28A — January 17 - 30, 2014 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


P eople on the M ove

Tenants, employees contribute to ‘Operation Holiday’ Alfred Sanzari Enterprises holds annual holiday gift drive

Cathedral HS students explore new paths PWC mentorship program motivates students


supermarkets; non-perish- able food items; and towels. Established in 1967, the non- profit BCCAP is Bergen Coun- ty’s designated anti-poverty agency and one of the leading community action agencies in New Jersey. “Throughout the year,Alfred Sanzari Enterprises fosters a corporate culture of giving back to the communities we serve,” said Dave Cali , Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ vice- president of property man- agement. “This annual gift and toy drive is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, and I am proud of our passionate employees and tenants who undoubtedly have made the season brighter for local residents in need.” n 2013 was a better year than 2012, but we have a long way to go to get to pre-2008 levels of activity. While most consult- ing engineering firms are still wary about the future, they are optimistic that 2014 will see even more improvement. Notably, the recent difficulties have made consulting firms take serious looks at staffing levels and work efficiencies, and while there may be an uptake in hiring in the next year, there will be continued pressure to complete projects more efficiently than ever before. Employees have devel- oped more diverse skill sets, and are now able to pitch in trend that I think will continue and likely expand in the coming years, is a movement back to village/urban living – especially for the post-college young and the old. With younger genera- tions focusing on sustainability and single-family suburban real estate prices continuing to rise beyond the means of first-time buyers, urban living offers an affordable, efficient and sustainable option, with easy access to social and cul- tural amenities and entertain- ment. For many of the same reasons, older generations also seem to be increasingly making the move to a more urban/vil- lage lifestyle, and shedding designers and regulators will impact the process required to obtain approvals.

ACKENSACK, NJ — Alfred Sanzari Enterprises showed

the giving spirit this holiday season by holding its annual “Operation Holiday” gift and toy drive. Alfred Sanzari En- terprises’ corporate offices, located at Court Plaza North in Hackensack, served as the drop-off location during the month-long event. Working in conjunction with the Bergen County Com- munity Action Partner- ship Inc. (BCCAP) , Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ tenants and employees donated new, unwrapped toys; new win- ter clothing (hats, gloves, socks, etc.) for men, women and children; toiletries; gifts cards to local retailers and Continued from page 11A to predict for at least the next year or so, as everyone, includ- ing designers and regulators, work out the design and pro- cess details. Also in Delaware, the De- partment of Transportation is revising Traffic Impact Study requirements, and is looking at every section of its Subdivision Manual. The new paradigm will be area-wide studies, as soon as local gov- ernments can delineate areas to designate as Transportation Improvement Districts. Traffic Impact Studies are also to be partially replaced with impact fees to fund these larger area studies and required road improvements. Again, the learning curve required by opportunities for urban infill- ing, waterfront development, urban open space, and historic building re-use. Another redevelopment op- portunity in the Philadelphia area is along the Delaware waterfront, which finally ap- pears to be moving in the right direction after years of infight- ing and politics. Hopefully, it continues to move forward in a positive way so that the city can finally experience the benefits of a rejuvenated urban water- front environment like other northeast cities including Bos- ton, New York and Baltimore. Urban/Village Living - A Continued from page 22A Michael Shaw, GZA . . . Steve Johns, Vandemark . . .

of commitment, passion and courage.” She added, “When the students think of construction, careers as architects, engineers and estimatorsmay not come to mind but these are paths they could look into.” PWC president Lenore Ja- nis told the girls that PWC exists “to let all of you know that there is an industry out there for YOU.” She spoke of the improving but still too low number of women engineers and the growing numbers of women architects and construc- tion managers. Kathleen Contes , student council vice president for 2014 and an officerwithFutureBusi- ness Leaders of America was glad to have a chance to “look at the struggles and accomplish- ments of women” and see that “nothing is impossible.” n majority of which are young families or single parents who are working toward self-suf- ficiency and family well-being - in need of assistance during the holiday season. This season, Jackson Cross staff members have adopted a local family with four young children through the PathWays program. n cation relative to all of these important requirements. “The year ahead should be a good one for the industrial market both nationally and regionally. E-commerce tenant demand will remain strong. There asset class will con- tinue to be favored by insti- tutional investors. This will be an increase in rental rates, declining vacancy and more spec construction,” concluded Morrissey. n

NEWYORK, NY — Profes- sional Women in Construc- tion (PWC) began its second year of mentorship programs with a presentation by PWC board members and support- ers at Cathedral HS in New YorkCity. The event, part of the school’s Women in Leadership program, took place on one of Cathedral’s ongoing career and enrichment days. Principal Maria Spagnuolo said, “This shows that with the correct education, drive and willingness you candowhatever youwant.We’re giving students leadership skills, showing that they shouldn’t second guess themselves.” Marguerite Kiely , who or- ganizes Women in Leadership as chair of business and IT and director of job placement, said, “It’s wonderful to see women KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — Jackson Cross Partners announced its ongoing efforts to spread holiday cheer in the Philadelphia area through the company’s participation in the charitable Adopt-A-Family holiday program organized by PathWays PA . As a sponsor, Jackson Cross is matched with a particular client family - the new construction activity in the Lehigh Valley are along the I-81 and I-83 corridors. “As labor rates in China and other foreign countries rise rapidly, we are seeing more ‘re-shoring’ of manufacturing. Intermodal centers with port, air, rail and interstate highway access are ideal for these ‘re- shoring’ activities. Wilmington and Philadelphia should be able to capitalize on their lo-

Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ employees Al Louis Sanzari, assistant project manager (left) and Ryan Sanzari, project manager.

to help work within multiple disciplines and specialties. These adjustments will ben- efit our clients as we are able to complete projects more quickly and efficiently. More than ever, the most important criteria in selecting a consulting engineering firm are qualifications and experi- ence. Selecting a firm that has experience with the required regulatory process for the spe- cific type of project needed by the client, will save the client time and money every time. As VanDemark & Lynch’s Vice President of Engineer- ing, Steve Johns’ manages the office and assumes the role of Principal-in-Charge to lead the design process for significant projects. n the shackles of traditional suburban living. Such moves may involve moving back to traditional urban centers, like downtown Philadelphia, or to new/evolving small town vil- lages near town centers and/or public transportation. With real estate prices on the rise again, this trend seems des- tined to continue in the years ahead. All in all, 2014 looks like it could be an exciting year of change and opportunity. Here’s to a healthy and prosperous new year. Michael Shaw i s the Senior Principal of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. n

Jackson Cross Partners participates in Adopt-a-Family program

John Morrissey, Jackson Cross Partners . . . Continued from page 20A

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