Nov 032017
 

CANstruction is a competition created under the vision of uniting design and engineering through a unique and fun medium that improves the lives of the underprivileged and benefits local food bank programs. This charity event is part of a national program that calls upon teams of architects and designers to envision and create structures made entirely of canned food.

Cornerstone Architectural Group’s team was thrilled to participate in this notable event once again this year. This year’s theme was Childhood Toys, and our entry build was The Fisher-Price “Chatter Telephone”. Our entry required almost 4,000 cans! After the build, all food was donated to a local food bank. Truly a great cause and effect.

We would like to thanks our generous donors; S&K Construction : Ajay Barthwal : The Holder Group : Beth & Louis Eisenberg : The Reynolds Group : Cheryl & Anthony L’Altrelli :Jeff Maglietta

 

Sep 292017
 

Cornerstone Architectural Group, LLC, celebrated 30 years in business during a reception at the firm’s Hamilton Boulevard office building. Staff, invited guests, clients, business partners, friends and family gathered at an outdoor social gathering amid tasty treats and favorite beverages. The celebration was highlighted by Borough Council President Derryk C. White, when he presented and read a proclamation from the Mayor’s office congratulating the partners and staff of Cornerstone on their 30th Anniversary.

Ranked by NJ Biz Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top 50 architectural design firms. Cornerstone Architectural Group is a local, design award winning firm that specializes in professional services in architecture, interior design, land planning and construction management. The firm employs a staff of ten at its South Plainfield office. The firm delivers design excellence in public, civic and commercial buildings.

Pictured (left front to right): Firm partners Robert M. Longo, AIA, Robert F. Barranger, AIA and Michael G. Soriano, AIA, receive a special proclamation from Borough Council President Derryck C. White.

Pictured (left front to right): Firm partners Robert M. Longo, AIA, Robert F. Barranger, AIA and Michael G. Soriano, AIA, receive a special proclamation from Borough Council President Derryck C. White.

 

Feb 262016
 

On 21 September 2015, NJ adopted the 2015 ICC series of codes including the International Building Code (IBC). We are currently in the 6 month grace period and transitioning into the new code. All projects submitted for plan review after 21 March 2016 must use these new codes.

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One significant change in the fire sprinkler requirements brings further restriction to occupancies with assembly uses on roofs. We are seeing with more frequency, rooftops being used for lounges, bars, restaurants, passive green space and other similar purposes. Because a roof does not meet the definition of a fire area, protection of the occupants can be less than would be required if the occupancy were located on a floor. Section 903.2.1.6 of the 2015 IBC was added to address this concern. The section states:

When an occupied roof has an assembly occupancy with an occupant load exceeding 100 for Group A-2 and 300 for other Group A occupancies, all floors between the occupied roof and the level of exit discharge shall be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2.

In simpler terms, in most cases this means; if you put a lot of people on the roof, you are required to install sprinklers in the entire building.

While this provision does not require sprinklers on the roof, it provides additional protection to the occupants on the roof should a fire occur in the building.

In summary, including roof top occupancies in a new building may trigger the need for a fire sprinkler system that might not otherwise be required. Additionally, adding a roof top occupancy to an existing building may require adding sprinklers to the entire building.

Jan 032016
 

On 21 September 2015, New Jersey formally adopted the 2015 ICC series of codes including the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). This is the first code update in NJ in nearly six years and it comes with many changes.

One significant change is the removal of most buildings in NJ from Wind Born Debris Regions. These are areas that the code defines as hurricane-prone due to high wind speed and/or proximity to the coastline.

This change stems from updates to the wind speed maps that are referenced in the code. By moving the higher wind speeds farther off the coast, the new maps essentially find that NJ is at a lower risk of wind events than previously thought.

Here is an excerpt from the IBC commentary explaining the reason for the change:

“Over the past decade, new data and research have indicated that the mapped hurricane wind speeds have been overly conservative. Significantly more hurricane data has become available, which in turn allows for improvements in the hurricane simulation model that is used to develop wind speed maps. The new hurricane hazard model yields hurricane wind speeds that are lower than those given in previous editions of the code, even though the overall rate of intense storms has increased.”

This code change results in the removal of the requirement for Impact Resistant Glazing in most New Jersey buildings, including all residential buildings.

As evidence by recent storms including Hurricane Joaquin, the continued threat to NJ is likely to be from flood events rather than wind related events.

