Bell Labs is now Bell Works. Originally designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957 and home to over 6,000 engineers for 40 years, the Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey closed in 2007 and remained empty for 8 years. In 2013, it was purchased by Somerset Development. Somerset has begun a huge renovation, and redevelopment is in progress for a health and wellness center, a nursing facility and assisted living center, a hotel, restaurants and shopping, spa, office spaces and a 20,000-square-foot public library. The cafe area, dubbed The Big Bang Cafe, is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Booskerdoo Coffee, is also open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon. The community is encouraged to come and visit, have a bite and some coffee! Some of the office space is currently occupied by members of Vi, a co-working space. Members of the coworking field include Vydia, Trendsetter Media and Marketing, Silver Style Pictures, Marketing Rival, Nicholl Field Design, Peter Dant Photography, BLX.io, and more. Tenants of Bell Works include Spirent Communications, Sutton International, Symbolic IO, MetTel, Springboard Communications, etherFAX, Nvidia and McCann Systems, with iCIMS moving into the building in 2017. Much of the interior is being redesigned by Paola Zamudio of NPZ Style and Decor. Redesigning a 2,000,000 square foot building is a massive undertaking for any designer, but more impressive and daunting for a 31-year old. I met Paola recently and was amazed by her knowledge, creativity, and work ethic. I knew it was essential to interview this young woman at the helm of redesigning this historical landmark.

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