Renderings are out for an 11-story timber office building proposed for the Riverfront Square development in Newark, New Jersey. The site is located next to New Jersey Transit’s Broad Street station, which is less than a twenty-minute commute to Midtown Manhattan. The project is part of a larger 11.8-acre mixed-use development, as well as Riverfront Park, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Lotus Equity Group will be responsible for the development.
The structure will rise at least 120 feet to its rooftop, and yield over 500,000 square feet of office space. The exposed wood design is expected to enhance the tenant experience, and will also be environmentally sustainable.
Ben Korman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Lotus Equity Group, said “the vision we share with Michael Green is to design the most environmentally sustainable office tower that enhances the health of tenants and the surrounding communities through efficient planning and green design.”
Michael Green Architecture will be responsible for the design. Head of the firm, Michael Green, commented on the project, “Good buildings are good neighbors and we envision a sustainable, efficient and architecturally-stunning future for Newark.”
One of the most significant drives for timber construction is how it saves times in construction, without having to wait for the concrete to pour and dry. The tower will be treated to be fire resistant, with The Real Deal reporting the potential for a façade of brick or metal panels. The estimated completion date has not been announced.