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MetLife begins renovations at Met Center at Florham Pk.

MetLife begins renovations at Met Center at Florham Pk

MetLife Real Estate recently began construction on the second phase of an extensive renovation program at Metropolitan Center at Florham Park, a six-building office complex in Florham Park. The announcement was made by Neil McShane, assistant vice president and regional manager of the MetLife Real Estate Metropark New Jersey Regional Office.

The renovation plans call for a dramatic redesign of the lobbies, common spaces, and the exterior landscaping for Met Center's Florham Park Plaza, the two-building plaza at 25 Hanover Road. MetLife selected the award-winning firms of SNS Architects & Engineers of Montvale, New Jersey for the interior redesign and Lawrence J. Tencza Associates, Landscape Architects & Planners of East Orange, N.J. for the exterior landscaping program.

According to Fay W. Logan, an SNS partner, the lobbies, elevators and bathrooms are all being refurbished to conform to the complex's sophisticated corporate environment. New revolving entrance doors will soon open onto dramatic lobbies of marble and granite floors with insets of exotic blue granite from Brazil. Other highlights of the lobby redesign include fabric-paneled walls trimmed with mahogany to match the new full height mahogany tenant entrance doors. Cove ceilings with indirect lighting will lend dimension and heighten the overall elegant design of the space.

The renovations also call for upgrading the elevator cabs and bathroom facilities. The elevator cabs will be brightened with a new, suspended ceiling and bordered carpeting. The design of the bathrooms will be enriched with a neutral color theme and indirect lighting, new vanities and full height mirrors.

Lawrence J. Tencza explained the concept for the new landscaping program, which will begin in the spring of 1992. "Basically, we are converting the existing plaza connecting the two buildings from a space dominated by concrete pavement, to a space defined by plant materials and landscape accessories. The overall effect will be a more lush, parklike environment for the tenants to enjoy during lunch or on their coffee breaks."

According to Tencza, the plaza area will be landscaped with about 50 shade and flowering trees, 70 evergreen trees and 1,000 shrubs. The concrete surface will be upgraded with interlocking pavers to create a rich texture, and more seating areas will be situated around the plaza. Other design items, such as lighting to highlight the plant life, and changes in the grade to alleviate the flatness of the existing space, will make the space highly functional and enhance its overall attractiveness.
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
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Date:Dec 4, 1991
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