Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

AIANJ To Host Day at the Capital

Save the Date for:

AIANJ Day at the Capitol

Where: Trenton, NJ

When:  June 12, 2017

More details on this event coming soon.
Architects, Associates, Students – save the date to participate in this inaugural event.

Justice Center on Historic Site in Hackensack NJ

New $140 Million Justice Center Designed by RSC Architects Opens
on Historic Site in Hackensack, New Jersey 

 Leading architectural firm worked with Bergen County to create modern six-story, 130,000-square-foot government building at Two Bergen County Plaza

The new $140 million Bergen County Justice Center designed by RSC Architects opened its doors this week, the Hackensack-based firm announced today. Sitting on a historic site, the six-floor, 130,000-square-foot facility is the centerpiece of a six-year plan to modernize and upgrade the County’s justice center complex.

“Two Bergen County Plaza is a tremendous new addition to the County’s government complex and a prudent investment of public funds,” said Bergen County Administrator Julien Neals. “It not only brings a unique, traditional design created by RSC Architects but also complements the historic surroundings while accommodating for modern upgrades in security, technology, and amenities. Two Bergen is now home to critical government services and we are confident that it will stand for many years as a symbol of the pride we feel for community.”

As the first modern addition to the justice center complex, which also includes a historic county jail and courthouse, the new building provides much-needed improvements in functionality while seamlessly fitting in with the existing historic buildings. The building will now serve as the new home of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, Surrogate Office and Tax Board.

“The project presented a unique set of challenges from an architectural and design standpoint, as we needed to balance the 21st century needs of Bergen County with the preservation of the site’s rich cultural history,” said John P. Capazzi, AIA, president of RSC Architects, the project’s architect of record, design architect and interior design firm. “We worked closely with New Jersey’s Historic Preservation Office to create a design that would mold with the ‘Beaux-Arts’ architectural style of the adjacent historic courthouse.”

Due to the site’s historic status and configuration, design and materials had to be carefully selected to complement the existing buildings. With careful guidance and astute suggestions from Bergen County officials, RSC created an exterior design with a strong historic character by incorporating additive massing with projecting porticos and a recessed top floor.

“We chose to use pre-cast concrete panels for construction, which can be fabricated off-site in lots of different designs, shipped here, and craned up to be placed on the steel frame,” said Jeffrey Schlecht, AIA, senior project manager for RSC Architects. “This allowed us to incorporate unique details that hint at classical elements, while working with a durable product on a site with limited space.”

RSC incorporated stone tile throughout the building’s interior to create a traditional, dignified feel, with wood accents for comfort and geniality. The lobby was designed with stone tile for elegance and durability, while the prosecutor’s office features a recessed lay-in decorative ceiling tile to give it a unified feeling across two different floors. A multi-purpose conference center was designed for both special events and daytime meetings, with floating wood panels on the ceiling that provide a rich ambience.

“Two Bergen County Plaza is a tremendous new addition to the County’s government complex and a prudent investment of public funds,” said Bergen County Administrator Julien Neals. “It not only brings a unique, traditional design created by RSC Architects but also complements the historic surroundings while accommodating for modern upgrades in security, technology, and amenities. Two Bergen is now home to critical government services and we are confident that it will stand for many years as a symbol of the pride we feel for community.”

On the building’s first floor are a central main lobby, cafeteria, conference center and tax office. The higher floors house the sheriff’s office, the prosecutor’s office and the surrogate’s office.  The sixth floor is a data center operated by the Sheriff’s department, which has cellular signal and emergency radio booster antenna systems. There is also a two-story bridge connection to the Justice Center Complex use by the public and prosecutor’s office staff.

RSC is now beginning design work on the renovation of the vacated portions of the historic Bergen County Courthouse.

2017 AIANJ Fellows Reception

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Join AIA New Jersey in celebrating our newest
2017 AIA Fellow, Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA

AIA NJ FELLOWS RECEPTION
Thursday, April 27th 2017
6:00 – 8:00 in the Evening
at
Copper Canyon Grill 
 
9101 International Dr #1220
Orlando, FL 32819
 
Sponsored by:

 

The New Micro Living at ALNNJ

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THE NEW MICRO LIVING
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A presentation from nARCHITECTS on Carmel Place, the winning design for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2013 adAPT NYC competition.  Carmel Place opened last  year and set new standards as a prototype for micro living.  The competition tasked firms with responding to the city’s growing small-household population as part of the Bloomberg administration’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, which aimed to bring new options to the city’s housing market.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
70 Riverside Square Mall
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Click here for Map and Directions

Board Meeting at 4:30 PM
Social hour at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
Presentation at 7:30 PM

Please send your RSVP to [email protected] before 12 Noon on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Members of the Architects League of Northern New Jersey may attend this meeting as a complimentary benefit. Non-members and guests of the League are welcome at $50 per person, reservations required.  We encourage all members to share suggestions for speakers, venues or topics for future meetings or articles in Leagueline.

