27 February 2012

Last Phase of the Fanwood - Scotch Plains YMCA's Master Plan is Finished!

Six years in the making, the very last piece of the Y's Master Plan was the renovation of the Fanwood - Scotch Plains YMCA's original 1970's era natatorium. Work in this portion of the Y complex included demolition of the old ceiling and outdated mechanical systems. After new insulated roofing and windows were installed, a new state of the art Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Humidity Control system was also implemented, along with new high efficiency lighting and all new wall and ceiling finishes. Previous phases included the addition of a new two story building that houses a second competition swimming pool, a new child care facility, new Y program classrooms, administrative offices, and basement storage spaces, in addition to a new two level wellness center, and increased parking capacity. Completion of this last phase finally unifies the "new" look of the Y throughout the entire complex. Cornerstone Architectural Group is very proud to have been an integral part all of these projects and wishes the F-SP Y and all its members many, many productive years in their "new" facility. Cornerstone truly believes in the YMCA's Mission 'For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility'.

21 February 2012

Marco T. Migliaro Named Firm Associate

Cornerstone Architectural Group is pleased to announce that Marco T. Migliaro, Associate AIA has been named an Associate of the Firm. Marco has a long tenure of employment at the firm since joining in 2001. He will continue to serve in his role as Project Architect, with client and project management responsibilities. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the New Jersey School of Architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2005. He has completed the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards architectural internship at Cornerstone. Marco has served as Project Architect for many of the firms notable and award winning projects, including design projects for the Township of Hillsborough, SHI International Corporation and AAA. He has managed projects of varying complexity and building type in several market sectors. He also has extensive experience in Information Technology systems and applications. He serves as the firm's chief IT infrastructure manager. Marco lives in South Plainfield, N.J. with his wife and two pet dogs.  Congratulations Marco!

17 February 2012

Your Foundation for Success for 25 Years

As hinted in our December holiday card, 2012 is a Milestone Year for Cornerstone Architectural Group. This year we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in business and we are very proud of this achievement. To mark the occasion, we will be using our new anniversary logo "CornerstoneArc@25" that you see pictured above, all year long. Additionally, we will be issuing periodic articles and anecdotes via our Quarterly Newsletter, as well as this blog, and and our social networking sites on Facebook and Twitter. We will be tracing the evolution of the firm and highlighting our team members, our clients and some of the significant projects that have helped Cornerstone become the successful firm it is today. We invite you to follow along with us this year and help us celebrate this milestone. We would like to thank our dedicated team members, our supportive families, and our trusting clients for the success we have had. We look forward to sharing this special year with you.  

10 February 2012

New Jersey IIDA Chapter's 2012 Winter Mixer

On January 31st, 2012, the New Jersey Chapter of the IIDA hosted their 2012 Winter Mixer, sponsored by Knoll. The event took place at Publick House, a quaint little restaurant in Mountainside, NJ, and boasted an attendance of over 50 designers, architects and vendors. The focus of the night was primarily to relay information regarding the upcoming fashion show. The group had a great night discussing ideas and catching up with friends and acquaintances while enjoying a wonderful selection of food and cocktails. Once again, this event goes to show that the new leadership of the NJ IIDA is gaining strength and interest in a once defunct region. The events that the organization is offering are getting bigger and better. "The Fashion Meets Finish: Raw Design" Fashion Show is a prime example. The upcoming fashion show will take place on May 17th, 2012 at the Stem Building, located on the campus of Kean University, and will showcase dresses designed and created by nearly 20 Architecture and Design firms in the area, using only the materials assigned to them. Visit the NJ IIDA’s Facebook page for more information regarding this and future events; http://on.fb.me/y9J0G0 . Cornerstone is proud of our very own; Erin B. Jimenez, IIDA, (2nd from the right pictured below), in her efforts along with her fellow officers of NJ-IIDA, to successfully bring renewed life back into the organization through their series of continuing education programs and social events. The IIDA promotes the interaction between Architects, Interior Designers and industry representatives. The mission of the chapter is; "To enhance the quality of life through excellence in interior design, and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community".