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This article by Barbara Fox was prepared for the April 5, 2006 issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
Life in the Fast Lane
Carnegie 301 has its first new marquee tenant, the law firm of Pepper Hamilton. The firm currently has 24,000 square feet at 300 Alexander Park, but it has signed a five year lease for 31,000 square feet at the facility built for United Jersey Bank, now Bank of America. The Class A building is owned by Carnegie Investors LLC, an affiliate of BPG Properties Ltd, formerly Berwind Property Group.
Jerry Fennelly and C.J. McCourt of NAI Fennelly represented the law firm, and Amy Connelly represented the owner, BPG Properties. James Scanlon heads the team from Newmark Knight Frank that is marketing the remaining 55,000 square feet. The bank now occupies one third of the 127,000 square-foot building.
Based in Philadelphia, BPG also owns three buildings at the Forrestal Center, two in Trenton, one at Exit 8A, and the Technology Center of New Jersey, the former Lucent property, in Hopewell. When it bought the bank building early in 2005, it also acquired the adjoining eight-acre parcel and went through the site plan approval process.
The developer, Carnegie Investors LLC, is a subset of Berwind Property Group (BPG Properties Ltd.). It has commissioned Hillier to design an 84,000 square-foot building with 310 parking spaces. The 8.2 acres is now being used as sports fields and has 700 foot of frontage along Route 1.
BGP also owns 301 Carnegie Center and the Technology Center of Princeton (the former Lucent property).
Like BPG, Pepper Hamilton is based in Philadelphia; it has 425 employees and 10 offices. It offers corporate, litigation, and regulatory services to regional, national and international companies, emerging businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. Here it has 25 attorneys and 53 employees. This office opened in 2001 when Jamieson, Moore, Peskin & Spicer, a central New Jersey firm with a statewide practice, combined with Pepper Hamilton.
Capital improvements to 301 Carnegie include restoration of the landmark fountain, renovation of the lobby, and improvements to the on-site fitness center and the cafe.
Pepper Hamilton LLP, 300 Alexander Park, CN 5276, Princeton 08543-5276; 609-452-0808; fax, 609-452-1147. Dennis F. Casale, co-partner-in-charge. Home page: www.pepperlaw.com
Young Audiences of New Jersey, 200 Forrestal Road, Princeton 08540; 609-243-9000; fax, 609-243-8999. Larry Capo, executive director. Home page: www.yanj.org
Larry Capo moved the Young Audiences organization from 3,200 square feet at 12 Roszel Road to 3,600 feet in a landmark building at the Forrestal Campus. The 12-person nonprofit organization provides arts education programs and services in New Jersey.
"We’re delighted to be in this building," says Capo, who worked for a dozen years for Farewell Mills Gatsch, the architects who designed the space and who also have their offices here. "It is so incredibly light and airy."
Young Audiences keeps 90 artists on its roster and administers a consortium, Artists in Education, which has an additional 60 artists. Recently it expanded its program for semester-long residencies for professional artists in schools. About 17 schools will have these extended sessions, and Young Audiences will arrange 1,700 short-term residencies, plus 1,400 assembly programs.
Coaster Company of America, 45 Stults Road, Dayton 08810; 609-409-1011; fax, 800-221-9286. Angela Errico, office manager. Home page: www.coastercompany.com
Late last year the 50-person facility moved to 439,000 square feet in a new building constructed by Matrix Development Group. The company imports and distributes ready-to-assemble furniture and accessories in the United States and Mexico.
Servion Global Solutions Inc., 600 Alexander Road, Third Floor, Princeton 08540; 609-987-0044; fax, 609-987-8797. Balakrishnan Kavikkal, president. Home page: www.servion.com
Servion Global Solutions has expanded from 2,200 square feet at Emmons Drive to a third-floor corner suite at 600 Alexander Road, adding 1,300 square feet. Bill Barish of Commercial Property Network represented the tenant. The company offers business response solutions for the financial, banking, insurance, hospitality, and telecommunications industries. It has 300 employees worldwide.
R.G. Vanderweil Engineers Inc., 101 Grovers Mill Road, Third Floor, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-987-1144; fax, 609-987-9292. Eli Sherman PE, president. Home page: www.vanderweil.com
The engineering firm will move this month from 731 Alexander Road to a similar-sized space at Quakerbridge Executive Center, near the Quakerbridge Mall. The reception desk will remain on Alexander Road until the move is complete, according to Denise Cocco, office manager. With 40 employees in this office, the firm offers mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, telecommunications, and sustainable design engineering services.
Philip J. Albert PC, 114 Straube Center Boulevard, Suite K-1 11, Pennington 08534; 609-737-7705; fax, 609-737-7735. Philip J. Albert, president.
Attorney Philip J. Albert moved from 840 Bear Tavern Road to the Straube Center and has a new phone and fax. He focuses on taxes and estate planning.
CSC Engineering Group, 4478 Route 27, Suite 101, Kingston 08528; 609-279-1311; fax, 609-279-1387. Kevin Sweeney.
The engineering company moved from one office on Route 27 in Kingston to another address on Route 27. Founded in 1993, it offers structural engineering services.
Charles Limo Service, 38 Chatham Court, East Windsor 08520; 609-448-2888; fax, 609-371-8999. Chuck Schneider, president. Home page: www.charleslimoservice.com
Charles Limo Service has moved from 1320 Route 33 in Hamilton Square to East Windsor. Phone and fax are new.
