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First Tenant: Duane Morris
Duane Morris consolidated its law office in Cherry Hill with its
College Road office by moving to 16,000 square feet at American Metro
Center, the former American Standard factory, and it is reserving
about 6,800 additional feet for expansion.
"A year ago we decided that since we had progressed to being national
firm, the Princeton area was a better focus for us, so we consolidated
both offices," says Frank Luchak, the managing partner. "We considered
locations on Route 1. We like the Princeton area because it is
internationally oriented, and because of its technology. We have a
number of patent attorneys who work with venture capitalists here."
"But we wanted to be on north/south roadway because we have a lot of
business in Southern New Jersey – Mount Laurel, Mount Holly, and
Cherry Hill – and I-295 was the logical roadway. It rarely has a major
congestion problem. Door to door, from Cherry Hill, it is 40 minutes,"
says Luchak, who looks forward to when the footbridge will allow
tenants to walk directly into the Hamilton Train Station. "Now, you
would have to walk up and over the roadway bridge that crosses over
The new headquarters, Luchak notes, is a landmark building with such
interesting features as high ceilings. "In the common areas, ceilings
are 18 to 20 foot tall, with glass on either side." Every 40 feet,
there is a 20-foot section with a raised roof, called a "pop-up," he
says. "A lot of light comes in obliquely, which is good for displaying
artwork. And the interior offices have natural light coming down
because of the popups."
The 75th largest law firm in the United States, Duane Morris has 55
attorneys in 21 offices, including an office in London. At 100 College
Road, the Princeton office had 8,100 square feet and 17 attorneys. Now
it has 25 attorneys who do employment law and litigation, intellectual
property, healthcare law, civil litigation, international law,
professional liability, information technology, financial institution
regulation, antitrust, and bankruptcy.
The location decision was made easier by the fact that Duane Morris’s
new landlord is also its client, and vice versa. "They are also
working with us for our new office in Philadelphia, due to be finished
in the fall of 2006," says Luchak. "We will be the lead tenants at
17th & Market streets. We will have our name on the front of the
building and have our artwork on the walls."
Visual art is important to these lawyers, in part because of the
chairman of the firm is on the board of directors of the Philadelphia
Museum of Art and a prominent collector of what is called "outsider
art," Luchak says. Outsider art is made by artists with more talent
than training and can appear somewhat avant garde. The firm’s
Princeton office does not own any outsider art, but it does have
several works by pop artist Robert Indiana, known for his "LOVE"
Luchak grew up in Princeton, where his father was an engineering
professor at Princeton University and his mother worked as a
nutritionist for the state, also volunteering as a docent for the
Princeton University Art Museum. He graduated from Princeton High and
went to Princeton University, Class of 1972, with a degree in
economics. Working at the Bank of Montreal international division, he
attended law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo,
and practiced law in Philadelphia, arriving at Duane Morris in 1981.
In 1990 he went to New Jersey to what was then the Marlton office, and
he moved it to Cherry Hill in 1995. He is married to an attorney who
had had her own firm in Philadelphia, and they have three children in
That Duane Morris has Quaker roots affects how it does business today,
says Luchak. "It was founded by four Quakers on Pine Street," he says,
"and for 100 years we have been making decisions by Quaker consensus.
Most law firms vote."
Monthly partners meetings are held in Philadelphia with six to ten
videolinks from the outlying 20 offices. Ruling by consensus does take
more time at the beginning, he admits, because everyone is obligated
to learn about the issues. "If someone wants to speak out they have to
think it through and consider the effect on the business. If there are
a number of partners who express reservations, the issue is tabled.
But if consensus is reached, it is like operating on all cylinders.
Everybody is behind the decision, and it is much easier to effectuate.
With a vote, there are losers, and some people resist."
