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ROWAN UNIVERSITY’S ROHRER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS IS NOW OPEN

 

kss_rowan1KSS Architects and Rowan University on Wednesday, January 18 marked the official opening of the university’s new William G. Rohrer College of Business. Designed by KSS Architects of Princeton and with the College’s unique approach to business education in mind, the building was created to promote collaboration, project-based and experiential learning, problem solving, teamwork and entrepreneurship. It includes 14 classrooms, seven conference rooms, 10 specialty spaces, 15 administrative offices and 70 faculty offices as well as a series of lounge areas and collaboration rooms. The building opened for business on January 17th.

 

“Designing meaningful and lasting spaces is a foundation of all KSS work—higher education, at its core, creates opportunity and possibility,” said Pamela Lucas Rew, FAIA, Partner, KSS Architects. “This new Rohrer College of Business serves as the pivotal gateway to the University. It is a beacon, literally and symbolically expressing Rowan’s commitment to academic excellence and its investment in the region’s future. The spaces we have crafted nurture strong skills as well as the judgment, vision, and integrity that the leaders of the future will apply to advance society and the business profession.”

 

Designed by KSS Architects in partnership with Goody Clancy Architects of Boston, the building is meant to be a home to students and faculty and invites regional and national businesses to also make use of all that it offers. Through its dedicated club, graduate and central program areas, a sense of professionalism pervades the building, achieving an experience that is inspiring, motivating, transparent and collaborative. The investment in the building is for the next generation of business leaders as much as it is an economic game changer for South Jersey.

 

kss_rowan2The building serves as the home for the College of Business’ trading room, with a ticker tracking the stock market in real time; for the Center for Professional Development, a valuable resource for students dedicated to providing career preparation skills designed to make them stand out in the job market; and for Hatch House, a business accelerator dedicated to supporting student entrepreneurism in all majors across campus.

 

The L-shaped building’s west end includes a public art installation: a sculpture created by Oregon-based artist Ed Carpenter. The sculpture is made from dichroic glass and refers abstractly to gate imagery since the building serves as a gateway onto campus. By day, it is a bright focal point, and by night, it glows like a lantern, serving as a welcoming beacon both to the University and to the Rohrer College of Business.

KSS Architects Announces 3 New Partners

KSS_new-partners2016KSS Architects, a national design firm focused on architecture, interior design, and planning, is pleased to announce three new partners: Petar Mattioni, Matthew McChesney, and Scot Murdoch. The elevation of Mattioni, McChesney, and Murdoch to Partner reflects their embodiment of KSS’s values—design that inspires, relationships that are lasting, innovation in the intersections, and guidance through the process.

 

Petar Mattioni, AIA, LEED AP

Petar has a practical design methodology that balances design with client objectives, technical coordination, and effective project execution. His committment to strong client relationships and building consensus consistently result in successful projects, particularly in the field of higher education and the emerging field of innovation. Petar’s leadership on the University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Center has contributed to its establishment as a keystone in the emerging Lower Schuylkill Innovation District.

 

Pamela Rew, FAIA, Partner at KSS, says, “Petar represents the next generation of designers and practitioners of architecture—passionate about place as a contribution to society, enthusiastic about guiding young architects toward new opportunities, and responsive to client needs & values. Petar’s dedication to the Philadelphia community is an example of how his contributions to place achieve more than the design of a building—they achieve a stronger community.”

 

Matthew McChesney, AIA, LEED AP

Clients know Matt for his ability to listen to their needs, understand their values, and create spaces where they can maximize their potential. His technical understanding of the built environment allows him to design intricate solutions that range from complex renovations and additions to highly specialized laboratory buildings. His work for leading-edge education and community-focused clients such as Uncommon Schools and Civic Builders has contributed to the design and renovation of dozens of charter schools in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Matt’s leadership in design for Pre-K-12 education is providing new opportunities for students and communities alike to reimagine their future.

 

Merilee Meacock, AIA, PP, LEED AP, Partner at KSS, says, “Matt is a powerful force in the K-12 community—he is a trusted advisor to many, helping to build community and facilitate education pedagogy, thereby empowering students to succeed and neighborhoods to flourish.”

