Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2018 2018-06-21T09:56:33-04:00 <![CDATA[BUZZ: A Bridge to Sucess]]> Engineer at heart, CPL's Dan Duprey stresses collaboration among team members at the firm in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ). Click here to read the full article written by Kevin Oklobzija.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: John Zito Achieves P.E. Licensure]]> Contact: Vince Press
Director of Communications

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Rochester, NY – Congratulations to CPL's John Zito on achieving his P.E. licensure. This accomplishment represents one of the highest standards of competence in the engineering profession.

Zito began his career at CPL as an intern in early 2010 while studying civil engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.). After graduating with his bachelor's degree in 2012, he joined CPL as a full-time structural engineer in the firm's Rochester office. Zito lends his expertise to a wide variety of project types, ranging from new construction for healthcare clients to renovations/additions at schools to assessments at municipal buildings.

In addition to his role as an engineer, Zito has also become CPL's resident drone expert, gathering important site data and capturing impressive aerial footage of the firm's projects. In 2016, he became a registered UAS / drone pilot and has since used his talent and expertise to help project teams inspect hazardous sites, optimize building designs and create animated videos for clients to see.

Zito’s endless motivation to become a licensed engineer (and drone pilot) fully embodies the spirit of pioneering exceptional design at CPL. The entire team congratulates John on his dedication, hard work and acuity.

<![CDATA[Wombmates Wanted: Twins at CPL]]> The number of twins born worldwide has doubled since 1980, but remains a fun phenomenon for the rest of us. While Hollywood invents stories of a sixth-sense, ESP connection between twins, each pair is just as unique as each individual person.

Did you know?

- The ability to be or have fraternal twins is hereditary, but there is no known gene linked to identical twins. Fraternal twin mothers have a gene that causes them to release more than one egg at a time while ovulating.

- Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints, even though they start out the same! As the babies grow in the womb, they touch each other and the womb, creating a custom pattern and their own fingerprints.

- Tall women are more likely to have twins.

- Women who eat and drink a lot of dairy are 5 TIMES more likely to conceive twins.

- Fraternal twins can have different fathers and different races.

- Twins start interacting in the womb! One study noted the babies were reaching for each other at just 14 weeks. And, the babies are just as gentle to the twin as they are with their own bodies.

Team CPL is lucky enough to have a few twins of our own, and more team members who have twins as children.

Let’s learn about our friends who grew up with a wombmate (get it?).

John Patterson, AIA, NCARB – Co-founder and Principal Consultant, Architect; Rochester, NY

John Patterson is four minutes older than his twin sister, Patricia. She lives in Groten, MA after retiring as an Administrative Assistant at Pittsford Central Schools.

The twins’ mother was an identical twin, but John says his children and grandchildren were all single-born.

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

John’s favorite memory takes place in his childhood home: a 2-story house with an attic. Somehow, Patty agreed to tie a rope around herself so John could hoist her up the height of the house through a window. (This was before video games.)

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

John said he felt a sixth-sense connection with his sister when they were both diagnosed with cancer in the same week. Thankfully, both beat their respective cancers, and live happily in remission.

How would your life be different without your twin?

Life would be different without Patty’s critical thoughts on John’s many decisions throughout his life. Without her, perhaps he would have made the wrong choice a time or two.

“I will miss her if she goes first,” he said.

How would your twin do in your current position?

“She doesn’t have an artistic bone in her body,” John joked. Although architecture wasn’t for her, she was happy to be a mother and a housewife.

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

“I play the evil one, but I’m really not evil!” he said.

(John-left and Patty-right)

Alisha Frydrych, P.E. – Civil Engineer; Suwanee, GA

Alisha Frydrych is mother to 7-year-old fraternal twin boys, Tyler and Jason. She says they are like night and day. Although they fight like brothers, they’re best buddies.

What was your reaction when you first found out you were having twins?

Since Alisha used IVF, she and her husband knew the chances of having twins were high. Because of the technology, they found out about their twins early, and were elated! They heard the first heartbeat at six weeks, and at just seven weeks, they were able to hear two heartbeats. At 11 weeks, she knew she had two baby boys! Alisha said she was especially excited to hear she was having two boys instead of one boy and one girl, because it’s less likely.

Would you want to have another set of twins? Do you ever wish you had your children separately instead?

Although she is glad the boys are twins, she might shy away from “doing the baby part” again with more than one baby.

Have you noticed any sixth-sense patterns with them?

The boys don’t have their own language, but they’re keen on what the other twin might be thinking. Jason and Tyler are in different classes in school, and had the opportunity to choose an elective class, with the chance they could be in the same class. Sweetly, both boys chose the activity they thought the other brother would like best, sabotaging their plans! Luckily, mom and teacher came together to put them in the same class.

What do they want to be when they grow up?

The twins change their minds monthly about what they want to be!

Jason’s current options include a scientist, an inventor, an engineer, or a designer (not too far from mom).

Tyler’s got his eye on a policeman or a professional sports player (currently baseball).

However, since the boys have enjoyed helping outside since they were little, Alisha’s father-in-law bought matching shirts to reflect their “landscaping business” established in 2013. We’ll keep an eye out!

(Tyler-left and Jason-right)

Adolfo Guzman, P.E. – Principal, Transportation Engineer; Suwanee, GA

Adolfo Guzman has an identical twin brother, Edgar, who is a mechanical engineer in Venezuela, where they both were born. When the twins’ father was in military school, he met their mother in California.

Adolfo decided to move to the United States while attending college in Venezuela. He said Edgar was doing much better in school, and Adolfo thought he should try things out in the US! His family supported his decision, and he has since built his career here (lucky for us).

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

Adolfo has fond memories of being close to his brother throughout childhood and playing together. It’s been 13 years since the brothers have seen each other in person, but they keep in touch through Skype and through their sister, who Adolfo speaks to often.

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

Adolfo said he has never felt the sixth-sense connection, but he remembers being very close to Edgar when they were growing up since they spent so much time together doing similar things.

How would your life be different without your twin?

The twins continue to support each other and talk to each other if they ever have a problem. Without his twin, Adolfo wouldn’t have the brotherly support.

How would your twin do in your current position?

Even though the brothers are both engineers, civil and transportation engineering are very different, Adolfo said. He imagines there would be a lot of questions!

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

Adolfo describes himself as the kind twin, while brother Edgar was less likely to share. Good thing we got the nice twin!

(Adolfo-left and Edgar-right)

Joe Bellanca – Associate, Electrical Engineer; Rochester, NY

Joe Bellanca and his wife have 6-year-old fraternal twins, Samantha and Nicholas. Born at approximately 4 pounds a piece, Joe remembers holding one baby in each hand when they were first born. Thanks to Sammy’s 2 and Nick’s 3 weeks in the NICU, the twins are happy and healthy! And, Mom and Dad left the hospital with a feeding and sleeping routine already in place!

What was your reaction when you first found out you were having twins?

Joe’s first reaction was, “What are we going to do?” After expecting only one baby, the idea of twins was crazy! But, Joe and his wife were ultimately excited to expect two babies.

Would you want to have another set of twins? Do you ever wish you had your children separately instead?

Although Joe wouldn’t necessarily want another set, he says he’s glad Sammy and Nick are twins. They’re able to grow up together, have a lot of the same friends, and are interested in the same types of things.

Have you noticed any sixth-sense patterns with them?

