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Architects Honored

New Jersey Alliance for Action Honors DMR Architects

New Jersey Alliance for Action honored DMR at the second annual Distinguished Engineering Awards.  DMR Architects was among several award winners for a 2014 Distinguished Engineering Award for the Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center.

DMR designed the $12 million, 30,000 square foot, 24/7/365 Bergen County Public Safety Operations Center which provides the County of Bergen and its communities with exceptional Emergency Management services. This state-of-the-art building houses a 911 Command Center, Communication Center, Emergency Operational Center, Office of Emergency Management, Radio Shop and key personnel offices. The building was designed using LEED sustainable principles.

The New Jersey Alliance for Action is a nonprofit organization comprised of business, academic and government professionals who support construction and economic growth throughout the State. DMR received the award at a reception at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J.

DMR Architects, currently celebrating its 22nd year in the architectural design industry, is a premier full-service architectural, planning and urban design firm dedicated to progressive, innovative and sustainable, high-quality design. DMR specializes in a diverse range of project types and services, including architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, sustainable design, interior design and construction administration for all market sectors including public, education/higher education, corporate, residential/mixed-use and healthcare. DMR’s experience includes capital improvement projects, renovations, additions and new construction.

Market Conditions Continue to Improve in Meadowlands Commercial Real Estate Submarket, According to NAI Hanson

Evidenced by declining vacancy and three consecutive quarters of positive absorption, the Meadowlands commercial real estate submarket experienced marked improvement in 2013, according to NAI James E. Hanson.

The findings are from NAI Hanson’s 2014 Winter Meadowlands Market Report, which saw the leading New Jersey-based commercial real estate firm examine the 1026 buildings in the Meadowlands of 20,000 or more square feet.

“The Meadowlands submarket, which demands the highest average asking rental rates in New Jersey due to its proximity to New York City, continued to demonstrate improving conditions in 2013,” stated Thomas Vetter, SIOR, a vice president with NAI Hanson and a member of the firm’s Meadowlands team. “On the year, our Meadowlands Team completed 32 transactions and leased or sold more than 600,000 square feet. We expect the strengthening to continue as the American Dream and Teterboro Landing projects come closer to fruition.”

Findings of the report include the following:

  • In 2013, there were 172 leases consummated in the Meadowlands for a total of 5.2 million square feet. Of these leases, 77 were for spaces exceeding 20,000 square feet, and 66 percent of the space was leased during the first six months of the year.
  •  There is currently 7.5 million square feet available for lease in the Meadowlands, representing an 8.2 percent vacancy rate. Vacancy in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 7.6 percent, down 1.6 percent versus fourth quarter of 2012.
  • There is currently 426,911 square feet of negative net absorption in the Meadowlands. However, there were three consecutive quarters of positive absorption in 2013.
  • There were 38 sales transactions for properties exceeding 20,000 square feet, with 61 percent of the deals consummated during the first half of the year.

To download the full report, visit www.naihanson.com/flyers/meadowlandswinter2014.pdf

The Provident Bank Helps NJIT Kick Off 2014 Alternative Spring Break

The Provident Bank, New Jersey’s first and oldest community bank, and The Provident Bank Foundation were on hand to help NJIT kick off its 2nd annual “Alternative Spring Break” volunteer effort at a ceremony and pep rally at the school’s campus center in Newark on Friday, March 14, 2014.

More than 100 students, faculty and staff from NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design were also present to commence the statewide Post-Sandy rebuilding effort, which took place between March 15 and March 22. Organized by the Center for Resilient Design at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design, the Spring Break program was made possible through a grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.

Dozens of employees of The Provident Bank also chose to participate in the program as part of the Bank’s “Commitment to Giving” initiative, a year-long campaign launched on the Bank’s 175th Anniversary last month that encourages employees to support local charitable organizations via volunteer efforts or donations.

More information about NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design is available at http://centerforresilientdesign.org/ or by calling (973)596-5872. For more information about The Provident Bank Foundation, visit http://www.ProvidentNJFoundation.org or call (862) 260-3990. More information about The Provident Bank is available at www.ProvidentNJ.com. Visit www.Facebook.com/ProvidentNJ and www.Twitter.com/ProvidentNJ to join the conversations.

The NY Giants and HackensackUMC Team Up with Fitness & Wellness of Maywood to Open State-of-the-Art Fitness and Health Center

HackensackUMC and the New York Giants have been at the forefront of community health for more than a decade, leading their industries by creating alliances and programs to help keep their communities healthy.  That effort now takes on a new dimension with the opening of HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the GIANTS.  This new, state-of-the-art facility, located on Route 17 brings together the combined expertise and trusted brands of HackensackUMC and the Giants to help patients and fans get fit and stay well.

The Hon. Gregg A. Padovano, mayor of the Borough of Maywood, Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network and John Mara, president and chief executive officer of the New York Giants, officially introduced the center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“HackensackUMC’s medical expertise and the New York Giants’ fitness leadership make this center unique,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “The healthcare landscape is changing, with its focus on ‘population health management,’ not just treating patients when they are sick, but offering wellness programs to the community. The creation of a fitness and wellness center shows that we’re delivering on that objective.”

HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the GIANTS is equipped with an unprecedented array of premier amenities. The 112,000 square foot facility offers the community both a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a comprehensive range of health and wellness educational programs to improve and maintain the health of its members.

The 75,000-square-feet of fitness space opened December 30, 2013, and features an expansive fitness floor with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment, three salt-water filtered pools, a large variety of group fitness classes, spacious group exercise studios with robust programming for people of all ages and fitness levels, a sports performance center featuring athletic workouts (some of which will be coordinated with the assistance of the New York Giants trainers), Pilates Reformer studio, BEYOND Day Spa, complimentary child care and Sal’s Good Eats, a healthy café.

