Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

AIANJ Design Awards and QUAD State Conference

AIA New Jersey 2017 Design Awards will be juried in September.  Submission information will be released soon, with a submission deadline of August 15th.  What for more information.

All entries can also be submitted for the 2017 QUAD State Conference.

Find more information of the QUAD State Conference

 

Mark your calendars to attend in the fall.

Preliminary schedule for the QUAD State event.

AIA NJ recognizes this NJ State Historic Preservation Office Award winning project designed by HMR Architects of Princeton, NJ

 

rh5The reconstruction of the Nevius Dutch barn at Rockingham is a complete and accurate reconstruction of this threatened building type.  Prior to being dismantled the barn was threatened by neglect.  After being dismantled the barn remained in storage for over a decade until the project started in 2013.  The reconstruction of the barn included re-erecting the repaired frame on a new concrete slab.  The frame was then enclosed with new clapboard siding, traditionally fabricated board and batten doors and a cedar shake roof.  A new wood floor was installed over the slab and lighting, fire detection and infrared heaters were installed to provide a three-season space.

Originally located on Middlebush Road in Franklin Township, the Rockingham Dutchrh4 barn had been anglicized prior to being dismantled, meaning its side aisle walls were raised and the roof ridge was rotated ninety degrees.  When it was dismantled, all of the original main H-bents were salvaged along with any original side aisle timbers and rafter plates that could be re-used.  Additionally, timbers were retained if they contained information, such as mortises, that provided evidence of the original configuration and evolution of the barn.  This included some floor joists which, although they were too deteriorated to be re-used, were actually original wall posts that provided valuable information on the original construction.  These timbers Continue reading

The Bergen County Historic Preservation Commission commends the Closter Borough Hall with an award on May 4th, 2017

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On May 4, Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Department of Parks, the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, celebrating 35 years of historic preservation in Bergen County, N.J., recognized 13 deserving recipients with Bergen County Historic Preservation Awards.

AIA NJ wishes to congratulate the design team, including AIA N.J. Past President Michael Hanrahan, AIA and Clarke Caton Hintz, for being recognized for their contributions to the preservation of the Closter Borough Hall.

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Michael Hanrahan, AIA – 2011 President

“Clarke Caton Hintz was pleased to be part of this wonderful project.  It’s always nice to see a valued building restored so that it can continue to serve the community for generations to come”                                               ~Michael Hanrahan, AIA

Award Category: Restoration

Project Team: Mayor Emeritus Sophie Heymann and Council; Michael Hanrahan, AIA Clark Caton Hintz architectural firm; William Dahle, Superintendent, Dept. of Public Works; former Borough Administrators Richard Sheola and Jonathan DeJoseph; former Councilman Thomas Hennessey; members of the Closter Historic Preservation Commission.

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Historic Building Architects, LLC receives New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office Award for BAYADA

 

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Annabelle Radcliffe-Trenner, Principal,
Historic Building Architects LLC
312 West State Street,
Trenton, NJ 08618

Tel 609-393-3999
Fax 609-393-4333
www.hba-llc.com

 

Historic Overview:

 

This is an excellent example of a Greek Revival Italianate wood frame house built in 1858 by John Buzby. The house is located in the heart of the Moorestown Historic District at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Street. The property remained in the Buzby family until 1920.  Since then, it has transitioned to commercial use and was used as a hotel, beauty shop, and real estate office. In 2015, Mark Baiada, founder of BAYADA Home Health Care purchased the property with the intention of restoring it to its original grandeur for the corporate headquarters of his company.  Historic Building Architects, LLC were selected as the Preservation Architects to assist with the design and restoration of the house.  Extensive research was completed reviewing pattern books and architectural details and finishes used for the period.

 

Scope of Work:

 

This is truly a rehabilitation project.  It acknowledges the need to alter and add to the historic property to meet the continuing and changing uses while retaining the property’s historic character.  Although this project was for commercial office use, the owner wanted the architect to meticulously restore and preserve the interior architectural features of the building.  This included the wood floors that were salvaged and reused on the second floor, the wood inlaid details on the first floor, the plaster moldings and cornices, the stair details, including the decorative balustrades, the large wood paneled doors, the wood windows with their inlaid panels below, and the fireplace mantels were all meticulously preserved by skilled, largely local craftsmen.  Continue reading