Your Firm Can Help Protect Vital EPA Programs

AIAeagle_2016With a new administration in place, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency will be reevaluating the agency’s priorities. They believe that EPA activity is limiting economic growth and job creation – but designers know that isn’t the case. That’s why it is crucial that architects make a business case for retaining EPA programs that enable them to design healthy, energy-saving buildings. As key positions are being filled, we need to educate these officials about the importance of the programs they will be tasked with managing. The AIA Advocacy team is working with COTE to organize a sign-on letter for architecture firms to EPA outlining vital programs to the practice of architecture. Please add your firm today to this important letter!

Target Finder, Portfolio Manager, and the TCSA inventory are just a few examples of the tools and resources that provide vital information for meeting the performance standards which clients demand and many jurisdictions mandate. As the administration prepares to send its budget request to Congress, decisions about the futures of these vital programs will be made over the months ahead. Now is the time to make your voice heard! Please sign this letter on behalf of your firm, or bring it to the attention of a firm leader.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE LETTER!

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

AIA Advocacy

The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006
aia.org

Educating The Architect

Educating The Architect – Where Theory Meets Practice

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The Newark and Suburban section of the AIA has the unique distinction of being home to two architecture schools, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and the newly established Michael Graves College at Kean University.  On Thursday Feb 23rd, 2017, they recently hosted a program to hear each schools’ philosophy on educating the architect and answer questions on their programs.

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AIAWJ & AIASJ Louden Barn Tour

 

Update 3/14/2017:

The program and tour of the Louden Barn on the Histroic Bishop Farmstead on Saturday, March 25 has just been approved for Three (3) Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) Learning Units.

There is still spaces available – RSVP today to Bob O’Reilly, AIA at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

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AIA West Jersey and AIA South Jersey are hosting an Architectural Tour of the aiawjLouden Barn on the Historic Bishop Farmstead in
Southampton, NJ.  The farmstead is home to the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Join us Saturday March 25th for the event.

AIA South Jersey Logo 2012Guests of AIA-members are welcome to attend this event, as well as members of the public.

Full event details are below.  RSVP today!

Think Pieces Lecture at NJIT

The New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design invites you to THINK PIECES on Monday, March 6, 5:30PM, presented by Adam Modesitt, Gernot Riether and Mathew Schwartz.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please join us in Weston Lecture Hall.
This lecture may be registered with the AIA Continuing Education System.

Call 973.596.3080 for more information.

http://design.njit.edu/news/lectures/

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NJ Future Redevelopment Forum 2017

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Redevelopment Forum

March 10, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Brunswick, N.J.

New Jersey Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum is our biggest event of the year, attracting more than 500 local and state officials, citizen activists, development professionals, architects, attorneys, planners, business leaders and students. Redevelopment allows us to re-use infrastructure, take advantage of historically strategic locations, maintain and improve our communities and preserve our remaining open spaces. It is clear that redevelopment, already at the heart of many of the opportunities available today, will play an even more vital role in the future.

By bringing together leaders in both government and the private sector who are working tirelessly to create sustainable redevelopment solutions to New Jersey’s problems, we can share innovative ideas, learn best practices, and make our state a better place for tomorrow. Our comprehensive workshops and panels feature impressive speakers with real world redevelopment experience.

 

Ben Lee, president of the NJ AIA, will be a speaker at the conference at the following session:

Designing Public Spaces that Work:

Learn how public data and metrics can be used as a driver for designing great – and well used! – public spaces. Hear about the techniques that design professionals are using to enhance the health and well-being of individuals across the state and how community input and ideas can spur the development of creative placemaking projects that improve quality of life and revitalize public spaces.  at the March 10 redevelopment.

For more information about this session or other topics, go to the the forum website.

 

NJIT Design Showcase 2017

Please join the College of Architecture and Design

and co-chairs Chuck Dietz ’83 & Marc Parette ’83 

for

Design Showcase 2017

Celebrating CoAD’s continued commitment
to students and industry professionals

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 Thursday, March 30, 2017

Weston Hall Gallery

NJIT College of Architecture and Design

4:30 p.m.

 

An evening featuring keynote speakers Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith of MOS Architects, student design awards,  live music and cocktail reception

Registration with dedicated professional networking session for all guests begins promptly at 4:30 p.m.

To register for the event and for sponsorship opportunities
click below:

 
For additional event details please contact Lauren Brolly at
[email protected] / 973-596-5531 or by visiting: 

Design Showcase 2017! 

We look forward to seeing you on March 30th!