11 October 2010

Cornerstone to Participate in CANstruction

Cornerstone Architectural Group will be participating again in New Jersey’s annual CANstruction competition. CANstruction is a charitable event where design firms create and build sculptures from canned food items. The cans are then donated to local food banks, in this case the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. This year the competition is being hosted at the Prudential Center in Newark, home of the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Nets. The build day is November 11th, and the sculptures will be on display from November 12th through the 14th.

We have chosen not to reveal our design until the day of the competition, but our computer model and our shopping list are complete. Our design is in keeping with the theme of Newark NJ, and was influenced by the fact that the competition is on Veterans Day.

We need the following canned items to complete our design:

Campbells Soup – 1,050
Starkist Tuna – 1,005
Bumble Bee Tuna - 434
Corn - 240
Tuttorosso Tomatoes - 313
Del Monte - 161
Artichokes - 231
Evaporated Milk - 82

We are asking our friends and business partners to make a donation to help defer the cost of the canned food items. Donations can be cash, check (payable to Cornerstone Architectural Group) or grocery store gift cards. If you would like to donate food items, please contact us first as we need specific brands and types of cans in order to complete our design. Any food or money collected in excess of what is needed for our sculpture will be donated directly to the food bank.

Click here for additional information on CANstruction.

Click here for addition information on the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. http://www.njfoodbank.org/

Thank you for considering supporting this worthy cause.

13 July 2010

2010 NCARB Annual Meeting and Conference

Through his work with the NJ State Board of Architects, CAG partner Mike Soriano was recently appointed by the Board to represent New Jersey as a member delegate to the 2010 NCARB Annual Meeting and Conference held in San Francisco on June 24th-26th. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' Mission is to 'protect the public's health, safety and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and the credentialing of architects'. Delegates from 52 of the Council's 54 Member Boards that oversee the practice of architecture in the United States met to vote on several important charter resolutions affecting the licensing and credentialing of architects, as well as lay the ground work for the Council's next strategic plan. The group was also treated to a reception held in the California Academy of Sciences building. More Pics!

30 April 2010

Fanwood - Scotch Plains YMCA Construction Well Underway

After the harsh winter the northeast endured, construction at the F-SP YMCA is back in full swing and well underway. The new Y building addition contains a second competition swimming pool, a new state licensed child care center, new Y program classrooms and much needed basement storage facilities. Completion of this last phase of the facility master plan will fulfill this Y's commitment to the members and to the Scotch Plains and Fanwood communities to provide the continued high quality, family based services it has for decades. Construction is scheduled to be completed this summer. Please click on the following link to view all of the photos of the construction progress; F-SP YMCA Construction Photos .

25 February 2010

Neptune's CityWorks Project Completes First Phase

Construction on the core and shell for the new three story; 50,000 square foot office building for CityWorks, Inc. is complete. The building, located on West Lake Avenue in Neptune, NJ is the first phase of a multi-block, mixed use redevelopment that will include affordable housing and retail space. Construction on two major tenant spaces in the building will also be completed shortly. Cornerstone is currently working with Jersey Shore University Medical Center on the design of a 30,000 square foot Family Health Center that will occupy two floors in the building. The firm is also working with the New Jersey Division of Taxation, designing a 15,000 square foot space on the third floor of the building.

12 February 2010

Michael G. Soriano Named to the New Jersey State Board of Architects

On December 14, 2009, Governor Jon S. Corzine appointed Mike to the New Jersey State Board of Architects. The Board operates under the State’s Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs. The Board of Architects is responsible for protecting the public's health and safety by determining the qualifications of individuals seeking licensure as Architects in the State, for establishing standards of practice for licensees and firms, and for disciplining those who do not adhere to the requirements. The practice of architecture is defined as the rendering of services in connection with the design, construction, enlargement or alteration of buildings, and the spaces within or surrounding those buildings, which have as their principal purpose human use or habitation. These services include site planning, providing preliminary studies, architectural designs, drawings, specifications, other technical documentation, and administration of construction for the purpose of determining compliance with drawings and specifications. The Board also oversees and regulates the practices of Certified Interior Design and Licensed Landscape Architecture. Mike’s term will continue through April of 2014.

28 January 2010

South Brunswick Family YMCA Honored

2009 Q4 YMCA of The USA Honoree of the Recognition Program for Excellence in Facilities for Renovation/Addition is: The SOUTH BRUNSWICK FAMILY YMCA - Monmouth Junction, NJ Completed in February 2007, the renovation transformed 12,000 square feet of existing warehouse space into a state of the art, space efficient Youth Complex providing space for gymnastics, soccer, basketball, and badminton as well as an area for a Sportwall, Dance Dance Revolution, Nintendo Wii, foosball, pool and air hockey, which has dramatically increased membership, summer camp, child care and sports programming in addition to the creation of a sorely needed After School Program. Family memberships have grown 210% since the renovation was completed and in January 2009. This success has served as the impetus for the current facility / capital improvement plan to add a new 8-lane full-sized indoor pool, gymnasium, health and wellness center and family leisure pool.

Congratulations SB-F YMCA! Cornerstone is proud to be your Y's Architect.