Joe said he’s never noticed an unusual connection, and said his children are opposites. Samantha is shy socially, but is loud and excited around friends and family, where Nick is outgoing socially, but is generally a quieter kid.

What do they want to be when they grow up?

Both twins have an interest in being like their parents, and like to practice weightlifting with their father. Joe notices Nick is constantly building things with his blocks and magnets, and is great at math, while Sammy is drawn to reading and writing.

(Samantha-left and Nicholas-right)

Adam Bentham – Architectural Designer; Jamestown, NY

Adam is two minutes older than his fraternal twin brother, Drew. Drew lives in Bemus Point, NY, and is studying to be a Pharmacist.

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

Adam and Drew have been playing hockey most of their lives, and were on the same team for 13 years. In college, the brothers played against each other. Their parents, wisely, wore a combination of both teams’ colors and rooted for them both.

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

Adam said when he and Drew are together, he sometimes feels the stronger connection.

How would your life be different without your twin?

Without his brother, Adam would have had to do more things on his own throughout his life. For him, having a twin meant having a companion.

How would your twin do in your current position?

“He would probably struggle and ask a lot of questions,” Adam said. But, it goes both ways. When Drew talks about pharmacy school, Adam is just as lost!

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

“It depends on who you talk to!” Adam said, adding that Drew is probably the nicer twin.

(Drew-left, sister Paige, and Adam-right)

James Lemoine – Code Enforcement; Dunwoody, GA

James’ fraternal twin boys, Maddox and Colton, will be 2 years old this June.

What was your reaction when you first found out you were having twins?

James’s wife attended an ultrasound appointment while James was working. He remembers getting a picture message from her with “two little peanuts.” James laughed!

Would you want to have another set of twins? Do you ever wish you had your children separately instead?

Although James wouldn’t have another set of twins, the boys do have a 6-year-old big brother. Ultimately, James said he's glad it happened, but he doesn’t know if he could handle the strict schedule again!

Have you noticed any sixth-sense patterns with them?

James says his twins are completely different, even down to the 9-pound difference between them. Son Colton is a spitfire and is always on the go. Maddox, known fondly as “chunkamunk” is bigger, stronger, and more laid-back.

What do they want to be when they grow up?

Although the twins haven’t declared their careers yet, older son Brayden loves building, especially with Legos. He’s even using the 14-year-old and up age group for Legos! James says his whole family is involved in inspection, engineering or building, so it’s in the boys’ blood to be the same.

(Twins Colton and Maddox pose with big brother)

Shannon Epps, P.E. – Principal Associate, Electrical Engineer; Greenville, SC

Shannon is 9 minutes older than his identical twin brother, Allan. Allan is a civil engineer, and lives and works in the Greenville area as well.

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

Since both Shannon and Allan are engineers, they sometimes attend the same seminars. Recently, Shannon had a good joke on some of Allan’s colleagues, telling them “I’m not who you think I am!” Since the twins still look alike, they’re able to fool people.

When the boys were young, their mother would dress them up in matching lederhosen as a nod to their heritage. Although they outgrew the matching, many people still referred to them as “the boys” in their teenage years. Although both Shannon and Allan like having individuality, in the end they wouldn’t change it, because “you’d rather have your brother.”

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

Shannon notices the ESP connection with his twin, especially when listening to music, which inspires them. The brothers typically react the same way, and exchange nods of recognition at the particularly good parts.

How would your life be different without your twin?

“Next to my wife, he’s my best friend,” Shannon said, adding that he would never want to be without his brother. “If he dies before me, it won’t be long until I join him,” he said.

How would your twin do in your current position?

Shannon said Allan would do just fine in his position! Allan owns his own business, and the two often talk through engineering and business together.

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

“We’ve taken turns being the evil twin,” Shannon said.

(Allan-left and Shannon-right)

Tierra Rascoe – Intern, Interior Design; Greensboro, NC

Tierra is 11 minutes younger than her twin sister, Trinity, and likes to believe she looks 11 minutes younger, even though they’re identical. Trinity is a Nanny in the Charlotte area.

What’s your favorite memory of your twin? Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

Tierra and Trinity have been close throughout their lives, and frequently finish each other’s sentences or say the same thing at the same time. Very punny, Tierra has her sister saved in her phone as “Twinnity”.

How would your life be different without your twin?

Tierra says being a twin has made her more outgoing, and has given her double the friends, since they can all hang out together!

How would your twin do in your current position?

Tierra, with a laugh, said her twin would probably struggle in her position. With as much as they have in common, it’s okay to have opposite careers!

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

Tierra admitted that while growing up, she was the more evil one, but lately she’s been more strict. Now, they’re pretty much evened out.

(Tierra-left and Trinity-right)

Don Buenger, AIA – Senior Architect; Woodstock, GA

Don is 7 minutes older than his fraternal twin, Ronald, and wants you to know it. Growing up, it was all about seniority! Ronald is enjoying his retirement in Chicago, IL, where the twins grew up.

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

Don fondly remembers his teenage years, and the brotherhood he shared with Ronald. In these memories are good stories about Chicago in those years, the rare benefits Don enjoyed in high school, and of course, Ronald being kicked out of high school. Don’t worry: Twin Ronald started his own business and did very well.

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

When the two were younger, Don remembers having a deeper connection with his twin. Sometimes, it still comes up. Recently, the two bought the exact same car, just in a different color, and neither knew about it! Don added that knowing each other well is also good for buying gifts!

How would your life be different without your twin?

“We fought a lot as children, but it was always us against the world,” Don said. The brothers are protective of each other, and have each other’s best interest at heart.

How would your twin do in your current position?

According to Don, there is “little coddling” in Ronald’s nature. Ron is more logical while Don is more visual. It pays to be visual when you’re an architect.

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

Although both brothers were mischievous in their upbringing, Ronald is the one that always got caught! Don likes the pair to be like the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

(Don-left and Ronald-right; matching on purpose for this picture)

Mark Hanson, P.E. – Associate, Transportation Engineer; Suwanee, GA

Mark is 3 minutes older than his identical twin brother, Andy. Andy owns a remodeling business and lives and works in Norcross, GA. The brothers still see each other often.

Mark likes to joke that when you’re a twin, you know at least one of you is an accident!

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

Mark fondly remembers sharing the same birthday with his twin, having cake together, and usually getting the same present, so they had two!

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

Sometimes when he and his brother were younger, the boys would talk in their own language that only they would understand. Mark adds that when twins meet another set of twins, there’s a connection there as well, since they know what it’s like.

How would your life be different without your twin?

Without his twin, Mark says his life would not have been as much fun! With a twin, you always have someone to play with. For these brothers, it also meant their mother always dressing them alike.

“I think the world of him,” Mark added.

How would your twin do in your current position?

“Better than me!” Mark said, adding that Andy is a people person, a hard worker, and was raised with a good work ethic. I guess you could say Mark has that, too!

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

Mark and Andy are both nice twins in this brotherhood. But, Mark says they both have a little evil in them, too. “We’re partners in crime,” he said.

(Andy-left and Mark-right)

Michael Digh – Marketing Coordinator; Greensboro, NC

Michael’s fraternal twin boys are just a minute apart, and are now 12 years old. Liam and Seth, when they were first born, were sent home with caps to wear: Baby A and Baby B.

What was your reaction when you first found out you were having twins?

When Michael and the twins’ mother first found out, it was after Michael made a joke that they would probably have twins. Well, the joke became a reality, and she punched Michael in the arm!

