikon.5 architects
MERIT WINNERS BUILT – OPEN
Project: Brown Hall Princeton University
Architect: Michael Schade, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C
Firm: Atkin, Olshin & Schade Architects
Project: Campbell Employee Center
Architect: Tejoon Jung, AIA LEED AP
Project: E.J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University
Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA
Firm: ikon.5 architects
Project: Physical Sciences Complex, University of Maryland
Architect: Michael Smith, AIA
MERIT WINNER BUILT – RESIDENTIAL
Project: 930 Jefferson Street
Architects: Frank J. Minervini, AIA & Anthony C. Vandermark, AIA
Firm: Minervini & Vandermark Architecture
MERIT WINNER BUILT – INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
Project: Schindler Elevator Corporation US Headquarters Phase II
Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA
Firm: ikon.5 architects
Have your firm’s project included in the 2014 AIA-NJ Design Awards.
This years Design Awards submission deadline is fast approaching. Deadline for entry is September 30th.
Schedule for 2014:
September 30, 2014 – Deadline to submit Design Awards entry form and fee
October 6, 2014 – Submit project boards to the Yankee Club Conference Center at the Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road (aka Cass St.), Trenton, NJ.
October 7, 2014 – Design Awards Jury convenes
October 9, 2014 – Exhibition of design submission boards and announcement of winning projects
January 9, 2015 – Presentation of the Design Awards at the Awards Dinner
Entry guidelines and requirements can be found at www.aia-nj.org
A sampling of the 2013 winners include:
Shore Point Architecture, based in Ocean Grove, N.J., for their work on Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.;
Mills and Schnoering, based in Princeton, N.J., for their safety and comfort upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument;
DIGroupArchitecture, based in New Brunswick, N.J., for their work on Memorial Elementary School, the rebuilding of a fire damaged school building in East Brunswick, N.J.
More information can be found online:
Any questions call AIA-NJ at 609-393-5690
Mills + Schnoering Architects Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Historic Preservation of Statue of Liberty
Princeton, N.J.-Based Firm Uses Contemporary Technologies to Upgrade Visitor Safety and Comfort at American Landmark
The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Princeton, N.J.-based design firm Mills + Schnoering Architects LLC with a Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category for its use of contemporary technologies to upgrade visitor safety and comfort at the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York, N.Y.
“The ingenuity that Mills + Schnoering demonstrated in its preservation of the Statue of Liberty is the exact type of work that AIA-NJ looks to recognize with its annual design awards,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The entire New Jersey architectural community should be proud to know that one of our own served as steward to an essential piece of American history.”
The National Park Service retained a multi-disciplinary design team led by Mills + Schnoering to perform the upgrades to the monument. Severely limited space within the statue’s pedestal posed challenges for the firm, which designed new staircases and a new elevator to deliver visitors to the observation deck and the crown safely and more comfortably.
Mills + Schnoering used Revit, a three-dimensional modeling software, to create a virtual model of the entire monument from laser scans. The interior of the pedestal — 17 square feet at its narrowest and only 27 square feet at its widest — contains massive beams supporting the statue, which further constrict the pedestal’s interior space.
Gustave Eiffel, the celebrated engineer of the Eiffel Tower, designed this original support system. Mills + Schnoering configured two new staircases and two elevators within this interior space without touching Eiffel’s steel support beams and enormous iron tie-down straps that hold the statue in place. Additionally, the firm threaded the stairs and elevators through the narrow interior, which has little room for error.
The life and safety enhancements at the monument have increased visitor safety, fire protection and comfort. New stairs and a new elevator make it easier for visitors to ascend to the pedestal’s observation level, which is now wheelchair accessible for the first time. From the top level of the pedestal, visitors can look up and view the double helix stairs leading through the interior of the Statue to the crown. A new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system creates a more comfortable environment as visitors ascend or descend the stairs.
“Mills + Schnoering Architects was honored to work over the last four years to design safety, accessibility, and other visitor amenities to this icon of freedom and World Heritage Site,” stated Michael Mills, FAIA, partner at Mills + Schnoering Architects. “We are especially honored to be recognized by our peer architects from AIA-New Jersey during a year when so many excellent projects were submitted.”
The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in one of four categories: Open (meant for any building type), Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture. Projects are further designated as either Built or Un-built. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect. Submitted projects are evaluated during the organization’s annual Design Conference by a group of distinguished architects from throughout the country.
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, New Jersey was recently honored by New Jersey Future with a 2014 Smart Growth Award at the organization’s annual celebration held on June 5, 2014 at the Newark Club’s Metropolitan Room in Newark, New Jersey.
Designed by Kitchen & Associates of Collingswood, New Jersey, the project aims to provide the Camden community with a state-of-the-art facility, offering local residents a variety of community-oriented services, including recreational, social, religious and cultural amenities within its program. The center is expected to open in October 2014.
