Ocean Grove Architects Win Award for Asbury Park Building


The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has awarded Ocean Grove-based architectural design firm Shore Point Architecture with a Merit Award in the “Un-built” category of its annual Design Day Competition.

The agency recognized the firm for its innovative design of Asbury Park J.A.M.S. community performing arts building in Asbury Park.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is a prime example of the type of dynamic project that will advance and elevate the state of architecture in New Jersey,” said Kurt Kalafsky, FAIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Shore Point Architecture demonstrated incredible vision in designing the building, and is well deserving of this award.”

A 47,000-square-foot, mixed-use building, Asbury Park J.A.M.S. will feature a 200-seat performance theater that will also serve as a lecture hall and home to corporate conferences. The facility will also provide television/video production capabilities, and will house museum galleries and the administrative headquarters of the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Society.

Asbury Park J.A.M.S. (rendering pictured above) will feature a café with both indoor and outdoor seating, a “boutique” hotel providing overnight lodging for musicians visiting the area and a unique rooftop performance venue, providing yet another unique experience for visitors to Asbury Park.

“Asbury Park J.A.M.S. is seen as the key element in the revitalization of the once vibrant west side of Asbury Park, as it will sit at the intersection of Springwood Avenue and Memorial Drive — literally the ‘gateway’ to the west side,” said Stephen Carlidge, AIA, president of Shore Point Architecture. “We are extremely pleased to have been recognized by the AIA-NJ awards jury for this bold architectural statement of a building, as we believe that architecture can make a difference in making a place special and a place that people will want to be.”

The AIA-NJ Annual Design Awards program recognizes architectural projects that exhibit design excellence in the categories of Open, Residential, Historic Preservation and Interior Architecture designated for Built and Un-built projects. To be eligible, projects must be either located in New Jersey or designed by an AIA-NJ architect.

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