18C — March 27 - April 9, 2020 — The Best of 2019 — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal www.marej.com The BEST ENGINEERING PROJECT of 2019 H2M architects + engineers Homeless Solutions, Inc. Morristown, NJ REDCOMDesign&Construction LLC 320 Paterson Plank Road Carlstadt, NJ
RGS Associates VERDE Apartments Hummelstown, PA Type of project: Multifamily Residential Housing Redevelop- ment Size: 6 acres, +/- A blighted processing facility needing to be returned to a produc- tive, taxable land use, was redeveloped to include six apartment buildings (134 apartments), parking, fitness, maintenance, four multi-car garages, open space improvements, and related infra - structure. The plan fit the context of the neighborhood, met local ordinance and stormwater regulations, as well as complied with all applicable environmental requirements. The project redevelops the last remaining undeveloped property in the northeast portion of the Borough and creates a unified/attractive streetscape. It’s a stellar example of how a well-designed community infill and redevelop - ment project can integrate challenging infrastructure solutions into an overall project. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? The Verde Apartments project is an important and replicable ex- ample of urban redevelopment that implements a number of cost effective solutions for developers and communities to consider. The Verde Apartments project, developed at 26.5 units/acre, dem - onstrates that higher densities can be achieved in existing neigh - borhoods without compromising quality design. It also proves that stormwater management requirements can be met while consider - ing cost and project financing. Specialized hydrologic modeling was needed to accurately repre - sent the runoff associated within the site. Improvements to down- gradient storm conveyance infrastructure was coordinated with lo - cal municipal officials. Multiple water quality BMPs were utilized to meet rigorous nutrient removal efficiencies dictated by NPDES guidelines. A combination of pre-treatment structures, water-tight underground storage facilities, and a street sweeping maintenance program were incorporated to fully meet these objectives. Verde Apartments serve as an excellent example of how a private development can successfully revitalize a portion of an existing borough which was otherwise deteriorating and vacant. The team created a redevelopment plan that fit into the existing fabric of the Borough. The outcome created a win-win for 2nd Street Realty and
Type of project: Industrial Size: 80,000 SF
Type of project: Residential Housing Size: 8 units, 12,000 SF
320 Paterson Plank Road is one of our recently completed, industrial facilities that is located in Carlstadt, New Jersey. This warehouse has a 40,000 SF footprint and a height of 48 feet. Additionally, the facility was originally designed with a 13,000 SF mezzanine for indoor storage. REDCOM initially entered this project as the general contractor. Due to the township’s regulations that forbid outside storage, the owner was faced with a storage issue. REDCOM’s in- house experts re-engineered the existing facility to include a 40,000 SF second floor during the construction process. This solution brings the two-story warehouse to a total of 80,000 SF. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? REDCOM was able to solve the owner’s storage problem while keeping within the township’s regulations. Addition - ally, adding a second floor to a warehouse facility is typi - cally uncommon.
As part of the Homeless Solutions Inc. (HSI) mission to provide “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out,” H2M and the HSI Housing Development team transformed an underutilized property at 88 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. in Morristown into eight units of affordable transitional housing. The project straddles two municipalities and coordination was key in the design and approval process to satisfy the vari - ous jurisdictions and create a neighborhood amenity. Con - trolling project costs was especially critical and the staff at H2M has a long-term relationship with HSI to create housing that, together with the HSI programs, successfully transition participants to independent living. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? H2M takes pride in bettering the communities in which we work and alive, and were especially proud to design a projects that met HSI’s mission.
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