Thursday, September 8, 2011

ARCH-ARQ: CENTRA AT METROPARK


As the 2008 economic recession descended over the United States, most of the nation’s architecture firms found their domestic work drying up with nothing new to speak of coming in the door. Such was the case at KPF, but turn things around, the firm—which is widely known for its multi-use mega projects in Asia and high-end commercial and hospitality high rises at home—did something unexpected. It answered an RFP for the rehabilitation of an office park in suburban New Jersey with a relatively miniscule budget of $20 million. The client, Hampshire Real Estate Companies, is in the business of purchasing distressed properties and flipping them. What it needed was a masterplan for 750,000 square feet of future development, as well as the conversion of an aging 4-story, 80,000-square-foot building on the property into Class A office space


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