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Apr 03, 2017

Bell Works Update

By Lori Draz

Things are really progressing at Bell Works in Holmdel. Not only has Toll Brothers commenced development of the residential portion of the 472-acre site, which will include 40 single-family homes and 185 age-restricted townhomes; construction has begun on the nation’s largest photovoltaic (PV) glass skylight.

This monumental project is being done by market leader Onyx Solar, a global leader in manufacturing transparent photovoltaic glass for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). Onyx Solar designs and manufactures photovoltaic glass for commercial curtain walls and facades, skylights, canopies, guardrails, and sidewalks. They have worked completed iconic projects for well-known corporations such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Samsung, The Heat Group/American Airlines Arena, George Washington University, Coca-Cola/FEMSA, and ING Bank. It has received more than 30 domestic and international awards, including the 2015 Most Innovative Glass Product by Glass Magazine, the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Leadership, and the Best Global Provider by renowned Build Magazine.

The installation will total 3,200 skylights that will span across the quarter-mile-long atrium roof, covering 60,000 square feet. Upon completion, the PV skylight will naturally illuminate the complex and generate free, clean electricity from the sun.

“Bell Works is already home to an extraordinary community of innovators, and it’s our job to continue to innovate the building commensurately,” said Ralph Zucker, president of Somerset Development. “People want a workplace that extends itself beyond professional needs – one that stands for something beyond the cubicle walls. As Bell Works continues to attract some of the region’s most forward-thinking companies, it is only fitting that it incorporates the latest in sustainable technology, all in a way that is both functional and attractive.”

The Bell Works’ skylight will feature 24 different glazings from Onyx Solar to cover the various unique skylight schemes at the Eero Saarinen-designed architectural gem. Each will be comprised of amorphous Silicon thin film photovoltaic (a-Si PV) active glass, laminated between two sheets of tempered safety glass, allowing for 20% Visual Light Transmittance (VLT) to reduce solar heat gain while producing energy, all while preserving Bell Work’s historical design.

“Traditional opaque solar panels are designed solely to generate electricity. Bell Works’ newly installed PV skylight will be transparent, allowing for light to pass through the PV Glass without compromising the building’s renowned day-lit atrium,” added Diego Cuevas, VP, Business Development of Onyx Solar.

As a bonus to electric car owners, Bell Works will be installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations that will utilize the energy produced by the newly installed photovoltaic glass.

Another exciting event this March is the Zucker Family Foundation Gala, being held on Thursday, March 30. This year’s event will raise funds for the Holmdel Library and Learning Center, which will be located in the Bell Works Campus. The lavish affair is themed “Alice in Wonderland-Through the Looking Glass.” It is sure to be one of the most impressive events of the year. Approximately 300 people will enjoy whimsical decorations, entertainment, a lovely sit-down dinner, an elaborate gift bag, and a spectacular selection of auction items. Tickets are $1,000 per person and can be purchased by contacting Library@Bell.works.

Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo was thrilled and humbled by Mr. Zucker’s generous appointment. “Somerset Development has already given us a check for one million dollars toward the library and now they have selected the library as the benefactor of this year’s gala. We are delighted to partner with them in this event. I am sure that anyone who attends will be amazed at this over-the top evening.” Construction on the nearly 20,000-square-foot library is expected to begin days after the gala, the mayor added.

Bell Works has signed leases for over 60 percent of its office space. In addition to the recent signing of anchor tenant iCIMS, a leading provider of innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions, Somerset also executed a headquarters lease with cloud-based business management and fleet management solutions company WorkWave. Other prominent commercial tenants include: Acacia Communications, a recognized optical transmissions manufacturer; Jersey Central Power and Light; MetTel, a New York City-based telecommunications firm;  McCann Systems LLC, a national audiovisual company; NVIDIA Corporation, a publicly traded multi-platform technology firm; Spirent Communications, an international telecommunications firm; Suttons International, a worldwide logistics company; Symbolic IO, a data storage company; and vi Collaboration Hub, a co-working space and networking group for technology companies and innovators.