Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2019 2019-10-18T17:07:21-04:00 <![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Three New Hires in Charlotte]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-charlotte-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-charlotte-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Charlotte, NC - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome three new team members to its Charlotte office: Casey Lowe who joins the design team, Alisha Dawkins who joins the administrative team, and Hana Maleki who joins the architectural team.

As a member of the design team, Lowe will assist with construction documents, finishes and site visits for a variety of interior design projects. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, she served as an interior design intern while earning her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Lowe is an ambassador for the Claire Marie Foundation and resides in Charlotte, NC.

Dawkins joins CPL’s administrative team equipped to provide support in the form of office management, critical clerical work and scheduling office meetings or events. She has an associate degree in paralegal technology from South Piedmont Community College and resides in Matthews, NC.

In her new role, Maleki will assist with the design, planning, modeling and presentation of a variety of architectural projects. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a research assistant in the architecture school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as an architectural designer at Tavon Architectural Group. Maleki has a Master of Architecture degree form UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Iran University of Science and Technology. She resides in Charlotte, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 440+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2019-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Architecture-Engineering Firm, CPL, Expands to Pittsburgh, PA]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-expands-to-pittsburgh-pa-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-expands-to-pittsburgh-pa-1 Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
CPL
585.797.7275

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA - CPL, a full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm, has expanded its footprint to Pittsburgh, PA with the acquisition of Image Associates, Inc.

The new Pittsburgh office location brings CPL’s total staff level to 440 team members and represents CPL’s 16th office (first in Pennsylvania) including Albany, NY; Binghamton, NY; Buffalo, NY; Charlotte, NC; Hudson, NY; Jamestown, NY; Newburgh, NY; Olean, NY; Poughkeepsie, NY; Raleigh, NC; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; Rochester, NY; Suwanee, GA and Woodstock, GA. CPL’s design professionals currently serve the healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, corporate, municipal and transportation market sectors.

Image Associates’ Principals, Craig Allen, AIA and Thomas Teti, AIA, founded the practice in 1986 and grew it into a well-respected architectural design firm serving regional clients in the healthcare, corporate and commercial sectors.

The two firms’ service offerings are complementary - both featuring award winning project portfolios. CPL and Image Associates have been industry leaders in their respective service sectors and will now combine forces to continue serving clients in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Image Associates’ clients will benefit from deepened discipline bench strength as well as expanded in-house design expertise including 3D / mixed reality design, interior design, MEP engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, planning and landscape architecture. Image Associates and CPL also share several common clients making for a seamless transition in integrating ongoing project work. It is anticipated that several staff members will be added to the Pittsburgh location over the next year.

Some of CPL’s notable projects include the design of the new $260 million Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care tower addition for the Rochester Regional Health System (Rochester, NY); the $20 million UPMC Chautauqua Hospital Expansion (Jamestown, NY); a pharmacy renovation at UPMC Mercy Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA); A new $40 million atrium/main entrance for Erie County Medical Center (Buffalo, NY); the $57 million Seneca Park Zoo Expansion (Rochester, NY); and the new $50 million National Comedy Center (Jamestown, NY).

In western Pennsylvania, Image Associates' most prominent project experience encompasses work in virtually every sector of healthcare design. This includes hospital master planning and renovation, diagnostic imaging suites, emergency departments, pharmacies, behavioral health facilities, senior living facilities, adult daycare centers, outpatient care facilities, cancer treatment centers, and medical office buildings. Image has successfully completed state-of-the-art facilities spanning all facets of healthcare design – never forgetting their promise to clients to always listen and respond to every need.

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CPL Chief Executive Officer, Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, said: “We are thrilled to expand our practice into Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area to better serve our current clients as well as establish new relationships in that vibrant region. It is an important market and acquisition for us.”

Image Associates Principal, Craig Allen, AIA, said: “The things that attracted us to this acquisition were CPL’s commitment to excellence in healthcare design and their dedication to teamwork with their clients and employees. They have an amazing culture and outstanding reputation.”

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 440-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 cities across five 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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-10-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Principal in Suwanee, GA]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-principal-in-suwanee-ga http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-principal-in-suwanee-ga Contact: Amanda Sanfilippo
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7504

Thursday, August 10, 2019 - Suwanee, GA - Friday, July 26, 2019 - Buffalo, NY - CPL is pleased to welcome its newest Principal, Warren Hutmacher, to its Suwanee, GA office. Hutmacher will be provide leadership to the municipal services discipline at CPL.

Coming from a leadership background in local government, Hutmacher will cater to CPL’s existing client base in Georgia as well as cultivate new relationships in the municipal market sector.

“My goal is to add a unique value to clients and help them solve problems using the experience I’ve gained over last 20 years managing cities,” Hutmacher said.

Of these 20 years, he worked in local government management as a City Manager for the past 16 years. He is familiar with all aspects of municipal government and has worked for five communities in Metro Atlanta ranging in population from 2,600 citizens to a community of 85,000. Most recently he served the City of Dunwoody and the City of Johns Creek.

