30C — March 19 - April 15, 2021 — The Best of 2020 — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal www.marej.com The BEST INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION of 2020 NAIOP NJ CRE Development Association New Brunswick, NJ CREW NJ Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey IOREBA Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association
Key Initiatives: Premier Industry Education, Career / Leadership Development, Networking, Community Service Current President: Ivette Alvarado of Sills, Cummis & Gross PC Founded in 1982, CREW NJ is the New Jersey chapter of the international CREWNetwork consisting of over 12,000 members in 75+ major global markets. Our not-for-profit organization is the leading NJ organization for professional women involved in all aspects of commercial and indus- trial real estate. Our members come from diverse fields and backgrounds, which provides CREW NJ with a remarkable depth and breadth of industry talent - accountants, archi- tects, appraisers, asset/property managers, attorneys, con- sultants, developers, engineers, lenders, leasing and sales brokers, mortgage bankers/brokers, marketing specialists, market and investment analysts, corporate real estate repre- sentatives, and title/escrow officers.
Type of Organization: Real Estate Trade Organization Current president: Constantino T. “Gus” Milano, Hartz Mountain Industries Number of Members: 840+ How does the Commercial RE field benefit from your Organization: NAIOP New Jersey’s core mission is advo- cacy on behalf of the industry and our 840+ commercial real estate professional members. Our members turn to the association for the timely information and education needed to operate successfully in compliance with New Jersey laws and regulations, maintain professional licenses and creden- tials, and the human connections that forge partnerships that make deals happen, transform communities, and bring jobs and investments to the Garden State. NAIOP New Jersey is committed to improving the professionalism of the indi- vidual, the image of the industry, and the quality of life in our communities. For 50 years, NAIOP NJ’s advocacy on behalf of the indus- try has set it apart from other industry organizations. NAIOP NJ is the highly respected voice of commercial real estate in Trenton, and a trusted resource to public policy makers. The Economic Recovery Act of 2020, the Licensed Site Re- mediation Professionals Program, and the Bayonne Bridge Raising project all resulted from NAIOP NJ’s advocacy for sound public policies that support and advance responsible, sustainable development that bolsters the economy, creates jobs, and builds stronger communities across the state.
IOREBA is one of the nation’s largest and oldest region- al industrial and office real estate brokers associations in the United States. From an original 33 members in 1927 who hailed from New York City, Hoboken, Jersey City, and Newark, IOREBA currently has over 250 members throughout NJ, NY, PA, CT and other states. IOREBAholds educational/networking events throughout the year such as the annual Developer Night and Golf & Tennis Outing. Membership in IOREBA gives members the opportunity to access market information, network with other industry professionals such as brokers, developers, and owners and cultivate strategic friendships. The association has continu- ally evolved and expanded its offerings, designing useful programs in 2020 such as webinars for todays changing industry. IOREBA leadership is headed by IOREBA Presi- dent John Johnson, President of Wellington Real Estate and an industry veteran.
Throughout the pandemic, our chapter has come up with creative, safe ways to keep our 100+ members connected to both our local and global industry network, enabling them to exchange resources, business leads and expertise while continuing to cultivate their personal and professional rela- tionships. We also promote young women entering the field through valuable scholarships, internships, mentoring and specialized events. The BEST INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE of 2020 Murray Associates Architects, P.C. Harrisburg University’s Student Union Harrisburg, PA DMR Architects Eight Provident Bank Branches New Jersey
Type of project: Corporate-retail interior Location: Edison, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, East Brunswick, Milltown, Leonia, Brick, Freehold, NJ Size: Branches ranged in size from 1,500 to 5,500 s/f Previously, DMR Architects began working with The Provident Bank on a new interior design prototype that would better reflect its modern brand identity. The new plans used the blues and bright orange from the bank’s logo as accent colors, feature walls and teller pods, a more open and engaging area for tellers and customers to interact, more space dedicated to a welcoming area for customers, a technology bar, and self-serve coffee bar. In 2020, DMR implemented the prototype to eight branches throughout New Jersey. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? DMR designed the new The Provident Bank interior design prototype to better embrace the institution’s more modern brand identity as an inviting and technologically-forward place to do business with trusted advisors. In 2019, we began implementing the prototype across New Jersey and in 2020, we realized our vision in eight additional locations. As DMR executed a previous prototype in 30+ branches beginning in 2010, we are also proud to have worked closely through many cycles of evolution with The Provident Bank.
Type of project: Fit-out Size: 7,950 gsf
The Student Union fit-out has collaborative learning, small group areas, private study spaces, conference rooms, meeting spaces, an Aquaponics Lab, a Wellness Center and a self-service Bistro. A mezzanine created a glass-enclosed classroom and additional collaborative space. A custom designed amphitheater, outfitted with a multi-media and a 3 x 3 seamless video wall display, serves as a multi-purpose venue for lectures, presentations, a distance learning laboratory and student/community event space. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? This state-of-the-art facility integrates student life with academics, building a greater sense of community. The university already had a presence in the Whitaker Arts and Science Center, as Murrays transformed the basement into an esports training center for Harrisburg University’s nationally recognized team, The Storm. It made sense to create another unique, vibrant and fun place for the entire student body to utilize.
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