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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: NJ State Historic Preservation Awards TONIGHT!

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The Millington Schoolhouse/Old Town Hall in Long Hill Township, NJ will be presented a 2017 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award on May 11, 2017.  The coveted award will be presented at a ceremony at the Burlington County Olde Courthouse to six preservation projects from across New Jersey.

“These awards are our chance to honor the many private individuals, organizations and corporations; and state, county and local governments who work hard to preserve New Jersey’s historic places,” said Katherine Marcopul, Administrator and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  “It is inspiring to see citizens taking action to preserve New Jersey’s historic resources!”

The Millington Schoolhouse/Old Town Hall landmark building has served the community since its initial construction over 200 years ago.  Adapting to local needs and growth, the structure grew with several additions to become a library, and then the town hall.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

This award-winning rehabilitation of the structure is guided by a preservation plan developed by Clarke Caton Hintz, with AIA NJ Past President, Michael Hanrahan, AIA, as project manager and includes retention of the original school room, which will serve as open community meeting space and an exhibition gallery.

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The annual NJ Historic Preservation Awards honor projects, groups or persons, dedicated to preserving New Jersey’s history.  This year marks the 27th anniversary of the awards celebrating May as National Preservation Month.  The Awards are presented by the NJ State Historic Preservation Office in the Department of Environmental Protection, and the NJ Historic Sites Council.

For more information about the NJ Historic Preservation Awards Program, contact Kat Cannelongo at (609) 984-0543.

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

Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, Elevated to American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

 

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Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA

New Jersey Architect Recognized with National Distinction

On Thursday April 27, 2017, the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) will celebrate the elevation of Jerome Leslie Eben, FAIA, a beloved member, mentor and leader, to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) prestigious College of Fellows.

 

The fellowship program was developed to honor those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society, and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. The program recognizes architects in several categories, including outstanding service to the profession, service to the community, design, architectural education and career or volunteer excellence beyond the built environment. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to the profession and to society at a national level. The 2017 fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the National AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando FL.

 

Upon receiving word of his elevation, Eben stated “I have been incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the public in a career that has included the completion of buildings for all types of construction and uses, across the entire country, while at the same time supporting my colleagues through volunteer efforts with the AIA.  I am truly honored that the AIA has recognized me as a Fellow.”

 

In a career now in its fifth decade, Mr. Eben has served in more than forty different leadership positions, always acting tirelessly as an advocate and representative for the profession and the AIA. Soon after becoming a licensed architect, Jerry assumed leadership positions in AIA Newark and Suburban Architects, one of six (6) local sections of the Chapter.  In fact, he has served in every position available, in AIA-NJ and in each he has not only fulfilled his duties, but done more.  When his term as President of the Chapter coincided with the 150th anniversary of the AIA, he inaugurated an original public affairs effort, employing a firm to gain press and deploying 150 architects to visit middle and high schools from which they graduated during the annual National Architecture Week.

 

Jerry’s personal touch and grassroots approach have been the key to his ongoing success.  In 2011 he began a three-year stint on the AIA National Board, serving on various committees with a concentration on advocacy and reaching out to government officials regarding the elimination of urban Brownfields to help “bring back from the brink,” America’s cities.

 

From the time of his move to West Orange, he worked for the rehabilitation of the Edison Battery Building with the goal of enhancing the historic downtown.  Enlisting members of Congress from both sides of the aisle in this cause, he organized symposia to educate local leaders on the potential of these sites.  He has testified on Capitol Hill as an expert witness on the subject. He has spoken at AIA Conferences, teaching his colleagues how to promote beneficial legislation.

 

Jerry’s dedication to community is unrelenting.  He has written frequent opinion pieces in the local press, with the goal of educating the public of the importance of architecture and this commitment as an art, as well as a social necessity.

 

He strongly believes that the promotion of architecture and its profession must start with our children, future architects, clients, and citizens.  For thirty years, he has spoken to 10,000 young adults about making architecture a career choice.  His lectures include building safety ideas, so when you go on vacation and your child counts how many hotel room doors to the nearest fire exit, you know that they have heard this from one of Mr. Eben’s presentations.

