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AIA New Jersey Endorses Jerry Eben, AIA for AIA National Secretary

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Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

 

 

June 10, 2014

To My Fellow Delegates to the AIA Convention

Re: Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

Dear Delegates:

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

Jerry Eben AIA – Candidate for AIA National Secretary

“Jerry Eben is AIA”

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USGBC NJ at the LEED Platinum Duke Farms “Farm Barn”

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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)

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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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N.J.’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites 2014

njs-10-most-endangered-historic-sites-2014-list-fc84bd4bcba6f2acPreservation New Jersey’s top 10 most endangered historic sites in the state for 2014 includes at Mercer County diner, a Sandy-damaged lighthouse, and a post office in Maplewood.

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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2014 AIA‐West Jersey – Emerging Professionals Design Competition

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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 AIAWJ 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:

  1. Art Studio / Classroom inside the RV for up to 8 children.
  2. Music Classroom inside the RV for up to 8 children.
  3. “Hang‐Out” Space for up to 4 children.
  4. Mobile Stage / Sound System with Speaker Hook‐up Outside the RV.
  5. Flexible Signage System on RV exterior.
  6. Storage of tents, art supplies, and equipment.
  7. Retain sink and toilet functions.
  8. Child generated art piece for interior or exterior of RV.
  9. Storage of goods and supplies to be delivered to local charities.

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.

Additional Requirements

  1. Use of Community Rocks! Colors: Pink, Brown, Green and Yellow. (See Logo)
  2. Paint Exterior of RV – Pink Base Coat
  3. Display boards 30×40 inches depicting proposed designs.

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.

Schedule

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.

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Resources

Community Rocks! Website – www.communityrocks.com
The Tyanna Foundation Website – www.tyanna.org
Sara O’Brien Website – www.saraobrien.com
AIA‐West Jersey Contact: Mark Barone, AIA – markb@markbaronearchitect.com

 

If you are interested please contact Mark Barone, AIA by the end of business, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Thank you.

 

 

NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference

Early Registration has past, however there is still time to Register and Attend: 

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The conference registration rate increases to $90 on May 2.


Register and enjoy a full day conference, including:

Please visit the 2014 conference website, where the agendasession descriptions, and more details can be found: http://www.njpreservationconference.org/index.html

NJ Architecture & Earth Day: Duke Farms Preservation Project by VITETTA

In honor of Earth Day  – AIA-NJ would like to highlight this years Design Award winner in the Historic Preservation Category.

VITETTA Receives AIA-NJ Honor Award for Historical Preservation Project at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J.

Mount Laurel, N.J. Firm Leads New Environmental Mission, Earning LEED Certification for Historic Farm’s Orientation Center and Orchid Range
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The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Philadelphia, Pa.-based design firm VITETTA Architects and Engineers with an Honor Award in the Historical Preservation category for its efficient design and adaptive reuse of the Duke Farms, a 120-year old estate and public park in Hillsborough, N.J.

“VITETTA’s work on Duke Farms typifies the AIA’s mission when it comes to historical preservation of valuable community staples,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The firm has infused the site with 21st century green infrastructure while retaining its rich 120-year history and character.”

VITETTA’s undertaking at Duke Farms consisted of two LEED-certified rehabilitation projects: the adaptive reuse of a Farm Barn, the site’s main orientation center, and the renovation of a Lord and Burnham conservatory structure that serves as a learning place with brand new orchid display gardens. As part of the Duke Farms’ new environmental mission, the project includes a 640-killowatt ground-mounted solar array of 3,120 panels designed to provide 100 percent of the electrical power for the orientation center, along with 56 geothermal wells to aid in heating and cooling for surrounding offices, and an onsite constructed wetlands wastewater treatment plant.

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Celebrate NJ Architecture 2014 Recap

ArchWeek2014Over the last week as part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has highlighted a small sampling of projects that exemplify how architects and architecture play and important role as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.  

