M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — The Best of 2019 — March 27 - April 9, 2020 — 39C



Murray Associates Architects, PC 225 Grandview Drive Mechanicsburg, PA

CREATE Architecture Planning & Design, PLLC Plymouth Meeting Mall

DMR Architects Mellone – Mariniello (M&M) Recreation Center

Type of project: Renovation Size: 215,532 GSF

Location: Hackensack, NJ Type of project: Renovation & Expansion Size: 22,000 SF

This transformation required an accelerated schedule to meet the owners Proforma. The overall goal was to cost effectively improve the building’s appearance, provide a high-perfor- mance building envelope and achieve a modern facade to at- tract new tenants. The building’s entrance, lobbies, facade and curtain wall sys- tems were all replaced, and the secondary building entrance was re-designed. The subtle pattern of the façade’s vertical openings creates an elegant rhythm that breaks down the scale of the five-story building. Insulated high-performance tinted fritted glass reduces solar gain and transforms the structure into an illuminated eye-catching beacon. This project was a favorite as the buildings entire façade and its interiors were stripping off to its frame. New pre-fabricated insulated metal wall panels replaced the former 1980’s glazed aluminum curtain wall system. This holistic transformation reinvigorated an unoccupied outdated building into a modern vibrant workplace for multiple tenants.

The City of Hackensack embarked on a building program to up- grade and expand the Mellone – Mariniello (M&M) Recreation Center to provide improved athletic, meeting and activity spaces. The project renovated and expanded the existing 8,000 SF build- ing into a 22,000 SF facility that now includes an expanded 400- seat basketball arena, a new senior center, a new lobby, a snack bar and three multipurpose rooms. The expansion of the build- ing encompassed the entire previous facility, expanding from all sides. The state-of-the-art arena now offers flexibility for basket - ball, volleyball, baseball hitting cages and indoor soccer. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? This project was a favorite of the staff this year for many reasons. First, the City of Hackensack is a client that DMR serves from both a redevelopment planning and architectural perspective, so we are particularly excited when our architec- tural staff has the opportunity to design the physical environ - ments envisioned as part of a larger redevelopment vision.

Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA Type of project: Former Macys department store conversion Size: 214,385 SF Plymouth Meeting Mall is a pioneer in retail proving success is what happens when you plan ahead! The journey started 10 years ago with a planned long-term vision when we added Whole Foods Market and a slew of open-air retail over a 350-car parking garage. In 2019, we converted a former 3 level Macy’s to Burlington Stores, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Edge Fitness Club, Miller’s Ale House and Michaels. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? An extremely challenging conversion of a 3-level depart- ment store into a multi-tenant facility, reusing the existing structure and reinventing the entire exterior all while remain- ing a strong anchor to a regional shopping mall.

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