 

This year begins Eben’s 45th in the AIA and as he has often stated, “that many of his former employers encouraged his involvement in the organization, and I want to sincerely thank them for the encouragement.  In addition, I want to thank friends and colleagues at the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the support of my family for allowing me to participate.”

 

Out of a total AIA membership now surpassing 90,000, there are just three per cent distinguished with the honor of fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA who have promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession; advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice; coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations; advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment; or made the profession of ever-increasing service to society.

 

To join the celebration at the AIA NJ Fellows Reception, find us at Copper Canyon Grill, 9101 International Dr #1220, Orlando FL at 6PM on April 27, 2017. Festivities hosted by President Elect, Verity Frizzell, AIA.

 
About AIA and AIA New Jersey

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 90,000 licensed architects and allied professionals. The organization’s local chapter, AIA New Jersey, has served as the voice of the architecture profession in the Garden State since 1900. Based in Trenton, AIA New Jersey has 2,000 members in six local sections. For more information, please visit www.aia-nj.org.

 

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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Porcelanosa – Exterior Facade Restoration, by CTS Group, wins an AIA NJ Honor Award in the historic preservation category.

red_eaglePORCELANOSA – EXTERIOR FACADE RESTORATION
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HISTORICAL NARRATIVE
202 Fifth Avenue which is located in New York City’s Madison Square North Historic District is a 6-story building constructed in 1918 as offices for the Thomas Cusack Company. Designed by architects Buchman & Kahn with Zimmerman, Saxe and Zimmerman the steel and reinforced concrete structure was faced with polychrome, glazed terra cotta which terminated in a large over-hanging cornice and a stone storefront with a stone cornice The highly visible 25th Street, south façade was originally treated as a promotional billboard, brightly lit after dark and covered with the firm’s name and services between windows and in a roof top sign.
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Major Building alterations commenced in the early 1940’s and continued for decades for new occupants and owners. These included removing window and closing all window opening son the south façade’s east and west bays and removing the extensive building-mounted signage. Decorative terra cotta spandrels were covered with stucco panels. Deteriorated terra cotta cornice brackets were removed and that cornice section was covered with stucco over wire lath. Finally the parapet was simplified and covered with stucco and the 1st floor storefront was completely replaced in 1991. The terra cotta
cornice and clad ding was adversely affected by limited maintenance. There was some response to the deterioration but virtually all was inappropriate. Remedial work included poor patching and the use of problematic and non-matching coatings over terra cotta facing, cornice and parapet elements.
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When Porcelanosa USA–a major European building tile and products manufacturer–acquired the property in 2012 it had twin goals. These were to create 21st century offices and showrooms for its American operations and to provide a 1st class exterior restoration which returned the façade to their original appearance and conditions to the greatest extent possible. The CTS Group was retained by Porcelanosa USA to prepare design and construction documents for the exterior restoration.
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FAÇADE RESTORATION
The Project included restoration of the existing polychrome terra cotta and stone façade elements. Although construction documents were generated based on extensive building surveys these were all from the ground. Once scaffolds were erected all facades were re-surveyed to confirm and add to the base scope of work. All terra cotta was cleaned which included the removal of numerous compound which required many mockups to achieve the correct effect. Removal of stucco cornice cladding revealed severely compromised structure all of which was replaced with new stainless steel structure and anchors. New terra cotta cornice features were fabricated based on existing remaining elements including some uncovered during the work. Openings on the south façade east and west bays which had altered and closed were re-opened. New terra cotta trim was fabricated for these openings as well as for all 6th floor lintels which had been damaged due to deteriorating steel supporting structure. Six carefully considered colors were chosen for the new terra cotta to match the dozen or so colors, and sheen, of the original.
Hundreds of ferrous anchors, which had been left in place from the building-mounted signage, were removed and patched with restoration mortar. Hundreds of additional areas of cracked and damaged terra cotta were patched as well. All patched terra cotta was coated with new glazing to match the colors and sheen of the original terra cotta.

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! The Biotrial North America Headquarters, by Francis Cauffman, wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the built open project category.

