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Development sees the long, superwide corridors where scientists roamed between the buildings, transformed into a ‘street scene, a town square,’ replete with small town amenities: shops, restaurants, a bank, a health club, the coveted Starbucks.
-Quoted from The Star-Ledger, Aug. 3, 2008, ‘The Future Once Grew Here’
Designed by world-renowned modernist architect Eero Saarinen, the former Bell Labs research complex met the needs of the Bell Laboratories division of Bell Telephone, later known as AT&T, Lucent, and today, Alcatel-Lucent, for 44 years. At the height of its use, more than 6,000 engineers and researchers worked at the facility, who were, in turn, responsible for developing some of the world’s foremost inventions and research concepts. The complex,...
In appreciation of the architectural significance of the former Bell Labs building, Somerset Development is approaching the redevelopment of this significant site from a preservationist perspective. Capitalizing on the uniquely flexible layout of the facility, our vision involves the adaptive reuse of the existing complex to transform the property into a vibrant, mixed-use town center for Holmdel.
At Somerset Development, we recognize that we are building our reputation with each new community. Utilizing world-class planners, architects and engineers, we are dedicated to innovative uses of planning and design that create unique, smart and environmentally conscious communities that evoke a strong sense of place and support the needs of the people they serve.
Things change. That's a given. But there are some things… that need to be preserved. The Bell Labs building in Holmdel - later home to Lucent Technologies - is one of them.Asbury Park Press, 'Preserve Bell Labs Gem'