Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

Inauguration and Awards Gala 2017

AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) and Architects League of Northern New Jersey (ALNNJ) hosted the Annual Inauguration and Awards Gala Saturday evening at the Sheraton in Mahwah, NJ.  The event gathered architects and allied professions along with their families to celebrate architecture and swear in the incoming boards of both organizations.

c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

2017 AIANJ President Ben Lee, AIA, and 2015 ALNNJ President Paul Bryan, AIA, welcomed and toasted to a successful 2016 and for a prosperous 2017 ahead.

Architects League of Northern NJ presented the following awards and installed their 2017 Officers:

ALNNJ Trustee Awards
– Matthew A. Fink, AIA
– Todd M. Hause, AIA
– Joseph E. David, AIA

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ALNNJ 2017 Officers c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

ALNNJ Vegliante Memorial Award
– R. Terry Durden, AIA

 

AIA New Jersey made presentations to the 2016 Service Award winners and the 2016 Design Award winners.

AIANJ Service Awards
– Intern Architect of the Year  Megan Pritts, Associate AIA
– Young Architect of the Year  Andrew Burian, AIA
– Architect of the Year   Paul Barlo, AIA
– Architectural Firm of the Year   Kimmerle Group
– Distinguished Service Award   Michael J. Hanrahan, AIA

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2017 AIANJ Officers: Bruce Turner, AIA; Jessica O’Donnell, AIA; Brandon Warshofsky, Assoc AIA; Steven Lazarus, AIA; Ben Lee, AIA; John Cwikla, AIA; Kim Vierheilig, AIA; Justin Mihalik, AIA; Judith Donnelly, AIA; c 2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

AIANJ 2016 Design Awards
– 93 Reade Street  •  CTS
– Biotrial North America Headquarters  •  Francis Cauffman
– Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation   • HDR
– Guerrilla Fitness  • Solid and Void
– Holly Pointe Commons, Rowan University   •  Erdy McHenry Architects
– MD Anderson Cancer Center  •  HDR
NJ Insitute for Food Nutrition and Health  •  Ballinger
– Olympic Archery Park   •  ikon.5 architects
– Pinbright Institute  •  HDR
– Porcelanosa  •  CTS
Prosepct Avenue House  •  Joseph Hobart Weiss
– The Unitarian Church Expansion  • ikon.5 architects
– Village House   • Stonewater Architects

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Ben Lee, AIA with Robert Cozzarelli, AIA and Bruce Turner, AIA c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

The new Regional Representative Bruce Turner, AIA, installed the 2017 AIANJ officers.  Outgoing Regional Representative Robert Cozzarelli, AIA, was honored for his service to the organization as well as other past presidents in attendance.

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AIANJ Past Presidents c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 President Justin Mihalik with 2017 President Ben Lee, AIA c.2017 AIANJ & Hollander Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

Architecture Firm Uses Holistic Design Approach to Build New James Monroe Elementary School

 

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Edison, NJ – At the start of 2017, students in Edison Township returned “home” for their first day of school in the new James Monroe Elementary School (JMES).  The original school was burned to the ground three years ago after a devastating fire. Local architecture and engineering firm, LAN Associates, worked diligently to fast track the return of students and staff to their school, while they have been temporarily attending class at the former Saint Cecelia’s Catholic School in Iselin.

The two-story, 21st century James Monroe Elementary School, approximately 67,000 sf, was designed using principles of a holistic design approach, where light, flexibility, choice, connection, complexity, and color are direct correlations to enhance student educational achievement. Studies have verified that a holistic design approach can advance a student’s academic progress up to 25% during the course of an academic year.

image023.pngDaylighting is the most important design criteria to a school, as it directly impacts attendance, academic and performance productivity. “We began the building design by performing light studies on all orientations of the building,” says Vice President and Project Architect Kim Vierheilig of LAN Associates. “Maximizing natural light in every learning space was a priority and just as important was providing controls within classroom so educators could easily transform their learning environment, depending on the technology they use during instruction or break out activities.” Continue reading

2017 Newark & Suburban Past Presidents Banquet

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January 21, 2017
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Top New Jersey Architects Celebrated at AIA-NJ’s 2016 Design Day

AIAeagle_2016Last fall, an awards ceremony was held announcing the state’s most impressive building designs at the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA-NJ) Design Day conference – the largest architectural gathering in the state.  

