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AIA-NJ Recognizes DMR Architects With 2012 COTE Award

Ocean County College Building in Tom’s River, N.J., Recognized for Sustainable Design

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) of the AIA-NJ recently announced DMR Architects, a full service architectural firm based in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., as a 2012 Merit Award winner of AIA-NJ’s COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award, which recognizes outstanding built work in the area of sustainable design in New Jersey and/or by a New Jersey architect. The firm won the award for its design of the John C. Bartlett Jr. Hall, an academic and multi-use building at Ocean County College in Toms River, N.J.

“We are thrilled to announce DMR as the winner of this year’s AIA-NJ COTE award,” said Natasha Suzansky, AIA, Chair of the COTE Awards committee. “DMR designed a new beautiful campus building that pushed the envelope of meeting sustainability goals. By presenting DMR with this award, we celebrate a top contribution to sustainable projects within New Jersey, and we hope that this will be used as a model for other college and university projects.”

Completed in 2009, the 32,000-square-foot John C. Bartlett, Jr. Hall, which provides classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices and meeting spaces for the college, received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver (LEED) Certification, a designation for projects demonstrating exemplary efforts in green or sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building’s green attributes include using recycled, locally manufactured materials in the construction process; car charging stations for electric vehicles; a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar system, which generates onsite clean electricity for the college; and high efficiency windows.

The space, which is outfitted with permanent educational signage about its “green” attributes, is also used as an educational tool for the more than 10,000 Ocean County College students, faculty and staff and nearly 100 monthly visitors, as well as for children visit the college as part of camp ecological and environmental programs.

After jury deliberation, the award was presented to DMR’s senior designer, Kurt Vierheilig, AIA, LEED AP; and DMR’s director of sustainability, Pradeep Kapoor, at AIA-NJ’s third annual green conference, East Coast Green, which was recently held at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J.

The conference, titled “Re: Thinking Green,” was held for the second consecutive year at Brookdale Community College and included three educational tracks: “Re: Codify,” which looked at the different sustainability codes and policies facing the architecture and construction industries; “Re: Certify,” which helped LEED professionals to maintain their credentials; and “Re: View,” which provided case studies of successful sustainable applications.

The conference was also preceded by a full day of workshops sponsored by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).   Read more about this years East Coast Green conference.
Last year, Maplewood, N.J.-based The Goldstein Partnership won an Honor Award for its design of the Maplewood Police Department, which entailed a rooftop solar PV system; high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); and an energy-efficient building envelope. In addition, Trenton-N.J.-based Spiezle Architectural Group won a Merit Award for its design of a TD Bank branch in Farmingdale, N.Y., that received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC through the use of sustainable interior finishes, added roof insulation and a solar canopy made of double-sided solar panels; and Westwood, N.J.-based WJM Architect won a merit award for its design of a two-story, single-family residence that accommodates a partially paralyzed family member, while also reducing square footage to decrease environmental impact.  See more on 2011 awards.

East Coast Green 2012 Save the Date

AIANJ Executive Director to Chair IgCC Task Force

AIA New Jersey Executive Director, Joe Simonetta, was recently appointed the Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the AIA IgCC Task Force. The goal of the IgCC Task Force is to educate and advocate for the broad countrywide adoption of the IgCC. Joe chairs the Advocacy Subcommittee whose job is to create a strategy and collateral material for the AIA’s State and local components to assist in advocating for the IgCC adoption.

State Plan Hearings Announced

Please be advised that, pursuant to the State Planning Act, the State Planning Commission will be conducting six public hearings in order to receive testimony on the draft Final State Strategic State Plan: New Jersey’s State Development and Redevelopment Plan and the draft Infrastructure Needs Assessment, N.J.S.A. 52:18A-202(c).

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The State Planning Commission will convene six public hearings as follows:

  • February 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing, Richard Stockton College, Campus Center Theatre, 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
  • February 16, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing, Offices of Government Service, Gloucester County Clayton Complex, Building A, 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ 08312
  • February 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, One Newark Center, 17th Floor, NJTPA Conference Room, Newark, NJ 07102
  • February 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Haggerty Center, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07962
  • February 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing, Monmouth University, Bey Hall, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1898
  • March 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Presentation, 7:00 p.m. Public Hearing, Rutgers University EcoComplex, 1200 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505

In the event of inclement weather resulting in a canceled hearing, the following date(s) have been reserved: March 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Rutgers University, Civic Square Building, Collage Avenue Campus, Special Events Forum Room, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 and March 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. State House Annex, Committee Room 1, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625.