 

Scot Murdoch, AIA

Scot has supervised the successful transformation of millions of square feet of commercial and industrial development. He excels at developing and implementing solutions to design challenges in both new and existing buildings for many project types. With a deep understanding of the value of sustainable design and the role of cutting-edge facilities in the marketplace, Scot’s work unlocks value and improves performance for clients. His knowledge and commitment to sustainable design have contributed to KSS’ leadership in the development of contaminated sites in New Jersey, and industrial growth along the East Coast from Maine to Georgia.

 

Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB, Partner at KSS, says, “Scot has emerged as a respected voice in the commercial marketplace. He is known for his strategic thought and detailed knowledge. Our firm and clients are inspired by his guidance.”

KSS Architects Recognizes & Elevates Dedicated Employees

KSS Architects, a design firm focused on architecture, interior design, and planning, is pleased to announce the promotion of several employees who embody the values & dedication of the firm.

 

KSS7_16FacesMayva Donnon, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Principal. Mayva, at KSS for 11 years, has distinguished herself as a leader in designing spaces for clients in the realm of community, with a particular emphasis on educational clients and clients who serve special needs communities.

 

“Mayva is on a mission to improve the world,” says Merilee Meacock, AIA, LEED AP, PP, a Partner at KSS. “She is a great example of how our people align with our firm’s values—her energy, creativity, and thoughtfulness are integral to the way we deliver exceptional projects.”

 

Rebecca Udell has been promoted to Executive Director of Marketing Strategy.  With a long history at the firm, Rebecca’s career has been informed by over 20 years of experience as an Interior Designer, receiving her MBA at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and her involvement in several industry organizations including serving as President of CREW Philadelphia. Her experience as a practitioner, ability to see the meta view, and strategic mindset has made her an integral part of the growth and transition of KSS Architects.

 

“Rebecca has profound vision,” says Merilee. “She helps us understand where we’re headed as a firm and plants the seeds of change to help us get there. Rebecca is a key voice and representative of the values of our firm.”

 

Nicole Hollenbeck, AIA, LEED AP, has been named an Associate. The AIA-New Jersey Intern Architect of the Year in 2014, Nicole is a dedicated member of the firm’s industrial team and also a leader of the technical practice group, which strives to elevate the firm’s use of technology and innovative tools to advance both KSS projects and the field of architecture.

 

“Nicole has taken great initiative in developing the technical language with which we approach our projects,” says Ed Klimek, AIA, NCARB, Partner at the firm. “Her ability to understand a client’s needs, do research, and apply precise solutions is critical to the success of many of our industrial projects. Nicole earns the trust of our clients, and trust is everything in architecture.”

 

Christina Marconi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has also been named an Associate. A talented architect with an acute attention to detail, Christina works on the firm’s higher education team, and serves as a leader of the firm’s dedication to the future of architecture—Christina organizes the firm’s ACE Mentor initiative in Philadelphia, which has been nationally recognized by the White House and ACE National for its efforts to mentor local students for future careers in architecture, construction, and engineering industries.

 

“Christina is exceptional at guiding the process from design through to implementation,” says Pamela Rew, FAIA, Partner at the firm. “The tact with which she navigates design opportunities and challenges is of incredible value to each client and  an example to architects everywhere—she understands a client’s needs, takes ownership over project management, and sees it through to completion in a way that enacts the true program and design aspirations of a project.”

Phantastic Philadelphia

KSS Welcomes You To Philadelphia

A guide to the city for all, personally experienced and hand-crafted by your fun- and food-loving friends at KSS Architects

In town for the AIA Convention and digging deep into research for down-time activities? A newcomer looking to explore more Philly spots?

Look no further! Gather inspiration from locals of our favorite spots to munch, mingle, meander, and muse. Check out our list, exclusively compiled by our Philadelphia staff, categorized and curated for visitors of all interests.

We’ve organized our entries by overarching category, with each entry containing a link to further reading and brief WHY statement:

  1. FABULOUS SPOTS, unique Philly flair
  2. COFFEE SHOPS and CAFÉS, to get your [caffeine] buzz on
  3. MEALS, breakfast to dinner, and everything in between
  4. DESSERT, sweet, sweet delights
  5. DRINKS, to get your [other] buzz on
  6. PARTY SCENE, for those who partake in loud crowds and vigorous movement
  7. AWESOME SHOPS, cozy corners and cool collectibles
  8. ARTS & MUSEUMS, renowned international wonders
  9. GETTING OUT AND AWAY [bonus suggestion!]