After the twins were born, a formula brand kindly sent two cases to the new family, which the twins drank through quickly between 18 feedings a day.

Michael also remembers few double stroller options at that time, and choosing one they nick named “Big Blue”.

Would you want to have another set of twins? Do you ever wish you had your children separately instead?

Although Michael would not like to have twins again, he says he’s glad his children are brothers.

“As an only child, it’s fascinating to see those sibling dynamics come out,” he said.

Have you noticed any sixth-sense patterns with them?

The only way you’d know the brothers were twins is if someone told you. They boys have different personalities and are very different emotionally.

“They’re two completely different people who happen to be twins,” Michael said.

What do they want to be when they grow up?

Liam loves being in the drama group at school, and loves to act in plays. His dream is to work in Walt Disney World at the park.

Seth enjoys the more technical side of drama, like coordinating the lights and effects.

Like their father, they have artistic minds.

(Liam-left and Seth-right)

Shawn Danek, EIT – Civil Engineer; Rochester, NY

Shawn is 6 minutes younger than his identical twin brother, Mike, who lives in Charlotte, NC. Shawn and Mike are two of four brothers, all of whom are engineers. It must run in the blood!

What’s your favorite memory of your twin?

Shawn spent a lot of time skiing and building mountain bike jumps with his brothers.

Do you feel like you have a sixth-sense connection with your twin?

Shawn doesn’t feel much of a sixth-sense connection with Mike, but says that sometimes he knows what he might be thinking.

How would your life be different without your twin?

Even with two other brothers, Shawn says his life would definitely be different without his twin, because he wouldn’t have someone as close to him. They went to college together and had their first job together. They’ve been friends since the beginning—literally!

How would your twin do in your current position?

Generously, Shawn said Mike would “probably do alright,” which makes sense if he’s an engineer as well!

Who is the nice twin and who is the evil twin?

Shawn says he is the nicer of the two, but all of the brothers look nice in their picture!

(Shawn-jacket, poses with twin Mike-center, and brothers-ends)

<![CDATA[Sustainable Healthcare Practices Help Patients and the Planet]]> CPL values sustainable initiatives through fundamental green design methods. Our team understands the impact we can make on our environment and our communities, which is why we work to provide the healthiest environments for our clients and those whom our clients serve.

To help us achieve our goals, one tool we use to measure the sustainability of our design is through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Rating System. LEED is a highly reputable and globally-recognized system provided by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It allows us to establish project design goals by measuring our accomplishments toward designing healthy and energy efficient buildings. LEED is consistent in their verification process by allotting credits to building structures based on specific categories relating to energy efficiencies, water reduction, material selections, and air quality for occupants.

With healthcare being one of CPL’s largest market sectors, there has been ample opportunity for us to exhibit our efforts in sustainable design. CPL understands healthcare institutions must adhere to many guidelines and health and safety precautions, and we work tirelessly to balance these protocols with sustainable initiatives and a comfortable, healthy environment.

Photo: Rochester General Hospital Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care

For this reason, our design team utilized the LEED for Healthcare rating system when designing the Rochester General Hospital Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care. This rating system considers the building demands for a facility to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while striving to obtain energy efficiencies and healthy indoor environments for patients.

CPL has also worked with Rochester Regional Health (RRH) to implement these standards in many of their off campus building projects. The recent completion of the Henrietta Medical Campus is seeking silver certification under LEED for Commercial Interiors and is in its final review stages with the USGBC.

Photo: Rochester Regional Health Henrietta Medical Campus

Often, CPL takes on projects that request the renovations of an existing space. For example, the RRH Riedman Health Center project required the repurposing of a Tops supermarket into a state-of-the-art healthcare facility. The center is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2018 and is seeking LEED-Silver certification.

Reusing an existing space has many environmental benefits including the preservation of raw materials, the reduction of negatively impacting emissions, and the reduction of wastage otherwise added to landfills through construction demolition. CPL has made many sustainable initiatives for the Riedman Health Center project, including renovating the building’s shell and installing a white roof—a light-colored roof membrane that reflects the sunlight to help keep the building cool and reduce energy use.

Photo: Rochester Regional Health Riedman Health Center

Another similar project for RRH was the Physical Medicine Physical Therapy Clinic. This project was unique because it utilized plumbing fixtures that allowed for water reductions, which ultimately maximized the reduction thresholds required by LEED and received exemplary performance on overall water savings.

Each these RRH projects highlights the use of materials selected for the fit out, all of which surpass the LEED 20% threshold of materials sustainably sourced with recyclable content and materials regionally produced. This reduces waste of raw materials and inherently reduces the product’s environmental footprint.

In addition, energy efficiency is at the forefront of these designs, with mechanical systems and lighting designs that feature technology to improve the uses of natural resources. An example of this is the use of daylight controls with LED light fixtures. When enough sunlight is accessible to light up a room, the system subtlety dims the interior lights to reduce the use of electricity.

Photo: Rochester Regional Health Henrietta Medical Campus

What else makes healthcare buildings healthy?

CPL focuses on the air quality in healthcare facilities we design to promote and aid in the healing process of our client’s patients. We take the initiative of using Low VOC emitting materials in our paints, floorings and building products. We also design mechanical systems that run a “flush out” for a few weeks prior to the residents occupying the space. This process continues for a short time post inhabitance and goes completely unnoticed by occupants.

LEED can be approved in any type of building seeking sustainable promotions, not solely healthcare facilities. CPL also completed the Monroe County Pediatric Clinic and Visitation Center: a recycled building project that demanded extensive work on the existing sanitary sewer system to ensure proper functionality and disposal to the County sewer system. Using plumbing features that promoted water efficiency and many additional green initiatives, this project achieved LEED Gold Status and was the recipient of the 2010 APWA Project of the Year Award.

Photo: Monroe County Pediatric Clinic and Visitation Center

CPL strongly believes that every building we design should promote health, safety and comfort. That's why our project teams value sustainable approaches when designing buildings. Our team members are always striving to do better and we look forward to doing our part in building a greener world.

<![CDATA[Mercy Flight Opens New Facility]]> Earlier this month, Mercy Flight opened a new headquarters in Batavia, NY to house its ambulance and ground operations division. Situated on 2.5 acres of land, the 11,000-square-foot facility was built for the Mercy EMS Division, which serves all of Genesee County, Village of Springville, Town of Concord, Niagara County and surrounding areas.

With Mercy EMS responding to over 6,000 requests of services each year, it was important they have a building large enough to not only house ambulances, but also provide everything crew members need throughout their 12-24 hour shifts. The new $2.8 million facility contains a 3.5 ambulance garage, offices, locker rooms, sleeping quarters, a training facility, restrooms, a full kitchen and an entertainment lounge.

Designs for this project began as early as the Fall of 2016. CPL’s architectural group worked closely with Manning Squires Henning Co. Inc. [General Contractor] to develop design concepts that would meet the project’s budget. Key architectural designers included Austin Tylec and Sara Svisco, and value engineering was performed by architects, Anne Dafchick, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP and Brian Kulpa, AIA.

Members from CPL’s civil engineering team also worked hard to combat several land based obstacles. Due to the limits of more than an acre of disturbed land, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPP) had to be developed. Engineers, Dave Johnson, CPESC, CPSWQ and James Hunt, as well as architectural/landscape designer, Melanie Anderson, worked together on the plan and concluded that all water had to be collected and drained on site. The task was accomplished effortlessly, and CPL went on to complete drawings for site plan review that included grading, parking, drainage, water service and sewer service.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Monday, May 21st, 2018.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Get to Know CPL’s Modern-Day Architectural Juggler]]> Merriam-Webster's definition of a "juggler" is: one skilled in keeping several objects in motion in the air at the same time by alternately tossing and catching them.

