By Joshua Burd
Architecture and design firm Mancini Duffy has signed a seven-year lease extension at its Millburn office, as it eyes continued expansion in northern New Jersey.
The Manhattan-based practice said it opened the office at 374 Millburn Ave. in 2017, housing a regional team that caters to core and growing sectors such as corporate, aviation, multifamily, hospitality, health care and life sciences. That has dovetailed with projects for clients such as Mars Wrigley, Sax LLP and Energy Capital Partners, among others.
With the extension, which was brokered by JLL, Mancini now plans to renovate the space to account for its growing staff and new facilities.
“We’ve seen an opportunity to engage in cutting-edge projects in northern New Jersey,” said John Anthal, principal and aviation practice director, who also leads the Millburn office. “Our Millburn office has its own unique culture and local presence while maintaining the creativity and ingenuity Mancini is synonymous with. Building such an energetic and collaborative team over the past several years has been extremely exciting, and that enthusiasm is reflected in our relationships with our clients.”
The firm occupies an undisclosed amount of space at Millburn’s historic Schoolhouse Plaza, in the township’s business district. Its renovation plan includes adding the company’s Design Lab, where it will conduct design sessions in a virtual space using its patent-pending software, The Toolbelt, allowing users from any location to explore and manipulate 3D models in real time with immediate output.
In addition, Millburn’s Design Lab will provide an immersive hub for clients to use the technology in a local, in-person and collaborative environment, the firm said.
“There is really exciting growth happening at Mancini right now, not just in terms of geographic expansion,” said Christian Giordano, president and co-owner. “We know the challenges clients face in the New Jersey market. Not only does our approach have a track record of changing how clients engage throughout the design process, but the depth of our local knowledge has been vital to our success in the project’s outcome.”
CEO William Mandara Jr. noted that Mancini also recently established an office in Red Bank, “and this year we are excited to continue to grow in our northern New Jersey location.”
“We are heavily rooted in New Jersey, and as we all know, the various regions of this state take pride in their differences,” Mandara said. “John Anthal and the Millburn office have a solid reputation after five years of designing award-winning projects. We are excited about the future as we continue to expand both our team and clientele.”