It is important however to remember that building codes are a minimum standard and there are reasons why one may want to include impact resistant glazing. Building owners are encourage to consult with their architect regarding the appropriate application of all glazing types.

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For those interested in more detail, below is a summary of the relevant code provisions.

  • IBC 2015 (and 2012) reference ASCE 07-10. This is where the changes are derived from.
  • Buildings will be assigned to Risk Categories that will essentially align wind design with seismic design based on risk to human life, health and welfare that would result from the failure of that type of building.
  • Due to the different wind speed design maps, the windborne debris region will be different depending on the Risk Category of the building being built.
  • Most buildings will fall into Risk Category II & III and use map Figure 1609.3 (1) for the purpose of determining windborne debris regions.
  • Buildings in Risk Category IV (essential facilities) will use map Figure 1609.3 (2)
  • Windborne debris regions are defined as areas within hurricane-prone regions that are either within 1 mile of the coastal mean high water line where the ultimate design wind speed is 130 mph or greater; or any areas where the ultimate design wind speed is 140 mph or greater.
  • By definition, Risk Category III buildings, will use Risk Category II wind speed maps (1609.3(1)) for the purpose of determining if a building is in a wind born debris region.
  • Risk Category II & III buildings will NOT be in wind born debris regions because the 130 mph wind speed line in map figure 1609.3 (1) is over the ocean.
  • Risk Category IV buildings MAY be in wind born debris regions because the 130 mph wind speed line in map figure 1609.3 (2) crosses over land in parts of costal NJ.

In summary, most building in NJ will no longer be in wind born debris regions. Only “Essential Facilities” (Risk Category IV) located within 1 mile of the coast AND in areas with 130 MPH wind will need to meet these requirements.

If you have any question regarding these changes or any other code requirements, just ask the code experts at Cornerstone.

Sep 212015
 

On 21 September 2015, NJ formally adopted the 2015 ICC Series of Codes including the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC). This is the first code update since 2009 and it comes with literally hundreds of changes.

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Click here to access the DCA website for a full list of code adoptions

  Below is a small sample of some of the significant changes to the code.

  • Wind born debris regions that trigger the requirement for impact resistant glazing have been modified. This will affect many buildings along the NJ Shore.
  • Institutional uses, including medical offices & assisted living facilities will be affected by the addition of “Occupancy Conditions.”
  • Requirements for the handling of hazardous materials including flammable and combustible liquids have been revised.
  • Egress requirements from mezzanines have been changed.
  • New sprinkler requirements for buildings with assembly occupancies on roofs.
  • New requirements for low level “Exit” signs in some occupancies.

If you have any question regarding these changes or any other code requirements, just ask the code experts at Cornerstone.

Apr 102015
 

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In the aftermath of the Avalon Edgewater Building Fire, the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has announced the formation of a task force of member architects to review possible improvements to design practices and building codes and standards in order to enhance building safety in New Jersey.  Click on the following link for more information about this task force; AIANJ Blog. Robert M. Longo, AIA is a firm principal and a licensed building code official. Bob also chairs the AIA NJ Building Codes and Standards Committee.

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On March 21, 2015, the official ribbon cutting and dedication for the Youth Wing was celebrated by Freeholders from Union County, Springfield Township officials, the community center staff, the design team, the builder and community youth groups. The new design and construction features a fully updated Lee Adler Memorial Gymnasium, interactive teen center, group meeting rooms and remodeled rest rooms. The objective of the design solution is to revitalize what was once existing and underutilized interior space, and turn it into a vibrant and active youth center.   The project was financed by the Township of Springfield Capital Improvement Budget and grants from the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Fund.   Project Architect, Donna M. Miller, AIA, was responsible for the architectural design as well as the project management during construction. Pharos Enterprises of South Amboy, NJ preformed the general contractor duties.

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Feb 252015
 

Cornerstone Architectural Groups’ Donna M. Miller, AIA has just successfully completed all sections of the rigorous Architectural Registration Examination administered by the New Jersey State Board of Architects and NCARB. As a newly Registered Architect in the State of New Jersey, Donna now assumes all of the professional responsibilities of a licensed design professional. Donna has made many very positive contributions in the management of significant design projects over the past five+ years at Cornerstone. She is a project manager, (now Project Architect), overseeing the design, documentation and implementation of designs for several of CAG’s high profile clients. Most notable; SHI, Chelsea Senior Living, Springfield Township, PTC Therapeutics, Foley Inc., and Environ among others. Donna lives in Matawan NJ with her husband Jason and their dog Blue. Donna’s next “Big Project” will be an addition to her family, “expected” VERY shortly!