AIA Newark & Suburban to Host AIA National 2018 President

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Carl Elefante, FAIA 

National AIA President, 2018

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AIA Newark & Suburban :  General Meeting #3

Design Impact Matters – Architects Shape Lives

2017 presents a changing landscape, as concerns over environmental decline, increasing atmospheric carbon, and competition for resources mount. At the same time, creative and courageous people are forging new pathways full of promise and hope. More and more research demonstrates the impact which the built environment has on many of the most daunting challenges, and also, how important transforming the built environment is in resolving them.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 200 nations including the Unites States came together to address these issues head on. In December 2015, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted, mapping out strategies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Habitat III, conducted in Quito, Ecuador, adopted the New Urban Agenda which embraces the importance of urbanization in meeting human needs and correcting unintended consequences.

To achieve Paris Agreement targets and advance the New Urban Agenda, architects are called to retool how buildings are designed, constructed, and operated and to shape better lives for the clients and communities we serve: everything; everywhere; everyone.

Architects shape lives. By accepting the mandates of the Paris Agreement and New Urban Agenda, architecture’s relevance, value, and prosperity are secured for a generation or more. How will architects respond?

 

Location:  Mountain Lakes Club    18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, NJ  07046

Schedule:

6-9PM

6-7 Networking/Cash Bar

7-9 Dinner/Presentation

1.5 LUs

AIA Newark & Suburban Members (Regular, Associate and Allied) FREE:  register HERE

Students, $25 when attending with a member register HERE

All Others:  $50.  You will be contacted for payment after you register HERE

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Architects Action Day – New Date

Due to a change in the NJ legislative schedule AIA NJ Architects Action Day will be postponed until November 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will be able to join us this fall.

Do you want your voice to be heard?

Take a stand to preserve the common values we share in our profession.

When Architects speak up,
policy makers listen.

Join AIA New Jersey
for Architects Action Day
on June 12, 2017!

This full day event will be held at the New Jersey State House in Trenton.

All are welcome to attend. No prior legislative experience is needed.

Learn More – Speak Up – Click Here –

Spiezle Architectural Group Move to New Headquarters

Spiezle Architectural Group Announces Move to New Headquarters in Hamilton, New Jersey from Longtime Trenton Location

New Space Accommodates Increased Services, Staff and Design Capabilities

 

Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., an award-winning, full-service architectural, interior design and planning firm, announces that it is moving its headquarters from Trenton, New Jersey to a new location at 1395 Yardville Hamilton Square Road, Suite 2A, Hamilton, New Jersey.  Responding to continued growth, the Spiezle team designed a modern, more efficient space to accommodate increased services, staff, and a strengthened focus on the design side of its business.

 

The expanded Hamilton headquarters, an open-layout, contemporary space of approximately 15,000 square feet, was built to fulfill the needs of the firm’s latest growth, including Landscape Architecture and Interior Design, and the additional employees necessary to support them, as well as the continuing development of the firm’s markets in education, senior living, acute healthcare, government, commercial, hospitality, and not-for-profit.  The office was configured for optimal efficiency with all staff housed on one floor versus the previous three floors. Driving its vision for sustained expansion, the office can house an estimated 60 employees, including a build-out potential for future expansion.

 

“We are pleased to be establishing our new home in Hamilton and look forward to becoming an integral partner within the community,” said Thomas S. Perrino, president and CEO.  “Our enhanced space provides us with the ideal atmosphere to fulfill our ongoing mission to continue serving our valued clients and to develop new relationships for years to come.”

 

A state-of-the-art work environment, the office is built to inspire transparency, collaboration and creativity among professionals through a combination of open work spaces and smaller gathering areas critical to the spectrum of daily activities.  Natural light and daylighting are the driving elements for the office layout. Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that natural light provides effective internal lighting. For example, Spiezle incorporated dimming capabilities to reduce energy usage when daylighting allows, and the furniture was specifically designed with a low horizon allowing natural light to flood the space. To encourage innovation, the creative team is strategically placed in areas along the office perimeter facing windows to optimize exposure to the natural lighting.  Senior executives enjoy open offices and “hoteling rooms” built to host private meetings or conversations.  Additional elements include a fully-equipped pantry and a small gym with a shower room.

 

“The design of our new headquarters was the ultimate collaboration engaging the extraordinary talents of all our professionals,” said Mr. Perrino. “We solicited ideas, needs and requirements from our entire staff, culminating in a space that is a true reflection of our intensely creative and team-oriented culture.”