Scarinci Hollenbeck Named NJ Tax Group of the Year

CorporateINTL, a U.K. based international business magazine, has named Scarinci Hollenbeck the “Tax Law Firm of the Year in New Jersey.” CorporateINTL is a leading, monthly publication for business leaders and financiers, providing key insights and commentary on emerging markets and domestic and international business.

According to CorporateINTL, it did an extensive search over a six month period, compiling nominations from over one million professionals involved in business. The nominations were provided to a small panel of judges who made the final decision.

Scarinci Hollenbeck’s achievement is due to the combined experience and knowledge of the attorneys in its Tax, Trusts, & Estates practice group: Frank L. Brunetti, Partner and Chairman; James F. McDonough, Counsel and editor of the firm’s tax blog; and Partners Joseph M. Donegan and Gary S. Young.

We have positioned ourselves to be a leading tax group in New Jersey and offer clients a sophisticated tax practice rarely seen in a firm our size,” said Frank Brunetti. “We are honored that CorpINTL has recognized our hard work.”

Mr. Brunetti has his L.L.M. (Master of Laws) in taxation from New York University School of Law and has taught several graduate tax courses at Farleigh Dickinson University for the past thirty five-years. He is also an observer member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Cooperation in International Tax and speaks annually in Geneva, Switzerland on various areas of tax law, including voluntary off shore account disclosure with the IRS. Mr. McDonough has been a corporate tax attorney for over twenty five years and has a M.L.T (Master of Laws in Taxation) from Georgetown University and his L.L.M. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in international taxation and finance.

James F. McDonough said, “No longer are tax issues confined by national borders. Most businesses, by necessity, engage in cross-border activity and are faced with international tax, treaty, tax credit and repatriation issues that a year ago, belonged largely to Fortune 500 companies. Even families now face cross-border income, gift, and estate issues, arising from the migration of members into and out of the U.S., be it permanent or temporary.”

The group’s success has been highlighted by their popular Tax, Trust, & Estate blog, which provides discussions on some of the most complex areas of tax law including: retirement plan benefits, international tax, gift tax laws, and the preparation of estate taxes, trusts and wills.

Palisades Medical Center Named A “Top Hospital in New Jersey”

Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. have released their annual survey of top hospitals in the state of New Jersey, and Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, NJ, is ranked the #4 hospital in the state among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer. The prestigious “Top Hospitals in New Jersey” list is tabulated based on votes from 2,076 licensed physicians in the state.

“We are extremely pleased that the ‘Top Hospitals in New Jersey’ list acknowledges that Palisades Medical Center is a leading provider that delivers high quality medical care for the people of Hudson and southern Bergen Counties,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of Palisades Medical Center. “We applaud our entire medical staff for their tireless efforts in helping Palisades reach these high standards of excellence in patient care. Our physicians, skilled nurses, and devoted staff ensure that each patient receives the very best medical care.”

During the past several years, Palisades Medical Center has been recognized throughout New Jersey for consistently improving its hospital facilities, expanding its clinical programs and services, and adding modern technology to address and enhance the changing healthcare needs of its patients. This latest accolade underscores Palisades Medical Center’s continued improvement in all clinical areas thanks to the quality and efforts of its medical professionals.

Sustainable Jersey Announces Grants Funded by PSEG Foundation at Event in Camden

Sustainable Jersey announced the 34 New Jersey towns that were selected for Sustainable Jersey Small Grants funded by the PSEG Foundation. Since 2009, Sustainable Jersey has distributed approximately $1,375,000 in grants to New Jersey municipalities to help towns make their communities more livable, environmentally friendly and prosperous. This year, Kearny was one of these recipients.

“Supporting municipalities as they do innovative sustainability projects is a cornerstone of our organization’s mission,” said Sustainable Jersey Board Chair Pam Mount. “These grants help ensure that important sustainability projects at the community level can get done. Congratulations to all the grant recipients.”

“PSEG is committed to being a steward of the environment and making meaningful contributions to the communities it serves,” said Ellen Lambert, president of the PSEG Foundation and director of Corporate Responsibility. “We are proud to support this program and to fund projects that will make life better in neighborhoods throughout New Jersey.”

The 12 towns that received the $20,000 and $10,000 grants proposed projects that provide sustainable solutions to everyday challenges. Organic curbside waste recycling, hawk habitat restoration, a commuter bike depot, rain gardens, community educational campaigns, sustainability ordinances and more have been added to the list of initiatives that the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants program is funding.

New Jersey is the first state in the nation to have a comprehensive sustainability program for communities that links certification with strong state and private financial incentives, and a fully resourced program of technical support and training.

Currently, 72 percent of New Jersey’s towns and cities (406 towns across all 21 counties) have registered to become Sustainable Jersey certified.

Free Basic Skills Training Available for Businesses

Through an agreement with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) as part of the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, the Bergen Community College Division of Continuing Education, Corporate and Public Sector Training offers free basic skills training programs for businesses and their employees.

Programs offered to small, medium and large businesses include skills training in verbal and written communication, Microsoft products, customer service, Spanish and math.

In order to qualify for the free training, businesses must:

  • Operate in New Jersey
  • Prove compliance with all applicable state tax laws
  • Report the company name and federal employer identification number to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Provide a roster of employees scheduled for training
  • Supply pre- and post-assessment scores, hours and attendance records of employees who participated in training

Please note, public, state and county employers are not eligible for the program.

Employers must pay their employees at their regular rate while they attend training classes.

For more information on Bergen’s offerings, please contact Ronald E. McKnight at (201) 612-5300 orrmcknight@bergen.edu.

 

 

 

 

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