Held at the Palace at Somerset Park, the event celebrated architecture in the Garden State, and featured the public display of more than 100 design entries submitted by 51 firms. The event was capped by the Design Awards reception, where a panel of prestigious judges announced the winning entries.

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University, 2016 Design Day focused on the school’s architecture, including a keynote lecture on the physical development of the New Brunswick campusThe event also included a tour of the school’s College Avenue Campus,highlighting some of Rutgers’ original buildings as well as newly-built structures that match the original design motif. The tour also fostered a discussion about how some of the school’s oldest buildings are being repurposed. 

We are in the midst of an extremely productive year for AIA-NJ, and honoring our members for their impressive projects is an important part of encouraging excellence in architectural design,” said Justin Mihalik, president of AIA-NJ. “In addition to the design awards reception, the informative speeches and fascinating campus tour contributed toward making this year’s Design Day a major success.”

The conference was highlighted by seminars and keynote lectures: The morning portion of the program included several illuminating panels, focused respectively on increasing diversity within the architectural profession and emerging technologies for architects. Keynotes included StephenChrisman of Ferguson & Shahimian Architects’ “New Traditional Architecture,” discussing a wide range of contemporary luxury residential projects across the country; and Rick Joy of Rick Joy Architects “Taking the Time,” a discussion about his contemporary architecture style.  

The winners of the Design Awards announced at the conference included:

• HDR, based in Lawrenceville, received three accolades: a merit award in the Unbuilt category for their work on the Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation at the University of Maryland; a merit award in the Built Open category for their design of the Institute for Animal Health; and an honor award in the Built Open category for their work on the Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care
• Stonewater Architecture, based in Colonia, received a merit award in the Unbuilt category for the Village House design
• Ikon.5 Architects, based in Princeton, received two accolades: a merit award in the Unbuilt category for their design of the Unitarian Church Expansion in Summit; and a merit award in the Unbuilt category for their work on Olympic Archery Park
• Solid & Void, based in Somerville, received a merit award in the Interior category for the Guerilla Fitness design 
• Francis Cauffman, based in New York City, received a merit award in the Built Open category for their work on the Biotrial North American Headquarters
• CTS Group Architecture/Planningbased in Chatham, received two accolades: a merit award in the Historic Preservation category for their design o93 Reade Street; and an honor award in the Historic Preservation category for the Porcelanosa Exterior Façade Restoration
• Erdy McHenry Architecture, based in Philadelphia, received a merit award in the Residential category for their design of the Rowan University Holly Pointe Commons
• Joseph Hobart Weiss Architecture, Planning and Design, based in Princeton, received a merit award in the Residential category for their work on the Prospect Ave. Residence
• Ballinger, based in Philadelphia, received an honor award in the Built Open category for the New Jersey Institute for Food | Nutrition + Health 

Governance Week 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017. I am excited to serve all of you as the 2017-2019 AIA New Jersey Regional Representative to the AIA National Strategic Council. My tenure got a jumpstart early in December when I attended Governance Week 2016. This served as my orientation/initiation to the Strategic Council and a farewell to the outgoing Class of 2016. Among that group is our outgoing Regional Representative Robert Cozzarelli, AIA. His tenure marked the transition from the previous role as Regional Director on the AIA Board to the new role of Regional Representative on the Strategic Council. That is NOT a distinction without a difference. These are significantly different roles. Bob, and the rest of his Class of 2016, were at the forefront of defining this new system which has the specific goal of better serving the members and the profession. After attending these meetings in Washington, DC, I can personally attest to that fact that Bob was highly respected and did a very good job representing us. He will be a tough act to follow. I want to personally thank Bob for his many years of hard work and dedication to the AIA and the support he has offered me throughout the years.

