Category Archives: Architecture in NJ

AIA South Jersey Member, Catherine Lorentz, AIA is featured in the news

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The Press of Atlantic City has featured Catherine’s home restoration project in their April Home and Garden section. Congratulations, Catherine, from your colleagues at AIA NJ. AC PRESS-1 copyAC PRESS-2

YAF Connection – Spring 2017

The focus of this quarter’s publication is Sheltering where AIA New Jersey’s Stephen Schoch, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C from Kitchen & Associates was a contributing writer.

YAF Connection is a quarterly publication created by members of the AIA Young Architects Forum, a community of Architects licensed less then ten years.

Interested in contributing for an upcoming publication? Topics include Global Practice, humanitarian work and the theme of Certification. Contact your YAF Regional Representative Jessica O’Donnell, AIA, for more information on article requirements.

WE GOT ONE!

By Jerome L Eben, FAIA

 

The line “we got one” comes from the 1984 film Ghostbusters.  I chose this as the title of this article after reading another article about the world’s first film studio, hence a connection to film.  The article appeared in my home town weekly, the West Orange Chronicle.  I look forward to reading this paper every week and normally turn first to an always interesting article about the township’s history.  Joseph Fagan is the author and serves as the official historian of West Orange.  West Orange like the AIA is nearly 160 years old. While on the National Board (2011-1013) I often spoke, and was extremely proud of the township’s architectural history.  Three of our founders were very much involved in designing and supervising some of the early architecture, that was built .  Richard Upjohn, FAIA designed two churches and Calvert Vaux, AIA and A.J. Davis, AIA were helped Fredrick Law Olmstead with the design of the first planned community in the nation call Llewelyn Park.

We all read stories in our local weeklies that will from time to time speak about architecture and planning.  I have found that most always the architect that is responsible for created these buildings is not mentioned.   Joe Fagan is a friend of mine and I sent him an E-mail after he wrote a beautiful story about two old school buildings in town and did not mention who the architects were.  Joe wrote back to me that he “is not qualified or well versed in architectural nomenclature to know the unique differences, so he keeps it simple.”  I told him where to find the architect’s name in the future and if he still has a hard time, to contact the West Orange Historic Commission. Marty Feitlowitz, AIA, is Vice Chairman and I am sure that he would be helpful in securing for him any information he requires about the architect of a specific building in town.

Joe’s article was entitled World’s first film studio in WO spawned global industry.  He described an oddly shaped small black building that sits behind a fence near the entrance of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.  Joe went on to explain that the original building was built in 1893 and served as the first motion picture studio.  Called the “Black Maria,” because working inside it was like being in a police van, also referred to as black Marias.  The building was mounted on a circular track so that it could move with the sun, because the film speed was so slow that only natural sunlight would work in the production of these early films.

In this article, Joe gave credit to Bernard Grad, AIA a Newark Architect, who designed a replacement black Maria, in 1954, for the National Park Service.  This Black Maria still stands there today.  Maybe you and your children or grandchildren have visited it?

I immediately sent Joe an E-mail thanking him for providing the architectural credit, and so proclaiming in the spirit of when the Annie Potts announces to the Ghostbusters, “WE GOT ONE,” when a fancy Manhattan hotel calls asking for the ghost exterminating specialists.

Joe Fagan, is ONE journalist who now knows that when he writes about history and it includes the mentioning of a building, we can be sure that the proper credit of the architect’s name will appear in the article.

You can get involved in this educational process, by pointing out to your local journalists who might write about a building…………any building, that the proper credit should be given to the architect who designed it.  Should the architect not be mentioned, take five minutes and write an E-mail to that journalist and remind him/her that “every building has an architect, or should have one!”   If each of the nearly 2,000 of you takes on this charge, we will begin to have more of them and state that we have TWO, THREE, or MORE journalists providing the public with the pertinent information that the building they are writing about was designed by and architect.

Thank you!