As the former City Manager for the Cities of Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Norcross and Avondale Estates, Warren is highly attuned to key community issues including traffic congestion, neighborhood preservation, economic development, revenue expansion and park development planning. Having served various municipalities throughout his career, he has an excellent understanding of how to work with community stakeholders to establish priorities and produce the best, most meaningful results.

Hutmacher says those results are mostly based on trust and friendly relationships.

“Having been on the client-side for so long, I know what clients are really looking for,” he said. “I can make them feel comfortable and translate between the architects, engineers, and the city, so that expectations for the project are clear for everyone involved. This knowledge is always attractive to the client.”

Hutmacher places a lot of value on developing long-term relationships with clients that extend beyond one project or one fee, which has helped him build a loyal client base throughout his career.

“When clients hand their work to us, they are expecting it to be exceptional. They need a partner they can trust to resolve their issues, and work in their favor,” he said.

This knowledge comes from his own experience working with CPL as a client for 13 years before he joined the team himself.

“My experience was that Kevin [McOmber, P.E.] was a partner we could trust and walk through the solutions with the City in a cooperative manner,” he said.

Hutmacher worked with CPL on Project Renaissance for the City of Dunwoody in Georgia. The project was a 24-acre redevelopment that included parks, playgrounds, and trails that integrated with single family homes, commercial retail, and future government facilities. The project ultimately won the Georgia Planning Association Project of the Year Award.

“Projects like this illustrate that cities do improve the life of the community,” he said.

Hutmacher holds a BA degree in political science from the University of Delaware (1995) and a master of public administration from The Ohio State University (1997). He was named one of “40 under 40 – Georgia’s Rising Stars” by Georgia Trend Magazine. He is also a member of the International City Managers Association (I.C.M.A.).

Hutmacher currently lives in Johns Creek, GA. He and his wife have two school-aged daughters and a Wheaton Terrier puppy, Fozzie. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling and working on family genealogy.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-10-10T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL's Dan Duprey Talks Construction and Development Trends]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-cpls-dan-duprey-talks-construction-and-development-trends http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-cpls-dan-duprey-talks-construction-and-development-trends CPL's President and COO, Dan Duprey, P.E., discusses Rochester's construction and development trends with ENR New York.

“The city of Rochester, particularly downtown, has experienced a renaissance over the past several years,” Duprey says. “Two positive trends in the Flower City have been private developer driven projects, including design-build delivery and the adaptive reuse and repurposing of buildings.” He says the Rochester Downtown Development Corp. is tracking nearly $746 million in current activity.

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2019-09-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Celebrating New Milestones at Dalton State College]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-celebrating-new-milestones-at-dalton-state-college http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-celebrating-new-milestones-at-dalton-state-college Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Thursday, September 26, 2010 - Woodstock, GA - Marking another milestone of growth at Dalton State College (DSC), the Wright School of Business officially opened its doors to a new, permanent home. Dr. Margaret H. Venable, President of Dalton State College, welcomed guests including members of the Georgia Board of Regents and the Lamar and Ann Wright family at the Grand Opening ceremony on September 5, 2019.


Led by CPL, the project called for an existing building on campus, affectionately known as Memorial Hall, to receive an addition and comprehensive renovation to provide state-of-the-art learning environments for students enrolled in the College’s 53-year-old business school.


Gignilliat “Memorial” Hall, a 1960’s era building, prior to the addition/renovation


Gignilliat “Memorial” Hall after the addition/renovation. Photo credit: JandDImages

“We are very excited to have all of the students in a single, central location, rather than situated at multiple locations throughout the campus,” said Dr. Marylin M. Helms, Dean of the Wright School of Business. “The new facility will foster enhanced collaboration and promote the sharing of ideas as our students take on today’s business challenges.”


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Gignilliat “Memorial” Hall is located on the north side of the main campus entrance off College Drive and is immediately adjacent to the Westcott Administration Building. Serving as a place for students and the surrounding community to gather, learn and celebrate, the facility encompasses a “business hub” with a 100-seat, multi-purpose space for professional development classes and community networking events.


Photo credit: JandDImages

The journey to establishing a permanent home for the School of Business began in the 1960’s when Lamar Wright was among the first graduating class at DSC. Wright’s positive collegiate experience ultimately inspired him and his wife, Ann, to offer students a gift of opportunity in the form of a $5 million donation – a generous gift that served as the catalyst for this project.

“The Wright family’s donation was matched by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, bringing the total project budget to $10 million,” explained Tim Pulver, AIA, CPL’s design manager for the project.


Photo credit: JandDImages

Critical to the success of this project was the involvement of CPL architect, Danny Jones, AIA, who took an active role in giving the Wright School of Business a true identity on campus. Jones has led every CPL project on campus to date and was also an adjunct professor at DSC, teaching computer graphics, animation and visualization. For him, DSC is family.