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New Jersey State Board of Architects Member and CAG Principal, Michael G. Soriano, AIA (right) congratulates newly licensed Architect Donna M. Miller, AIA (left) just after the State Board confirmed her licensure at their meeting held on February 12, 2015 in Newark, NJ.

Dec 182014
 
Today is our annual in office Holiday luncheon where we always order in some catering and our very own Vito Tamborrino cooks us up his famous “Vicious Vito” Italian Steak sandwiches! We sit at our conference table, next to our Christmas Tree and among the many gift baskets we have received, we share funny stories of the year gone by, and we open up our “Secret Santa” gifts. But not quite this year… Yes, God knows we’ll still be stuffing ourselves and enjoying each others’ company and good humor, but this year we, (Thank You Donna Peist for the wonderful idea), decided to take the money we would have normally spent on “gag” gifts for each other, and rather donate that amount to sponsoring and buying needed Christmas gifts for a local family in need. We’ve all been so Blessed this past year, so it just felt like the right thing to do at the right time. Who knows, we may have just started a NEW Cornerstone Tradition!

 

Jan 312014
 

Cornerstone has been busy in preparation for the “Big Game” this weekend. Click below for some highlights of our work at MetLife Stadium.

You are no doubt aware that there will be a major sporting event this weekend in our home state of New Jersey. We are unable to tell you the name of the event because it is trademarked, but we will assume you have an idea of what we’re referring to.
Here at Cornerstone, we have been working hard for the past three years in preparation for the big game. We are fortunate to have completed over 15 projects at MetLife Stadium for a variety of clients. Projects include work directly for the stadium as well as branding for some well know corporations.
In addition to the two projects featured here, our completed work includes; offices for the “big game” host committee, medical replay room, and ticket booth alterations. We have done several branding projects and signage installations for Chase Bank, Bud Light, Tostitos, and Toyota.
We are proud that this event is taking place in our home state and we feel privilege to have had the opportunity to work on these projects.
 
Please also take a quick read of the “BIG Game” special edition of our newsletter and we hope you enjoy watching the game on Sunday!
Jul 032013
 
Breakaway walls are allowed both by the International Residential Code and by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rules. However, there are certain identified “disconnects” between what is allowed by law and what may result in higher insurance premiums. The use of breakaway walls in a V zone is one of these disconnects.
In accordance with the NFIP Flood Insurance Manual, insurance companies may charge higher premiums for an “elevated building with obstruction.” The Flood Insurance Manual contains the following guidelines. (Note: The italicized text below is from the Manual. The most recent (May 1, 2013) Manual may be accessed at FEMA Manual.)
1. Elevated Building Without Obstruction
The area below the lowest elevated floor is open, with no obstruction, to allow the flow of floodwaters. Insect screening is permissible. Wooden or plastic lattice, slates, or shutters are also permissible if at least 40 percent of their area is open. Lattice can be no thicker than 1/2 inch; slats or shutters can be no thicker than 1 inch. In addition, buildings are considered without obstruction if the area below the lowest elevated floor is enclosed by a combination of 1 solid breakaway wall or garage door, and the other sides of the enclosure are insect screening, or wooden or plastic lattice, slats, or shutters. Machinery or equipment below the lowest elevated floor must be at or above the BFE. Use the rates from Table 3E. For unnumbered Zone V, use the Submit-for-Rate procedures.
2. Elevated Building With Obstruction
Buildings are rated “With Obstruction” if any of the following conditions are met:
a. The area below the lowest elevated floor is enclosed fully by solid breakaway walls.
b. The area below the lowest elevated floor is enclosed by a combination of 2 or more solid breakaway walls, the remaining sides constructed of insect screening, or wooden or plastic lattice, slats, or shutters.
c. Machinery or equipment below the lowest elevated floor is also below the BFE. Use the rates from Table 3F provided that the enclosure is less than 300 square feet with solid breakaway walls, or any machinery or equipment is below the BFE. For unnumbered Zone V, use Submit-for-Rate procedures.
Homeowners are permitted to enclose areas below the BFE with breakaway walls. However, they should be informed that this will result in higher insurance premiums. Under the Flood Insurance Manual, enclosed space of 300 square feet or more will be counted as the building’s lowest floor even if it is enclosed with breakaway walls and is restricted to use for building access, parking or storage in accordance with the rules. “Without obstruction” in accordance with the above guidelines results in the best rates. How much higher will the rate be with obstructions? Most of the flood insurance rates in the V zone are shown as “submit for rate” which means that the information is submitted to the insurance company and the company determines the policy premium.
Jul 012013
 