Need it used in a sentence?

CPL's Danny Jones, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is a modern-day architectural juggler.

While he may not be juggling bowling pins down at your local circus, Danny juggles multiple projects and deadlines at the same time in our Woodstock, GA office. For 10 years, he has been lending his architectural design expertise to a variety of project types, ranging from large developments and high rises, down to small renovations and building additions.

His days are anything but ordinary and often include tasks that go beyond the role of a traditional architect. In addition to creating architectural renderings, producing construction documents and coordinating with consultants, Danny is also one of CPL's in-house technology gurus. His expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and knack for VR technology has allowed him to explore endless opportunities with 3D models and virtual environments as they pertain to design.

Life Before CPL

Danny’s interest in pursuing a career in architecture started in high school when he saw an animated architectural flythrough.

“My immediate thought was: that’s exactly what I want to do,” said Danny.

As luck (and hard work) would have it, that’s exactly what he did. Danny attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where he first earned his bachelor of architecture degree, and then went on to receive a master of fine art degree in computer animation.

“I always thought the two degrees would work well together, but I never imagined how life changing the fine art program would be,” he explained. “There were only five people in my program (myself included), which really allowed us to explore any and every avenue of creativity.”

Danny quickly gained an appreciation for how art can help free his mind and in turn, give him a blank canvas to work from. He said, “I think architecture is a creative field by nature, but having knowledge in art and animation helped me take it to another level.”

Harnessing this knowledge and putting it to good use, Danny taught computer modeling, rendering and animation at FAU while earning his master’s degree, and at Dalton State College after graduating. “It was a really fun and rewarding experience,” he said. “I especially enjoyed helping people get out of their own way to think outside the box.”

Life at CPL

Take a walk through any work station in CPL's brand new Woodstock office and you'll know immediately which station belongs to Danny Jones. It's the one that has one half reserved for computer technology and the other half dedicated to his impressive Star Wars action figure collection - literally every figure from the rebel fleet and imperial army. And yes, he also has a replica lightsaber.

Nearby, you’ll spot CPL’s 3D printer, which Danny frequently uses to make digital models on the computer screen come to life. But perhaps one of the most impressive tools near Danny’s station is the VR headset, which has transformed the way he and rest of the CPL team communicate design.

“There’s nothing else like it,” Danny said when talking about the VR headset. “Virtual reality allows us to create an immersive experience for our clients, one that changes their perspective of everything.”

Danny's expertise in VR technology has even been recognized nationally, as he served on two Engineering News Record Magazine technology webinars this year! "I enjoy teaching," he said. "It's fun to share knowledge and explore the capabilities of cutting-edge technology with people who share similar passions for design."

Danny also enjoys sharing insight with his colleagues and feels lucky to work with people who have similar work ethic.

“The camaraderie in this office is outstanding,” he said. “We all work crazy hours, but we do it because we want to. It sounds cheesy, but we truly have so much fun working together.”

One of Danny’s most fun at-work experiences was the Woodstock office’s open house held earlier this month. Clients, family and friends gathered to celebrate the opening of a new, larger space that was designed in-house to encourage collaboration.

“I’m so proud of our new office,” he said. “It was rewarding to design a space that not only optimized our work flow, but also sparked creativity and encouraged some fun.”

In addition to the collaborative work spaces and virtual reality design lab, the office has a ping pong table to serve as an outlet to relive stress, and charismatic wall murals with inspiring words to keep spirits up.

Key Takeaway

“Be passionate about what you do,” said Danny. “Passion pays off and hard work is contagious. Also, when you’re stressed about a deadline, don’t be ashamed to sing songs from “Frozen” with your colleagues. It helps.”

<![CDATA[BLOG: Field of Dreams Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility]]> When you combine today’s silent generation with the impending surge of baby boomers heading toward retirement age, the need for senior living in this country becomes glaring. This current reality is especially true for people living in Cattaraugus, Allegany, Chautauqua and Wyoming counties, where the availability of commendable assisted living facilities is few and far between.

Back in 2016, initial plans for a new senior living facility in the Town of Allegany, NY started to emerge. After a year and a half of making and revising those plans, a groundbreaking ceremony finally took place on April 12th, 2018 for the new Field of Dreams Assisted Living and Memory Care Complex.

Hosted by the Tanglewood Group of Jamestown, many state and local dignitaries gathered to kick off the project’s long-awaited construction. CPL team members were thrilled to attend the event, having played a large role in the revision of the facility’s initial plans.

“Our team stepped in late last year to provide value engineering and design services to help get this project off the ground,” explained Ryne Wight, Senior Project Manager at CPL. “Even though it was a short turnaround, we were happy to work with staff from Kinley Corp. [Construction Manager], to help re-design the building plans to meet budgetary needs.”

CPL Vice President, Tom McElheny, P.E., was instrumental in marketing the project and leading the team through the process. He attributed much of the project’s success to the outstanding work of several CPL team members including, Ryne Wight, Tim Przepiora, Michelle Ezzo, AIA and Joe Hanss, AIA.

“A project of this magnitude warranted a strong, collaborative effort between all of CPL’s Western New York offices [Olean, Jamestown, Rochester and Buffalo],” said McElheny.

The $17.7 million-dollar revised plan calls for a two-story, 140-bed facility that will house and serve seniors who are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. About half of the 88,000-square foot building will be dedicated to individuals in need of personal care services such as basic medical monitoring and medication management; while the other half will offer services to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory problems.

As one of the largest projects the community of Allegany has ever encountered, effective teamwork behind the scenes has been imperative from the start. Both the Town and Village have worked incredibly hard to utilize financial aid from New York State to make infrastructure improvements at the 30-acre project site. In addition, staff with the Tanglewood Group have been instrumental in the project’s development including President, Nick Ferreri, Chief Operating Officer, Terri Ingersoll, and Director of Facilities, Brad Lawson.

“We also cannot say enough about the persistence of the Kinley Corporation,” added McElheny. “It was a pleasure to work with Michael Giardini, SRVP and their Project Manager, Rodney Gleason, who both managed this project for two years and advised Mr. Ferreri to hire us when it looked like the project was destined for failure.”

Construction is expected to last approximately 13 months, allowing the Field of Dreams facility to open its doors in late Spring of 2019. Once completed, the new complex for seniors will be beautiful and comfortable enough for many residents to call home.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Experts in Athletic Field Design]]>

From community recreation to high school varsity game nights, outdoor sports can unify demographics, encourage camaraderie, improve health and build character. The fields in which our children play and practice on should enhance their athletic experience, and contribute to the positive qualities of the communities they serve.

Over the years, CPL’s engineers and site design specialists have provided the support necessary to help our clients meet the growing demand for year-round athletic field space. More specifically, we’ve focused on maintaining the performance and safety of outdoor fields in various climatic conditions, while budgeting in the cost to do so.

As early as 1998, CPL began investigating turf products and site options to not only meet budgetary needs, but to also adhere to complex sports schedules for local school districts. This was the case for the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District, one of our first turf field projects (featured in Sports Facilities Today). We’ve also designed and supervised the construction of several more traditional, natural grass surfaces, whether it be a track-infilled field or a complete new venue.