– Barbara Fox
Hamilton 08619. Frank Luchak, managing partner. 609-631-2400; fax,
Lawrenceville 08648. John Coscia, managing director. 609-912-1370;
fax, 609-912-1371. www.bullrunfinancial.com
Bullrun Financial is reportedly moving to 5,040 square feet at
American Metro. The company did not return calls, but press releases
suggest that its current clients are institutional equity money
managers. It offers web-based software for real-time access to market
information on stocks, market analysis, and investment strategies.
John Michel, the CEO, went to the United States Military Academy at
West Point and has a master of science degree from Carnegie Mellon
University. At Merrill Lynch he developed and managed Merrill Lynch
Direct. Gary Moody, the chief information officer, is also a West
Point graduate and has a master’s degree from Georgia Institute of
Technology. At Merrill Lynch he was director of client information
management for US Private Client.
John Coscia, managing director, worked for Merrill Lynch for 32 years,
most recently as director of advisory field marketing. He graduated
from Elon College in North Carolina and from the Wharton School’s
executive program. Jeff Negrete, who went to Iowa State and the
University of California at Berkeley, recently came to Bullrun from
Charles Schwab, where he helped transition that firm to online
services. He is vice president and general manager of software
Lawrenceville 08648. Thomas M. O’Brien, vice president. 609-896-7627;
fax, 609-896-7633. Home page: www.colfaxcorp.com
The possible move of Colfax Corporation to 2,200 square feet at
American Metro has been stalled by construction delays, but the move
may yet take place. Colfax had been leasing space at 997 Lenox Drive,
but the lease expired, and it took temporary space at Office
Concierge. From five to ten people will work at the new headquarters.
Colfax Corporation had purchased Imo Industries in 1997 in a roll-up
of global pump manufacturers, and it also has nearly a dozen power
Box 7811, West Trenton 08628-0811. Joseph Billy Jr., special agent in
charge. 609-883-4499; fax, 609-434-4352. Home page: www.usdoj.gov
One of the FBI’s six satellite offices in New Jersey is reported to be
moving from Bear Tavern Road in West Trenton to nearly 10,000 square
feet in second floor offices at American Metro. Nevertheless, the FBI
spokesperson cannot confirm this until the move takes place, saying
only that there are 300 agents in New Jersey.
08540. Richard Rebh, CEO. 609-514-0404; fax, 609-514-0204.
Floorgraphics, the firm that embeds advertisements into the flooring
at retail stores, is reportedly moving from 5 Vaughn Drive to a
similar space, 9,700 square feet at American Metro. It occupies part
of the lavish suite that formerly belonged to John Torkelsen’s
Princeton Venture Research.
Founded by Fred Potok, along with George Rebh and his brother, Richard
Rebh, the company creates and installs trademarked laminated vinyl
decals that cover about six square feet of tile on the floors of
retail stores. It leases aisle space from the retail store and sells
the ads to the consumer product companies (U.S. 1, April 28, 1999),
and it has a national network of 12,000 in-store locations.
FloorGraphics has been cash flow positive since 1999. With revenues
last year of $63 million, an increase of 1.60 percent, this company
placed number 11 in the Inc. Magazine list last year.
102, Lawrence 08548. Robert Less, director of compliance operations.
Glen Eagle Advisors, an independent regional broker, expanded from an
office in Cranbury to Franklin Corner Road, and next year it expects
to move to American Metro. It plans to hire brokers in the tri-state
area – New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, says Robert Less, who
formerly worked at Merrill Lynch.
Junction 08550. Deborah A. Barsotti, principal scientist.
609-936-0700; fax, 609-936-1020. Home page: www.mactec.com
Mactec, an environmental and engineering firm that was founded in
1873, will expand from 5,200 square feet at Washington Park, where 20
people are working, to 10,700 square feet at American Metro. The move
was originally scheduled for June but has been pushed back, says Carol
Tirrell, the moving coordinator. "We have expanded and we will be
expanding," says Tirrell.
