MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:23 ORCHARD ROAD
The 23 Orchard Road project addresses an important issue facing Somerset County: the re-use of older office buildings built during the 1970s-1980s building boom. This restoration of a vacant, thirty year old building injected new life into 240,000 square feet of office space. The project involves the renovation of common areas (front entrance, cafeteria and bistro, health club, and restrooms), updates the building’s HVAC system, and uses LEED qualifying materials such as carpets, ceiling tiles, paint, and other locally certified materials. A six acre solar array will provide 40% of the power to the building, and over 40 acres of conservation space contain walking trails and an additional two acres of tree plantings. The developer of the project was SCBP member Herring Properties, with architect Leslie Campbell & Associates and engineer Van Cleef Engineering Associates (also an SCBP member).
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT:BERRY STREET COMMONS
Berry Street Commons is a two building, 94-unit affordable housing development in the Renaissance Redevelopment Area in Franklin Township. Locating the building on the 2.5 acre site proved challenging because of wetlands, a utility easement, and stormwater management concerns. The building achieved LEED Gold certification — one of the first affordable housing projects in the state to do so. It is extremely energy efficient with highly efficient windows, heating and air conditioning, and 100% energy star rated appliances. The roof accommodates a 37 kW solar panel array to offset electrical usage. The developer of the project was RPM Development Group, with architect Inglese Architecture and Engineering and an engineering team that included Inglese Architecture and Engineering and SCBP member Maser Engineering.