Harding Twp., NJ — The Kimmerle Group of Morristown, NJ, and Manhattan, NY, prominently known worldwide for its award-winning architectural practice and urban studies expertise, announced the relocation of its New Jersey headquarters of the Kimmerle Group (KG) and Kimmerle Newman Architects (KNA) to a once abandoned and timeworn site, which has just completed a carefully-executed renovation and restoration, under the watchful eyes of the firms leadership, award-winning architects and designers themselves. KG/KNA firm principals George Kimmerle, AIA, PP, NCARB; Senior associate William Kimmerle; and Paul Newman, AIA, LEED, CIPD, have now officially unveiled the impressive new site.
The initial conversion, and ultimate rebirth of 1109 Mt. Kemble Ave., Harding Twp., now recognized as the remarkable new 8,500 s/f New Jersey headquarters for the Kimmerle Group and Kimmerle Newman Architects was theorized from its initial concept to represent a cognitive approach to design and planning, genuinely exhibiting both firms personal and professional perspectives on building repositioning, interior planning and a most crucial ideology, sustainability itself.
“Sustainability is more than just a buzzword or trendy term, but rather the key to an assurance that Earth’s biological systems remain intact while continuing to flourish and be productive, this way of life is crucial in modern times, as well as vital to the planet’s future, sustainable architecture will play a leading role in how we will accomplish that goal,” KG leader George Kimmerle said.
The new Kimmerle Group headquarters is a physical sign of respect for our planet and its environment. “With its total embracing of ‘green building’ materials and energy saving principles, 1109 Mt. Kemble Avenue is a perfect example of ‘adaptive reuse’ and a beacon of hope that non-productive real estate assets can once again become useful,” said Kimmerle.
“Our posture as a rural and urban-based firm is tireless redevelopment of the urban core and its counterpoint, sustainability of all rural regions.” Kimmerle added with conviction.
The total transformation of 1109 Mt. Kemble Ave. involved a complete gutting and entire revamping of mechanical systems calling upon the most advanced energy-conscious technologies. For example, heat will be generated by geothermal heating systems capturing warmth retained by the Earth’s core; while cooling interior space is the product of passive ventilation techniques. Authentic reclaimed barn board siding was repurposed and added to adorn the building’s exterior.
“Sustainability has always been the main focus of our work. However, sustainability in our view represents prudent investments in energy savings and by implementing sustainable practices that are real and not simply espoused to meet some arbitrary LEED criteria that is otherwise irrelevant to a true sustainable outcome,” said William Kimmerle.