Upon its completion, the center will open its doors to a city that is perhaps best known for its struggles with violent crime and urban decay. Approximately 45% of families in Camden live below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate as of August 2013 was 16.6%, nearly double the national average. Some of the problems of concentrated neighborhood poverty often include high unemployment rates, rampant crime, health disparities, inadequate early care and education, struggling schools, and disinvestment. Often spanning generations, poverty such as Camden’s can be a difficult, if not impossible hurdle to overcome. But the creation of safe gathering places within the residential fabric for learning, exercising, worship, and community-building, can provide ‘a beacon of hope and an agent of change,’ reflecting both the heart and the spirit of the Kroc mission statement.
In January 2004, The Salvation Army USA announced that it would be receiving nearly $1.6 billion from the estate of Mrs. Joan Kroc, (whose husband founded McDonald’s), to establish community centers similar to the one Mrs. Kroc established in San Diego. Following a competitive, nationwide proposal process, The Salvation Army regional office in the City of Camden received $59 million of funding. By forging new relationships in the community and partnering with corporate sponsors and political leaders, the Salvation Army was able to secure the additional $31 million to fully fund the project.
Camden officials and The Salvation Army representatives chose to locate the community center on a portion of the former Harrison Avenue Landfill site. The 100-acre landfill was owned and operated by the City of Camden from 1952 to 1971. The landfill is now closed, and the land is owned by the Camden Redevelopment Authority (CRA). It is located on the northwest corner of Harrison Avenue and East State Street in the Cramer Hill neighborhood within the Cramer Hill Brownfield Development Area. The selection of this site for the Kroc center made by local stakeholders, city officials and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) was seen as an ideal opportunity to expedite the redevelopment of brownfield sites that border a 2-mile stretch of the Delaware River.
The reclamation of the 24-acre portion of the landfill for the Kroc Center was realized after several phases of remediation. In September 2008, the NJDEP completed an initial $4.1 million publicly-funded cleanup phase which removed approximately 14,000 tons of industrial waste material. Subsequently 221,000 cubic yards of clean infill soil (from a previous Delaware River channel dredging project) was brought to the site from the Palmyra Nature Cove. It was stockpiled on the site, ready to be located under the building’s foundations and to cap the landscaped areas. From December 2011 until February 2013, the remediation work was accomplished and the Palmyra material was relocated once more into its final location. Since then, most of the activity at the site has been construction-related; the remaining site work – surface landscaping and final top cover – will be completed before the Kroc Center opens October 2014.
The Center itself will be 120,000 square feet, nearly 3 football fields in length, and provide recreational, health, educational, cultural, family and spiritual programming for area residents. It will also serve as the hub for Salvation Army services in the Tri-County region. The amenity-laden facility includes both indoor and outdoor recreational spaces. Outdoor facilities include basketball courts, a regulation little league baseball field with lighting for night games, a softball field, and a soccer/lacrosse/field hockey pitch, meandering walking paths, a playground, and a concessions building with restrooms. There is onsite parking for 250 cars as well as bus parking.
The indoor program is divided to three areas serving the Mind, Body and Spirit. The Fitness space includes an 11,000 SF gymnasium with spectator seating, an aquatic center with 8-lane competition pool and an indoor water park, an exercise center with dance studios, a thirty-foot rock climbing wall, and comprehensive locker room spaces with showers and dressing rooms. There are social gathering spaces for teens and youths, a senior center, drop-in babysitting, a 200-seat performing arts theater, and a 250-seat chapel. Available social services will include a family life and personal development center, classrooms, art room, computer lab, music room, library learning center, a commercial kitchen, an early childhood education center serving 90 preschool children, and a health clinic run by Cooper Hospital. All of these separate spaces connect via an 8,000 SF indoor ‘Town Plaza’ gathering space and café, situated beneath a spectacular glass skylight.
For more information regarding this exciting project in Camden, please visit the Kitchen & Associates News Page.http://www.kitchenandassociates.com/category/news/
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc. recently received an honorable mention from the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) for the organization’s 2014 Above & Beyond Award. NJASBO gives this annual award to companies who have gone “above and beyond” in assisting school districts with whom they work. Spiezle received the honorable mention for working with school districts throughout the state to help them provide nurturing, economical, and efficient environments for students.
Speizle was nominated by Dennis DeMarino, Woodbridge Township School District School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, for “epitomizing what quality of service means. Public school districts operate with limited resources; having a firm like Spiezle that can help identify and problem-solve in constructive ways without always requiring compensation – which is unheard of – is much appreciated.”N
DeMarino especially recognized Steven Siegel, AIA, LEEDap. Siegel, a senior associate and project manager at Spiezle, routinely gives presentations to school boards, and attends committee meetings, to answer procedural and technical questions, even when his firm is not involved in a project.
