Fiserv Innovation Center at the Park and Samsung at Linden Logistics Center both received the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s prestigous 2023 Impact Award last week at the Legacy Event, which honors commercial real estate projects with the greatest positive impact.
CREW NJ, an organization for professional women in commercial real estate, was also honored at the event as the recipient of the United Way Spirit of Philanthropy Award.
The 23rd annual fundraiser, which was hosted by the United Way Commercial Real Estate Network, brought nearly 500 leading commercial real estate industry professionals together.
The event, which raised $385,000, was focused on improving life for ALICE (or the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), which represents the essential workers who struggle to afford the basics.
Since 2000, the commercial real estate industry has helped to raise more than $4 million for United Way.
“United Way is thankful for this industry’s enduring support and partnership in helping put ALICE individuals and families on a path to financial stability,” United Way Senior Vice President for Resource Development George Xuereb said. “In addition, we congratulate this year’s winners for their positive impact within our communities.”
A look at the winners:
The Fiserv Innovation Center at the Park team: It received the Commercial Impact Award for new office and research space in Berkeley Heights — among the state’s largest recent office leases — which will serve as a regional hub for 3,000 Fiserv employees.
The winning team includes the Connell Co.; Fiserv Inc.; Cushman & Wakefield; GS Ferguson Group; Mancini Duffy; Ted Moudis Associates; Robert Derector Associates; Structure Tone; Husch Blackwell; AFD Contract Furniture Inc.; WB Wood; Steelcase; Haworth; F&G Mechanical; Star-Lo Electric Inc.; BT Flooring Solutions; Corporate Woodworking; and Paul Rabinowitz Glass Co.
The four other finalists for the Commercial Impact Award were AT&T in Bedminster, Avis Budget Group & Gilead Sciences at LATITUDE, Lord Abbett and PTC Therapeutics.
The Samsung at Linden Logistics Center team: It received the Industrial Impact Award for securing electronics giant Samsung to the state’s largest industrial park under development. The lease, one of the biggest recent transactions, is central to the transformation of a long-vacant site.
The winning team includes Advance Realty Investors; Greek Development; PGIM; Samsung Electronics America Inc.; CBRE; JLL; Colliers Engineering & Design; Lewis Roca; Goldfarb & Fleece LLP; and Langan.
Two other finalists for the Industrial Impact Award were 100 Frontage Road and Monroe 8A Logistics Center.
The CREW NJ team: The organization for professional women in commercial real estate won the United Way Spirit of Philanthropy Award that honors an individual or group from the commercial real estate industry whose actions reflect the values of United Way.
Throughout its 40-year history, CREW NJ has fundraised for hundreds of charities and worked to address food insecurity, financial instability and domestic violence.
The event featured a keynote address by Ying McGuire, CEO of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.