January 10, 2013

Architects Edward N. Rothe, FAIA, and Martin G. Santini, FAIA, have announced the formation of Rothe-Santini and Company, an owner representation and project management services firm. In addition to Rothe and Santini, the firm’s leadership includes Harold G. Sterling, Esq., a real estate developer, owner and builder, who will serve as Senior Advisor and General Counsel.

With offices in Princeton and Englewood Cliffs, N.J., the firm will focus on facilities for the corporate, finance, education, healthcare, and government sectors, working on behalf of developers, corporate and institutional owners. They will develop concepts and strategies for capital building projects and programs that will deliver the short- term objectives of budget and schedule and achieve the long-term value of design.

“We established our new firm in response to today’s changing design and construction environment,” Santini commented. “Today, the traditional design-bid-build project delivery process is being replaced by alternative means and methods such as design/build. Roles and responsibilities of architects have dramatically changed and as a result, we saw demand among owners who need an experienced, industry-savvy partner to help them in the design and delivery of their real estate projects.”

Rothe-Santini and Company is led by senior design and construction professionals and a consortium of real estate and facility-related, project-specific experts. The company’s goal is to add value to an owner’s team by providing know how and leadership or to supplement an owner’s existing staff that may not have the time or experience required by a specific project.

“We are guided by the knowledge that excellence in design provides long-term economic value to an owner’s facility and that our experience can help to reduce the risks inherent in the design documents and construction process. We partner with owners to provide a project management approach balancing collaboration and accountability, minimizing risks for all and allowing the¬†project team to perform at its best,” stated Rothe. “We see our role as a fiduciary one, whereby we are given responsibility to act on behalf of an owner and are accountable for the project bottom line. Having designed, built, owned and managed buildings, we think like owners.”

The firm’s process, modeled after New York City’s architect led Department of Design and Construction, includes hand selecting architects and consultants whose expertise match the requirements of an owner’s project, as well as managing these professionals to ensure that projects are delivered on time and on budget.

Most recently a Principal with architecture firm Fletcher Thompson, Rothe has more than 35 years of design experience. He was a co-founder of New Jersey-based architecture firm Rothe Johnson Fantacone and a past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was also elected to the AIA College of Fellows In recognition of his design ability and notable contributions to the profession.

Santini is the founder and former president of Ecoplan Architects, Planners, and Interior Designers of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and also previously served as construction consultant to SDS Procida Development Corporation in New York. In 2000, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from AIA and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in 2002. Santini also received the Richard Upjohn Fellowship Award for his service on AIA’s national board.

About Rothe-Santini and Company

Experienced in all aspects of design, development, financing, construction and ownership, the firm is focused on delivering facilities and services that are socially responsible, environmentally sound and excellent in design. For more information about Rothe-Santini and Company, visit the company’s website, KNOW HOW: An Added Value at or contact Ed at erothe@rothesantini,corn or Martin at to learn how to we can help develop business opportunities.

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