Hollister Construction Services Breaks Ground on New Vertical Farm in Newark for AeroFarms
Hollister Construction Services, a leading full-service construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, healthcare, industrial, retail and residential construction, broke ground on a new vertical farm at 212 Rome Street in Newark, N.J., for joint owners AeroFarms LLC and RBH Group LLC. The groundbreaking ceremony for the world’s largest vertical farm took place on Thursday, July 9, at the 212 Rome Street site.
The vertical farm will comprise 69,000 square feet and is being constructed within a converted steel factory in Newark’s Ironbound district. AeroFarms expects to produce up to two million pounds of fresh vegetables and herbs per year when the facility is completed and in full operation. Hollister Construction Services has played a vital role in the design and construction of the project, assisting AeroFarms in determining how to build the structure in the most efficient manner. The vertical, indoor farm is expected to be completed this year.
AeroFarms, a leading company in sustainable urban agriculture, will be headquartered at the facility. The company will partner with Ironbound Community Corp., a local Newark organization that serves the community, to bring 78 new jobs to the city by the end of the year.
“We are honored to be involved in an innovative project such as the new AeroFarms vertical farm,” said Dave Williams, project executive for Hollister. “Facilities like those at AeroFarms will shape the future of the urban landscape, access to adequate nutrition, and the availability of skilled jobs.”
Chris Barry will serve as project manager for Hollister. KSS Architects designed the AeroFarms facility, with construction engineering services provided by Harrison-Hamnett, P.C.
Hollister serves as construction manager, design builder, and general contractor for a broad spectrum of clients in Newark and is widely recognized for its expertise in specialty construction projects. The firm recently opened an office at 303 Washington Street in Newark and has a dedicated team to oversee all of its projects throughout the city.
Hollister is currently engaged in a multiyear effort at Teachers Village, a visionary revitalization project in Newark’s historic Four Corners district. The mixed-use community was designed to create a thriving downtown arts and education district and will feature three new charter schools, a daycare facility, rental housing and high-quality retail. Hollister has completed three buildings at Teacher’s Village and is constructing a fourth.
Hollister is constructing a 126,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse on Cornelia Street for Newark Farmers Market Urban Renewal LLC, which will operate the facility for Wakefern Food
Corp. In 2011, Hollister completed the first phase of the Newark Farmer’s Market project, which featured a 180,000-square-foot temperature-controlled distribution facility that served ShopRite stores throughout the northeast.
Hollister has completed five charter schools throughout Newark. In addition, Hollister completed the ground-up construction of Newark Collegiate Academy, a new state-of-the-art, 65,000-square-foot high school; and is currently engaged in the ground-up construction of the 73,000-square-foot Marion P. Thomas Charter School, which will open in September.
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About Hollister Construction Services
Hollister Construction Services is a full-service commercial real estate construction manager specializing in corporate, educational, healthcare, industrial, retail, and residential construction, with offices in Parsippany and Newark, N.J., and New York City. Distinguished by the exceptional involvement of its principals in projects of all sizes, Hollister is committed to building sound relationships and structures in the New Jersey and New York markets.
Hollister works through its own independent philanthropic organization, The Hollister Foundation, to further its community outreach activities. The Foundation’s mission is to raise and distribute funds for organizations that foster children’s advancement through education and health initiatives.