Kim Vierheilig, who graduated from the School of Architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received the Intern Architect of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She received the award during a recent reception at the Newark Museum.
The AIA named her intern of the year for distinguishing herself both professionally and personally and for surpassing the requirements of the intern program. The award is based on professional and technical accomplishments.
Vierheilig works as a project manager at LAN Associates, Engineering, Architecture, Planning, Surveying Inc. in Midland Park. She has worked on renovation projects of elementary, middle and high schools for the Fair Lawn, Ramsey and Verona School Districts. She is also the intern development coordinator for New Jersey and serves as the second vice-president of the Architect’s League of northern New Jersey.
Vierheilig, of Franklin Lakes, earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture in 1999, graduating second in her class. She also earned a master’s in business in 2000 from NJIT’s School of Management.
“It’s quite an honor to have received this award,” Vierheilig said. “The education I received at NJIT’s School of Architecture, especially the design training and the studio classes, enabled me to excel at my work,” she added. “The challenge of educational projects is to develop a solution that is well-designed and functional while adhering to budget constraints.”
In the past, Vierheilig worked on two renovations for the Ramapo-Indian Hills School District. At Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, she designed the auditorium, the media center, the fitness center, the gymnasium, science labs and a lecture hall.
At Indian Hills High School, in Oakland, she helped redesign the building’s main entranceway – the student drop-off area and forecourt – including a new canopy, brick pavers, walkways, lighting and landscaping.
“The redesign softened the entranceway to the school,” she said, “and made it a place that was welcoming to students and parents. I grew up in Oakland and went to Indian Hills High School. It was exciting for me to return as an architect and redesign aspects of the school I knew could be improved. The best aspect of being an architect is when you see your design come off the paper and actually be built.”
Currently at LAN, she has been instrumental in the design of classroom and media center additions at the Eric Smith School in Ramsey, which is under construction. She has also completed the construction documents for Fair Lawn High School, a project that is now in the bidding process.
Vierheilig lives in Franklin Lakes with her husband, Kurt Vierheilig, who also graduated from NJIT’s School of Architecture in 1999.