They’re visible from many New Jersey highways – hulking, seemingly endless structures surrounded by oceans of asphalt parking lots and carefully planned landscaping.
Merck Headquarters in Readington. The former Bell Labs complex in Holmdel. Hoffman La-Roche’s main campus in Nutley and Clifton. There are countless others.
Once, they represented New Jersey’s boom times; commercial palaces built mostly in the 1980s and 1990s that served as professional homes for new residents in the state’s ever-expanding suburban sprawl.