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A contract research organization based in France with offices in Paris, London and Montreal, strategically sought an architecture firm to design a North American Headquarters. Setting a precedent for future city development, Francis Cauffman was engaged for the first phase of the research organization’s master plan located in the University Heights Science Park of Newark, NJ. Although 70,000 SF is considered modest, smaller and relatively narrow floor plates were opted for. This resulted in a five-story building that conveyed significant impact in its architectural design.
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The basic concept of the building is formed by two interlocking planes: one plane
made primarily of solid black brick with matching mortar and the other made of
a fritted curtain wall. Brick paneling on the east exterior surrounds the support
spaces, circulation areas and core of the building. The fritted curtain wall allows
sunlight into the lobby, office, and short/medium stay areas. Varying levels of
daylight create different patterns, resulting in an exterior that is not only visually
interesting, but also provides a layer of privacy. A ribbon of metal panels ties the
two planes together and represents the fluid nature of chemistry and science. This metal ribbon begins on the private side of the building by forming the canopy, moves through the building as the lobby ceiling, emerges on the public side as a frame for the vestibule and completes itself as the canopy for services.
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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! The Pirbright Institute for Animal Health, by HDR, wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the built open project category.

red_eaglePIRBRIGHT INSTITUTE, Surrey, England
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A LABORATORY FOR LIVING
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In the countryside of Sussex, England, a new containment facility for the Pirbright Institute will revolutionize the way people work with viral diseases effecting animal and human health. The design ushers in a new paradigm for Category 4 bio-containment (similar to USBSL-3 enhanced) in which researchers work in labs and offices with large windows and expansive views, gather in an open light-filled atrium, and eat in the cafeteria—all within the containment boundary. A radical departure from traditional bunker-like containment facilities, this new model is safer, enhances research productivity, and is exponentially more comfortable and pleasant for researchers and staff. Arguably the most spectacular space in the new facility—and unheard of in a containment facility–is the glass three-story atrium topped by a glass oculus with views to the sky. On the ground floor, the atrium is not within the containment barrier, but visitors have views to containment spaces. Shared, unassigned write-up space is located on the first floor, within the containment barrier, and offers views through the atrium to other floors.
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The new facility was sited to create an entirely new entrance and entrance sequence to the Institute’s campus, and to take advantage of the expansive views to a forested ravine to the south. Further, the exterior materials were selected for their strong visual impact to reinforce the revolutionary nature of this facility—and in particular, to move away from conventional, sterile containment environments. The use of wood timber paneling, multi-colored window casings, transparent glass panels, and a carefully detailed metal brise-soleil were all selected to create a place that enhances researchers’ lives, and helps to brand the Pirbright Insitute as a new, vibrant place to work.
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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Guerrilla Fitness, by Solid & Void, wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the interior category.

red_eagleGuerrilla Fitness Cross Fit Gym
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MOVEMENT. The space in this Cross Fit Gymnasium had two intentions:
1) Create an office for the owners to have a reprieve from the dynamic activity of the patrons
2) Direct the patrons through an office space to where the exercise area is.
The layout of the spaces are determined by these factors. The shape of the desks and the wall in the office are designed to “funnel” the focus of the owners to the window that peers through to the exercise area, and is anchored on the one side by a roughly formed concrete monolith, acting as a totem.
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DICHOTOMY. Concrete is, at various times, both fully plastic and fully rigid. It has the connotations of solidity and longevity associated with it, but isn’t so stoic that it can’t be slender and graceful. It has the potential to be very sculptural as in Saarinen’s TWA terminal, or monolithic and lumbering as in the works of Kahn. Both men used the same material but evoked entirely different reactions. The use of concrete was prominent in this design.
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DETAILS. All of the lines in the spaces are meant to augment the flow of traffic. The vertical edges on the large concrete wall are rounded where someone is meant to pass by. The slit of glass that follows along the curved wall flows around the corner in the concrete, as well as the custom made maple doors. The lights are positioned along axis flows, the lines of the door are horizontal and the floating ash wood bench has no vertical end supports that would visually impede the direction of foot traffic.
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Project Name: Guerilla Fitness
Project Location: 30 Dumont Place, Morristown, NJ
Firm Name: Solid & Void
Owner Name: Michael Pond, AIA

Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! The Unitarian Church in Summit, by ikon.5 architects, wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the unbuilt category.