 

 

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About Spiezle Architectural Group

Spiezle Architectural Group is an award-winning, full-service architectural and planning firm. Founded in 1954, the firm is known for innovative design, financially responsible solutions and personalized service. Spiezle serves academic, senior living, acute health care, corporate/commercial, government, hospitality, recreational and religious clients. Learn more at www.spiezle.com.

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: NJ State Historic Preservation Awards TONIGHT!

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The Millington Schoolhouse/Old Town Hall in Long Hill Township, NJ will be presented a 2017 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award on May 11, 2017.  The coveted award will be presented at a ceremony at the Burlington County Olde Courthouse to six preservation projects from across New Jersey.

“These awards are our chance to honor the many private individuals, organizations and corporations; and state, county and local governments who work hard to preserve New Jersey’s historic places,” said Katherine Marcopul, Administrator and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  “It is inspiring to see citizens taking action to preserve New Jersey’s historic resources!”

The Millington Schoolhouse/Old Town Hall landmark building has served the community since its initial construction over 200 years ago.  Adapting to local needs and growth, the structure grew with several additions to become a library, and then the town hall.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This award-winning rehabilitation of the structure is guided by a preservation plan developed by Clarke Caton Hintz, with AIA NJ Past President, Michael Hanrahan, AIA, as project manager and includes retention of the original school room, which will serve as open community meeting space and an exhibition gallery.

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The annual NJ Historic Preservation Awards honor projects, groups or persons, dedicated to preserving New Jersey’s history.  This year marks the 27th anniversary of the awards celebrating May as National Preservation Month.  The Awards are presented by the NJ State Historic Preservation Office in the Department of Environmental Protection, and the NJ Historic Sites Council.

For more information about the NJ Historic Preservation Awards Program, contact Kat Cannelongo at (609) 984-0543.

In Memoriam: Gabriel A. Calenda AIA

Gabriel A. Calenda A.I.A. architect Gabriel A. Calenda, 84, of Clark, N.J., formerly of Mountainside, N.J., entered into eternal rest on Thursday, April 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Gabe was born in New York City, N.Y., to Joseph and Mary (Russo) Calenda. He graduated from Belleville High School and proudly served his country in the Navy during the Korean War. He graduated from Columbia University and Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT). Gabe was a New Jersey registered architect, starting his practice in Springfield, N.J., and was most recently in Kenilworth, N.J. He was a past president of the Newark and Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Gabe was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Marie (DeFalco) Calenda, and his brothers, Anthony and George Calenda. He is survived by his two loving daughters, Lisa Cikowski and her husband, Dr. Edward Cikowski, and Leslie Olear and her husband, Jeff Olear; four adoring grandsons, Mark Cikowski, Christopher Cikowski, Scott Cikowski, and Jordan Olear, and many caring nieces and nephews. Gabe was a great man, loving father and grandfather, and a friend to many.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the American Cancer Society , 986 Springfield Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081.
To offer condolences, please visit walterjohnsonfh.com.
 Published in Star-Ledger from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2017See more.

Bergen County is Celebrating National Historic Preservation Month and you are invited!

award-announce-02228_001In celebration of May 2017 National Historic Preservation Month, Bergen County will hold the 2017 Historic Preservation Commendation Awards on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 113 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ.
The 2017 Awards will be presented by Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III, Members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. A reception will follow the ceremony.
The public is invited to the program and reception. All are welcome.
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Advisory Board Member William J. Martin, AIA will Emcee the event on behalf of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board. The 12 member board is well stocked with AIA members, volunteering their time and expertise to promote and protect the culture and history of Bergen County. Bill is joined by Board Chairman Bruce A. Barton, AIA, Matthew Wolchko, AIA and John Cohen, AIA.
 
The Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board serves as a resource to the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and to the County Executive and the Freeholders on historic preservation policy, interpretive programs, operation of county historic sites and facilities, preparation of a County Preservation Master Plan, and on acquisition and preservation of properties as county-owned historic sites. The board reviews applications and recommends funding for the Historic Preservation Trust Fund component of the BC Open Space Trust Fund, sponsors the annual County Historic Preservation Awards, reviews construction and development applications from the public and private sectors that may impact historic sites, sponsors educational seminars pertaining to preservation subjects, and, when requested, provides technical assistance on historic preservation to municipalities and private individuals.