March 21, 2018
by Canadian Architect
Already recognized as innovators in mass timber design, Vancouver’s Michael Green Architecture are set to bring another major timber project to reality, with a 500,000 square foot office complex in Newark, New Jersey, joining the firm’s growing portfolio. More than doubling the size of Minnesota’s 220,000 square foot T3 — another Michael Green design — which was billed as America’s largest timber frame building upon completion, the project is set to claim a new record for the mass timber design.
While the preliminary scope of the plan was first revealed last month, this week brings details of the project — now marketed as Riverfront Square — via the New York Real Estate Journal:
Riverfront Sq. will transform one of the downtown area’s most important sites into a 24/7 community. The 11.8-acre site sits adjacent to the waterfront, near NJ Transit’s Broad Street station and complements the future Riverfront Park designed by the James Corner Field Operations. The mixed-use project is expected to provide up to 2,000 residential units, large and small-scale retail, cultural and public open space, a hotel, two million s/f of office space, and parking spaces downtown.
Environmental advantages of timber-built buildings are largely derived from its construction. Trees absorb and hold carbon until they decompose or are burned, while the manufacture of concrete and steel accounts for an estimated 10% of greenhouse-gas emissions.
“To build the nation’s largest timber building in Newark speaks to the confidence and belief we have in the city and Riverfront Square as a world-class location that can compete with any great city around the world,” said Ben Korman, CEO and founder of Lotus Equity Group. “The vision we share with Michael Green is to design the most environmentally sustainable office tower that enhances the health of tenants and the surrounding communities through efficient planning and green design. When you merge these benefits with Newark’s emerging technology sector, Riverfront Square is primed to help companies attract and retain valuable talent.”
“This project represents an opportunity for MGA, in collaboration with Lotus Equity Group, to lay the foundation for the future of Riverfront Square and the city of Newark more broadly. Good buildings are good neighbors and we envision a sustainable, efficient and architecturally-stunning future for Newark,” said Michael Green, founder and principal of Michael Green Architecture.
You can find the rest of the story via the New York Real Estate Journal, linked here. Our review of T3 from November, can also be found below: