May 4, 2012


World’s leading chemical company relocates NA Headquarters to the site of The Rockefeller Group’s 268-acre master planned sustainable development

Seeking LEED ® Double Platinum
certification A ‘new class’ of class A
office buildings created

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., May 4, 2012The Rockefeller Group today announced at a dedication ceremony here that it has completed the development of a new 325,000 square foot office building for BASF Corporation at The Green at Florham Park in New Jersey. The building is the new home to BASF’s North American headquarters.  BASF is the world’s leading chemical company and had been located in Florham Park at an adjacent property since 2004.

Construction of the new facility began in July of 2010 and is designed to achieve LEED® double Platinum certification, which includes core and shell and tenant improvements and is the highest certification a building can receive. It will be the largest office building in New Jersey with this certification.  BASF products were used in the construction and contribute significantly to the sustainability of the building.

“We’re proud to deliver to BASF its new North American Headquarters and to move The Green at Florham Park another step closer to completion,” said Kevin R. Hackett, President and CEO of The Rockefeller Group. “This building puts New Jersey on the map for leadership in sustainable design and construction and further demonstrates our long-term corporate commitment to the state of New Jersey.”

BASF now joins the New York Jets at The Green at Florham Park, a world-class 268-acre master planned sustainable development.

“The completion of BASF’s North America Headquarters is exciting for the continued development of The Green at Florham Park,” said Leslie E. Smith, Jr., Executive Vice President, Development. “The Green is becoming the benchmark for world-class facilities in terms of sustainability and amenities.”

Interest in locating at The Green at Florham Park in the remaining developable space has increased since the BASF building has risen along Park Avenue in Florham Park.

“The market has received this project incredibly well and has drawn the attention of many prospective tenants,” said Clark Machemer, Vice President/Regional Director, Development, The Rockefeller Group.  “We’ve managed to create a ‘new class’ of class A office building and office park, and that in itself is creating interest and demand.”

The sustainability of The Green at Florham Park and the new BASF building speaks to the world’s growing interest in a “green” approach, illustrating the role that New Jersey businesses can play in creating an environmentally conscious society.  The building’s sustainable features include: reducing interior water usage by at least 40 percent and outdoor water consumption by 85 percent; superior indoor air quality, leading to higher worker productivity and fewer sick days; energy consumption reduced by more than 20 percent; and at least 20 percent of the materials purchased for the project have recycled content.

The Green at Florham Park ( is a world-class 268-acre master planned sustainable development designed to accommodate more than 800,000 square feet of office space, a full-service hotel, a residential community, and the 27-acre site that is the home of the Atlantic Health New York Jets Training Center. 

In developing the building, The Rockefeller Group worked closely with BASF, Turner Construction, and architects KPF, Gensler and Rotwein & Blake Associates on the project and is currently developing the remaining available portions of the site.

The Rockefeller Group
Rockefeller Group Development Corporation is a national owner, developer, and manager of institutional grade urban office, suburban office, medical office, mixed-use urban complexes, corporate headquarters, and industrial real estate.  The company is headquartered in New York, with regional offices in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland and New Jersey.  The Rockefeller Group began with the development of Rockefeller Center in New York City and has developed tens of millions of square feet across the country, including more than 8 million square feet in New Jersey. For more information about Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, visit

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