Electronic Development Assistance Corp., Box 1197, Princeton 08542-1197; 609-585-8881; fax, 609-585-7723. Jon Zeier.
This sales office moved from Kuser Road in November. It sells emergency head-end communications systems, concept through production, and also VOIP telephones.
Heroic Choices/The Todd M. Beamer Foundation, 195 Nassau Street, Unit 27, Princeton 08542; 609-497-9777; fax, 609-497-1609. Alice Mag Britt, CEO. Home page: www.heroicchoices.org
Heroic Choices, the nonprofit mentoring program for children whose lives have been affected by trauma, moved from 701 Mount Lucas Road to 195 Nassau Street. Associated with the Todd Beamer Foundation, named after the Cranbury resident who died on Flight 93 on 9-11, it was founded in 2001 and has three staff members.
NovaSoft Information Technology Corp., 3371 Route 1 South, Lawrence Commons, Suite 205, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-588-5500; fax, 609-588-5577. Home page: www.isgnovasoftinfo.com
Early in January ISG NovaSoft moved from Quakerbridge Office Plaza, 3705 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 112 to Lawrence Commons. Phone and fax are the same. It offers E-commerce, migration and outsourcing applications, and training.
Rapiscan Systems (OSIS), 8 Commerce Way, Suite 115, Robbinsville 08691; 609-406-9000; fax, 609-530-0842. Carol Shaltis, director. Home page: www.rapiscansystems.com
Rapiscan Systems moved from 250 Phillips Boulevard in Trenton to Commerce Way in Robbinsville. Founded in 1994, this seven-person office had been on Phillips Boulevard for nine years. The firm has walk-through and hand-held metal detectors. Now based in California, it was formerly based in Finland and known as Metorex Security Products (U.S. 1, January 22, 1997.)
Samsun Technologies, 55 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Suite 201, West Windsor 08550; 609-275-0234; fax, 609-613-5193. Murali Manoharan. Home page: www.samsunus.com
Samsun Technologies moved recently from 61 to 55 Princeton-Hightstown Road. Samsun is a professional services company providing IT consulting and inhouse development, as well as offshore development in India.
Strategy Group, 15 West Front Street, 4th Floor, Trenton 08608-1204; 609-394-0888; fax, 609-394-3008. Richard Thigpen, partner.
The Strategy Group, a government relations and lobbying group, recently moved from 33 West State Street because its lease was up. The company has nine employees.
Zeiger Enterprises Inc., 1701 New Willow Street, Trenton 08638; 609-394-1000; fax, 609-394-9410. Shelley M. Zeiger, president & CEO.
Zeiger Enterprises moved from 825 Prospect Street to another address in Trenton. Known for bringing performing arts companies from Russia to Trenton during the Cold War, Zeiger imports boutique items and other merchandise from Russia and East Europe.
Sandoz Inc. (ADR), 2400 Route 130, Dayton 08810; 732-274-2400; fax, 732-274-8989. Francois Menard, manager. Home page: www.sandoz.com
The Sandoz facility at 2400 Route 130 in Dayton is moving to North Carolina. The facility expects to close completely by June. Sandoz, a Novartis company, is a world leader in generic pharmaceuticals. This facility was formerly known as Invamed. Previous owners have included Geneva and Duramed Pharmaceuticals. Another division of Sandoz retains its office at 506 Carnegie Center with 150 employees.
Droplets Inc., 212-691-0800. Home page: www.droplets.com
Droplets Inc. has consolidated its office at 214 Nassau Street with its New York office. Thomas MacIsaac, who had been vice president of sales here, is now working for Oracle in Teaneck. Based in Dallas, Texas, Droplets has Internet technology with rich interactive online applications.
Lucent Technologies (LU), 2 Commerce Drive, Moorestown 08057. J.P. Delaney, operations area manager.
In February Lucent Technologies moved its 3 Horizon Drive office in Robbinsville to Moorestown, according to J.P. Delaney, who was the site’s operations area manager. This division installs telephone equipment.
Park Madison Group LLC, 3800 Old Cheney Road, Suite 101-235, Lincoln 68516; 609-524-4033; fax, 402-420-0415. Lisa D. Miles, managing partner. Home page: www.parkmadison.com
Lisa Miles closed her office of the retained executive search firm and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. Her husband, Paul Miles, has taken a job as athletic director at the University of Nebraska. The Princeton phone number still works, but the Princeton address, which remains on the website, does not.
Signs By Tomorrow, 2068 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrenceville 08648. Home page: www.signsbytomorrow.com
A Brunswick Avenue franchise of Signs by Tomorrow has closed, but another franchise of this chain is open in North Brunswick (732-821-1551).
New Jersey Department of Transportation, 1035 Parkway Avenue, Box 600, Trenton 08625; 609-530-3536; fax, 609-530-3894. Kris Kolluri, commissioner. Home page: www.state.nj.us/transportation
Kris Kolluri of West Windsor became the state transportation commissioner for New Jersey in late March, replacing Jack Lettiere. Kolluri had been Lettiere’s chief of staff. He says his first priority is to secure railways, bridges, and roads. He supports fixing aging roadways and bridges to ensure safety rather than building new ones. Kolluri has also been working with the department to develop a uniform road sign policy.
At the Marlton-based Parker McCay law firm, Kolluri had been the principal attorney for transportation law. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and Georgetown Law School.
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