Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

What Do You See When You Look Up?

AIA wants to know – “What Do You See When You Look Up?”

See what architects see and pass it on, go to:

http://www.ilookup.org

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Year End Review of AIA-NJ Public Awareness

AIA-NJAs we close the books on 2014, the AIA-NJ Public Awareness Committee is pleased to report yet another successful year in the evolution of the organization’s public relations campaign.

Each year, the Public Awareness Committee – chaired by Bruce Turner, AIA, along with representatives from each local Section and leaders of the State Chapter – teams with Beckerman Public Relations to build and sustain exposure for our membership and the architectural profession at large. Our committee has been able to consistently achieve this goal through an “earned media” campaign, in which we publicize specific projects, awards, events, and trends using a comprehensive media relations strategy. We regularly pursue coverage through distribution of press releases, event advisories, and bylined pieces submitted by AIA-NJ members. This earned media effort positions AIA New Jersey as an expert resource to the media, and we are, therefore, often called upon by them when specific news stories arise or to comment on feature articles these journalists are writing themselves.

This year, the committee approached the campaign with a renewed focus on where we were promoting AIA-NJ in the media. Our goal was not only to raise awareness of architectural practice in the general public, but also solidify the AIA-NJ brand among key stakeholders, industry influencers and potential clients. To this end, we targeted a wide variety of local general news publications (Times of Trenton, Asbury Park PressNj.com, and Courier News, to name a few) along with more specialized industry trade press (NJBIZ, GlobeSt, Commercial Construction and Renovation, Real Estate Weekly, and, of course, AIArchitect). In total, we issued upwards of 35 press announcements throughout the year, securing approximately 120 media placements!

Additionally, AIA-NJ maintains an all-volunteer social media campaign to complement this digital and print media presence. Not only have the AIA-NJ Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages been increasingly active in promoting the organization’s core messages, but our members have also maintained their own active social media presence, benefitting both their own firms and the practice as a whole.

Now, with repositioning in mind and on the heels of the recently launched AIA national “I Look Up” campaign, we’re asking all members of AIA-NJ to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity to market themselves while helping to promote AIA’s central goals here in New Jersey. Together with Beckerman, we’re working on a series of educational initiatives to make sure that our members have the tools that they need to make a splash in the press. Stay tuned!

Reciprocity With Canada

Grassroots 2009In his recent trip to Canada, Governor Christie said “I’ve gotten the impression over time, watching American foreign policy, that Canada has been an afterthought……I don’t think we pay enough attention to this relationship as Americans in general. I’ve made a very conscious decision to come to Canada and to come here to Alberta because we should treat our friends with both respect and attention.”

This statement comes on the heels of a recent tri-national agreement by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Canadian Licensing Authorities (CALA), and the Federacion de Colegios de Architectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM), making it possible for architects to work across North American boarders.

With all of this in mind, it is time for the State of New Jersey to take specific action to address New Jersey’s relationship Canada relative to the practice of architecture. Specifically, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects renews its call for the State of New Jersey to resolve impediments to cross border licensure with Canada, and stands ready and willing to work with all relevant parties to find a workable solution for New Jersey.

AIANJ Awards Dinner – January 2015

Please join us for the 2015 AIA New Jersey Awards Dinner

at the

Moorestown Community House
16 East Main Street
Moorestown, NJ
January 9, 2015
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Black Tie Optional
The main course will be beef unless requested BEFORE December 30th

Click to Register here -

Service Award Winners

Distinguished Service Award
Jack Purvis, AIA

Architect of the Year
Merilee Meacock, AIA

Architectural Firm of the Year
Joshua Zinder Architecture & Design

Young Architect of the Year
Jason Chmura, AIA

Intern of the Year
Nicole Hollenbeck, Associate AIA

Resident of the Year
Ingrid Reed

Design Award Winners

Unbuilt Merit Award

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Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority

Built Open Merit Award

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects
Brown Hall Princeton University

