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Aug 11, 2017

Bell Works Hosts Big Bang

By Lori Draz

Somerset Development’s Ralph Zucker enjoys some family time. Left to right: Moshe Gross, Ralph Zucker, Rus Zucker, Devori Hershman, and Shuli Hershman.

It only makes sense that the site where The Big Bang Theory was discovered would be the place that a Big Bang Independence day celebration would be held. And what a show it was!

On July 6, Bell Works opened the iconic building and surrounding parking lots to the public for viewing the explosive show. Upstairs on the terrace, there was a private barbecue for tenants, but no matter where you were, there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. In fact, the unobstructed concourse of the Bell Works campus may make it one of the best fireworks viewing sites in the state.

Despite the threat of showers, partygoers to the private event showed up full of patriotic spirit. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, and all the sides, and even an ice cream bar for dessert, plus DJ entertainment. Shortly before 9:00 p.m., the crowds settled into their favorite spots to await the show, which did not disappoint. The fireworks display and party also served as the grand opening of the iconic facility’s new rooftop terrace, which offers sweeping views of the open space at the campus.

Mayor Greg Buontempo said, “Isn’t this great? What a place to watch the fireworks and what a great opportunity for everyone to visit the Bell Works campus and see all the amazing improvements. We are watching this property grow every day, and I’m happy to say that the library is well underway. We are targeting for an October opening and are looking forward to a steady stream of visits from our residents.”

In other news, Paola Zamudio, Creative Director for the entire Bell Works project, opened The Design Lab at Bell Works on July 13. Ms. Zamudio, founder of NPZ Style + Decor, felt that the Bell Works community needed a central hub where creatives could share space, encourage, support, and motivate one another. The Design Lab is also a place for Bell Works’ community members who are working on design/build projects to meet, collaborate, and celebrate together. Already, Alexander Gorlin, lead architect for Bell Works, uses the space to meet with Ms. Zamudio and other collaborative partners and firms who are working on the building’s renovation. Her staff also maintains all records for design-related vendors and potential partners.

Once the home of some of the most monumental technological inventions of the 20th century, Bell Works reimagines the historical building as a workplace of the future. Today, Somerset Development is transforming the building into a mixed-use “metroburb,” complete with offices, retail, dining, healthcare, recreation, and hospitality, and garnering headlines all over the country about its remarkable ongoing evolution. To learn more, visit www.Bell.Works.