Spiezle constructs and renovates many types of buildings, but according to its website, the firm is focused on school environments. “Our children are our future. Providing the best environment in which they can grow and prosper is our ultimate goal. Our environments nurture our children and inspire their educators by creating opportunities to connect their energy and create fresh new ideas. The schools we design are economical, efficient, sustainable, flexible, innovative, and inspiring, and we are proud of our legacy in public and private schools.”
Speizle is headquartered in Trenton, but also has offices in Media, PA, Greenville, SC, Baltimore, MD and New York, NY.
The AIA New Jersey Annual Design Awards brings public and professional recognition to architectural projects which exhibit design excellence. AIA member architects are invited to submit their work for review by the distinguished Design Awards Jury, projects must either be located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA New Jersey architect.
Submissions are being accepted for 2014 Design Awards program.
The deadline for this years submissions is September 30, 2014.
Submission guidelines and information can be found on the AIA-NJ website. The juried awards are given in multiple categories including Built, Un-Built, Residential, Interiors, and Historic Preservation.
Last years the 2013 Design Award winners are:
- HDR Architecture, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on two projects: The Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory, a net-zero energy use building at Georgia Tech, and the Leadership Academy, in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.;
- Shore Point Architecture, based in Ocean Grove, N.J., for their work on Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.;
- Clarke Caton Hintz, based in Trenton, N.J., for their work on Tillett Hall, an educational facility located on Rutgers University’s transformed Livingston Campus;
- Studio Hillier, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on the Urban Trifecta Architectural Design Studio, for their office space;
- Taiek Kim, a sole proprietor based in Fort Lee, N.J., for his work on the 400 Sylvan Avenue; a unique and creative interior hallway;
- Mills and Schnoering, based in Princeton, N.J., for their safety and comfort upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument;
- Interface Studio Architects, based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on Affordable Housing Development in Cramer Hill, including two sets of 10-unit buildings in Camden’s Cramer Hill neighborhood;
- Historica Building Architects, based in Trenton, N.J., for their work on Interior Restoration and Adaptive Use of Iviswold Castle at Felician College in Rutherford, N.J.;
- KSS Architects, based in Princeton, N.J. for their work on two projects: The Eden Autism Services, Education & Outreach Center, a special needs school for approximately 80 students in Princeton, N.J., and the Ehinger Center, a campus hub and gathering space at Drew University in Madison, N.J.;
- Ballinger, a firm based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on the Rutgers University, Institute of Food Nutrition & Health, a laboratory, research center, and lecture space on Rutgers’ Cook Campus;
- Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, based in New York, N.Y.; for their work on 175 Park Avenue, a building that serves as the headquarters for the publicly-owned real estate firm Realogy in Madison, N.J.;
- Always by Design, based in Philadelphia, Pa., for their work on the Prospect House, an approximately 2,100 square-foot sustainable shore home in Cape May Point, N.J.
- Vitetta, a firm based in Philadelphia, P.A., for their work on Duke Farms, a large estate in Hillsborough;
- ikon.5 architects, based in Princeton, N.J., for their work on the Ithaca Guest House, a sleek guest house in Ithaca, N.Y.;
- DIGroupArchitecture, based in New Brunswick, N.J., for their work on Memorial Elementary School, the rebuilding of a fire damaged school building in East Brunswick, N.J.
June 10, 2014
To My Fellow Delegates to the AIA Convention
Re: Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
As President of AIA New Jersey, I am honored to write this support letter for a colleague and friend who as dedicated more than three decades to OUR profession and to the Institute that supports the architects and architecture across the country. Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA is second to none in the efforts he has delivered to the nearly two thousand members in this Chapter and Region.
I have served on the AIA-NJ Board with Jerry for the past five years, where he has served over twenty years. I continue to look to him for guidance based on his experience and historical knowledge of our diverse chapter. Over his career, he has served and continues to serve as a mentor to chapter leaders and to countless AIA emerging professionals. His work with advocacy here in New Jersey, where the entire congressional delegation knows his name, makes him most valuable to us and the legislation we support that helps us in our practices.
There is no doubt that he has strong leadership skills, as evidenced by his selection to testify in front of a Congressional Committee in regard to cleaning up and returning urban brownfields back on the tax rolls where they belong. Lastly his effort in raising funds for ArchiPAC and then for his 2013 Class project of bringing emerging professionals to the AIA Convention are well known.
Please see the attached flyer for more information about Jerry and please join us in supporting him for the prestigious position on the new AIA Board as Secretary of the Institute.
Most sincerely,Kurt Kalafsky, AIA President, AIA New Jersey
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