Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2018 2018-05-24T09:49:01-04:00 <![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.”

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Making Construction Innovation Stick]]> We are thrilled to be featured in the Engineering News Record's (ENR) cover story: Making Construction Innovation Stick.

Click here to read about CPL Creative Labs and how technology integration is vital to staying out in front.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: A Pair of Pedestrian Bridges in Jamestown Win Prestigious APWA Award]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
Clark Patterson Lee

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.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee (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[BUZZ: Rochester Roots a Key to CPL's Success and Expansion]]> To showcase the variety of industry and promise of potential in Rochester, NY, the Greater Rochester Enterprise is featuring three transformative CPL projects: the Genesee County Economic Development Center's STAMP project near Batavia, NY; the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care addition for the Rochester Regional Health System; and the Monroe County Seneca Park Zoo expansion.

Click here to read the full article.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL's Jason Streb, AIA Elected 2018 Vice President of AIA Rochester]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
Clark Patterson Lee

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Rochester, NY - Architect, Jason Streb, AIA, was elected the 2018 Vice President of AIA Rochester. Since joining the organization in 2010, Jason has been an involved member of AIA Rochester, frequently participating in events and serving as Education Director from 2013-2015. After securing his architecture licensure fall of 2017, Jason wanted to continue his involvement, with his passion for architecture and the Rochester community motivating him.

Jason will serve as Vice President of AIA Rochester in 2019, moving to President in 2019.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee (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: STAMP Project - Our Progress on the 1,260-Acre Mini-City]]> Two men stood in the middle of a field in the rural town of Alabama, NY, and decided to build a technology park.

The pair were Steven G. Hyde, President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL) Senior Vice President, Richard B. Henry, III, P.E.

“I think you’re crazy, but I’m willing to ride along,” Henry told Hyde.

Originally nicknamed Megasite, the 1260-acre block of land took the name STAMP, Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park. Its purpose was to be a shovel-ready industrial park targeting high-tech manufacturing, such as semi-conductor computer chip, photovoltaic (PV), and flat panel display manufacturing.

“We hope to provide long-term advanced technological employment for younger generations,” said Henry.

Before choosing the location in Genesee County, coined the “Metro Corridor” for connecting Buffalo and Rochester, Henry, Hyde, and others looked at several sites, considering proximity to major electric, natural gas access, and connections to fresh and waste water. They also carefully considered the fertility of the land, cautiously avoiding any abundant farm land. Access to Hydropower from Niagara Falls majorly impacted the decision, since the STAMP tenants could potentially utilize significant amounts of power for manufacturing.

Because of the sheer size of the project and its nearly-constant deadlines, CPL implemented three levels of project management. Henry manages from a big-picture standpoint, with Tom Carpenter, P.E. serving as the Principal for the project, and Andrew Kosa, P.E. managing infrastructure and on-site logistics.

CPL’s approach was based on our understanding of how economic development business works and how it translates to new opportunities. While working closely with the GCEDC, CPL helped campaign for the project, obtaining funding every few years for the next phase of the project. The first of these was a feasibility grant of $33 Million, which allowed the team to begin preliminary design, an electrical feasibility study, water and sewer improvements, and the construction of main road, among others.

CPL engineers Jason Foote, P.E. and Jeremy Delyser, P.E. coordinated offsite water and sewer distribution, transmitting water 5 and 12 miles, respectively. Zach Anderson assisted with coordination of the main access road, which was completed in 2017.

“It’s neat to see the project come from a concept and a farm field and turn into an industrial park,” said Anderson. “Seeing the road transform from plans on paper to asphalt in person has been rewarding.”

In addition to feasibility studies, an environmental impact review has been completed. This several-step process uses archaeological records, grading, and assessment procedures to study and minimize any potential impact on the environment, and to rule out any sacred or historical ground. The team has also completed a preliminary geotechnical evaluation, which included seismic testing and borings.

Work is set to continue in phases: secure an anchor tenant, finish the first wave on infrastructure, and then plan for major infrastructure. The next phase depends heavily on the anchor tenant’s needs; CPL will customize the site in order to best fit the tenant.

“Securing a main tenant will give us incredible validation of the years of hard work we’ve put in,” said Carpenter.

Kosa said he hopes future tenants will choose the STAMP site not only for its opportunity, but for the experience they have working with CPL. “Our goal is to be responsive and easy to work with, so companies come to us with the confidence that we can get the job done right,” he said.

CPL began advertising for tenants in 2015, selling the promise of a shovel-ready site and the ability to transform the land into a mini-city. The company is currently in conversations with potential clients, producing site plans and modifications to illustrate the potential of the flat, open land and minimal environmental inhibitors.

STAMP’s first tenant is shaping up to be 1366 Technologies, a Massachusetts-based solar energy cell manufacturing company. In 2015, 1366 Technologies announced that they plan to build the first solar wafer manufacturing facility at the STAMP site, investing more than $720 million and creating 1000 new jobs. Although they have not yet broken ground for the project, planning and funding efforts are underway.

“We have a saying we like to stick to: It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Carpenter. “It’s exciting work for us, so we don’t mind putting in the nights and weekends to make sure this project is a success,” he said.

Aside from the main companies, support businesses are anticipated to fill in around the site, including potential coffee shops and hotels to service the boom in employees. Additionally, residential development is expected to grow to accommodate people moving to the area.

“This project transforms an otherwise underutilized space into one that can create upward of 9,000 jobs,” said Kosa. “It’s a strategic move that will grow the region.”

