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Category Archives: Business
Tuesday we will be hosting our next Women In Architecture meeting. Please RSVP by Monday if you will be attending Tuesday night’s event.
Similar to our last meeting we will have an open discussion on a specific topic.
This month we will be speaking with Alexis Goldman and Severine Rennie who have recently completed their licensing exams.
Additional topics include:
- AIA Convention in Denver
- Women In Architecture dinner/speakers at the convention
- Women In Architecture Network Calls
- Next Month’s tour ideas
WHEN: Tuesday, June 25th 6:00pm -8:00pm
Please RSVP by Monday to email@example.com
WHERE: 261 Hollywood Ave, Fairfield, NJ 07004 (Fairfield Library).
If you have any questions feel free to call me at 908-644-4645.
The format of this meeting will be an open discussion with Dana. Please come with your questions related to leadership and how to thrive in the industry. We will follow with a brief discussion regarding next steps for WIA-NJ.
Hosted by Modernfold Styles Inc
When: Tuesday, May 21st @ 6:00 PM
Where: 15 Empire Boulevard, South Hackensack, NJ 07606
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 17th
Working in collaboration with Atlantic Cape Community College and Hoagland Longo Moran Dunst & Doukas, LLP, Attorneys at Law, AIA South Jersey is pleased to announce a continuing education seminar: Legal Issues and Litigation Avoidance for Architects and Engineers. This is a full day seminar and will be held from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, on May 16, 2013, at the Mays Landing Campus of Atlantic Cape Community College. The instructors for the course are Andrew J. Carolwicz, Jr., Esq. and Richard W. Gaeckle, Esq., LEED Ap.
This program is approved for both 6 AIA/CES LU/HSW and 6 CPC Credits.
The professional practice of architecture and engineering is difficult enough without the threat of impending legal liability for providing one’s professional services. Nevertheless, the potential exposure to liability is a real issue that design professionals must recognize in performing their services. This program identifies those issues and offers risk management and litigation avoidance strategies that may be employed to help protect the design professionals from potential liability. Through interactive discussions, case studies and real life examples, this program will address the legal duties and professional obligations required of design professionals practicing in New Jersey. Issues of professional conduct versus civil liability, the standard of care expected of New Jersey design professionals, and methods available to limit the professionals’ liability will be addressed.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Identify and define the scope of the legal standard of care and required professional conduct.
- Apply the professional legal duties and standard of care to actual practice situations in the context of construction site safety.
- Assess specific practice issues and developing trends in the profession and the potential for liability.
- Develop risk management and practice techniques to avoid potential liability.
For more information, a registration form and a course outline, click here.
ARCHITECTS EDWARD ROTHE AND MARTIN SANTINI ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF OWNER REPRESENTATION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES FIRM
Architects Edward N. Rothe, FAIA, and Martin G. Santini, FAIA, have announced the formation of Rothe-Santini and Company, an owner representation and project management services firm. In addition to Rothe and Santini, the firm’s leadership includes Harold G. Sterling, Esq., a real estate developer, owner and builder, who will serve as Senior Advisor and General Counsel.
With offices in Princeton and Englewood Cliffs, N.J., the firm will focus on facilities for the corporate, finance, education, healthcare, and government sectors, working on behalf of developers, corporate and institutional owners. They will develop concepts and strategies for capital building projects and programs that will deliver the short- term objectives of budget and schedule and achieve the long-term value of design.
“We established our new firm in response to today’s changing design and construction environment,” Santini commented. “Today, the traditional design-bid-build project delivery process is being replaced by alternative means and methods such as design/build. Roles and responsibilities of architects have dramatically changed and as a result, we saw demand among owners who need an experienced, industry-savvy partner to help them in the design and delivery of their real estate projects.”
Rothe-Santini and Company is led by senior design and construction professionals and a consortium of real estate and facility-related, project-specific experts. The company’s goal is to add value to an owner’s team by providing know how and leadership or to supplement an owner’s existing staff that may not have the time or experience required by a specific project.
“We are guided by the knowledge that excellence in design provides long-term economic value to an owner’s facility and that our experience can help to reduce the risks inherent in the design documents and construction process. We partner with owners to provide a project management approach balancing collaboration and accountability, minimizing risks for all and allowing the project team to perform at its best,” stated Rothe. “We see our role as a fiduciary one, whereby we are given responsibility to act on behalf of an owner and are accountable for the project bottom line. Having designed, built, owned and managed buildings, we think like owners.”
The firm’s process, modeled after New York City’s architect led Department of Design and Construction, includes hand selecting architects and consultants whose expertise match the requirements of an owner’s project, as well as managing these professionals to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget.
Most recently a Principal with architecture firm Fletcher Thompson, Rothe has more than 35 years of design experience. He was a co-founder of New Jersey-based architecture firm Rothe Johnson Fantacone and a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was also elected to the AIA College of Fellows In recognition of his design ability and notable contributions to the profession.
Santini is the founder and former president of Ecoplan Architects, Planners, and Interior Designers of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and also previously served as construction consultant to SDS Procida Development Corporation in New York. In 2000, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from AIA and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2002. Santini also received the Richard Upjohn Fellowship Award for his service on AIA’s national board.
