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Connie Luongo Marketing Director SBLM Architects

Connie Luongo
On Wednesday, April 8th, around 50 representatives from New Jersey and New York architecture and engineering firms gathered at the Daikin Solutions Plaza in Jersey City for a client panel discussion on real estate development trends in the New Jersey higher education market. The attendees included marketers, practitioners, and principals from firms such as Skanska USA Building, Syska Hennessy Group, KSS Architects, Langan Engineering, and SSP Architectural Group, among many others.

[expand title=”Click here to read more about The Higher Education and Real Estate Development in the Garden State…”] The quality of engagement from the local AEC community was driven by the quality of the panel which featured leaders from institutions across the Garden State including: Andrew P. Christ, PE, Vice President, Real Estate Development and Capital Operations, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Dr. Anne Schaper Englot, Professor of Architecture and Humanities, Rutgers University – Newark; Curt Heuring, Vice President for Administration, The College of New Jersey; and John Ziegler, AIA, Director, Real Estate Development, Princeton University. Moderated by David McIntyre, Institutional Practice Leader at VHB, the two-hour panel discussion was divided into three sections: Part I, Look Back: Past as Prologue; Part II, Look Around: Recent Development Initiatives; and Part III, Look Forward: University Real Estate in the Next Decade. During Part II, each of the panelists, using visual assets shared via a PowerPoint presentation, had the opportunity to discuss recent and ongoing developments at their respective institutions including: NJIT’s Gateway Redevelopment Plan, RU-N’s “Express Newark”, TCNJ’s “Campus Town”, and Princeton’s Housing Master Plan. Following the program McIntyre reflected, “It was fascinating to see the degree to which external partnerships have become so central to each institution’s real estate strategy – regardless of public/private, location, asset size, curricula focus etc. This change over a relatively short period of time is remarkable.” Attendee Michael Gorman, Director of Project Development at NK Architects, also noted, “The importance of a college’s relationship with the surrounding neighborhood and city was very apparent and especially so in Newark. And,” he added, shifting his focus to comment on SMPS programs, “a big takeaway is the need for more NJ-focused programs. I think that was evident from the strong turnout.” To be the first to learn about future programs and networking events hosted by the SMPS-NY New Jersey Affiliate, connect with me on LinkedIn![/expand]