 
Homeowners battered by Hurricane Sandy got some relief recently, when the federal government issued revised, scaled-back flood maps and elevation requirements. For architects and builders working on those homes, it means many long-stalled rebuilding projects may soon pick up.
 
The new maps shrink the so-called V zones in Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic counties — there areas where homes are most prone to flooding — moving many dwellings to the lower-risk A zones. That likely means simpler, cheaper rebuilding projects and lower insurance premiums, not to mention owners’ increased willingness to move ahead after the months of uncertainty that followed the October storm.

Meanwhile, some local governments have addressed another issue in Sandy’s aftermath. Towns like Point Pleasant and Manasquan have loosened zoning restrictions for residential heights, allowing homeowners to comply with the federal guidelines without conflict.

In the coming weeks, towns will work with FEMA to determine how to apply the guidelines to current building codes. Because the maps were only released very recently, town officials were still analyzing local data and could not specifically comment on how it may be applied. Changes could include elevating homes in a number of ways, breakaway walls that would fall away against the force of waves, deep pilings to better anchor a buildings being pushed by the force of rushing water and flood vents to allow water to pass through the foundation of shore front property.
Jun 092013
 
A Chinese construction company is setting out to build the world’s tallest building, in Changsha, China. And it says it can finish it in one-tenth of the time it took to build the current record holder. Broad Sustainable Construction, a company known for building high-rise buildings in record-breaking time, said it will break ground in June ’13 on the project, which will stand at 838 meters, or 2,749 feet, when completed. The building is slated to make an incredibly speedy progress, finishing construction in seven months. Construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s current tallest building, took approximately six years to complete. The building will be called “Sky City” and will exceed the Burj Khalifa by roughly 10 meters (30 feet). While the Burj Khalifa is in a popular Middle East tourist destination, the biggest city in the United Arab Emirates and a worldwide aviation hub, the new Sky City will be erected in the middle of a field in Changsha, the capital of the province of Hunan — a city of 7 million, to be sure, but located in the middle of China, with the closest international metropolis being Hong Kong, 600 km (400 miles) to the south.
May 292013
 
The Municipal Art Society of NYC asked four design firms to “Draw BIG” and  Reimagine the ideal Pennsylvania Station and Madison Square Garden.
 
The proposals by Diller Scofidio & RenfroSHoP ArchitectsSkidmore, Owings & Merrill and H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture were introduced on May 29th. All plans expect the new station to include high-speed rail.
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H3 HARDY COLLABORATION ARCHITECTURE Moves the entire complex to the West Side waterfront at 34th Street, creates an elevated bike and pedestrian promenade and turns Pier 76 into a new 16-acre park. 
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DILLER SCOFIDIO & RENFRO Moves Madison Square Garden across Eighth Avenue next to the James A. Farley Post Office building; Penn Station becomes a multilevel public space with amenities like a spa and a theater. 
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SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL Moves Madison Square Garden off site and expands the station to four city blocks from two. Above ground: green space four times the size of Bryant Park; housing twice the size of Tudor City; more offices than Rockefeller Center; and more cultural spaces than Lincoln Center. 
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SHoP ARCHITECTS Expands the existing site with a lightweight concrete structure that is meant to evoke the old Penn Station and seeks to make the station a social meeting spot. 

When’s the last time you heard someone say… Let’s meet for a drink at Penn Station? People say that about Grand Central all the time.