Incase you missed it, here is a recap of the week:

 

Day One:  AIA-NJ Celebrates National Architecture Week

Day Two: Leading Design Firm Honored for Creative Rebuilding of Fire-Damaged School in East Brunswick, N.J.

Day Three: Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side

Day Four: Nueva Vida Homes’ Will Be Nation’s First WaterSense Certified Neighborhood Development

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In wrapping up Architecture Week 2014 we would like to take a look back at last year’s AIA-NJ Architecture Week.  We highlighted ten of New Jersey’s Iconic Architects and positive impacts  they have made on their communities.   See last years list:

 

http://blog.aia-nj.org/2013/04/13/summary-the-garden-states-most-iconic-architects/

 

We hope you will continue to Celebrate Architecture everyday.

 

 

Celebrate NJ Architecture – Interface Studio Architects: Cramer Hill Community Development

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

Interface Studio Architects Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Affordable Housing Community in Camden, N.J.

Philadelphia, Pa.-Based Firm’s ‘Nueva Vida Homes’ Will Be Nation’s First WaterSense Certified Neighborhood Development
da2014_isa1 The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Philadelphia-based architectural design firm Interface Studio Architects with a Merit Award for its imaginative design of the Nueva Vida Homes, an affordable housing community in nearby Camden, N.J.

“The Nueva Vida Homes demonstrate that affordable housing designs need not be insipid and uninspired,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Interface Studio Architects has devised a plan for a new community that is both thoughtful and practical, and it’s sure to provide a significant boost to the Camden community.”

Part of a three-phase neighborhood redevelopment effort led by Cramer Hill Community Development Corporation, the Nueva Vida Homes is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The project consists of 19 scattered site in-fill homes for sale in an urban residential area of Camden. The iconic structures, coined “sidecar houses,” feature eye-catching, playfully designed exteriors intended reflect the eclectic design of the surrounding neighborhood.

Interface Studio Architects’ plans served as a paragon for efficiency and sustainability while maintaining affordability for its residents. The buildings will be the first urban dwellings to be labeled through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, which promotes water conservation in building design. The home designs also received ENERGY STAR certification.

“We’re honored that our affordable housing proposals for Cramer Hill, Camden have been recognized by AIA NJ,” said Brian Phillips, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Interactive Studio Architects. “It confirms our deeply held belief that high-performance, contemporary design has a place in modest housing types and markets. This award celebrates the conviction and vision of our client.”

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.da2014_isa2

Celebrate NJ Architecture – Shore Point: Asbury Park J.A.M.S.

As part of  National Architecture Week , an event that showcases architecture’s influence on daily life, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is working to increase attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.   Each day this week this blog will highlight an AIA-NJ Design Award that exemplifies this -

Shore Point Architecture Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Design of Mixed-Use Community Performing Arts Building in Asbury Park

Ocean Grove, N.J.-Based Firm Designs Asbury Park J.A.M.S. to Serve as ‘Gateway’ to City’s West Side

da2014_SPjams1 The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove, N.J.-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S., a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is well deserving of this award.”

 

A 47,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is currently in the schematic design phase. Therefore, its Merit Award was in the “Un-built” category, meant to recognize projects yet to be built, but which show great promise. The building will feature a 200-seat performance theater that will also serve as a lecture hall and home to corporate conferences. The facility will also provide television/video production capabilities, and will house museum galleries and the administrative headquarters of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society.

Additionally, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. will feature a café with both indoor and outdoor seating, a “boutique” hotel providing overnight lodging for musicians visiting the area and a unique rooftop performance venue, providing yet another unique experience for visitors to Asbury Park.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is seen as the key element in the revitalization of the once vibrant west side of Asbury Park, as it will sit at the intersection of Springwood Avenue and Memorial Drive — literally the ‘gateway’ to the west side,” stated Stephen Carlidge, AIA, president of Shore Point Architecture. “We are extremely pleased to have been recognized by the AIA-NJ awards jury for this bold architectural statement of a building, as we believe that architecture can make a difference in making a place special and a place that people will want to be.”

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.

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