Jerry

Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! NJ Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, by Ballinger, wins an AIA NJ Honor Award in the built project category.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) underscores the
commitment of Rutgers University to new transformational initiatives across the many disciplines impacting food, nutrition, and health. The IFNH draws upon the strengths of the entire university as it physically co-locates and strategically aligns diverse disciplines to address society’s pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer and obesity.
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This interdisciplinary research building is the centerpiece of the Institute. The highly sustainable facility embodies the concepts of movement, activity, and wellness that are central to the Institute’s mission, while engaging local communities through its outreach focus to promote healthy lifestyles. The building features a student health clinic, a human performance lab, a nutrition research clinic, a healthy eating courtyard and a preschool dedicated to educating parents and children on diet and nutrition. The remaining spaces house wet and dry labs, faculty and administrative offices and outreach meeting spaces.
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The sloping site for IFNH is located at the edge of the agricultural campus’ academic core overlooking bucolic research fields and barns to the south. Situated on a main campus pathway between the academic core to the northwest and residential precinct to the southeast, the building is located to maximize its outreach mission. The immediate adjacency to the Campus’s Food Science Building enables direct collaboration between the University and Institute.
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The site presents a “building in the round” challenge demanding unique responses to each of it’s four orientations including a new campus amphitheater and quad, vehicular court, pre-school play yard and a sloping meadow. The Institute coalesces beneath an iconic shading “parasol” which organizes the formally articulated programmatic elements and expresses the Institute’s commitment to sustainability. The terra-cotta rain screen clad “bar” positioned on the north side of the granite faced piano-nobile, consolidates the more private and cellular room functions, terminates the axis of the new campus quad and responds to the brick campus context. The bar also serves as the backdrop to the south facing, naturally lit, open research environment with panoramic views of the campus. An abundance of openness and transparency unites all of these functions into a convergent environment to reinforce the collaborative mission of the Institute.
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Organizing this open environment is a centrally positioned “hearth” that is the symbolic and functional nutrition source for the building. It is clad in sustainably sourced wood, sponsors an iconic green wall and formally integrates all three floors of the Institute’s diverse program with an adjacent open stair.
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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Rowan University Holly Pointe Commons by Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the residential category

 

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Holly Pointe Commons is located at the southeast corner of Rowan University’s main campus, bordered by Mullica Hill Road (route 322) and North Main Street. The building includes two interconnected wings joined by study bridges above the ground level. The building is organized along a gradual curve establishing a formal campus oval at the terminus to the existing pedestrian campus greenway. The outer edge of the oval creates a new campus gateway to visitors approaching the university from the east while enhancing student safety. The building is situated with a sensitivity toward the natural landscape and surrounded by a rain garden serving as a visual/physical buffer and an environmentally sensitive approach to water management. A new dining facility anchors the western end of the site, overlooking historic Abbott’s Pond.  Student housing, more than simply a place for students to eat and sleep, offers an opportunity to foster community and lifelong social impact. With that in mind, this 1,415 bed residential program is organized around smaller communities (pods) of 35 to 40 students in a college house experience, providing for the physical and social needs of students. Social and academic development is nurtured and supported throughout the living/learning community by an integrated series of lounges, recreation and laundry facilities encouraging interaction among residents.

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In Memoriam: Michael Mostoller FAIA


Michael Mostoller was an architect, professor, writer, and artist. Through his work, his teaching, and his private life as a partner, parent, and grandparent, he touched countless lives, always putting the needs of others above his own. He departed this life in the presence of his family on Sunday, April 2 from sudden complications from pneumonia after a 9-year long battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Born George Michael to George and Violet Mostoller in 1938 in Somerset, Pa., he was a descendant from a line of 18th Century English and German immigrants to western Pennsylvania, many of whom became rooted in the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions.

