David Gibson, AIA, president of DF Gibson Architects, P.C. received the Certificate of Excellence from The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA New Jersey) at their Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday January 9th; hosted by Thomas Edison State College of New Jersey in Trenton.
The certificate - presented by Ms. Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, LEED AP, 2009 AIA New Jersey president and Mr. Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP, 2010 AIA New Jersey president - recognized Mr. Gibson for his outstanding preservation and restoration of Thomas Edison State College and for his assistance in opening the building to AIA New Jersey members for the Annual Awards Dinner.
Mr. Gibson, in his remarks, described both the mission of the college and the process by which the historic buildings were preserved and adapted to their current usage. Thomas Edison State College was founded in 1972 for non-traditional college age students, individuals in their 30s through their 60s, and is one of the first distance learning colleges in the country, a forerunner to this rapidly developing major trend in higher education.
Four townhouses, built from 1833 to the 1880s, were restored to their 1913 appearance. To support the distance learning mission of the college, an addition matching the scale and character of the historic townhouses was built in the rear of the townhouses. They were also connected to the Kelsey Building, designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. In the middle of these structures is the Great Hall, a three-story space designed to accommodate special functions. Mr. Gibson also explained that the buildings were not only envisioned as a preservation project but a sustainability project, through reusing existing buildings, creating an efficient cubed-shape structure that minimized the exterior envelope and using power from a nearby cogeneration facility.
The Awards Dinner also corresponded with the installation of Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED AP as president of AIA New Jersey. Mr. Kliwinski worked for DF Gibson for six years and served his entire apprenticeship with Mr. Gibson. He warmly acknowledged his gratitude for the opportunity to be mentored by Mr. Gibson and how this experience helped spur his interest in sustainable design. Mr. Gibson acknowledged Mr. Kliwinski as “Mr. Green Architect” in the State of New Jersey. The Thomas Edison State College project was Mr. Kliwinski's first, which made this event particularly special for him.
DF Gibson Architects is a full service architectural firm serving public, private and institutional clients in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. Among the firm’s projects include the Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, The Sherman Avenue School (PS 263M),and PS 366 for the New York City School Construction Authority and Eberhardt Hall at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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