Fast forward to present day, our experts have conducted hundreds of cost benefits analyses, comparing the cost of artificial turf to traditional grass fields. These evaluations investigate maintenance, irrigation and fertilizer costs, as well as existing drainage problems – all to give our clients the most economical solution.

Norm Gardner, CPG, Site Design expert at CPL, says turf has come a long way over the years. “Even in the past decade, improvements have made turf softer so that it plays more like grass,” Gardner said.

Most recently, CPL designed state-of-the-art turf fields at Fillmore Central School District and Geneva City School District, and broke ground on turf baseball fields at Port Byron Central School District and Allegany-Limestone Central School District.

Check out a timely take of turf by Democrat and Chronicle’s Jeff DiVeronica re: the Future of High School Baseball Facilities in the northeast.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Austin Tylec - Movin’ and Shakin’ in Buffalo]]> Austin Tylec believes one of the greatest gifts he was given is the energy, time, and perseverance contained in his youth.

The University of Buffalo graduate earned a bachelor of science degree in architecture with a minor in photography as well as a master of architecture degree. He is an Architectural Designer in CPL’s Buffalo office, an elected Alderman-at-Large in North Tonawanda, NY’s Common Council, and a member of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

Although Tylec finished his master’s in 2017, he’s been working at CPL since 2014. Tylec said he credits his flexibility and ability to multitask to the lessons he learned while working and attending school full-time. Like many professionals at CPL, Tylec started as an intern and has grown with the firm since.

His most recent source of motivation has come from working with Mike Mistriner, AIA, Vice President at CPL. With more than 30 years of experience, Mistriner offers creativity and wisdom to anyone who works with him.

“(Mistriner) works at an inspiring pace,” Tylec said. “We work on so many different types of projects, and I’m able to experience a range of aspects with each one; whether it’s design, programming, proposals, construction documents and administration, I get different tastes of the architecture field,” he said, adding that the variety is exciting every day.

Tylec said he has been drawn to architecture since the fifth grade, when Legos and the computer game SIMS offered a satisfying kind of fun. Entering his freshman year at North Tonawanda High School, he was accepted into the Architecture & Engineering Academy: a newly established program that Tylec felt helped set him apart in his college courses.

“We learned through all different types of mediums, including hand drafting, balsawood bridge competitions, Auto CAD, Adobe Programs, Rhinoceros, and technical drawings,” he said. “We delved into different science and math coursework as well, which expanded our way of thinking about design.”

Now, he gives back to other school-aged children through the Architecture in Education program, an award-winning community outreach effort offered through the non-profit Buffalo Architecture Foundation.

The Foundation is comprised of a group of engineers and architects who create programs throughout the year to teach design, community involvement, and rethink the built environment.

“Buffalo’s public schools tend to have issues with student attendance and participation, but we have found that on days we administer these programs, attendance goes up,” said Tylec. “They’re more active in class and more excited to learn.It’s rewarding to be part of developing children’s minds,” he said.

Tylec believes he can use his architectural background as a base to better the Buffalo community as well. Recently, he ran for a city-wide council position as North Tonawanda’s Alderman-at-Large and ended up winning the election in November 2017.

Tylec said he has big plans while serving his four-year term, concentrating on being fiscally responsible when planning for the city’s future.

“There should be more cohesion between politics, architecture, and city planning,” Tylec said. “We need to ask how our elected officials’ knowledge and experience will guide city development while making the most responsible decisions for our communities,” he said.

He said having the language and knowledge to link politics and planning leads to a better designed and budgeted project.

The Council Member also said he hopes to eliminate the stigma attached to politicians. “We’re community members and tax payers, too,” he said. “We want to see our cities thrive.”

Although it’s a part-time position, Tylec documents approximately 35 hours per week on top of his 40+ at CPL.

Sometimes, he even finds time for snowboarding or wakeboarding, which he writes off as hobbies.

“I find time for them every now and then, but I put my important passions first,” he said.

“I still have pieces of a social life lying around somewhere,” he joked.

Tylec says he doesn’t have any plans of slowing down soon. His five-year plan includes completing his architecture license and giving back to Buffalo with his talents in design and politics.

“CPL is my future. I want to continue raising the bar and supporting the growth in our Buffalo office while the economy is strong,” he said. “It’s the perfect time in my life when I can really ride the wave in Buffalo and be part of CPL’s development,” he said.

Keep an eye on Tylec, who is sure to continue to make waves in Buffalo.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Relocates to New, Larger Space in Woodstock, GA]]> Contact: Vince Press
Director of Communications

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - Woodstock, GA – The architecture, engineering, planning firm, CPL, recently relocated to a new, larger office space at 615 Molly Lane in Woodstock, GA. The 330-person firm has 13 east coast offices including two in the Atlanta area (Woodstock and Suwanee). CPL’s original Woodstock office opened in 2010 and now has a dozen team members in 6,000 square feet of space with plans to hire an additional two to three people in 2018. The new space features a virtual reality design lab where CPL designers and clients can experience simulated walk-throughs of projects before they are built.

“Eight years ago, I was using a door for a temporary desk when we first opened for business in Woodstock,” recalled K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CPL’s local office Principal and current Cherokee County Board Commissioner. “Today, out of our innovative new space (and a new desk), we are servicing clients from many market sectors across the state,” Gordon said.

CPL’s local portfolio includes the Northside Drive Pedestrian Bridge at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the City of Woodstock’s Northside Cherokee Park & Amphitheater, the Atlanta Motorsports Park Trackside Business Center, and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The firm is also responsible for the completion of several law enforcement centers in Richmond County/Augusta, Newnan and Locust Grove; as well as the design of the new Wright School of Business at Dalton State College and renovations at the Forsyth County Central High School.

“The architects, engineers and planners at CPL have provided design leadership for many of the city’s most notable landmarks such as the streetscape along Main, the Chambers at City Center, and of course, the Northside Cherokee Amphitheater,” said Woodstock City Manager, Jeff Moon. “It is exciting to see how their practice has grown, and I am happy that they will remain in Woodstock in a brand-new space they designed,” Moon added.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/Virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit to learn more.

<![CDATA[BLOG: UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital Expansion Taking Shape]]> A transformational healthcare project in Jamestown, NY that broke ground in May of 2017 is taking shape. The new 45,800 square foot addition at the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital will serve as a state-of-the-art women’s maternity care facility as well as an inpatient adolescent and adult behavioral health unit.

WCA Chautauqua was integrated into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) system in 2016, and the $20 million project is the first major construction initiative under their umbrella.

“This project represents the power of people working together," said David P. Gibbons, UPMC Hamot President. “Projects like these are the true beacon of progress and hope,” Gibbons added.

Photo taken at groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2017.

CPL is partnered with LeChase Construction on the job, which is slated for completion in the Spring of 2019. CPL is handling architectural, structural, interiors, MEP and civil design out of the firm’s Rochester, NY and Buffalo, NY offices, while construction administration is being run out of the Jamestown, NY office.

The two-story expansion will be built on top of the existing emergency department and mechanical floor, which will remain fully operational during construction. The new third floor will have 4 labor and delivery suites, and 12 postpartum rooms with a nursery. The new fourth floor will feature 10 adolescent inpatient mental health beds as well as 20 adult inpatient mental health beds.

This investment helps us meet the needs of our community,” commented Betsy T. Wright, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Chief Executive Officer and President. “Last year was a time of change, tremendous opportunities and intentional undertakings that set the stage for what lies ahead,” said Wright.

