Planned & completed projects from local architect firms
Drive anywhere in the Meadowlands region and you will likely see construction of buildings in various stages of progress. Indeed it is a sign that business and industry continue to grow.
Anthony Iovino, of Arcari + Iovino Architects in Little Ferry, N.J., said businesses are beginning to rebound from the economic slowdown of several years ago.
“A good number of the clients we’re working with now are looking to begin projects that may have been put on hold for a while,” Iovino said. “Other clients are ready for more extensive work.”
Interior, exterior improvements
One such project, Iovino said, is the construction and renovation being done at the Carlstadt, N.J. corporate headquarters of Grobet USA, which manufactures precision tools for professional technicians and craftsmen.
“They are upgrading their corporate image inside and out, so it’s a big project that we’re excited about,” said Iovino.
Arcari + Iovino recently completed an interior redesign for the New Jersey headquarters of Secure Watch 24, a full-service security company, and the Bayonne, N.J. corporate offices and distribution center of the apparel industry’s Tharanco Group.
DMR Architects, in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., is partnering with The Upper Main Street Alliance and Boswell Engineering on the Atlantic Street Park (Hackensack, N.J.), a $617,085 project that was partially funded by a $268,085 Open Space Grant from Bergen County.
The park will include an amphitheater for outdoor performances, grass areas, trellises, seat-walls, benches and street trees and lights that define the perimeter of the park along Warren, Atlantic and State Streets.
“The construction of this project represents another important step in the City’s continuing efforts to revitalize the downtown,” said Francis Reiner of DMR Architects, “Without the leadership of the Mayor and Council this project would not have been possible.”
In addition to the public open spaces, the plan includes increasing parking availability in the area from 63 spots to 93 spots by include both on-street parking and by opening up the Atlantic Street Parking Garage for daily use.
New design and construction
DMR also has been commissioned to build the new headquarters for the Garfield (N.J.) Police Department, one of two police stations it is currently working on in North Jersey, and one of 10 municipal buildings that the firm has designed in the past four years.
The 20,000 square foot project will be executed in two phases to allow for uninterrupted ongoing operations in the facility which was constructed in the 1960’s. The new facility will have 5,000 more square feet, and dedicated space to accommodate for the sophisticated electrical systems required to support today’s cell phone, computer, and other electronic device use.
Construction which will begin in summer 2015 and is expected to be completed in 14 months.
“Many of the police stations in Bergen County were built around the same time, and while they were more than adequate accommodations 50 years ago, they can’t defer making these upgrades anymore without affecting the safety of the staff and community,” said Lloyd Rosenberg, AIA, President and CEO of DMR Architects. “We are thrilled and honored that the Garfield Police Department has chosen DMR to perform this critical work.”
Giving back to the community
Although the devastation occurred several years ago, there are parts of the Meadowlands region still trying to recover from damage that was suffered due to severe storms. Numerous companies continue to pitch in, either through generous monetary aid, donations of goods or by offering their services. Iovino said the firm recently completely a project at Little Ferry’s Washington Elementary School, which needed extensive repairs following Superstorm Sandy.
“A lot of the buildings in town sustained serious damage. The repairs made to the gymnasium at Washington School were made possible, in part, from a grant through Nike,” said Iovino. “We also do pro bono work with Architects for Humanity, so we were able to refurbish the floors, walls and bleachers in the gym at the school. It’s very rewarding for us to give back to the communities in need.”
DMR Architects recently secured its third, three-year term contract with the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) to provide architectural consulting services for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) across New York City.
Since its first term contract in 2006, DMR has worked on CIP projects of varying scale in technical complexity and cost magnitude for more than 66 projects with a construction value of more than $100 million.
Many of the buildings that DMR has been contracted to work on were built in the 1920’s or earlier, and in dire need of architectural, structural, electrical and functional upgrades to bring them up to code, as well as provide space for today’s educational curriculums.
Currently, DMR has commenced work on exterior envelope upgrades at public schools in various locations throughout the New York City boroughs.
DMR’s design solutions anticipate the hidden conditions that manifest themselves during these construction projects by identifying code compliance issues when repairing existing parts of buildings, as well as recognizing characteristics of various building vintages that can limit or hinder design objectives and/or impact the project budget.
“Part of our goal is to ensure that all CIP project goals meet the clients’ mission in achieving safe, attractive and environmentally sound school buildings with a construction process that is performed typically after-hours and on weekends,” said Fassil Zewdou, project manager for DMR.
At every stage of the design and construction process, DMR’s design solutions for modernizing existing schools anticipate cost-effective and long-term durability of proposed materials and system assemblies, while achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity, the company said.
Angela Daidone is a freelance writer, editor and public relations specialist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.