Read more and Dive right on in!

Demystifying AIA Fellowship

AIAeagle_2016Demystifying AIA Fellowship

Allan Kehrt FAIA, who served on the AIA Jury of Fellows from 2008 to 2010, will lead each seminar and will answer all questions on the process of applying for Fellowship, the jury, and the submission itself.  All individuals who are considering applying for Fellowship either now or in the future are urged to attend.

Tuesday, April 26th 

NJIT in the AIA Conference Room

Newark, NJ

5:00 — 7:00 pm.

 

OR

 

Wednesday, April 27th 

KSS Architects Conference Room

337 Witherspoon Street

Princeton, NJ.

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

 

RSVP to Laura Slomka at [email protected]

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

KSS Recognized for Community-Minded Architects


KSS Architects Awarded Two AIA New Jersey Service Awards

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANJ) held their annual Awards Dinner Saturday, January 30th, presenting Service Awards to two KSS architects in recognition of their individual accomplishments that have provided distinguished service to the profession and to the Society.

Kyle Rendall_2015 BWKyle Rendall, AIA, was named 2015 AIA NJ Young Architect of the Year, reflecting his dedicated professional and community achievements. Kyle attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.  Long before that, however, Kyle was proving his dedication to the practice of architecture, participating in his first internship in middle school. By the time he graduated from high school, Kyle was independently meeting with clients and running projects through schematic design and design development for a high-end residential firm in Hopewell, New Jersey.

Now an associate at KSS, where he has worked for six years, Kyle has contributed to the growth of the firm’s focus on PreK-12 education, taking a lead role in construction administration phases of team projects such as a mixed-use housing building for Teachers Village and an urban high school for KIPP NJ, and actively participating in marketing for future work.

Kyle’s dedication extends far beyond the office. Throughout his young career, Kyle has placed great emphasis on the belief that in order to live to the fullest within a community one must give back. Whether volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Trenton and Newark, procuring and carrying out pro bono projects, or serving as the Captain of the Princeton Fire Department, Kyle continually pushes the envelope of what it means to be a good architect.

“Kyle’s wonderful combination of expertise and community service has made him an integral part of KSS’s team,” said Merilee Meacock, KSS Partner. “Kyle’s architectural knowledge of construction techniques for complex, sophisticated building types has been invaluable, and his dedicated community service and drive to complete pro-bono work strongly reflects KSS’s mission of meaningful change. We believe he is very well-deserving of AIA NJ’s Young Architect of the Year Award.”

alicia_weaver_2016Alicia Weaver, Assoc. AIA,  was named 2015 AIA NJ Intern Architect of the Year. From an early age, Alicia kindled a passion for art and architecture, sketching Disney movie covers and building tree forts.  A crystallizing moment arose when Alicia watched her father construct an addition to her childhood home, and she became determined to become an architect.

While participating in the East Asia Study Abroad program at the University of Florida, Alicia built a strong recognition of the transformation through various engagements between traditional and modern architecture. Specifically focusing on the rapid urbanization of China and its effects on the building industry, Alicia’s work became her honors thesis, earning her magna cum laude upon graduation with a Bachelor of Design in 2008.

At KSS, Alicia has contributed to several projects, leading the project team for the STS Distribution Center and Headquarters, implementing KSS’s first project with Building Information Modeling (BIM), and administering the LEED Silver Coca Cola Distribution Center and Headquarters. As co-leader of the firm’s Sustainability Practice Group, Alicia shares her expertise in firm-wide presentations and seeks to uncover the potential and experience of her peers.

Dedicated to the future of architecture, Alicia also leads the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program at Hightstown High School, empowering high school students to pursue careers in ACE fields.

“Tenacity is the word that comes to mind when I think about Alicia,” said Ed Klimek, KSS Partner. “She has the courage to apply herself with full energy in all she does, whether it be design, working with contractors in the field, leading the ACE Mentorship program at KSS, or even snow boarding! Collaborating with Alicia always leaves you energized and excited about the work accomplished together.”

AIA South Jersey Meeting

AIA SJ Nov 10 2015 Invitation