<![CDATA[BLOG: The Benefits of Roof Restoration]]> Want more return from your building investment? Look up. Your roof system is like the top of your head: You lose more energy through that space than through any other surface. And while we can all appreciate the importance of having a structurally sound roof over our heads, many of us forget to acknowledge the wear and tear our roof systems undergo on a daily basis. Even more overlooked, are the substantial costs that arise when these systems become damaged.

As an architect, I’m no stranger to roof replacement projects. There are times when excessive damage leaves us with no choice but to replace roof systems in their entirety. However, there are more instances when I see damaged roofs that still have years of productive life ahead of them. That’s when roof restoration becomes the most viable option.

One recent example of this situation was at New York’s Suffern Central School District (formally known as Ramapo Central School District). Strong winds had twice caused parts of two EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) roofs to blow off the district’s High School building. The CPL team immediately stepped in and invited experts at Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance to help plan and design a fully-reinforced, fluid applied restoration of the damaged roof sections, which totaled more than 14,000 square feet.

The project included the installation of the unique AlphaGuard BIO fluid applied roofing system, which is a two-component roofing and waterproofing system with high-bio based content that can solve numerous roofing needs. With its extremely low odor, ease of application and rapid curing, it was the perfect solution for a sensitive school environment. The renovation also included an upgrade to a TremLock Coping System (parapet wall covering) to further protect against moisture intrusion and future blow-offs.

In addition to the project running seamlessly, the end result boasted more than just a newly restored roof: The decision to restore the high school’s roof instead of replacing it was less expensive (perhaps as much as 50-60%), less disruptive, and more sustainable.

Depending on your situation, roof restoration options can help extend – even double – your roof life. They also cut energy use, lower maintenance costs, protect against moisture infiltration, and reduce waste going to landfills.

<![CDATA[BLOG: A Day in the Life of CFO, Jen Rees]]> Jennifer Rees is Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL) Chief Financial Officer, a wife, a mother, and an avid runner. She has a favorite ice cream based on her location: If Abbott’s, then plain vanilla custard. Otherwise, she likes chocolate peanut butter. But, there’s a lot more to Rees than dessert.

The Basics

Rees graduated from Nazareth College in 1998 with a degree in Accounting. She started at CPL in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer, permanently filling a position that was left open after Dave Pender retired. Before joining CPL, she worked at Bausch and Lomb for eight years. Rees held various roles within the Financial Planning & Analysis Department and was a member of the Global Finance Management Team.

An Average Day

Rees begins each day with French Vanilla coffee, a pen, and a trusty white notepad. The list-oriented professional makes a fresh to-do list every morning with the hope of crossing most of it off by the end of the day.

“My day is generally divided into two different categories: the deadline-driven tasks and the long-term projects,” Rees said. Never mutually exclusive, Rees is often tackling multiple projects and deadlines at the same time. Deadline-driven basics include monthly closing procedures such as analyzing the company’s performance, undergoing various audits, preparing CPL’s tax return, and managing CPL’s 401(k) Plan compliance. Long-term projects generally focus on improving efficiencies or collaborating with the human resources team on workplace culture initiatives.

On a typical day, you might find Rees in an operations meeting with Todd Liebert, Chief Executive Officer, Dan Duprey, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Kathy Metcalfe, Chief Culture Officer. Together, the four review company initiatives and ensure both the finance and human resource departments’ priorities align with the Board of Directors. A recent meeting included reviewing the results of an employee engagement survey, and formulating action plans to communicate the results and begin the dialogue on how to tackle opportunities for improvement.

Most recently, one of the operations meeting discussions sprung the idea for project manager training, which is now slated to launch Spring of 2018. Focusing on navigating reports, understanding billing, and dissecting project budgets, this first formal training of its kind will bring project managers throughout the company up to speed on the benefits, tips and tricks about utilizing Vision. Rees has been working on the training for months, and is eager to offer the benefit to the CPL team.

Lassoing ADP

Rees has been working closely with the finance and human resources departments to implement ADP, a management software now responsible for CPL’s benefits enrollment and payroll. The main attraction to ADP, Rees explained, was to launch an electronic benefits enrollment platform. Benefits enrollment was tedious, time-intensive, and paper-intensive.

When researching various applications, it became clear that having payroll and benefits in the same platform was more efficient than continuing to run payroll in Vision. ADP also offers a talent management tool that managers and team members can use to develop performance goals and perform annual reviews, and, it has automated, paperless options throughout these processes. Rees says she looks forward to exploring more functions of ADP that will further enhance CPL team members’ engagement in their own performance management.

Success at Work

Rees has two recent accomplishments she reflects on at CPL: The Student Loan Assistance Program (SLAP) and the absorption of Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates (MMPA), now our Greensboro, NC office.

Attributing both to the culture model at CPL, Rees said she likes being involved in creative initiatives that benefit the CPL team members. The SLAP program is unique in comparison to other companies, giving a benefit that affects quite a few team members.

The MMPA absorption secured CPL’s 13th office location after much time and effort up front.

“The strategy was to make sure the company was the right fit for us, and us for them,” Rees said. She added that CPL doesn’t acquire companies for selfish reasons, but rather takes time to ensure the personalities and the culture are aligned with CPL’s core values. This, Rees said, is key to a successful acquisition.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Outside of work, Rees spends much of her time by a pool. No, we don’t mean sunbathing. Her oldest daughter, Hannah, is on the JV Swim Team at Spencerport Middle School, swims year-long for the Marlins Swim Club, and relies on her mother to cheer her on from the deck.

“And play taxi,” Rees added. Between Hannah and younger daughter, Ashley, Rees admits that much of life as a mother of a 10-year-old and 13-year-old is driving them around. Besides swimming, both girls play soccer, and, Ashley is involved in gymnastics.

When not poolside, Rees runs a modest five miles six days per week. She says she counters her exercise with plenty of fun with her husband Jason, family, and friends. And occasionally she has time for a scoop of ice cream.

Motto and Motivation

“Integrity and accountability go a long way in earning respect,” urged Rees. “Take ownership of your successes and your failures.”

This motto couples with a customer service mindset to create a management style that motivates her team.

“Every team member at CPL is an internal customer,” she said.

If you’re happy with your experience, you have Rees to thank.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Meet the Women in CPL's Charlotte Office]]> Behind the creation and growth of every city, there are talented women who have helped build them. From designing roadways to shaping structures to maximizing today’s building systems, women play a large role in molding the communities we live in. And while history has shown an unfair gender gap in the architecture and engineering industry, there is now a “crescendo” in female designers obtaining key creative positions.

When it comes to gender disparities in the industry, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) is committed to closing the gender gap and embracing women as equals in the workplace. In fact, over the last year, the ratio of men to women in the company’s Charlotte, NC office has become 50:50, with nine of the team members being women.

In the wake of international efforts to empower women in the workplace, such as International Women’s Day on March 8th, 2018, CPL is proud to continually shine the spotlight on all of the talented women in our workplace. This month, we’re thrilled to recognize those in our Charlotte office for their passion, positive work ethic and professional success.