Michael dedicated his life to quality, character, and economy in architecture of the dwelling and the city. A leader in urban housing since 1965, with a particular focus on serving low-income, homeless families, and single individuals, his architectural work in this area included Karin Court, the campgrounds arrangement of housing for the Princeton Housing Authority, Trent House Park, townhouses and apartments in Trenton, the expansion of graduate housing for the Lawrence Apartments at Princeton University, and a synagogue in a historic neighborhood in Montclair, N.J.

Michael received a 1985 New York City AIA Design Award for his study of designs for SRO Rooms and Furniture, a NJ AIA Design Award for Amandla Crossing, a transitional residence for homeless families, and an award for Excellence in Downtown Development in 1990 for Cityside, family housing in renovated structures in Trenton. Amandla II, permanent housing for homeless women with children, won a NYC AIA Design Award in 1995.

A 1960 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Michael was in the ROTC and as a Navy midshipman, he trained on the USS Wisconsin. As member of the engineering corps, stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, he rose to rank of Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve. Michael went on to receive his graduate degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

For the past 30 years, Michael Mostoller was a professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a past director of its undergraduate program. He was a devoted teacher and mentor to students and young faculty. He taught history, housing, and design and won two University Excellence in Teaching awards, was named Distinguished Professor of Architecture in 1995, and named a Master Teacher in 2005. Before joining the faculty of the newly forming school of architecture at NJIT in 1975, he was a professor at Rensselaer, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

His scholarship and research focused on residential design, affordable housing, and housing the homeless, and his work influenced professional design, code reform, and community and political awareness. He authored and edited many publications including a history of housing design in the United States. His drawings have been published in Progressive Architecture, Inland Architect, New Jersey Architect, Skyline, Express, and the New York Times. His artwork has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Cooper Union, Columbia University, and locally at the offices of Hill Wallack and the gallery at Bristol Myers Squibb. In May 1994, he was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his work in education, scholarship, research, and practice.

Actively engaged in local civic issues, Michael was elected to two terms on the Princeton Regional School Board, serving as president his last two years. He was a founding member of Princeton Future where, as co-chair of the design committee, co-led a study of the Witherspoon Street Corridor and the design process to create Hinds Plaza. It was during this civic engagement that he met a new colleague and a future partner, Yina Moore.

To Michael, a life well lived was one of work, action, and good deeds, making a difference in other’s lives. Michael loved his NJIT family of colleagues and students. He was pre-deceased by his parents and brother, Mark; and leaves to mourn a large loving family including wife, Yina, children George, Margaret, Charles, David, Jesse, and stepdaughter, Gisela, his grandchildren Edward, Jackson, and Franklin; and his extensive relatives from his birthplace, Somerset, Pa.

Michael’s life will be celebrated in a memorial service on Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Congregation of Princeton at 50 Cherry Hill Rd. in Princeton.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the “Foundation at New Jersey Institute of Technology” with specific notation to the “G. Michael Mostoller, FAIA Scholarship”, and mailed directly to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Office of University Advancement, 323 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey 07102.

FAIA Information Seminar

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What is AIA Fellowship?
How do I apply?

This is to inform all members of AIANJ that two seminars will take place in April to discuss the process of applying for Fellowship. Allan Kehrt FAIA, who served on the AIA Jury of Fellows from 2008 to 2010, will lead each seminar and will answer questions with regard the process, the jury, and the submission itself.

All individuals who are considering applying for Fellowship either now or in the future are urged to attend.

 

The two seminars as follows:

Monday, April 10th 2017 at NJIT College of Architecture and 

Design in the AIANJ Conference Room.

5:00pm until 7:00 pm.

and

Tuesday, April 11th 2017 in the Clarke Caton Hintz Conference Room

100 Barrack St, Trenton, NJ 08608

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Questions call:  Allan Kehrt FAIA cell: 609-240-1364

AIANJ To Host Architect’s Action Day

Save the Date for:

AIANJ Architect’s Action Day

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 at the NJ State Capital.

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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: