Activate the Street

April 13 2016
Activate the Street

Stonefield is tackling its own project to bring energy and activity to Park Avenue in downtown Rutherford.  Stay tuned for continued updates on the project.  Our approach is to take the blank canvas of a vacant storefront and weave it back into the fabric of the downtown.  The Meadowlands Museum has given us a look into the amazing history of the building which will be respected and gestured to in the new use of the building.  The design will combine modern and classic materials and techniques.  The details are everything when it comes to making a project like this work effectively.  More photos to come.


 

Bike lanes

July 02 2015
Bike lanes

The revolution of bike shares and the growing number of bicyclists is causing new road safety concerns to many cities. Today, transportation engineers are creating viable roadway plans with bike lanes and road markings like sharrows to protect bicyclists and alert motorists. This not only benefits the bicyclists to ride in ease but also the motorists to avoid any accidents so in the end everyone wins. At Stonefield, we provide the highest expertise in transportation engineering to all our clients. 





 

Commute without a car

June 29 2015
Commute without a car

Public transportation is a necessity in all major cities. One of the most sought after form of public transportation by city dwellers is the metro system. It is the most efficient and cost effective mode of transportation for commuters. It provides benefits to most if not all individuals, whether you’re a business person commuting to work or a student commuting to a university, you can appreciate the time and money saved by opting for public transportation. Stonefield only chooses areas with robust public transportation as options for office locations.  






 

EN MASSE

June 02 2015
EN MASSE

This mural is one of the many works of the EN MASSE project. The main principle of this multi-artist collaborative drawing project is that it explores the creation of a collective vision; works created together that are greater than any one person could create alone. EN MASSE (from the French for “as a whole”) embodies the core values at Stonefield. We work together as a team and embrace every challenge as an opportunity to get creative.  







 

Placemaking

June 01 2015
Placemaking

Placemaking has become an integral part of building downtown areas and communities and truly developing a sense of place that residents, commuters, and all people can enjoy.  This consideration is always an aspect of Stonefield’s design approach to land development and redevelopment.  Techniques that we employ include site investigations and field inventory to understand the communities that we are working in and implementing design techniques that gesture to already existing buildings and architecture.  Street furniture has become an excellent and cost-effective way to foster pedestrian traffic and change the look and feel of historically vehicular areas of downtown areas.  We are inspired by how the urban areas around us continue to evolve and create a sense of place using simple techniques involving art and design as shown. 





 

Phantasmagoric

May 25 2015
Phantasmagoric

Street art murals are making a debut all over the world. Famous artists are contributing to the urban landscape by creating art that intensifies the surroundings. The mural that is shown is a phantasmagoric animal created by the talented artist Alexis Diaz. The engraving technique that he simply uses with a paintbrush creates texture and patterns to his work. We appreciate and respect skill in all forms. At Stonefield, we depict our skill by offering unique design to every project. 




 

Advocates for pedestrians

May 25 2015
Advocates for pedestrians

Our growing population has redevelopment plans in cities prevalent today. The new trend we are beginning to see in redeveloped urban areas is the Street Art Movement. The imagery is usually representation of residents and/or region that creates a sense of community. Street art offers a constant change in scene which makes it an exciting pedestrian environment. We are advocates for easier living for pedestrian, bicyclists, and motorists and it is important to us to create a utilitarian design for redevelopment projects that caters to all the inhabitants. 





 

Downtown core

May 25 2015
Downtown core

The downtown core is the locus around which town life revolves. These areas host local events and facilitate a gathering place for community life. Headquartered in downtown Rutherford, Stonefield is committed to city centers and investing in local communities. We ensure that projects in these areas are in keeping with business district design. Collaboration with local stakeholders is cultivated to determine what type of design would facilitate communal culture. 






 

Walkable city

May 23 2015
Walkable city

Most cities are recognizing the importance of evolving into a walkable city to appeal to city dwellers. With Walk Scores in place, prosperous walkable cities adopt a sustainability plan to achieve high walk score ratings. An important role in any sustainability plan is a sensible bikeway and pedestrian design. Stonefield has provided consulting services and developed industry standard design associated with bike and pedestrian improvements such as crosswalks and bike lanes. There are still areas that have yet to implement that model as shown here. 




 

The old, the new and the natural

April 22 2015
The old, the new and the natural

Redevelopment projects integrate the old, the new, and the natural. Stonefield is committed to each of these aspects of design in considering the existing features, proposing new improvements, and acknowledging the natural environment surround each site.  






 

Rehabilitation

April 02 2015
Rehabilitation

Vacant properties are prime targets within Master Plans for rehabilitation as mixed-use, commercial, or residential uses. Stonefield is familiar with incorporating the vision of a Master Plan with the proposed use and site improvements to increase the benefit to the surrounding community. In addition, we have assisted municipalities in rezoning redevelopment areas to facilitate new projects. 







 

Keeping it original

April 01 2015
Keeping it original

The original façade is a valuable resource on historic properties which can be restored and maintained in keeping with the neighboring community. Stonefield has experience engineering the surrounding site in conjunction with gutting and upgrading the interior of an existing structure. 







 

You can’t engineer character

April 01 2015
You can’t engineer character

You can’t engineer character, but you can incorporate it into design. While engineering is essential for accomplishing the final product, Stonefield understands the importance of preserving the historic character to enhance the future development. We take care to ensure that what is inimitable is preserved and what can be improved is rehabilitated.








 

Ideologies of all

March 25 2015
Ideologies of all

Historic factories have incredible potential for redevelopment as mixed-use, commercial, and/or residential uses. Redevelopment is frequently accompanied by layers of historical, environmental and municipal negotiations. Stonefield has extensive experience with local authorities to smooth the path of permitting and to produce a design that incorporates the ideologies of all stakeholders.





 

Convergence of the old and new

March 25 2015
Convergence of the old and new

Over the years, layers of improvements have been added to historic properties which are evident in the hodgepodge of on-site features. While some characteristics should be maintained in their original state, others require modernization. Stonefield has completed designs which preserve the historic aspects and update the obsolete, while ensuring that the convergence of the old and new is seamless. 







 

Transforming railways

March 23 2015
Transforming railways

Although an important piece of our country's history, railways are frequently being vacated as the rail system becomes more centralized. In recent years, local and regional Master Plans have targeted abandoned railway areas for transformation from historic industrial uses to commercial, mixed-use, or even open space areas - think the Highline in New York City. Stonefield has assisted developers by designing modern facilities for these redevelopment areas and working with local stakeholders to ensure that the proposed use is in keeping with the intent and goals of the Master Plan.






 

Keep the character

February 25 2015
Keep the character

Municipalities value the continuity of design in zoning districts, and consequently Stonefield takes steps to ensure that proposed designs are in character with surrounding properties. Whether it’s front yard setbacks or roof pitch, Stonefield has experience incorporating the required features or defending site design to the municipality as in keeping with zoning intent.