Rachel Guillot, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA

Rachel is an architect, Project Manager, Associate and a natural leader here at CPL. A graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), her journey with the firm actually began in the Capital Region, where at the time, she was one of only two architects (as well as the only female) in our Albany, NY office. Eventually, she migrated down the east coast and spent a little time working in our Woodstock, GA office before finally settling in Charlotte, NC. In addition to leading project teams and designing complex renovation and/or new-build projects, Rachel has an active role in many internal working groups at CPL, including the firm’s Revit Committee and the CPLworks Team (a group dedicated to discussing big picture operational topics). She also leads the Charlotte office’s “Mentoring Happy Hours” with fellow mentors Adam Chahulski, Robin Washco and Molly Livingstone. A true workhorse, Rachel is admired and highly respected by both her clients and colleagues.

Robin Washco, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Originally from the Northern Virginia/DC area and a Virginia Tech Hokie alumna, Robin is an architect, Project Manager and CPL Associate. She’ll be celebrating her ten-year anniversary with the firm this July, and boy does she have a lot to celebrate. Robin stays busy designing and managing major healthcare projects such as the Alamance Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center (Project Architect) and the Caldwell UNC Rivercrest Medical Campus (Project Manager). On any given day, you might find her coordinating with a team of outside consultants, meeting with clients, collaborating with design team members or taking care of extensive code reviews. But her responsibilities don’t end there. Robin is also a key member in several internal working groups at CPL including the Revit Committee, the CPLconnect Group (an inbound marketing team) and the Social Media Team. Hardworking, passionate and talented, Robin leads by example taking every experience, both successes and failures, to learn and grow as an architect.

Molly Livingstone, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C

As a Senior Interior Designer, Project Manager and CPL Associate, Molly leads up the interior design on every project in the Charlotte office. She specializes in healthcare design and is an active member in some of CPL’s internal committees including CPLwellness (employee wellness committee), and CPLconnect (inbound marketing group). Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Molly attended the University of Connecticut where she earned her Interior Architecture degree , and then relocated to Charlotte, NC to earn her Interior Design degree from the Art Institute of Charlotte. She became part of the CPL family in 2011 and has been a ray of sunshine in the office ever since. A devoted mentor and encouraging team member, it’s hard to believe Molly is also a working mom with two small children (and one husband) at home. Her ability to balance her professional life with her responsibilities on the home front is a true testament to her incredible work ethic and positive, upbeat attitude.

Michele Baxter, CDT

Often referred to by Project Managers as the “Para-architect” (similar to a paralegal for lawyers), Michele is the glue that holds the Charlotte office together. She is a key member of CPL’s Administration Department, and understands better than anyone that time stands still for no one, especially administrative professionals. Her days are jam-packed filled with managing schedules, organizing meetings, planning events and supporting CPL’s Project Managers. As the “backbone” of the office, it’s safe to say that without Michele, things would fall apart. In addition to keeping everyone on the straight and narrow at work, Michele is also a devoted wife and working mom with a six-year-old son at home. Dependable, driven and motivating, she is focused on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Amanda Brookins, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Before becoming a talented Project Architect at CPL, Amanda earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a Master of Science degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She spent several years working in New York City on various residential projects before moving down to Charlotte, NC and finding the perfect fit at CPL. In addition to taking an active role on many complex healthcare projects, Amanda is also a member of the inaugural class of the AIA Charlotte YAF (Young Architect Leadership) Program, an exclusive group focused on leadership development initiatives for recently licensed architects. As a member, she appreciates the opportunity to help propel the careers of young professionals, and enjoys motivating them to become leaders in the field. Amanda leads by example, tackling every day with a focused mindset, and an eagerness to learn and help others succeed.

Danielle Scesney, AIA, NCARB

An architect with a fantastic design sense, Danielle is a true asset to CPL’s architectural group in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and recently became a licensed professional. Because of her positive work demeanor and dedication to her craft, she is continually handed more responsibilities as a Project Architect. Danielle is heavily involved in all aspects of the design and construction phases of major healthcare projects as well as a number of municipal projects, including government buildings and recreation centers. Her motivation to succeed is unmatched and her cooperative nature makes her an outstanding team member. Those who work directly with Danielle, know they can count on her to get the job done.

Cara Adams, NCIDQ, LEED GA

As one of CPL’s Junior Interior Designers, Cara has her hands on many different project types, but maintains a focus on healthcare design. She graduated in 2011 from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and has been with the firm for five years. When it comes to keeping a positive mindset at work, Cara may take the crown for that. As soon as she steps foot into the office, her outgoing and bubbly personality immediately brings people’s spirits up. Her positive energy is palpable and her reliability as a team member is undeniable as she is always willing to lend a helping hand, even when her own plate is full. Outside the office, you will find Cara running about seven to ten miles every morning, and enjoying life at home with her husband, two cats and two guinea pigs.

Stuart Cline, Assoc. IIDA

CPL had the pleasure of welcoming Stuart to the family back in November of 2017, when the firm acquired Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates (MMPA), now known as CPL’s Greensboro, NC office. In January of this year, she had the opportunity to transfer to our Charlotte, NC office and has been a joy to work with ever since. Stuart is an Interior Designer with a decade of experience in both retail and commercial design. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Application from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As a firm that focuses on maintaining a fun, productive company culture, CPL was thrilled to have Stuart join the team and recognized the fit from the very beginning. She’s thoughtful, detail-oriented and highly focused on getting things done efficiently.

Tisha Hyman

When asked to describe Tisha, without hesitation, her colleagues would choose the words fun, outgoing, and always willing to help others. The best thing about that? Tisha’s colleagues have only known her for a little over a month. Mid-February of 2018, she officially joined the CPL family as an Architectural Designer and has quickly made a positive and lasting impression. In addition to her high energy and friendly demeanor, Tisha has nearly four years of industry experience including work in educational, multi-family residential, community and commercial design. She also has a strong background in construction management, having had the unique experience to help manage and oversee CATS (Charlotte Area Transportation System) projects at her previous job. Tisha was an excellent addition to the Charlotte crew, and we’re excited to watch her learn and grow as a designer.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: New Orange County Government Center Near End of $74M Makeover]]> Nearing the end of a $74 million makeover, the new Orange County Government Center looks a lot like its old, geometric self on the outside, but with a more conventional office building forming its new entrance and a tamed jumble of roof levels. Check out the full story, written by Chris McKenna and featured in the Times Herald-Record.

<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL's Capital District Growth Crosses Disciplines]]> Signs of CPL’s growth are evidenced throughout our footprint and the Albany office location is no exception. The office is located in Latham, just off of I-87 in Albany County, NY, and is the workplace destination for 14 of our most dedicated and hardworking team members. This collaborative group of professionals is comprised of architects, engineers, designers and support staff, all working together to make a positive impact on the Capital Region.

The origin of CPL’s Albany office dates back to 2002 when the firm was known as Clark Patterson Associates (CPA). Albany became the firm’s sixth New York State office offering expertise in civil, mechanical, structural and transportation engineering.

“The original Albany office was positioned for growth and quickly gained traction during that time,” said President and COO, Dan Duprey, P.E. Dan recalled how CPA began providing bridge inspection services for the NYS Thruway Authority early on as an impetus for growth.

Fast forward to present day, CPL’s transportation engineering capabilities in Albany remain steadfast with Principal Engineer, Matt Smullen, P.E., leading the charge. With a background in bridge design and federally funded transportation projects, Matt has been with CPL since 2008, and has since helped manage his eastern New York team to provide responsive, quality deliverables.

“We serve a variety of clients in the greater Capital District, Hudson Valley and Southern Tier,” said Matt. “Expanding our footprint and capabilities throughout New York has always been a long-term goal, and I think our presence in Albany continues to help us achieve that.”

