Daniel J. Gans serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Hoboken Brownstone Company -- one of the nation’s leading innovator of energy-efficient building practices and technology -- overseeing the firm’s design, approval process and construction operations.
Mr. Gans career in the real estate industry and experience in the development of community-conscience and environmentally-responsible new home neighborhoods dates back more than 30 years when he joined personal friend and partner George Vallone to form the locally-based Hoboken Brownstone Company, Their first project – a renovation of four condominium homes at 210 Third Street in Hoboken in 1980 – was the perfect springboard to the creation of a diverse real estate company that specialized in development, construction, brokerage and management of urban properties along the Hudson River waterfront and beyond.
Together, Messrs. Gans and Vallone have combined expertise and talents to emerge as one of the most prominent urban real estate development companies in Hudson County, N.J. and beyond. The company remains dedicated to achieving the objective of creating the highest and best use of each development site by maximizing the economic benefits to their investors and the social benefits to the local community. Their approach is to design developments that meet the goals of local Planning Commissions and Community Groups by creating appealing high-performance residential and commercial properties. Their success as a team is evidenced by their award-winning accomplishments in the field of redevelopment, which has resulted in architectural showcases of residential housing.
Recent initiatives by Hoboken Brownstone Company are reaffirming its community commitment and taking the vision of Mr. Gans to new heights. In 2008, Mr. Gans sponsored with Mr. Vallone a White Paper titled “Mass Wall Building: An achievable approach to green, high performance, and net zero energy buildings.” The paper was used extensively to help create the NJ Energy Master Plan.
The next project for Hoboken Brownstone Company continues their emphasis on Brownfield revitalization, quality construction and will serve as a model for federal and local initiatives aimed at a stronger reliance on Green Building practices. The company is preparing to develop a 438-unit “Green” condominium community on the site of the former Van Leer Chocolate Factory in Jersey City. This project will advance the state of green building practices and change the way environmentally-sensitive buildings are created and measured. Hoboken Brownstone Company was awarded the 2010 Governor’s New Jersey Environmental Excellence Award for its efforts to transform the seven-acre brownfield site. Conceptualized with the support of the Federal Government, the State, and the City of Jersey City, the trailblazing Van Leer Place is being developed as a “NJ Energy Master Plan Technology Demonstration Project” with assistance from PSE&G's Energy Efficiency Economic Stimulus (EEE Stimulus) Program. A $3.6 million grant was awarded to the developers by PSE&G as part of the EEE Stimulus Program, approved by the NJ Board of Public Utilities to promote energy efficiency and to stimulate economic growth and job creation.
Mr. Gans holds a BA in English from Gettysburg College and took numerous post graduate courses in building design and construction management at Pratt and NYU.