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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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.

Ballinger NJ Institute for food nutrition and health
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.

red_eaglebiotrial / north american headquarters / newark, nj
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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.
transparentsolid / privatepublic / openclosed
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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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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.

Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Prospect Ave Residence by Joseph Hobart Weiss, Architect wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the residential category

red_eagleProspect Avenue Residence, Princeton, NJ


Having recently purchased a prominent corner lot in town, the client had specific goals in mind. They were moving back to the town center to enjoy a more walkable lifestyle.  They wanted a modern house, and they wanted to maximize the floor area allowed for the lot while respecting the neighborhood fabric. The corner site is at a transition point in the neighborhood. In each direction are very different contextual conditions. The 140′ southern frontage is along a wider residential thoroughfare with a variety of widely spaced homes set back far from the street.    To the west are larger university apartment buildings. The shorter, 80′ western frontage along a minor residential street is populated with a variety of closely spaced older homes with front porches close to the sidewalk. Breaking the new house into 3 discrete forms allowed the new building to address the corner and each street on its own terms. The 3 ‘separate’ buildings provide an opportunity to bring sunlight into the rear yard.  The dominant street frontage is south facing.  Placing building mass along this edge maximizes the rear exterior open space. The corner building’ is 1 story and sunken, creating a ‘window’ for sunlight into the rear yard.  Separation of the second floor interior spaces is well suited to a family with independent older children.  The roof top sun deck expands the usable outdoor space and provides an outdoor connection between the flanking wings. Connecting indoor and outdoor spaces is a shared value between owner and architect.

prospect2The design employs a great deal of glazing, especially in the rear, but maintains energy efficiency with a super insulated building envelope that, even accounting for the large expanses of glass, yields an overall exterior building envelope energy performance that exceeds current energy codes by 14% .  In addition, the home is conditioned with highly efficient geothermal heat pumps and utilizes energy recovery ventilators for ventilating the tightly sealed envelope. The new house has over 5,300 sf of interior living space and a 420 sf garage under the house hidden from view. Yet it occupies a smaller footprint – approximately 450 sf less- than the former house and detached garage.  A finished basement contributes to the usable living space.  Clerestory windows bring natural light into the basement and create a floating effect on the exterior especially at night. A limestone chimney visible from inside and outside anchors the building to the site.


Architecture Week 2017 applauds great architecture! Village House by Stonewater Architects wins an AIA NJ Merit Award in the unbuilt category



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



Erdy McHenry Rowan U

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.