Matt’s drive to grow and expand the Albany office has brought great success beyond its traditional engineering wheelhouse, taking on master planning, municipal building projects and supporting CPL’s K-12 practice. The office has grown substantially over the last year and half with the addition of five team members, three of which were architects - bringing the total number of Albany based architects to six.

Principal Architect, Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP, commented on how the recent growth in Albany has significantly benefited project teams in both Newburgh and Binghamton.

“The Albany office has become a vital resource for all of our team members in eastern New York,” said Chris. “Gaining a strong architectural presence in that office has helped us “close the loop” on the full-service capability that we offer to our clients here.”

Recent work out of Albany includes Warren County courthouse addition and renovations, Saratoga County “Mack Shack” building replacement (6,000 Sq. ft. DPW garage), multiple bridge replacement projects in Essex, Warren, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia an Duchess counties.

The Albany team is also busy working with school districts like Corinth CSD, Monticello CSD and Rondout Valley CSD on a variety of capital improvement projects. Having a capital district practice certainly has its advantages, as the economy tends to remain strong around state capitals as well as geographically keeping a better pulse on political happenings.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Questions For CPL Engineers]]>

<![CDATA[BLOG: Pearl Anniversaries - Celebrating 30 Years at CPL]]> While Dan Duprey, P.E., was interviewing at Clark Engineers back in 1988, Andrew Goodermote, AIA, was doing the very same at Patterson Mossien. The two companies would eventually merge and evolve to become Clark Patterson Lee (CPL). Goodermote and Duprey, along with Tom Swift, P.E., and Maureen Nalewalski, would find themselves at the same place 30 years later.

Now comprised of 350 professionals, the firm has grown substantially through the decades.

“When I first started here, it was important to me that I wasn’t just another number in a sea of employees. I really wanted the president to know my name,” said Nalewalski. “What’s cool about CPL today is that even as a firm with over 300 people, I don’t think anyone feels just like a number.”

Duprey and Goodermote said they have similar feelings about the company culture, remembering how much time coworkers used to spend together in their early days. Traditions like company softball leagues and enjoying a few beers after work continue, as coworkers begin to feel like a little more than team members.

“A firm like this becomes your family,” said Nalewalski. “And sure, like with any family, you go through ups and downs, but at the end of the day, the highs always outweighed the lows. My overall experience has always been positive.”

Nalewalski remembers impactful project work in addition to fond memories, including working on the Genesee County Water Supply program.

“I was part of the project team for this one in the late 90's, back when it was just an idea. Since then, there’s been two major phases completed, both of which helped provide reliable sources of high-quality water to the community for years to come. Really substantial projects like that always leave a footprint on you,” she said.

Her counterparts remember their favorite projects over the years.

“I designed wastewater treatment plants in Cuba, NY and Bolivar, NY and have since been back to do a bunch of different upgrades for both,” said Swift.

He explained that he and Tom McElheny, P.E. also pursued the Town of Cuba’s Sewer District No. 5 Sewer project near Cuba Lake for a long time. “It’s those long-term clients that tend to stick with you and leave an impact,” he said.

“It’s truly been a great place to work,” said Swift.

Additionally, Nalewalski, Swift, and Duprey all have fond memories of the Mill Seat Landfill project from their first decade at CPL. Although it was a lot of work, the payoff was worth the overtime.

“It just goes to show you that even the more challenging projects can end up being the most fun and rewarding,” said Nalewalski.

Duprey served as the QA/QC Engineer for the Mill Seat project, wearing a different hat than his usual roads and bridges engineering role. “It was fun and different,” he said, noting that the time out in the field and late nights with coworkers were memories he hasn’t forgotten.

Now, Duprey wears yet another hat: President & Chief Operating Officer.

“As a board member, my role is to help make everyone else in the company successful,” he said. Duprey spends his time helping to grow the practices of Principals throughout the company, and being a champion for CPL’s intentional culture.

“When you walk in the door in the morning, it should feel like you’re walking into your own house,” he said, adding that camaraderie and collaboration were the keys to a successful, inviting culture.

Goodermote says his role has changed as well.

“When I started, my goal was to become an architect,” said Goodermote. “Now, I am an architect, and my goal is to develop my practice.”

Goodermote said what’s changed the most in 30 years has been the growth of the company. The rest is still the same. “I’m still creating buildings that will be here forever,” he said.

“My first project was the St. John Fisher Library. I was told to put the brick back on the building,” Goodermote said. He looks back on the project warmly, accrediting his current success to the lessons he learned then. This project helped him prove that if he was given a task, the boss would know it would get done, he said.

Aside from being an architect, Goodermote has unofficially absorbed the role of a mentor to young architects, constantly challenging interns and new hires alike with his mantra “don’t think you know what you know.”

College teaches students how to think and how to process, he said, but experience teaches you how to be an architect. He challenges new people to understand how perception affects reality, and to be aware constantly of this.

“Each office has their own culture,” added Duprey. From two offices to 13 offices, being part of CPL is truly being part of something much bigger. “Have an awareness that not everyone has the same perspective.”

“And look out for each other,” said Goodermote.

After watching the company evolve since his beginning, Goodermote says he still believes there is room to grow.

“I can see myself here for another 20 years,” he said, adding the only thing that would stop him is winning the lottery and fishing all day.

Certainly, 30 years of experience warrants a bit of wisdom for those team members who haven’t been alive for 30 years yet:

“Take pride in what you’re doing, no matter how big or small,” Nalewalski urges. “Everything we do has an impact on something or someone.”

“It’s so important to be open-minded,” said Swift. “There’s never just one solution to a problem or only one way of getting things done.”

“Dress the way you want to be respected,” said Goodermote, adding that people should represent themselves as who they want to be, not who they could be.

And, Duprey closes with the Golden Rule and a bit of inspiration:

“Always treat people how you want to be treated, and whatever your career aspirations are, take the bull by the horns and go for it!” he said. “If you want it, go get it.”

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<![CDATA[BULLETIN: A Pair of Pedestrian Bridges in Jamestown Win Prestigious APWA Award]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Jamestown, NY – A transformative project in Jamestown, NY, which features two new Pedestrian Bridges over the Chadakoin River, has been honored by the American Public Works Association – NY Chapter Western Branch. The two COR-TEN steel superstructure spans, featuring wood decks and lighting, were installed in the fall of 2017 when pre-fabricated sections were spliced together and set in place. One bridge will connect the Northshore of Jamestown Riverwalk to Panzarella Park (189’ long) and the second (140’ long) will connect the north and south shores of Riverwalk adjacent to the Washington Street bridge.

The honor was in the category of Structures Project of the Year <$5 million. The design team included Union Concrete & Construction Corporation (General Contractor) and Clark Patterson Lee (design engineer) with the City of Jamestown. The $2 million project is timely as the nearby National Comedy Museum renovations a slated for competition in the summer of 2018. Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Jamestown was Jeff Lehman, DPW, Director, and Vince DeJoy, Director of Development.

DeJoy said, “The twin pedestrian bridges has been the culmination of many years of hard work building the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk with investment by New York State and the federal government and local investment of DPW labor. It will be enjoyed by many people and will serve to activate the waterfront for greater economic development opportunities."

The opening of Comedy Center Park and enhancements that will be provided through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative such as decorative lighting of bridges and the BPU campus, and kayak launches will also further make this area a destination as well as a means for moving people from the south side of the Chadakoin to the Downtown area for employment opportunities and commerce.

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