This office is Mactec’s environmental engineering arm for site
remediation, air permitting, risk assessment, and other general
engineering projects. Its clients include PSE&G and chemical companies
in the three-state area. Formerly known as Harding Lawson and then as
Harding ESE, it was bought by Mactec.
Hamilton Square 08690. Julia Algio, office manager. 609-587-8200; fax,
609-587-8260. Home page: www.maserconsulting.com
Having outgrown its space on Nottingham Way, Maser Consulting is
moving its 30-person engineering office to 9,100 square feet at
American Metro sometime in 2005. The 20-year-old firm recently moved
its headquarters from Matawan to Red Bank. It has 250 workers in six
offices – four in New Jersey and two in New York, says Karen Owens,
The company has municipal and environmental engineers, planners,
surveyors, and landscape architects. Julia Algio, the office manager,
is one of the civil engineers, and Maurice Rashad heads the company’s
traffic engineering division, which is located here. A recent contract
for the Hamilton office was for the civil engineering and site
development for Washington Town Center.
Originally scheduled for this month, the projected move-in date has
changed to sometime early next year.
08540. David Reim, CEO. 609-378-0100; fax, 609-378-0220. Home page:
SimStar is moving 65 people to 16,000 square feet at American Metro
from 202 Carnegie Center, where it has 25,000 square feet.
"We are hoping to move in January," says Andrew Friedman, chief
financial officer. "The proximity to the Hamilton train station is
really convenient for us, and it will be an easier commute for our
people. Also, the space will be much more efficient for us, with a
more open floor plan, floor to ceiling windows, and skylights."
Simstar had moved from Route 206 to Carnegie Center under a four-year
sublease deal that expired in October; it is now in a costly
"holdover" mode. Bill Barish at Commercial Property Network helped
make a five-year-deal that, says Friedman, "is favorable to what we
For four years, starting in 1999, Simstar was on the national Inc. 500
list. Founded in 1991 in California, it has E-business solutions for
customer relationship management in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology,
and consumer healthcare industries. Current clients include Allergan,
AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hoffmann-La Roche, Novartis,
Pfizer, and Sanofi-Synthelabo.
Richard Campbell, senior project manager. 609-375-2380; fax,
609-375-2001. Home page: www.structuretone.com
One of the general contractors at American Metro will soon be a tenant
there. After three years at Regus at Princeton Overlook, Structure
Tone will move to 2,400 square feet in the space it helped build.
About 25 people, including field personnel, work from the Princeton
office, which expects to add 10 to 15 more people. This office serves
Central and South Jersey and Philadelphia; the next nearest office is
in Lyndhurst. Richard Campbell is the senior project manager here, and
Dermid Kelly is the chief estimator.
As one of five prime contractors at the American Metro site, Structure
Tone does the base building and interior tenant fitouts, including the
work for Duane Morris. Other national accounts are Regus, Merrill
Lynch (for current projects in Plainsboro, Hopewell, and Piscataway),
and CFSB. It also did some work for Boston Properties at the Carnegie
Center. "We hire architects and engineers and work alongside them,"
explains Michael Farrell, one of the estimators. "We can offer
budgeting and cost control through the design phase."
Based in Manhattan, the Structure Tone Organization provides project
management, construction management and general contracting services.
Founded in 1971, it has 1,000 employees worldwide.
Suite 722, Princeton Junction 08550. Allan Zambarelli, director.
609-716-9325; fax, 609-716-9441. Home page: www.switch.com
Union Switch and Signal plans to vacate the second floor of Building 7
at Washington Park and move to 6,760 square feet at American Metro.
The move date is supposed to be after January 1. This is the East
Coast engineering office for a 130-year-old company that designs,
manufactures, and installs railroad signal equipment.
In one sense, this move will be a homecoming, because at one point
Union Switch & Signal was owned by American Standard.
The company has its 175,000 square-foot headquarters in Pittsburgh,
and a 184,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Batesburg, South
Carolina. It also maintains offices in the United States, Canada,
Korea, and China.
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