A rendering of Ironside Newark, the new office and retail complex that will result from an $80 million redevelopment of a historic warehouse by Edison Properties. — Courtesy: Edison Properties
By Joshua Burd
Edison Properties’ plan to build more than 450,000 feet of modern, loft-style office space at a historic Newark warehouse has earned the recognition of WiredScore, a rating service for technology and connectivity in commercial buildings.
The real estate firm said Tuesday that the project, known as Ironside Newark, has achieved a Wired Certified Platinum designation for its building technology. The project is the first redevelopment in New Jersey to earn the certification, Edison said, noting that the building was evaluated based on the number of available internet service providers, infrastructure redundancy, connection access points and readiness to improve connectivity.
The Newark-based developer kicked off its repositioning of the building this past spring. The property, located at Edison Place and McCarter Highway, is also slated to include street-level retail space that will anchor a new mixed-use park area known as Mulberry Commons.
Construction on Ironside Newark is ongoing and is slated to open in fall 2018.
“We are thrilled to have Ironside Newark recognized as the first redevelopment project to earn WiredScore Certification,” said Michael Sommer, Edison Properties’ executive vice president of development. “This designation clearly communicates the unique technological advantages that tenants will benefit from at our building.
“Combined with Ironside’s location amid a thriving urban landscape and the Northeast’s largest mass transit hub, this represents a key piece in our vision to transform this vacant warehouse into a state-of-the-art commercial and retail destination.”
Edison pursued Wired Certification for the building, prompting it to be evaluated by a team of technicians who conducted a comprehensive on-site audit, according to a news release. The Wired Certification level was assigned based on the official standards developed by WiredScore and its advisory board.
Businesses at Ironside Newark will be able to access affordable high-speed internet service via Newark’s underground fiber network, which is part of Edison’s pitch to creative and technology-driven companies. That access helped contribute to the building’s certification through WiredScore, which grew out of a program launched by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The rating service earlier this year released a full-fledged set of guidelines that builders and professionals could follow in new ground-up development, rather than seeking an audit from an existing building.
“Ironside Newark is transforming a former industrial warehouse into a tech-friendly office destination and that’s a remarkable accomplishment,” said Arie Barendrecht, founder and CEO of WiredScore. “Edison Properties’ pursuit of Wired Certification reflects their commitment to providing access to top-tier connectivity to its future tenants, and places them in select company among office properties around the country.”