The agenda for the week was packed. Our work started with two half-day sessions of orientation. During these sessions we were reminded that the purpose of the Strategic Council is to advance the profession of architecture by informing the Board and other Institute bodies of important issues and opportunities.  Toward that end we were challenged to continually ask the question: “What does it mean and why does it matter?” and to listen more than we speak. With that in mind I will remind you that my door is always open to all of you. I can be reached by phone at 856-405-0351 or by email at [email protected] Or, if you want to meet face-to-face, and you are in Vineland, you are welcome to stop by. Or, let me know if you want me to come see you.

paul-revere-williams-faiaAfter our orientation sessions, my group (the Class of 2019, or XIX as we refer to ourselves) was invited to join a Joint Board/Council Meeting. As you may have read in other publications, this was the meeting where the Gold Medal, the Firm Award, The Topaz Medallion, The Kemper Award and the Whitney M. Young Award were considered and ratified. It was a humbling experience to be in the room as these awards were deliberated and announced. It was especially moving to be a witness to the posthumous award of the 2017 AIA Gold Medal to Paul Revere Williams, FAIA.

The next day we were invited to the final Strategic Council Assembly of 2016. This was a day-long session with a variety of generative exercises, outreach exercises, reports, discussions and agenda setting for 2017. Beyond the specific discussion on any topic, it was apparent that the focus of the Council, and the remainder of the leadership, has the member experience at its core. This discussion was informed by the goals of the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, namely: Elevating Public Awareness, Advocating for the Profession and Advancing Knowledge and Expertise. To achieve its goals, the AIA has articulated the following primary objectives: Career Pathways, Influence, Innovation, Market Leadership, Outreach, Policy, Relevance and Research. All the while we are constantly being challenged to try to find The Next Big Thing.

After (and among) all of these working sessions, we also had time for networking with our fellow Councilors and other leaders of the Institute. Since the Council only meets face-to-face three times during the year, this time was critically important to build or expand these relationships. Among these meetings was a reception at the Institute Headquarters, the AIA Presidential Inauguration, which was held at the Museum of African American History and Culture, and a Class of 2016 Dinner that was hosted at the home of Robert and Holly Ivy. I was glad to be joined at the inaugural by my wife Sarah, and David and Suzanne Del Vecchio, Jerry and Marsha Eben, and Verity and Andy Frizzell. I am sure they will also be glad to share with you their impressions of that event.

AIAeagle_2016Now it is time to get down to work. These are exciting and challenging times for our profession. But, working together I am confident that we all can make the AIA and our profession of ever increasing service to society.

Bruce D. Turner, AIA
AIA New Jersey 2017-2019 Regional Representative

2017 AIANJ Inaugural

 

AIA NEW JERSEY & ARCHITECTS LEAGUE OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

INAUGURAL AND AWARDS GALA

HONORING:
BEN P. LEE, AIA 2017 AIA NJ PRESIDENT
THOMAS HAGGERTY, 2017 ALNNJ PRESIDENT
JUSTIN A. MIHALIK, 2016 AIA NJ PRESIDENT
BRYAN PENNINGTON, 2016 ALNNJ PRESIDENT

and the Incoming and Outgoing Boards of Both Components

When:  Saturday, January 14, 2017
Where:  Sheraton Mahwah Hotel
1 International Blvd. Mahwah, NJ 07495

Cost: $150/person
$75 associates/students

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2016 AIANJ DESIGN AWARD WINNERS

2016 DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS

MERIT UNBUILT

PROJECT:
Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation
FIRM
HDR 

PROJECT:
Village House
FIRM
Stonewater Architects   

PROJECT:
The Unitarian Church Expansion
FIRM
ikon.5 architects   

     

PROJECT:
Olympic Archery Park
FIRM
ikon.5 architects   

MERIT INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE 


PROJECT:
Guerrilla Fitness
FIRM
Solid and Void   

MERIT BUILT-OPEN

PROJECT:
Pinbright Institute
FIRM
HDR  


PROJECT:
Biotrial North America Headquarters
FIRM
Francis Cauffman   

MERIT HISTORIC PRESERVATION

PROJECT:
93 Reade Street
FIRM
CTS  

MERIT RESIDENTIAL

PROJECT:
Holly Pointe Commons, Rowan University
FIRM
Erdy McHenry Architects  

PROJECT:
Prosepct Avenue House
FIRM
Joseph Hobart Weiss   

 

HONOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION 

 
PROJECT:
Porcelanosa
FIRM
CTS   
 

HONOR BUILT 

 
PROJECT:
NJ Insitute for Food Nutrition and Health
FIRM
              Ballinger         
PROJECT:
MD Anderson Cancer Center
FIRM
HDR  

 

Francis Cauffman Wins AIANJ Award for Biotrial’s North American Headquarters

Annual awards program honors design excellence in New Jersey

NEWARK, NJ–Architecture firm Francis Cauffman has been honored with a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Jersey, as part of their 2016 Design Awards. The Merit Award for Built Projects celebrates French contract research company Biotrial’s North American headquarters in Newark, New Jersey’s University Heights Science & Technology Park (UHSTP).

