More information can be found online:
Any questions call AIA-NJ at 609-393-5690
More information can be found online:
Any questions call AIA-NJ at 609-393-5690
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:
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
To see a PDF of this letter Click Here
USGBC NJ Chapter Central Branch
at the LEED Platinum Duke Farms “Farm Barn”
TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS, NETWORKING DINNER & TOUR
NEXT Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Commercial Scale Solar/Battery Hybrids:
Implications for Community Resiliency”
By Lyle Rawlings, President & CEO of Advanced Solar Products
“Smart Micro Grid Technology: Why it’s important to YOU & your LEED project”
By Rey Montalvo, President & CEO of Consolidated Energy Design and Principal of FADRS
Meeting is from 5:30-8:30 pm
(Walking tour available for registered meeting attendees 4-5 pm)
With significant impacts resulting from recent major storms (and other causes of electrical grid outages) sustained in this region of the US, especially New Jersey, it is important for all sectors of business and government to learn about recent advances and trends in technologies geared toward greater resiliency and storm preparedness. This event’s presentations will highlight such technologies, and how they can be employed to provide a far greater degree of preparedness & resiliency than currently exists.
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The 20th annual edition of Preservation New Jersey’s list cites historic locations that are in “imminent danger of being lost” often due to neglect or planned redevelopment, though Superstorm Sandy damage landed a lighthouse on the list.
“Our goal is to bring awareness to cherished sites that have been a vital part of a community that, without intervention, would fade from existence,” said Michael Hanrahan, president of Preservation New Jersey.
At least one of the sites in this year’s list was being offered for free in December to anyone willing to cart it away. The Giordano Diner on Route 1 in Lawrence, which has also operated under the names Calhoun, Cass, and Ben’s over the last 50 years, is one of five surviving diners built by the Mountain View Diner Co., a Little Falls company. It’s been vacant for decades.
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COMMUNITY ROCKS! THE BLOCKS – RV
AIA‐West Jersey is offering Emerging Professionals the opportunity to design a mobile music, art studio and community outreach vehicle. AIA‐West Jersey has partnered with Community Rocks!, a non‐profit organization established to educate, strengthen and connect communities through arts and wellness programs, partnerships and relief work.
What is Community Rocks! the Blocks?
Based in Oaklyn, NJ, this program provides relief supplies to neighbors in need. Throughout the year the program collects, sorts and deliver supplies to various relief centers, churches, community spaces, individuals and families. Now, there is a plan to expand the program. The Community Rocks! RV will tour Camden, Camden County & Burlington County providing music, art and exercise programs to children, neighborhoods and community centers in need.
This is where AIA‐WJ joins the effort.
The RV is retro‐chic from the 1980s, but needs significant upgrades to achieve the following programmatic needs. This is the focus the competition:
Safety, Health and Welfare
Safety of the occupants is paramount. The RV will be used to educate, stimulate and uplift children in underserved communities. This can only be achieved in safe environment. The RV will serve the children while parked, no programming will take place while the RV is in motion.
BreastFest – The Tyanna Foundation
Sara O’Brien, Founder and Director of Community Rocks!, along with her sisters, also founded The Tyanna Foundation, which works to increase awareness and generate money for breast cancer research, services, education, treatment and patient care for local breast cancer patients and survivors. The major fundraiser for the foundation is BreastFest, a fun filled festival for the entire family offering food, drink, activities and live entertainment. To date the foundation has raised over $1,000,000 through events held in 5 different states.
Entries due to AIA‐West Jersey, Monday, June 2, 2014.
All entries will be displayed in front of the RV at BreastFest New Jersey, on June 7th, 2014, behind The Taproom and Grill in Haddon Township. Community Rocks! and The Tyanna Foundation board members and the general public will be given the opportunity to comment on the designs and ultimately select a winner.
If you are interested please contact Mark Barone, AIA by the end of business, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Thank you.
Early Registration has past, however there is still time to Register and Attend:
Please visit the 2014 conference website, where the agenda, session descriptions, and more details can be found: http://www.njpreservationconference.org/index.html