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  • December 30, 2019

    2019 Year In Review


    “Firm Of The Year”
    Awarded by AIA-NJ: The American Institute of Architects 

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    Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects (MHS Architects), a premier architectural, planning and design firm specializing in residential and mixed-use multifamily developments, has been named “Firm of the Year” – a highly-esteemed award given by the American Institute of Architects-New Jersey Chapter (AIA-NJ). The honor, which was announced as part of AIA’s 2019 Service Awards, distinguishes MHS Architects as an exceptional architectural firm and recognizes its impressive success and significant expansion over the past year.

    With demand growing for walkable, city-centric living and substantial redevelopment efforts underway throughout New Jersey’s urban centers, real estate developers have increasingly relied on MHS Architects’ extensive experience and inventive solutions for transforming inner cities and downtowns into vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods, leading the company to expand in size by nearly 25% in 2018-19.  Notable assignments recently completed by the firm include Bijou Properties’ 424-unit 7 Seventy House in Hoboken, K. Hovnanian Homes’ Nine on the Hudson waterfront condominium building in West New York, and Roseland Property Company’s Metropolitan Lofts rental building in Morristown, among others.

    “We’re incredibly honored and appreciative to receive such a prestigious award,” said Founding Principal Dean Marchetto, FAIA, who has led the firm for its nearly 40 years in operation.

    “This is a tribute to our entire team of architects, planners and staff in recognition of their exemplary efforts to serve our development clients in award-winning fashion.  Their unwavering dedication and commitment to both design and community building has allowed us to expand our scope of services and enter many new and exciting markets throughout the state.  Their creativity and tireless work ethic have us well-positioned for continued growth in the years to come.”   Read more here.


    2019 Hoboken Walking Tour

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    MHS Architects experienced an extraordinary opportunity this past summer. Within Hoboken’s northern end, guided by Dean Marchetto, FAIA, employees toured MHS designed and re-purposed buildings and observed the firm’s development of new context-sensitive architectural styles custom made for Hoboken over the course of the past 35 years. It was like walking through a living museum.

    As we walked the Northern part of Hoboken, we saw the progression of MHS’s designs of literal interpretation to a more modern style, the chosen material selections, color pallets, details and the experimentations with scale and proportion. After designing more than 100 buildings in Hoboken, different examples can be seen on a single block. The effect has been profound and the style has become the new face for Hoboken’s rebirth from the days of disinvestment and neglect to New Jersey’s greatest comeback city. View more photos here.


    40 / 40 / 40

    2019 has been a busy year for Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects. In 2019, we have contracted 40 new multifamily projects and hired 12 talented and engaged professionals rounding up to 40 employees. After being in business for roughly 40 years, MHS Architects has cultivated an incredible team to work closely with our savvy clients to produce award-winning designs. These designs turned into TOD destinations we are all incredibly proud of.

    Top Left: Hartz Mountain Industries – 800 Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken, NJ     Top Right: Toll Brothers – 1425 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ      Bottom Left: KRE Madison NJ Urban Renewal/Mark Built Properties – Madison Place, Madison, NJ    Bottom Right: Claremont Construction Group, Inc.- NJCU RIVET


    2019 Speaking Engagements & Student Critiques

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    Dean Marchetto, FAIA was a guest panelist at 2019 The Jersey City Real Estate Summit. Dean spoke about how each building’s character evolves through the design process. Whether it be the neighborhood, sustainabilities, and/or the amenities, each building alines with the community and provides a sense of belonging for those that live, work, and play there. Moderator for this Multifamily panel was Eugene Paolino, Partner with Genova Burns. Joining Dean on the panel were Fred Cooper-Toll Brothers, Greg Belew-Lennar Multifamily Communities, Chris Fogarty-Fogarty Finger Architecture, Christopher Albanese-The Albanese Organization, and Abe Naparstek-Brookfield Properties. Governor Murphy and Mayor Steven Fulop also spoke at the event.

    MHS Architect’s principal Bruce Stieve, AIA was a juror for NJIT’s NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) competition entries for The Nostrand Avenue Development in East Flatbush Brooklyn. NOMA organizers recommended that the competition be integrated into a formal design studio to encourage a vital discussion of diversity, culture, universal access, and sustainability within the study/practice of architecture.

    For each submission, Bruce Stieve offered insight and critiqued the cultural expression, design excellence, community integration, project feasibility, and the student’s verbal presentations. Bruce was impressed by the student’s incorporation of mixed-income housing, commercial/retail tenants, and community spaces with an emphasis on developing solutions to simultaneously sustain and grow the community.


    2019 ULI NNJ Excellence Award: Sustainable Design  
    7 Seventy House, HOBOKEN, New Jersey

    MHS Architects 7 Seventy House ULI Award Winner 2019

    Hoboken’s 7 Seventy House has been awarded the ULI NNJ Excellence Award for 2019 Sustainable Development! MHS Architects would like to congratulate developers Bijou Properties and Intercontinental Real Estate Group, Mayor Bhalla and Hoboken’s City Council, Langan Engineering, Arterial Design Studio, and Tishman Construction Corp. These industry leaders helped create an amazing destination that has now become 7 Seventy House, the most incredible transit-oriented and sustainable neighborhood of Hoboken.
    ULI sets the global standard in recognizing outstanding and transformational land use developments, best practices and creative visioning. ULI NNJ Excellence Awards salutes the highest caliber of projects and people within our industry in our region.

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    All awards won in 2019

    • 2019 AIA-New Jersey FIRM OF THE YEAR Award
    • 2019 ULI NNJ Excellence Award: Sustainable Development – 7 Seventy House, Hoboken, NJ
    • 2019 NJPO Achievement in Planning Award, Lackawanna Station Redev. Plan, Montclair, NJ
    • 2019 NJ Builder’s Association Best Green Community Award: Madison Place, Madison, NJ
    • 2019 NJ Builder’s Association Best Outdoor Living Space for an Attached Community: Nine on the Hudson, West New York, NJ
    • 2019 USGBC LEED Award: 700 Jackson Redevelopment & Resiliency Park
    • 2019 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA): Honor Award, LANGAN, 700 Jackson
    • 2019 NJ Alliance for Action’s Leading Infrastructure Project Award: NJ City University –  RIVET – University Place Redevelopment, Jersey City, NJ


    Journal Square’s Neighborhood Niches

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    Journal Square’s community developed The Bergen Square Day 2019 and Open the Arches Fundraiser which created additional community opportunities that MHS Architects could participate in. The fundraiser was designed both to raise funds for the association’s “Open the Arches” initiative and to raise public awareness of the JSQCA’s campaign to convert the Bergen Arches into public green space, with a bike path, walkway, benches and areas for recreation where residents and visitors could enjoy the 17-acre site’s natural beauty. The Bergen Arches is a mile-long rail cut parallel to Route 139. It has not been used for rail service since 1957.

    Bergen Square sits within the boundaries of Journal Square. The community launched the first Bergen Square Festival, an event that celebrates the history, culture, and vibrancy of the community. MHS Architects contributed to the community’s efforts by advertising, sponsoring, and participating in the festival.

    MHS Architects continues to stimulate and create architecture that connects the past with the present and people with places. MHS Architects has proven to be a catalyst for neighborhood betterment transformation.



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    MHS Architects will celebrate Christmas on 7 Seventy House’s 14th floor amenity deck which offers stunning New York City views. 7 Seventy House illustrates modest and polished multifamily architecture that supports a neighborhood creation with a public gymnasium and two public parks. 7 Seventy House contains 424 residential units on 4.78 acres and a generous amount of retail space spanning 26,000 square feet adjacent to the 9th street light rail station.



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