The AIA is a professional organization that builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. The annual Design Awards bring public and professional recognition to design teams that have made a significant contribution to design excellence in New Jersey.

“Francis Cauffman has a great team that collaborated closely with Biotrial to understand their work and their specific needs for this building,” said James Crispino, President of Francis Cauffman. “Our building embodies Biotrial’s culture and seamlessly integrates it into the urban fabric of Newark.”

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Biotral’s new North American headquarters in Newark.  Photo by Chris Cooper.

 

Francis Cauffman’s team included: Buro Happold (Building Systems Engineer); Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineer); Sciame (Construction Manager, Cost Estimator); David Langdon (Cost Estimator); Langan Engineering Services (Site Civil, Traffic, and Landscape Architect); Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster (Land Use Attorney), Joseph A. Natoli Construction Inc. (General Contractor).

Biotrial’s Design
The 70,000-sq.-ft. building is strategically located in the Park, an urban redevelopment initiative uniting five universities and other biomedical organizations.  The high quality of the building’s design, which expresses Biotrial’s mission, has raised the bar for this redevelopment neighborhood, adding jobs and stimulating growth.

Francis Cauffman designed the building as two interlocking planes, whose materials reflect Biotrial’s values. The rear, private façade is solid black brick with matching mortar, which gives a sense of strength and solidity. In contrast, the front is a fritted glass curtain wall, communicating openness and transparency. The fritting creates movement as the light passes through, while also providing privacy. Inspired by the nature of Biotrial’s work, the designers created a ribbon of metal, suggestive of the fluidity of chemistry, to tie the two planes together. The ribbon forms an entrance canopy on the private side, moves through the building as the lobby ceiling, and reemerges on the public side to create a frame for the vestibule and finally the canopy for services.

Natural light penetrates deeply into the interior through the glass, and through asymmetrical ribbon windows in the brick façade. Inside, the building contains a laboratory, pharmacy, and clinical facilities including a 100-bed unit to conduct trials, corporate and volunteer recruitment office, a café, library, lounge, and gardens. 

Drawing Inspiration from our Emerging Professionals – Matthew Pultorak, Assoc AIA

“Drawing Inspiration from our Emerging Professionals” is an eight-part series that will be published on the AIA NJ blog over the course of the month of October, AIA Emerging Professionals Month. In this series, our young professionals will chronicle the personal stories of how they were attracted to become architects — and how architecture inspires them.EPiC_Pultorak

A day at the beach

I grew up in Canarsie, Brooklyn, so for much of my childhood I played on asphalt and concrete. (There was also an occasional patch of dirt, which was invariably sprouting weeds). Finding refuge from the bustle of the busy city was rare, so my family would take fairly regular trips to the beach to alleviate the stress and wear of the city lifestyle. Although we didn’t frequent it as often as I would have liked, the beach would influence my creative side in a number of ways. As a creative professional, I look back on those trips and wonder if they had an influence on my decision to pursue a career in architecture.

The beach is a place where all five senses can be evoked, which can cause some sensory overload in a young child. All of the new feelings I experienced on the waterfront caused me to see my surroundings differently. What was a nice place for most people to lounge became my new site for childhood  construction as I designed the most intricate sand castles any architect could conjure up.

You learn about everything in life through experience, and anyone who has built a sand castle can tell you about the factors you must take into account: the wetness of the sand, proximity to the water, where the sun is coming from, if there are other people walking on your “site” and how you have to redirect the ocean water as the tide came in.

Dealing with all of these concerns, unbeknownst to me, was my first experience solving an architectural problem. The end goal was always to create the largest, most intricate sand castle, but in order to complete the project, all the other problems had to be addressed. These small details can really help a young mind develop their problem solving abilities, and from it arises a heightened sense of creativity.

While most people see the beach as a relaxing way to spend the day, it can also be used by parents as a means of developing future architects. It worked for me!

Matthew Pultorak, Assoc. AIA