 

May 212013
 

May is mental health awareness month and Cornerstone is getting involved! Receptionist for the firm, Angelina Baker, organized a team for the annual 5k NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mercer County walk. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need. NAMI is the foundation for hundreds of NAMI State Organizations, NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders who work in local communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs. Angelina’s team, “The Stigma Stompers” raised a total of $945 and had 12 people join her in walking to promote mental health awareness. Mercer County had over 850 people who proudly gathered to walk. Together, the Mercer county teams raised over S110,000. Mental Illness affects 1 in 4 or nearly 60 million Americans each year. Cornerstone offers endless support to anyone diagnosed with a mental illness and caretakers in the mental health care system.

May 102013
 

Cheers erupted as the spire topped One World Trade Center on Friday morning May 10, 2013. A crane lifted the last of a 408-foot tall spire on top of the “Freedom Tower”, a capstone to an emotional 12-year effort to replace the twin towers destroyed by terrorists. The 18-piece silver spire tops out the tower at a symbolic 1,776 feet, a nod to the year America signed the Declaration of Independence. The new building is just north of the original towers, now the hallowed ground known as Ground Zero. “This really is a symbolic moment because this building really represents the resiliency of this country,” said Port Authority Vice Chair Scott Rechler. “These people, the thousands of men and women who have worked here tirelessly, really as a tribute for the people that perished on 9/11 right on this site”. The pinnacle was built with the city’s streets in mind. Its tip holds a beacon with 288 50-watt LED lights that will allow it be seen up to 50 miles away on a clear day. Once operational, the spire will serve as a world-class broadcast antenna. It also makes the building the tallest in the Western Hemisphere.


Submitted by: Michael G. Soriano, AIA Ref: NBC
May 032013
 
Businesses Can Now Apply for Sandy Recovery Grants of up to $50,000. Beginning on Wednesday May 1st, businesses can apply for Superstorm Sandy recovery grants of up to $50,000 at the website of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Small businesses and nonprofits struck by the storm are eligible for the grants that can be used toward working capital or new construction.

Grant Program Overview: 
  • Small businesses and non-profits may apply for grants and forgivable loans of up to $50,000. Businesses with multiple locations in New Jersey may receive more than one grant, totaling no more than $250,000. 
  • The entity must be considered a “small business” as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and have more than $25,000 but less than $5 million in gross operating revenues. 
  • Applicants must show each location sustained at least $5,000 in damages. 
  • Grants are eligible for working capital (operating expenses), inventory, equipment, machinery, fixtures, furnishings and construction. 
  • Priority will be given to applicants located in the nine most impacted counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union. 
  • Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
The $260 million Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program is one of the initiatives approved by the NJEDA. It also approved $25 million to fund a tourism marketing campaign to assist Superstorm Sandy-impacted communities and promote the state’s tourism assets; and $12 million for securing a firm to operate the grant program under the supervision of the Office of Recovery.

The grant program is part of the state’s $1.8 billion plan to spend federal Community Development Block Grant disaster assistance funds. The plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the EDA approved the first initiatives of that program.


Submitted by: Michael G. Soriano, AIA Ref: NJEDA
Apr 262013
 
Cornerstone Architectural Group has just completed the design work for Robertet Fragrances’ new US Headquarters in Mount Olive, New Jersey. Work in the 117,000 square foot building includes the complete renovation of nearly 50,000 square feet of office and laboratory space, as well as upgrades to the warehouse and production areas. Robertet will consolidate two existing New Jersey locations into this recently acquired property in Mount Olive’s International Trade Zone.
Robertet and Cornerstone’s business partnership spans more than 20 years and includes over 20 completed projects in eight different locations. The Robertet Group, headquartered in Grasse France, has three businesses: natural raw materials, perfume compositions and food flavorings. Robertet serves customers in 50 countries from its global network of production, R&D and design centers, spanning more than 11 countries.

Patrick J. Fucci, Associate AIA is the Project Manager and Robert M. Longo, AIA is the Partner in charge of the project. 

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Rendering of Robertet Fragrances’ Main Lobby

Submitted by: Robert M. Longo, AIA  Ref: RF&F
Apr 222013
 
In honor of National Architecture Week 2013 (April 7-13) a week-long celebration of architects and architecture, the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects created a list of 10 of New Jersey’s most iconic architects. The list includes architects representing a range of architecture styles & philosophies; contemporary & historic figures; men & women; North & South. In some way they all are connected to the Garden State, whether they were born or practiced in New Jersey.

