LAN Associates is a full service, engineering, planning, architecture, and surveying firm founded in 1965. We service a variety of federal, state, county, and municipal governments, housing authorities, boards of education, Fortune 500 companies, foreign companies, religious facilities, and private clients. LAN’s main office is located in Midland Park, Bergen County, New Jersey; with satellite offices in Goshen, New York and Trumbull, Connecticut.

Recent News

From the Desk of Kim Vierheilig

As autumn arrives, it’s hard to believe I have been in my new position of Vice President for eight months already.  It has been an exciting year for me personally and for LAN as a company.  Being named Officer at the beginning of this year was a huge milestone in my career and I am excited to be an integral part of LAN’s future. Since becoming an architect, I have always believed in the power of design to create interesting spaces that inspire and enhance people’s lives.  It is easy to miss the subtlety of how design impacts us.  We spend most of our time indoors, therefore the spaces we occupy should be carefully considered.  It could be the way natural light streams in through a window or how interior lighting sets a mood or a task or the way color and finishes of the room make you feel, or even as simple as framing a particular view outside your window.  The details matter.

As a company this year we have embarked on several new and exciting projects that allow us to use our expertise to provide high-quality, innovative designs.  LAN was recently honored to be chosen by the Edison School District to design a new K-5 educational facility for their community.   This is a huge responsibility and we are excited to bring our passion for design to a facility where children learn and need to be creative each day.  Research has been published that links the impact design has to enhance student achievement.  As such, we have implemented these specific design principals in planning the new facility to inspire the next generation.

LAN looks forward to continue working with our clients to envision how design can play an important role in each of their projects.

LAN Designs New Lounge & Suites at NY Marriott Eastside

LAN with their interior designer, Anderson Miller Ltd. was hired to convert two existing second floor meeting rooms into a new Marriott ‘M Club’ Lounge.  The new lounge design was based on Marriott’s new concept initiative requiring several different seating arrangements such as banquet and chair seating, casual lounge areas, and taller communal tables providing a variety of work/relax options for occupants.  Smaller tables of 2 to 4 people were integrated throughout allowing for casual impromptu meetings as needed. Visitors are greeted by five cylindrical hanging pendants with crystal strings through a set of glass entrance doors.  Upon entering, circulation to the buffet leads you through a series of dark wood lacquered portals highlighted by a framed Italian tile mosaic tapestry.  A center island was incorporated into the buffet layout to promote flow from the juice bar, hot & cold buffets, and coffee station.  All seating areas were configured with technology in mind, line of sight for TV viewing, and WiFi/charging stations.

In addition, LAN reconfigured the existing sixteenth floor concierge lounge and meeting rooms into nine new guestrooms and suites and the renovation of three existing rooms.  All rooms and suites were designed to be connected with each other and within certain cases, the entire floor if needed.  The finishes and furniture for the rooms were again designed in keeping with the look of the new Marriott concept.  This included built-in custom closets and headboards, cantilevered desks, television and fireplace wood surrounds, and sliding barn doors.  The finishes of the new rooms similar to the lounge focused on a neutral, warm palette with contrasting colors and textures.  The new M Club lounge was completed in March 2014 followed by completion of the rooms in July 2014.

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James Monroe Elementary - Day
Design Underway for New James Monroe Elementary School

LAN is pleased to have been selected out of a highly competitive field of 21 architectural firms, as the architect and engineer for the James Monroe Elementary School in Edison, NJ.   One of the reasons LAN was chosen to lead this effort is because of our full-service capabilities.  Additionally, we have a staff capable of fast tracking the design process.  The new two-story, 67,000 SF school will be constructed on the site of the former school which was destroyed in a fire last March.  Since then, students have occupied classrooms at Middlesex County College and now at St. Ceclia’s in Iselin.  Returning students back to their own school is a top priority for the District and LAN.

The new educational facility is designed to provide modern classrooms filled with daylight and will utilize LED light fixtures with daylight harvesting and motion sensors to provide energy efficiency. This facility will provide specialized instructional spaces that were missing from the original structure.     In addition, the school will have a community wing for after-school programs and the surrounding neighborhood.

In terms of site placement, the footprint of the school is similar to that of the former facility, in order to take advantage of existing utility connections, site improvements, and lessen the impact on its neighbors.  However, various deficiencies in the overall site layout will be addressed, including lack of parking, emergency access, and deficient drainage.

Our team is completing Construction Documents and expects to  have the project out to bid later this year.