By Joshua Burd
Larken Associates has expanded its in-house construction team with the addition of two veteran industry professionals.
The commercial real estate firm, which is based in Branchburg, announced Monday that it recently hired H. Jordan Guenther as senior project manager and Liam Hanley as director of construction accounting. They join the business from REDCOM Design and Construction and from the Archdiocese of New York, respectively, and will both join Core Enterprises, Larken’s in-house real estate services division.
“As we embark on one of the most ambitious periods of construction and development work in our company’s history, the increases in efficiency, profitability and flexibility our in-house construction team provides will be crucial in helping us bring each of these projects to life,” said David Gardner, Larken’s CEO and president. “We welcome Jordan and Liam to our team and are confident that their contributions will further bolster Larken’s robust suite of in-house construction capabilities.”
With nearly 40 years of experience, Guenther will oversee all of the firm’s major residential and commercial construction projects including The Reserve at Crosswicks, a 272-unit multifamily project currently underway in Bordentown, and Hillsborough Village Center, a 191-unit mixed-use project with 28,000 square feet of retail space under construction in Hillsborough. With REDCOM, he oversaw the construction of Ray Catena Jaguar Land Rover, the largest Jaguar Land Rover dealership in the world, as well as 320 Paterson Plank Road, an 80,000-square-foot industrial building in Carlstadt, among others.
In addition to his time at REDCOM, Guenther has worked for Eastman Cos., Dowel Associates, Iris Construction and Advance Realty Group.
Joining Guenther, Hanley will leverage his two decades of accounting and finance experience in his role as director of construction accounting, according to a news release. Working closely with Larken’s finance and construction teams, he will provide the firm’s leadership with insights into its construction projects and ensure timely payment of vendors and contractors.
Hanley previously worked as director of capital projects for the Archdiocese of New York, director of development accounting for Brookfield Properties and senior accountant for Turner Construction.
Core Enterprises is currently managing the construction of Larken Associates’ four Larken Living projects across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Along with the Bordentown and Hillsborough developments, the pipeline includes the 198-unit Autumn Ridge complex in Lopatcong and The Enclave at Copper Chase, a 107-unit residential complex on the site of the company’s 132-unit The Reserve at Copper Chase residential community in York, Pennsylvania.