Interested parties may submit written comments to the State Planning Commission via the Office for Planning Advocacy regarding the draft Final State Development and Redevelopment Plan and the draft Infrastructure Needs Assessment at any time up to 30 days after the last public hearing is conducted, N.J.A.C. 5:85-5.3. Submission of written comments may also be directed to the State Planning Commission at osg_ed@sos.state.nj.us.

A copy of the draft Final State Strategic Plan: New Jersey’s State Development and Redevelopment Plan and its supporting documents are available for public inspection at the New Jersey Department of State, Office for Planning Advocacy, 225 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0820, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The draft Final State Strategic Plan: New Jersey’s State Development and Redevelopment Plan and its supporting documents are also available electronically on the Office for Planning Advocacy’s website at http://www.state.nj.us/state/planning/plan-draft-final.html.

Questions or concerns, should be directed to Dr. Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., Director State of New Jersey, Department of State, Office for Planning Advocacy, at (609) 633-8301 or via e-mail at Gerard.scharfenberger@sos.state.nj.us.

Similar to the Energy Master Plan (EMP), the State Plan Hearings will have relevant information and an affect on the architectural community and sustainability. Jason Kliwinski, AIA, plans to attend the 3/1 hearing at the Rutgers Eco-Complex. But, there are a number of hearings scheduled around the State in February that others may wish to attend. As was done for the EMP, AIA New Jersey will prepare an assessment and comments and submit them on behalf of the organization. Individual members are encouraged to attend the public hearings and, if they chose, submit their own comments.

LEED AP+ Enrollment

Verity Frizzell, AIA, LEED AP – 2011 AIA-NJ COTE Chair

Many AIA NJ members took advantage of the LEED Study Groups offered by AIA NJ the past couple of years, and successfully became LEED Accredited Professionals. For those of you who became LEED APs before the exam format changed in June 2009, you have been given the option of enrolling in the LEED AP with specialty designation. There are two options for enrolling. Along with agreeing to the Credential Maintenance Program and Disciplinary Policy, Option 1 includes taking an exam, Option 2 involves Prescriptive Credential Maintenance. The window for enrolling will be closing soon, and may have already closed for some. (To find out what is your particular deadline, go to GBCI.org on the MyCredentials tab. It will show you on that page by when you must enroll.) But what does all this mean? Do you have to do this? What happens if you don’t? I will attempt to make sense of it all…

Enrollment in the LEED AP + specialty program is entirely optional. You can choose to stay exactly as you are – a LEED AP. You will never lose this credential, and must do nothing to maintain it. Even if you opt in, you will always have this designation, as well as any additional specialty designations.

For the purposes of this discussion, I will assume that most AIA members who already are a LEED AP would rather enroll without taking another test; therefore I will talk about Option 2. If you decide to enroll, you must complete 30 CE hours of Prescriptive Credential Maintenance (PCM) in the first reporting period. Your first reporting period will commence on the day you enroll in the specialty credential and end two years minus one day from that date. (There is no provision for reporting courses completed prior to your enrollment date.)  PCM is very specific, and requires you to complete a certain number of hours in each LEED category. The number of hours varies depending on whether you choose the BD+C, ID+C, or O+M specialty. That information can be found on the GBCI.org website in the Credential Maintenance Program Guide Appendix E. After the first reporting period, there is a $50 fee every 2 years, and you must complete 30 CE hours every two years in any category. Also, GBCI credits are self-reported, so you must get some kind of transcript or certificate for your records for reporting purposes.

There is a financial advantage to enrolling under the prescriptive path (Option 2) in that there is no fee for the first reporting period. Option 1 requires testing, which can be expensive: $100 application fee, $150 test fee for USGBC members, $250 test fee for non USGBC members. CE hours can be expensive as well, but that would be an equal expense for both options. If you decide to enroll after the enrollment window closes, your only option is to take both parts of the exam, which will double your expenses (and the risk of not passing the exam).
So why enroll? You will differentiate yourself from your peers by demonstrating expertise in a particular field. Credential maintenance keeps you up-to-date with the rapidly changing green market. If your practice involves LEED projects, enrollment is a no-brainer. If not, you should weigh the financial and time considerations of having to complete an additional 15 CE hours every year. It should be noted that not all AIA courses are approved for GBCI hours. By the way, if you decide to enroll and fail to complete the CE hours, you will lose the specialty designation, but not the LEED AP without specialty credential.

You can also enroll in Option 2 under your original exam, and add specialty designations in other categories by testing and maintaining each credential (30 CE hours for the primary specialty and 6 additional hours for each additional specialty every 2 years). There are other options for multiple specialties, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Please refer to the Credential Maintenance Program Guide on the GBCI.org website for more information.

Should you have any further questions regarding this, or any other subject related to sustainability or sustainable design, please feel free to contact the AIA New Jersey Committee on the Environment (COTE) at: asst_director@aia-nj.org.

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