HDR Architecture
University of Maryland College Park

ikon.5 Architects
E.J. Ourso College of Business Louisiana State University

ikon.5 Architects
Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority

Jacobs
Campbell Employee Center

Built Open Honor

H.A Boyd Architects
Downtown Market

ikon.5 Architects
Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

ikon.5 Architects
Schindler Elevator Corporation U.S. Headquarters Phase 2

TEN Arquitectos
Rutgers Business School

Built Residential Merit

Minervini Vandermark
Jefferson Street

Built Residential Honor Award

Michael Ryan Architects
Tidewater Residence

Built Historical Preservation Merit Award

Mills & Schnoering Architects, LLC
Wheeler Opera House

Installation of 2015 AIA NJ Officers

President Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA
President Elect Justin A. Mihalik, AIA
First Vice President Ben P. Lee, AIA
Second Vice President Verity Frizzell, AIA
Secretary Judith Anne Donnelly, AIA
Treasurer Steven B. Lazurus, AIA
Regional Director Robert Cozarelli, AIA
Assoc. Regional Director Nicholas Caravella, Associate AIA
Past President Kurt M. Kalafasky, AIA

Going UP? Coastal Flood Mitigation

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2014 Design Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the architects who participated in the 2014 AIA-NJ Design Awards.  We had over ninety architectural designs submitted.  The quality of work was outstanding.   The list below of Honor and Merit winners were announced earlier this week.

We would also like to that this year’s judges including: Guy Geier, AIA of FXFOWLE of New York, Vern McKissick, AIA of McKissick Associates Architects of Harrisburg, PA, and Paul Lewis, AIA of LTL Architects of New York.

A celebration of Architecture in New Jersey will take place on Friday evening, January 9, 2015, at the Moorestown Community House in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Please visit the AIA-NJ Website in the coming weeks for more information.
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HONOR WINNERS BUILT OPEN

Project:  Downtown Market

Architect:  Hugh Boyd, AIA

Firm: Hugh Boyd Architects


Project:  Monmouth Battlefield State Park Visitor Center

Architect:  Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA

Firm: ikon.5 architects


Project:  Rutgers Business School

Architect:  Enrique Norton

Firm:  Ten Arquitectos, AIA

 

HONOR WINNER BUILT – HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Project:  The Wheeler Opera House Balcony Reconstruction

Architect:  Michael R. Schnoering, AIA

Firm:  Mills + Schnoering, LLC

 

HONOR WINNER – BUILT – RESIDENTIAL

Project:  Tidewater Residence

Architect:  Michael Ryan, AIA

Firm:  Michael Ryan Architects

 

MERIT WINNER UNBUILT

Project:  Training Recreation Education Center Newark Housing Authority

Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA

Firm:  ikon.5 architects

 

MERIT WINNERS BUILT – OPEN

Project:  Brown Hall Princeton University

Architect:  Michael Schade, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C

Firm:  Atkin, Olshin & Schade Architects 

 

Project:  Campbell Employee Center

Architect:  Tejoon Jung, AIA LEED AP

Firm: Jacobs

 

Project:  E.J.  Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University

Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA

Firm:    ikon.5 architects

Project:  Physical Sciences Complex, University of Maryland

Architect: Michael Smith, AIA

Firm:  HDR

 

MERIT WINNER BUILT – RESIDENTIAL

Project:  930 Jefferson Street

Architects:  Frank J. Minervini, AIA & Anthony C. Vandermark, AIA

Firm:  Minervini & Vandermark Architecture

 

MERIT WINNER BUILT – INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

Project:  Schindler Elevator Corporation US Headquarters Phase II 

Architect: Joseph G. Tattoni, AIA
Firm:  ikon.5 architects

THANK YOU!

AIA-NJ Design Awards Deadline – September 30, 2014

Have your firm’s project included in the 2014 AIA-NJ Design Awards.
This years Design Awards submission deadline is fast approaching.  Deadline for entry is September 30th.

