Princeton University Sues Andlinger Center Designers

Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Princeton University has sued the architectural and engineering firms who designed its Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, asking for $10 million for alleged delays and cost overruns as a result of substandard design work.

The news site Law360 cited the university’s complaint in which it accused Tod Williams Billie Tisen Architects, Jacobs Architects/Engineers Inc., and Jacobs Consultancy of missing deadlines and submitting incomplete construction documents.

“Further, the Design Team failed to meet the Schedule Milestones set forth in the prime design contract and failed to design to budget as contractually required and, therefore, breached their contracts,” the complaint said. “By this action, Princeton seeks to recover the damages it has incurred as a result of Defendants’ professional negligence and breach of contract.”

The complaint said Tod Williams was the primary contractor on the high-tech project, which broke ground in 2012 and was completed in 2016 — 10 months behind schedule, according to the suit — at a cost of $117 million.

The building includes labs, clean rooms, classrooms, a large lecture hall, and a sunken garden. In keeping with its mission of environmental research, the building incorporated numerous energy efficient features including heat recovery systems, stormwater harvesting systems, ultra low-flow bathroom fixtures, solar shades, and other systems. The other two companies were subcontractors, and the lawsuit says the three companies did not coordinate their work well.

Princeton University, 1 Nassau Hall, Princeton 08544. 609-258-3000. Christopher Eisgruber, president. www.princeton.edu

Tech Companies Take Advantage of Operating Loss Program

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has approved 46 technology and life sciences companies to participate in the 2019 Net Operating Loss Program, including Route 1 corridor companies.

The program enables eligible technology and life sciences companies to sell New Jersey net operating losses and unused research and development tax credits to unrelated profitable corporations for cash. The cash can then be used for working capital or to fund research. The NJEDA and the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation administer the program.

To date, more than $1 billion in funding has been approved for more than 540 technology and life sciences companies since the program’s inception. This year 46 companies were approved to share $60 million through the NOL Program, the maximum amount of funding allocated for the program. This is the second year in a row that the program has hit its cap.

“Every day entrepreneurs continue to realize the vast benefits that locating in the Garden State can bring, including our ideal location, talented workforce, and unique funding resources like the NOL Program,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said. “Governor Murphy has committed to recapturing New Jersey’s role as a leader in innovation, and that starts with connecting entrepreneurs to much-needed capital.”

The following Route 1 corridor companies are participating for the first time:

Chromocell is a life sciences company that focuses on discovering new drugs to manage pain and develops and commercializes novel flavor enhancers to reduce sugar, salt, and bitter tastes. The company is located in the NJEDA’s NJ Bioscience Center (NJBC) campus, 50-acre research park on Route 1 in North Brunswick.

“We are extremely appreciative of the NOL funding, which will enable us to continue building our pipeline of products and support our mission to develop a non-opioid pain medication and help consumer goods companies produce healthier food and beverages,” said Chromocell co-founder and CEO Christian Kopfli.

OncoSec Medical Incorporated is developing late-stage intratumoral cancer immunotherapies (U.S. 1, May 22, 2019). OncoSec was founded in San Diego, but when Daniel O’Connor, a serial New Jersey entrepreneur, became CEO of the company, he moved it to Pennington.

“The NOL Program was pivotal in our decision to relocate OncoSec to New Jersey,” O’Connor said. “The ability to turn losses into assets is extremely beneficial to growing companies like ours.”

Land Preserved

Clean-up efforts at the Cedar Ridge Preserve.

D&R Greenway Land Trust recently purchased a small Hopewell property adjacent to Cedar Ridge, one of the land trust’s earliest and biggest preserves, at more than 200 acres. The new three-acre property, known as the “Koch property” on Stony Brook Road, has 650 feet of frontage on a tributary stream of the Stony Brook.

“Cedar Ridge is one of our most important and popular preserves, providing public access to a network of maintained trails. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to extend the preserve along this lovely and crucial tributary to the Stony Brook,” said D&R Greenway CEO Linda Mead. The property had a house on it that was destroyed in a fire. Rather than rebuild, the owners sold the property to D&R Green­way as permanent open space.

D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton 08540. 609-924-4646. Linda J. Mead, president & CEO. www.drgreenway.org.

Deaths

Harold W. Delhagen, 84, on December 12. He was an insurance sales manager for Prudential Insurance Company. Services will be held on Saturday, December 28, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square at 3550 Nottingham Way in Hamilton Square.

Milton Myron Sowiak, 89, on May 25. He worked for RCA at Sarnoff Research Center, where he worked on high speed printing and copying technology. He later worked for Optel, where he helped produce and commercialize the first wristwatches with LCD displays.

William F. Pecci on December 10. He was most recently employed by the United States Postal Credit Union in Yardville.

James J. Lyons, 79, on December 9. Early in his career, he worked in finance at the Trenton Trust Company. He was co-owner of the ChitChat Lounge in Trenton and was most recently a car dealer/appraiser for area dealerships.

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