NK to exhibit and present at NJAIS Trustee Enrichment Day

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, NK Architects will be exhibiting at the New Jersey Association of Independent School’s annual Trustee Enrichment Day at The Pennington School. In addition, Walter Kneis of NK and Vince Scozarri of VJ Scozarri & Sons will be presenting an educational session to the Trustees.

Insights to Planning and Realizing Your Next Capital Campus Improvement Project

Walter Kneis, Principal, NK Architects and Vincent J. Scozzari, Jr., Executive Vice President, V.J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc., YEN Room 309

With heavy competition, continually rising costs, and potential enrollment challenges, independent schools are more pressed than ever before to stretch their dollars and maximize the impact of their capital and human resources. Whether that means looking at ways to re-think and revitalize existing campus structures, new construction, or both, the road from project inception to ribbon-cutting can be filled with many forks and can be a challenge to navigate, particularly for the uninitiated. In this session, Walter Kneis, Director of NK Architects’ K-12 Education Studio and Vince Scozzari, Executive Vice President of VJ Scozzari & Sons, Inc. General Contractors and Construction Managers, will provide Trustees with an overview of some of the many considerations that they will be faced with when approaching any kind of campus replacement or improvement, offering insights as to critical decisions to be made and how those decisions can ultimately have an impact on the project — for better or for worse. Using examples gleaned from years of experience on numerous independent school campuses, they will provide attendees with an understanding of how their decisions over the life of the project — from inception, through planning, design, bidding, negotiation, and construction — can help best position the project for success.

Walter J. Kneis, AIA, CID, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal with NK Architects and is Co-Director of the firm’s Educational Design Group, focusing his 38 years of experience on projects for education, healthcare, and special needs populations. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is a Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and a LEED-Accredited Professional. Walter has worked with numerous independent schools throughout the Tri-state area and beyond, and is recognized for his master planning skills, technical expertise, and his innovative approach to resolving difficult design and planning challenges. He has conducted seminars at both state and national independent school conferences on a wide variety of topics.

Vincent J. Scozzari, Jr., is Executive Vice President of VJ Scozzari & Sons, Inc., where he oversees all facets of construction management with an emphasis on contract administration and control. He has served on many Boards in the Princeton area. Vince earned his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and studied construction technologies at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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