Schedule for 2014:

September 30, 2014 –  Deadline to submit Design Awards entry form and fee
October 6, 2014 –  Submit project boards to the Yankee Club Conference Center at the Arm & Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Road (aka Cass St.), Trenton, NJ.
October 7, 2014 –  Design Awards Jury convenes
October 9, 2014 –  Exhibition of design submission boards and announcement of  winning  projects
January 9, 2015 –  Presentation of the Design Awards at the Awards Dinner

Entry guidelines and requirements can be found at www.aia-nj.org

A sampling of the 2013 winners include:

da2014_SPjams1 Shore Point Architecture, based in Ocean Grove, N.J., for their work on Asbury Park J.A.M.S.a community performing arts building in Asbury Park, N.J.;

da2014_statue3 Mills and Schnoering, based in Princeton, N.J., for their safety and comfort upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument;

Memorial_Elementary_School_Playground DIGroupArchitecture, based in New Brunswick, N.J., for their work on Memorial Elementary School, the rebuilding of a fire damaged school building in East Brunswick, N.J.

To see original article on 2014 Design Award Call for Entries Click Here.

2014 Design and Service Awards

red_eagleNominations are open for both Design Awards to be announced at the annual Design Conference on October 9, 2014.

More information can be found online:

Design Awards

Service Awards

Any questions call AIA-NJ at 609-393-5690

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Mills + Schnoering Architects Receives AIA-NJ Merit Award for Historic Preservation of Statue of Liberty

Princeton, N.J.-Based Firm Uses Contemporary Technologies to Upgrade Visitor Safety and Comfort at American Landmark

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The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Princeton, N.J.-based design firm Mills + Schnoering Architects LLC with a Merit Award in the Historic Preservation category for its use of contemporary technologies to upgrade visitor safety and comfort at the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York, N.Y.

“The ingenuity that Mills + Schnoering demonstrated in its preservation of the Statue of Liberty is the exact type of work that AIA-NJ looks to recognize with its annual design awards,” said Kurt Kalafsky, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “The entire New Jersey architectural community should be proud to know that one of our own served as steward to an essential piece of American history.”

The National Park Service retained a multi-disciplinary design team led by Mills + Schnoering to perform the upgrades to the monument. Severely limited space within the statue’s pedestal posed challenges for the firm, which designed new staircases and a new elevator to deliver visitors to the observation deck and the crown safely and more comfortably.

Mills + Schnoering used Revit, a three-dimensional modeling software, to create a virtual model of the entire monument from laser scans. The interior of the pedestal — 17 square feet at its narrowest and only 27 square feet at its widest — contains massive beams supporting the statue, which further constrict the pedestal’s interior space.

Gustave Eiffel, the celebrated engineer of the Eiffel Tower, designed this original support system. Mills + Schnoering configured two new staircases and two elevators within this interior space without touching Eiffel’s steel support beams and enormous iron tie-down straps that hold the statue in place. Additionally, the firm threaded the stairs and elevators through the narrow interior, which has little room for error.

The life and safety enhancements at the monument have increased visitor safety, fire protection and comfort. New stairs and a new elevator make it easier for visitors to ascend to the pedestal’s observation level, which is now wheelchair accessible for the first time. From the top level of the pedestal, visitors can look up and view the double helix stairs leading through the interior of the Statue to the crown. A new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system creates a more comfortable environment as visitors ascend or descend the stairs.

“Mills + Schnoering Architects was honored to work over the last four years to design safety, accessibility, and other visitor amenities to this icon of freedom and World Heritage Site,” stated Michael Mills, FAIA, partner at Mills + Schnoering Architects. “We are especially honored to be recognized by our peer architects from AIA-New Jersey during a year when so many excellent projects were submitted.”

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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Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Receives 2014 Smart Growth Award

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.

 

Kroc-TownPlaza-Rendering-635x265Designed 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.

 

kroc2Camden 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/

 

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