About Rothe-Santini and Company
Experienced in all aspects of design, development, financing, construction and ownership, the firm is focused on delivering facilities and services that are socially responsible, environmentally sound and excellent in design. For more information about Rothe-Santini and Company, visit the company’s website, KNOW HOW: An Added Value at RotheSantini.com or contact Ed at erothe@rothesantini,corn or Martin at email@example.com to learn how to we can help develop business opportunities.
Most business owners are aware of basic steps that should be taken before a hurricane, such as backing up computer files and having a preparedness plan. However, after a large storm, you have no idea what condition your business will be in. To keep the business flow as continuous as possible, you need to know what to do right after the hurricane.
What to do after a disaster?
Contact insurance agent or company
- Have building inspected
- Contact utilities to restore electric, gas, telephone, and water
- Re-establish communications with employees, customers and suppliers
- Assess Damage
- Note structural, equipment and property damage including inventory, and materials
- Avoid additional damage by making temporary repairs in order to continue to conduct business at current facility
- Secure the building if relocation is necessary
- Cleaning of facility
- Make sure building is safe before reopening or allowing employees to return
- Use proper safety items in the clean-up process
File business interruption insurance claim
- Determine lost income
- List steps required before the business can reopen
- Consider financial obligations during interruption, including payroll and debt service
- Gather the following information for insurance adjusters:
- Sales records and history
- Profit and loss statements and income tax forms
- Maintain records of extra expenses incurred
There are also many state and federal government resources available to businesses. They include:
NJ Office of Emergency Management
NJ State Police Headquarters
PO Box 7058
West Trenton, NJ 08628
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
P.O. Box 091
American Red Cross (ARC)
Contact the local chapter for publications on disaster planning.
American Red Cross Headquarters
2025 E. Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
The ARC offers emergency training, go to
Small Business Administration
New Jersey District Office
Two Gateway Center
Newark, NJ 07102
Federal Emergency Management Agency
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
212-680-3600 or toll free 800-621-FEMA
State Government Assistance
For information on emergency planning and technical assistance contact the Business Action Center at 1-866-534-7789. Call Center representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
The checklist above from the New Jersey Business Portal that you may want to share. Visit http://www.state.nj.us/njbusiness/growing/disaster/recovery_resources.shtml to copy it directly from their web site.
The State of New Jersey has a number of vital resources that are available to New Jersey businesses that have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy including financial support, information on temporary space, and technical assistance for impacted businesses. Information for all services may be easily accessed through New Jersey’s Business Action Center (BAC) by calling 1-866-534-7789 or through the state’s business portal at www.newjerseybusiness.gov, the “one-stop” shop for business resources. Agents are also available to assist callers that speak Spanish.
The business recovery assistance services are designed to support businesses and workers who may be temporarily unable to perform their jobs due to the storm. These services include:
- Guarantees of up to $500,000 for commercial lines of credit to businesses that need access to cash to improve their damaged property while awaiting insurance proceeds, with all related New Jersey Economic Development Authority fees waived.
- Grant awards for businesses to assist with on-the-job training costs for new workers hired specifically to assist in disaster-related activities, such as landscaping and tree removal, construction, insurance claims, building supplies sales, materials transport, utility work, call and claims centers staffing, and infrastructure clearing and repair.
- Availability of the Business Resource Centers at any of the currently operational local One-Stop Career Centers across the state as temporary hubs for businesses to access telephone and internet services as well as for job seekers and displaced workers seeking workforce development and unemployment assistance. The availability of Disaster Unemployment Benefits to provide income security for those displaced workers suffering temporary storm-related job loss.
- Dispatch of Rapid Response team members to identified Disaster Recovery Centers to assist displaced workers.
- Availability of services through New Jersey Youth Corps to assist non-profit, public and governmental entities in a variety of ways for disaster relief and clean-up.
In addition, BAC’s Business Call Center is also the one-stop resource for more information on how to get businesses back up and running. The Call Center staff can assist with the following services:
- Arranging business facility inspections for buildings suffering major flood damage, as such conditions require structural integrity inspections before utility service can be restored. These inspections are handled in localcode enforcement offices and by local code enforcement officials. Anticipating an enormous increase in such work, the Department of Community Affairs has mobilized all qualified personnel to assist local governments in this effort.
- Advocating for businesses seeking information from local utilities to restore electric, phone, gas and water services.
- Advocating with insurance carriers to file and expedite claims.
- Providing information on how to qualify for federal recovery assistance, and
- Connecting businesses to the other county and local business services and to the services offered by the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers that include assistance with insurance claims, as well as loans and business plan revisions.
FEMA AND SBA TO LEAD CALL ON SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS FOR NJ SMALL BUSINESSES
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Please join Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and State of New Jersey senior officials for a conference call on the federal government’s efforts to help small businesses and homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy. Officials will provide updates and answer questions about assistance and support to states affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available resources to support state, local, territorial and tribal communities in affected areas.
WHAT: FEMA and SBA senior officials update call with local business owners and officials on Sandy relief efforts
WHEN: Thursday, November 8 at 2 p.m. ET
DIAL IN: 1-888-621-9649
Event ID: 411483