26 October 2012

Kendall Park First Aid & Rescue Squad "Answer The Call"

After many years of need, two years of planning and 5 months of construction, the Kendall Park First Aid & Rescue Squad unveiled extensive renovations to its headquarters during a September 19, 2012 dedication ceremony. The facility, located on New Road in Kendall Park, is home to one of three first aid squads in South Brunswick. The squad has 45 volunteers and answers 1,800 calls a year, including three calls that happened during the dedication ceremony! 
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Built in 1960, the two buildings that made up the squad became antiquated and  too small to meet their current needs. A garage that houses two of their four ambulances was expanded 12 feet to its rear and 4 feet in the front to accommodate for the larger ambulances. Renovations also included a new higher roof, new HVAC systems, new electrical systems including an emergency back-up generator, and new accessible toilet and shower facilities for the EMS crew. The larger space also includes a meeting room and a full-size sink for cleaning their equipment. 

The Kendall Park First Aid & Rescue Squad collaborated with Cornerstone Architectural Group, S&K Construction and Magyar Bank to complete the necessary additions, alterations and repairs. The three companies worked together with the squad to keep costs as low as possible. The organization is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit and does not have a large amount of funds available. Michael Soriano, of Cornerstone helped design a solution to fully integrate the facilities into one cohesive unit. 
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For more information on how to become a volunteer, or to donate, visit the squad's website at www.kpfars.org

24 October 2012

Fun in the Sun

On the afternoon of Thursday, July 26th, Bob Barranger helped to coordinate and participated in the second annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat day fund raiser to support The Children's Miracle Network. More than 100 classic show cars were on display at the event held at the Diary Queen on Fisher Boulevard in Toms River, NJ. Bob and his son Bobby drove their 1967 Shelby GT 350 and 1966 Mustang GT to the event for display and were on hand to answer questions about these rare beauties.

Face painting along with a magician and balloon artist helped the youngsters in the crowd celebrate the event. The children voted on their favorite classic cars, and trophies were awarded to their favorites. The Hawk 105.7 radio station was on site, broad casting live from the event. The event ran from early afternoon and into the evening hours. Through the volunteer efforts more than $2,500 in donations was raised to support the ongoing efforts of The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Designing for Expert Care, One Heart a Time AICD in New Providence

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Cornerstone has again worked closely with Associates in Cardiovascular Disease to assist them with the interior design for the 1.2 million dollar fit-out of their newest 10,000 square foot cardiac testing and examination medical office in New Providence, NJ. AICD is one of the most comprehensive cardiology practices in New Jersey. In 2007, Cornerstone worked with AICD on the interior design alterations and expansion of their medical office located in Springfield, NJ.

Demolition within the existing facility is complete and the builder has now begun the new construction work.  The interior design features wood grain flooring and built-ins with a new super energy efficient lighting design and control system. The building mechanical systems are to be upgraded and significantly renovated to provide zoned and fully programmable comfort for the staff and patients. Becht Engineering BT of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ designed the HVAC system in coordination with Cornerstone.

The project is managed by Firm Associate, Marco T. Migliaro, Assoc. AIA, with supervision by Partner, Robert F. Barranger, AIA. Interior design and the selection of finish materials were coordinated by Erin Jimenez, IIDA.