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us – Winston Churchill
AIA-NJ Nominates Michael Graves to New Jersey Hall of Fame
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Submitted by: Michael G. Soriano, AIA Ref: AIA/NJ

Apr 122013
 
A “Hug from Home” is a gift tube personalized to say “Thank You” to our military who are overseas, and to let them know they are loved and supported during their deployment. The compact care packages contain everything from the necessary; toothbrushes, bug spray and deodorant, to the fun; magazines, cigars and puzzles. Cornerstone is proud to have participated for the past 3 years with Morristown, NJ based Office Furniture Partnership. OFP has organized this special program in support of service men and women serving abroad for more than 5 consecutive years have distributed more than 12,000 “Hugs”! In many cases, soldiers rely on friends and family to send care packages, but sometimes it’s the gifts from strangers, organizations and communities that have the biggest impact on morale. Other companies, families and individuals interested in participating in the next “Hugs from Home” can contact Bob Rigby at bobr@officefurniturepartnership.com or call him at (973) 867-3403. Thank you for the support of this campaign and our troops!


Submitted by: Michael G. Soriano, AIA Ref: OFP
Mar 292013
 

New Jersey has now formally adopted controversial flood elevation standards, even though state and federal officials admit the regulations will likely change when final maps are released later this year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s, (FEMA), advisory elevations, which the state accepted through an emergency rule earlier this year as the standard for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, lay out how high residents in flood zones must raise their homes in order to maintain affordable flood insurance premiums. Despite protests from many storm victims who call the maps flawed, the state Department of Environmental Protection filed papers on Monday to make that emergency order a permanent measure.

Submitted by: Robert F. Barranger, AIA Ref: NJSL
Mar 242013
 

I made an unexpected stop in Rye, NY today and I was lucky to stumble upon the William E. Ward House. The building is located on a large lot in a residential neighborhood on the border of New York and Connecticut.

Constructed from 1873-1875, the house was the first structure in the United States built entirely of reinforced concrete. Mr Ward, a mechanical engineer, collaborated with architect Robert Mook, to create this imposing 17 room mansion. The building is constructed entirely of Portland cement based concrete reinforced with iron beams and rods. Only the doors, window frames and trim are of wood.

A combination of Gothic Revival and French Second Empire styles, the building features a four-story octagonal tower that expresses rather than conceals the concrete. The mansion was jokingly known as “Ward’s Folly” by neighbors until its durability and character caused it to be re-dubbed “Ward’s Castle.”

The castle was later bought by “Beetle Bailey” cartoonist Mort Walker, and it was home to the Museum of Cartoon Art from 1976 to 1992. The building is currently a private residence.


I was caught without my SLR so these camera phone pictures will have to do.

Mar 222013
 
The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA NJ) recently recognized Cornerstone Architectural Group for 25 years of service to the profession. Cornerstone celebrated 25 years in business in December of 2012. The award was presented to the firms’ principals; Robert F. Barranger, AIA, Robert M. Longo, AIA and Michael G. Soriano, AIA at AIA New Jersey‘s black tie gala, by 2013 AIA NJ President, Jack Purvis, AIA and AIA NJ Service Awards Chair, Michael Hanrahan, AIA. 

                          

Pictured from left to right; Jack Purvis, AIA, Michael G. Soriano, AIA, 
Robert M. Longo, AIA, Robert F. Barranger, AIA and Michael Hanrahan, AIA

Submitted by: Michael G. Soriano, AIA Ref: AIA/NJ
Mar 192013
 

                           
Jim Reinders, an experimental artist with a history of using curious media, became so enthralled by the beauty of the famous Stonehenge in England that he had to recreate it. However, Reinders, instead of using stone, decided to embrace a more modern, Americanized approach. Shortly after his father died in 1982, Reinder came up with the idea to build “Carhenge”.
Five years later during a family reunion, with the help of some thirty family members, Reinder used thirty-eight automobiles to mirror the position of the rocks that construct Stonehenge. All the automobiles, which include a handful of cars, a pick-up truck, an ambulance, and a 1962 Cadillac as the heel stone, accurately and proportionately depict the real life structure.
Completing the sculpture just in time for the Summer Solstice, the family celebrated their achievements. The local residents of Alliance, Nebraska were initially disturbed by the presence of Carhenge, believing it to be an eyesore, but over time have grown to accept and love the structure that put their town on the map.
Submitted by: Robert F. Barranger, AIA Ref: DM