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MONTVALE, N.J. — Gaithersburg, Md.-based DVA Architects, acting as project architect, has completed an $8 million renovation plan for an office building located at 225 Summit Ave. in Montvale. The 1960s-era building was the former divisional headquarters of Toys ‘R’ Us. Renovations included the addition of 15,000 square feet of office space, bringing the building to a total of 142,000 square feet. The building’s vertically ribbed, precast panel façade was replaced with a new skin consisting of rusticated, insulated, glass-fiber reinforced, concrete panels framed with 4-inch steel studs. The single-glazed, punched windows were replaced with high-performance, double-glazed windows. In addition, the lobby was converted to a two-story space, with the new glass and stainless steel staircase as the focal point. The building’s existing mechanical systems were upgraded, and overgrown exterior landscaping was removed to emphasize the new building façade. The upgrade elevated the office building from Class C to Class A status. As a result of the renovation, the building’s owner, Paragon/Ivy Realty JV, was able to lease the entire facility to Barr Pharmaceuticals on a long-term basis.

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