red_eagleUnitarian Church Expansion, Summit, New Jersey
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The Unitarian congregation of Summit New Jersey currently gathers in a small neo-classical chapel on a downtown corner lot. Confronted with the need and desire to have all congregates gather together at one service, they embarked on an expansion project to create a new 400 person sanctuary on an adjacent lot. Inspired by the primordial natural world, upon which the principals of Unitarian Universalism is based, we designed a new sanctuary and fellowship hall as a metaphor for the landscape. Like a clearing in the wilderness set beneath an ephemeral sky, the walls, ceiling and floor are re-creations of
the sky, the forest and the earth and their materials convey associations to their landscape metaphor. Chief among these materials are hand crafted cast aluminum panels that enclose the sanctuary. The surface of these panels are textured with
irregular concave and convex patterns that reflect and diffuse sunlight filtering from an oculus above and thus changing appearance with the sunlight throughout the course of the day. A contemplation garden surrounds the sanctuary on this urban site. Along the main street, a new glass façade with white ceramic coating creates a veil-like appearance that is warm and welcoming to the community, yet still allows for some privacy.
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Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! The Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science & Innovation, University of MD, by HDR, wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the unbuilt category.

red_eagleBrendan Iribe Center for Computer Science + Innovation
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The new Center for Computer Science + Innovation creates a renewed identity for the Computer Science department and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and will portray a progressive and contextual image on the College Park Campus that attracts curiosity and excitement, as much as it attracts students, faculty and partners. Easily visible, with views to the activity inside, it will be inherently flexible, composed of a variety of naturally – lit vibrant spaces, resulting in a building that celebrates the  importance of the computer sciences to the academic community and beyond. Sited just north of the main campus green, at an intersection between a main campus artery and highway Route 1, the building is positioned as both a gateway and a new beginning for
the University of Maryland’s computer science program.
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The building addresses three main drivers:
Place. The Center for Computer Science + Innovation will be a gateway and emblem that marks a sea change in how students approach technical challenges, how faculty transfers knowledge, and how STEM disciplines collaborate through new innovative approaches. The facility is broken into two main parts — the main instructional and research space, and a 300-person auditorium with additional classroom space. The two are linked by connector space which blurs the line between inside and outside, creating a thoughtful academic and research center that links to student life and is in sync with the rhythm of the campus. To characterize the fantastic science happening within, an elaborate, solar – tuned curtain wall system was created — controlling glare and heat gain while creating an optical illusion of movement to pedestrians outside. While creating a radically new image for computer sciences, the building subtly gestures to the University’s traditions; bricks finishes on the auditorium and landscape walls evoke the Neo-Georgian campus design, and the building’s curved shape nestles within the orthogonal site plan.
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People. People and ideas benefit from uninhibited collaboration and unintended social collision—serendipitous events that can lead to innovation and enhanced problem solving. The Center for Computer Science + Innovation acts as incredible catalyst for bringing people together for education, research and discovery. Multiple plazas, lawn spaces, and accessible green roofs create an inviting, accessible environment for students and faculty before drawing them into the space through 18-foot structural glass walls. The double-height ground floor is littered with opportunities for causal interaction, with seating areas, interactive displays a café, and a sculptural communicating stair. The ground floor will also be a place to host student and community activities, from job fairs to hack-a-thons. Ultimately, the facility hopes to promote collaboration with industrial and community partners and secure sponsored research grants, benefiting students and industry alike.
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Innovation. The Center for Computer Science + Innovation links series of intersecting communities that combine classroom and administrative space with collaboration and research space, creating diverse nodes where students and faculty benefit from linkages across disciplines and projects, and from observing and participating in investigation, competition and research. The facility brings together faculty from a variety of disciplines that use powerful computing tools to address some of today’s most pressing scientific and societal challenges in areas such as national defense, precision medicine, big data, cyber-security and language and culture. Hacker space and maker space allow students, faculty, and industrial and community partners share knowledge and ideas via workshops, presentations and lectures, and work on projects individually or in collaboration. The balance of co-located program spaces and specialty functions is be fundamental to supporting a progressive pedagogy that reaches beyond the traditional classroom.
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