CPL continues to provide plans and information to potential tenants, and looks forward to securing the future of the megasite.

“It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked on,” said Henry.

“I like to think we’re not just engineers,” said Carpenter. “We’re economic developers. We’re helping to shape a successful, beneficial future for everyone involved.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: A Tour of the Orange County Government Center]]>

The Orange County Government Center campus (Goshen, NY), originally designed by well-known brutalist architect Paul Rudolph, has undergone a remarkable transformation, restoration and preservation effort. It opens for business in the first quarter of 2018 since closing in 2011 as a result of major damage from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. The buildings will now better serve county staff and visitors alike with improved efficiency, lighting, HVAC / MEP systems and ADA compliancy, among many other upgrades.

Drone footage was shot by CPL Structural Engineer, John Zito.

Contact CPL for more information regarding the design:

<![CDATA[BLOG: How to Pass Your Next K-12 Referendum]]> Today’s educational landscape looks nothing like it did 50, 25 or even 10 years ago. Whether it’s because of advancements in technology, improved sustainable design goals, new pedagogies to accommodate various learning styles, or all of the above, it is easy to recognize that education is ever-changing. However, as 21st century learning continues to evolve, we need our school buildings to do the same.

Many of today’s K-12 schools are in need of immediate and costly upgrades. And since these types of projects are funded by taxpayers, they all require a referendum vote to proceed.

So how do school districts successfully navigate the referendum process? How do they communicate with the public to encourage the ‘Yes’ vote? In short, while schools may be experts at teaching, many districts face a steep learning curve when it comes to informing and encouraging taxpayers to support K-12 referendums.

Vice President and K-12 Principal, Brian Trott, AIA, has been helping districts work through this very issue for more than 20 years.

“In order for a referendum to pass, the voter base must understand the value of the proposed project,” Trott said. “Voters want to know how the project will impact their children specifically, which is why the referendum should address improvements from as many facets as possible. This includes programs like athletics, music, science, and ideally a scope for elementary, middle and high school.”

Trott emphasized that the top three easiest improvements for tax payers to approve include safety, security and maintenance.

“Especially in today’s political climate, parents need to hear their children are safe at school. Few people will ever vote against health and safety,” he said.

In addition to understanding the value of proposed projects, voters also want to know about important variables such as possible tax increases, feasibility and other long-range implications.

“In order for people to be willing to pledge additional tax dollars toward a project, they need to feel like they’re getting the best ‘bang’ for their buck,” said K-12 Principal, Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP. “As ambassadors for the district, we put a lot of effort into helping taxpayers feel good about investing in the future of their community.”

Architect, Jason Benfante, AIA, added that referendums should outline the basics of the project with specific goals in mind, however, the strategy and cost planning to achieve those goals should be flexible.

“We should be transparent in presenting that we are doing $1 Million worth of improvements, but not necessarily focus on the number of windows we can replace,” he said, adding that specific costs throughout the project can be overwhelming to voters, clouding their feeling of the overall project.

“Consistency is also a priority,” said Trott. “The message needs to be consistent throughout the campaign, and to all audiences.”

While the superintendent, school board, and teachers should really be the face of the campaign, CPL works diligently in the background to help convey that consistent, educated message. The K-12 project teams utilize in-house marketing capabilities to design informative materials such as brochures, flyers, post cards, and even branded Capital Bond logos and/or slogans.

To encourage people to go out and vote, it is important to make the process easy and convenient for community members.

“We typically schedule the vote around a major school function that parents are already attending, like a rival ball game or a chorus concert,” said Colby. “Not only do these functions have high attendance, but they also help voters feel a sense of pride about the schools their children attend.”

What’s the main difference between CPL’s approach compared to others?

“Our approach is very genuine,” said Benfante. “Throughout the referendum process, we are fully invested and readily accessible to our clients. We are on their team, because we truly want what’s best for their community.”

<![CDATA[BLOG: Cheryl Graeub Has the Interior Design Gene]]> Why did you choose your career?

For many, that can be a tough question to answer. But for Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL), Cheryl Graeub, IIDA, LEED AP, it is a question she can probably answer in her sleep.

An accomplished interior designer in CPL’s newest office branch in Greensboro, NC, Cheryl was always hardwired to pursue a career in the A/E industry.

“My grandfather was an architect, my grandmother taught interior design, and my parents sold furniture,” Cheryl explained. “You could say the design gene was in my DNA.”

Cheryl immersed herself in the world of design by earning her B.S. degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Soon after, she started working for MMPA (Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates), now CPL, and is currently an Associate and discipline leader for the firm’s higher education design practice.

“We never do the same thing twice,” Cheryl commented on her appreciation for higher education design. “From dorm rooms to student centers to athletic buildings to bookstores and theater spaces, a university or college campus has endless opportunities for imaginative and inspiring interiors.”

With more than 10 years of experience, Cheryl’s design portfolio includes interior renovations for the Bridgewater Kline Campus Center and Heritage Hall, Guilford College’s North Apartments and Founders Hall, as well as campus buildings at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

As a designer, she is known to embrace all scales of interior design, from the seamless integration of technology down to the most specific details of interior architecture including furnishings, fixtures and next level graphics. In everything Cheryl does, her goal is to balance beauty and function while keeping the client’s vision top of mind.

When asked to reflect on important lessons learned thus far in her career, she says it all boils down to good communication. “Whether it’s between us and the client or between our entire project team, good communication is without question the key to any project’s success.”