Wellmont Arts Plaza: Plaza Design

Key Stats

Client

Brookfield Development, Iron State Development, The Pinnacle Companies

Location

Montclair, NJ

Key Staff

David Lustberg, Principal in Charge
James Ribaudo, Project Manager

Design Team

Arterial, Bohler Engineering

Project Status

Completed 2021

Total Project Size

15,000 sq. ft

Construction Cost

$500,000

Services

Site Analysis, Visioning & Concept Plan, Site Plan Submission, Site Plan Hearing, Final Design

Point of Contact

Dennis Giuliano, PE
Ironstate Development
Vice President of Development
dguiliano@ironstate.net

AWARDS

Design Awards: Silver Medal - AIA Newark & Suburban Architects, 2021
APA NJ Great Places in New Jersey Designees, 2021
Merit Award Landscape Architectural Design: Site Design - NJASLA, 2022
Built Project Excellence - Downtown New Jersey Excellence Awards, 2022
Development Project of the Year - Urban Land Institute Northern NJ, 2022

Located in downtown Montclair, the Wellmont Theatre has become the heart of a new Arts District. This redevelopment includes the preservation of the historic theatre, 220 residential units, 50,000 SF of retail, 30,000 SF of office space and a new parking garage. At the center of this redevelopment is a new 15,000 SF “Arts Plaza.”


The plaza has become a pedestrian street that accommodates a variety of programmable uses, shopping and outdoor dining. Arterial was commissioned to design the public “Arts Plaza,” the surrounding streetscape and the private rooftop amenity spaces. The “Arts Plaza” is designed as a vibrant, programmable space that is enjoyable for day-to-day use but can also accommodate performances and events at a variety of scales. Key elements of the design include sculptural entry walls, overhead catenary lighting and a unique “performance stair.” The “performance stair” is designed to provide stepped seating for day-to-day use, can be transformed into an outdoor classroom for small performances and can become a full stage for larger performances.