14C — May 21 - June 17, 2021 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal


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Newark Symphony Hall unveils new façade Clarke Caton Hintz designs $50 Million restoration

80MStreet’s mass timber vertical expansion Columbia Property Trust celebrates topping out


EWARK, NJ — New - ark Symphony Hall (NSH), New Jersey’s

largest Black-led arts and en - tertainment venue unveiled designs for its exterior renova - tion – part of a five-year, three- phase $50 million project set to wrap on the venue’s 100th birthday in 2025. The design, from Trenton-based archi - tectural firm Clarke Caton Hintz (CCH) , includes a new marquee and streetscape. NSH – located at 1020 Broad St. in Newark – was built in 1925 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In addition to restoring the build - ing’s façade, the renovation will reimagine the city block – adding bike lanes, improved curbing, a central island and transportation access. “With the help of historic preservation experts Clarke Caton Hintz and our wider project team, we’ll be revital - izing our corner of Broad Street while modernizing – and pay - ing tribute to – our historic venue, an anchor institution for the city,” said Taneshia Nash Laird, president and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall, and the sole Black female leader of a performing arts center in NJ. CCH’s work includes histori - cal and contemporary design in - fluences that match the venue’s longstanding presence in the “Brick City.” Specifically, the hall’s new marquee is reminis - cent of the one that stood at NSH between the 1960s-70s. The translucent dome will shine directional light onto the building’s columns – making it a “beacon” for Broad Street. The canopy face will be lit with LED bulbs and an illuminated “Newark Symphony Hall” sign. “Our par tne r sh i p wi th Taneshia and the folks at New - ark Symphony Hall has been wonderful, and we very much appreciate the opportunity to breathe new life into such hallowed ground,” said John Hatch, FAIA , principal with CCH. “Our idea behind the en - try canopy/dome is to think of it as a delicate yet bold structure, a kind of beacon that lights-up the entire entry sequence and invites everyone to come in. The dome’s curved glass and chev - ron shape, along with the cre - ative streetscape, make the hall a gathering agent and, surely, one of the city’s most unique and historic attractions.” Design features also include a series of in-ground directional

Views from 80 M Expansion (Credit: Shoootin)

Newark Symphony Hall rendering

WASHINGTON, DC — Executives from Columbia Property Trust were joined by general contractor DAVIS Construction , architecture and design firm Hickok Cole , construction firm Katerra , and a group of trade partners to celebrate the official topping out of 80 M Street’s three-floor mass timber vertical expan - sion. The project will add 105,000 s/f of light-filled, boutique-style space atop Columbia’s existing Capitol Riverfront office build - ing. Once completed in 2022, it will become DC’s first commer - cial offices to rely primarily on mass timber and glass, as well as the first overbuild in the na - tion to utilize mass timber as its main design element. “The mass timber expan - sion at 80 M will soon house DC's most unique creative office space. We are indebted to our project team and trade partners for their dedication in helping us advance to the next phase of construction on schedule,” said Patrick Keeley , senior vice president - DC region lead at Columbia Property Trust. “As the first in the District to employ this sus - tainable, cutting-edge building technique, our project has certainly captured the imagi - nation of a wide range of local developers and builders who have asked to tour the project site in recent months.” More than half of the expan - sion will serve as the American Trucking Association’s new headquarters. The remaining 55,000 s/f of office space cre - ated via the expansion remains available for lease. Columbia is also adding a new penthouse lounge amenity and an outdoor terrace for the benefit of all tenants in the building. Working with Hickok Cole, Columbia designed the over - build in ways that would en - hance productivity, health and wellness for the building’s

LED up-lights to wash onto the façade from the sidewalk. This will be accompanied by new streetlights with “tear-drop” light fixtures in front of the building – matching other sec - tions of Broad Street. Another standout design element is the “NSH Plaza” in front of the hall – functioning as a crosswalk for pedestrians. Also, a public works and public art component involves large “NSH” letters set into the pave - ment celebrating NSH’s artistic history. Each letter of the ab - breviation will house a word- cloud consisting of the hall’s prominent musical alumni. NSH, located in an Oppor - tunity Zone, expects the reno - vation to be financed by phi - lanthropy, historic tax credits and other state and federal programs. NSH is currently fundraising for this building envelope and marquee work. The venue has engaged both the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Com - mission, along with the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office – which retains project oversight from a $750,000 N.J. Historic Trust Grant awarded to the venue in November 2020. Nash Laird added: “The un - veiling of our design is just one step toward reaching our final mark in 2025. Through immense determination and collaboration at the city, state and federal levels, we know that this will be a monumental project and one that will spur job growth and engagement, particularly for BIPOC artists and individuals in our great city and across the Tri-State Area.” The entire renovation is set to create 500 jobs and assist 50 local small businesses. CCH is also preparing an interior space plan to accom - modate building tenants be - yond Newark Performing Arts Corporation, the nonprofit

that operates NSH. As part of the five-year project, NSH will also improve as much as 50,000 s/f of tenant space, including reactivating an entire floor of the hall that has been dormant for more than 30 years. Design specifications also include ac - cessible restaurant space on the street level. Last fall, NSH created a volunteer-based, seven-mem - ber Investment Committee to shape oversight policy and provide fund-management guidance – with members from Goldman Sachs, AllianceBern - stein and more. Members will help the venue achieve fund - raising milestones, including the planned renovation. In March 2021, the venue also announced the creation of “The Lab,” its business incubator and career accelerator program for live and filmed performance. The programkicks off with resi - dent company, Yendor Theatre Company (YTC), which will stage Richard Wesley’s “Black Terror” this fall. NSH is owned by the City of Newark and operated by the nonprofit Newark Performing Arts Corporation. Some of the Symphony Hall’s legendary acts over the years have includ - ed Placido Domingo, The Roll - ing Stones, Amalia Rodrigues, Celia Cruz, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, among others. About Newark Symphony Hall Born in 1925, Newark Sym - phony Hall (NSH) has been the home of almost a century of arts and culture in what is now one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest arts and entertain - ment venues. NSH remains as committed as ever to providing an artistically rich experience for art lovers of all ages, while creating career pathways for people of color from around the world – and bettering both its community and the Greater Newark region. MAREJ

occupants. The mass timber’s biophilic design will produce 15-foot ceilings and 12-foot windows – a combination that brings double the amount of light penetration possible in a standard DC office space – and 4,000 s/f of outdoor amenity space will further elevate the occupant experience. To create a seamless exterior aesthetic and a pop of color, the existing eight-story brick façade will be accented with terracotta tiles and painted metal exterior elements. Over 1,380 tons of mass tim - ber sourced from the forests of the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Canada were uti - lized for the project. Columbia worked with its partners to select the wood product for its blend of innovative design, environmentally-friendly fea - tures and modern efficiencies. Mass timber is a low-carbon alternative to traditional steel, concrete and masonry build - ing and allows for increases in height with minimal impact on the overall structure. Mass timber projects can also be constructed faster and with less on-site labor. In addition to the overbuild, Columbia is currently under - way on a series of street-level improvements at 80 M, includ - ing the transformation of the entrance, lobby and amenity offerings. These renovations will give the building a more holistic design that elevates the experience of tenants and their guests from the moment they approach the entrance. MAREJ 80 rendering (Credit: Neoscape)

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