When Onyx Equities and Garrison Investment Group joined forces in 2019 to purchase 650 From Road in Paramus from Mack-Cali Realty Group, they immediately set out to transform the massive 363,000-square-foot office building, which was constructed in the late 1970s, into a sparkling one-of-a-kind Class A corporate office center. With the exterior and interior common spaces in need of sprucing up, the Kimmerle Group of Harding Township was engaged to provide design stewardship over a 34,000-square-foot interior renovation as well as a few important exterior upgrades.
Three 17 Construction LLC tackled the labor tasks, including a complete redesign of all interior common areas. New amenities include a café and dining area, as well as a lounge, game rooms and a conference room space. The central atrium and lobby are also now reimagined, including a stunning five-story live green wall complete with a custom RGB lighting wall. Exterior common space upgrades take advantage of existing outdoor relaxation spaces, including a fitness-grade walking path.
Additionally, new paver stone surfaces and updated outdoor seating near the lakeside area, complete with a contemporary canopy and pergola structures with WiFi and access to charging stations, make outdoor breaks both pleasant and productive. Located adjacent to the Garden State Parkway, the $6.5 million refresh project has transformed this iconic structure into what the nominator notes is “a sight to behold.” Over 250 construction jobs were created during the year-long process, and today the building is home to 1,000 on-site employees.
Kimmerle Group –
Kimmerle Newman Architects
Michael Kasparian, Chairman,
Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority