On August 21st, 2017, The College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University hosted an impromptu gathering for
#SolarEclipse2017, which attracted a few dozen spectators and participants utilizing various scientific apparatuses to view the partial solar eclipse in from the new LEED Gold Center for Environmental Life Science Building (nick named CELS for short). (You can see me running around in high speed in my khakis, blue shirt and brief case by clicking here. Working at a University has its perks!)
Not only was it was a fun event – It was great to see such a great crowd and camaraderie from a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It was a great opportunity for the campus community to come together for a great event. Science and the natural world connects us all and reminds us that we are not that different when it comes to who we are as human beings.
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One of the last two projects I worked on while at Cubellis Ecoplan (now Environetics) is currently under construction (below). The other project I was fortunate to design was the Delaware Welcome Center (featured here). I was only involved in the design and design development of both projects (not the construction) but they were fun to work on with the other team members. As the lead Project Manager I collaborated with others because I feel that through collaboration the best product can be delivered to the client. The sketch below was the result of about a work week worth of sketching with various people around the office. Every line and every curve was meticulously thought out and designed to be exactly where it needed to be (sort of like when Kahn said, What does this brick want to be?). Although it was unfortunate that the timing of my departure occurred before I could be involved with wrapping up the construction drawings and overseeing construction, it is still rewarding to see the progression of the construction of this 45,000 SF project at one of NJ’s largest Universities. There is no feeling like the one you get watching the lines you drew on a piece of paper become reality right before your eyes. Although I’m not involved in construction I quietly admire all the contractors and design team members that are helping my design become a reality. Without the collaboration of many this vision would have never been able to be executed.
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Also Check Out:
- My Personal Architecture Portfolio
- Conrad J. Schmitt Hall Renovation, Montclair State University
- From Paper and Pencil to Reality Through Collaboration
- Babbio Center, Stevens Institute of Technology
- Student Recreation Center, Montclair State University
- Music School, Montclair State University
- Frank Sinatra Hall, Montclair State University
- Delaware Welcome Center
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I was fortunate enough to be assigned to a wonderful project building a new state-of-the-art music facility named after Mr. Cali.
Mr. & Mrs. Cali are fascinating individuals whose vision and contributions made the new Music School project
a tremendous success. On one of the building tours I snapped these two quick shots of Mr. Cali. More Info here.