“Getting the opportunity to design for Dalton State is definitely nostalgic for me,” said Jones. “Having taught there before, I know first-hand how impactful quality design can be for students and professors. It makes the architectural work we do for them that much more rewarding.”


Photo credit: JandDImages

The renovation of Gignilliat Hall provides reconfigured classrooms, technology upgrades, updated faculty offices, and sustainable building improvements such as new energy efficient windows and lighting. In addition, new accessibility features such as a chair lift, a new elevator and ADA-compliant door hardware have helped ready the Hall for the next 50 years of service.


Photo credit: JandDImages

Earlier in the year, CPL also designed an entrance drive and entry canopy at the Westcott Administration Building, home to the office of the President, business office, office of academic affairs and office of enrollment services. With the goal of updating the original 1960’s façade, CPL’s architects and civil engineers worked collaboratively with DSC to to deliver a new, welcoming campus entry as well as additional parking for visitors.


The success of these two high profile projects, along with CPL’s collaborative approach to serving DSC, has led to a total of 11 projects on campus to date, including a commission recently awarded to CPL for the renovation of the Bandy Student Recreation Center, which is scheduled for design this year and construction in 2020.

“Our working relationship with Dalton State continues to prosper and grow even stronger,” said K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CPL’s Principal-in-Charge of the project. “From day one when we began working on the retask of the school’s technical education building for their Health Professions program, to today as we celebrate the completion of the renovation of Gignilliat Hall and the Wright School of Business, it has been an exciting and rewarding adventure. As we continue our partnership with DSC, we look forward to celebrating even more future milestones that will carry Dalton State toward a century of quality, educational service.”


Photo credit: JandDImages

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2019-09-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: In the Spotlight - Dan Helfond]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-dan-helfond http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-dan-helfond The Right Button

Dan Helfond is an Information Technology extraordinaire, saver of days, extinguisher of business fires, and CPL team member in the Rochester, NY office. Dan Helfond is also a husband, father, video game mogul, and much more. And, in the last year, Helfond is 100 pounds lighter.

The IT specialist has been with CPL since January of 2010 and has spent the last near-decade navigating all things computers.

“My day is almost never boring,” he said. Between 'HelpDesk' calls and tickets; setting up new team members in the system; fixing servers; software licenses; and generally keeping CPL’s electronic tools afloat, no two days are the same.

“My favorite part of my job is when something is broken or not working properly, and I am able to fix it!” he said. “The reward is making someone else’s life a little easier in an otherwise frustrating situation.”

Before CPL, he worked for Corning as an optic technician, where he made prisms. After the dip in the economy, he returned to school to secure an associate’s degree in information technology. Helfond said the switch was natural for him, because he has always been interested in computers and figuring out the latest technology.

“I have always had a knack for finding the right button to click,” he said, adding that he was the go-to guy for his friends and family whenever they had trouble with technology.

The Favorite Button

Helfond is divided in the Mac verses PC world: He loves the simplicity of his iPhone compared to the clunkiness of an Android, but switches when it comes to computers.

“I like the power a desktop can give you,” he said, adding the speed and efficiency of running both programs and gaming systems influence his preference. Helfond said he enjoys playing Elite Dangerous Horizons, Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic the Gathering.

Sometimes, Helfond needs a break from technology, so he adopted a more traditional and historical hobby: metal work. He said he has always been interested in forging, but never got the chance until recently, when he paired up with his cousin, who has his own equipment.

“It’s a great way to relieve stress,” he said, then declaring his first piece—a knife made out of a railroad spike—a bit “ugly”.

When he’s not tinkering between these two hobbies, he’s spending time with his two sons, or taking long drives with his wife for fun.

The Belly Button

Helfond has another milestone accomplishment to share: He has lost 100 pounds in the past year. At his heaviest, Helfond’s scale read 370 pounds, but thanks to gastric bypass surgery, patience, a very clean diet, and hard work, he currently weighs in at 263 pounds.

“There is a stigma that gastric bypass surgery is the easy way out,” he said. “But that’s not true at all. It’s a process to heal, relearn how to eat, and pay close attention to what you’re putting in your body.”

It’s not a pretty road, but it is an effective one. Helfond said after years of failed diets, it was time he tried a different approach. Plus, he supported his wife and two sisters-in-law when they had the very same surgery. He saw their successes and found the courage to do it himself.

“If I could just stop eating, I could do it,” he said about overcoming his eating addiction. “But obviously you can’t quit eating like you can quit smoking. ”Helfond quit smoking cold turkey after 13 years with the habit.

Helfond says he’s not shy about sharing his story. “It feels so good to lose this weight, that I want to tell everyone about it!” he said. “I highly recommend the surgery to someone who is overweight and has other health issues.”

Helfond’s goal weight hovers between 200 and 225 pounds—the weight he had before he and his wife had a family. In the meantime, he says he feels like a completely different person. He focuses his allowed calories mostly to protein, then to vegetables, and carbohydrates last. Although he says he misses ice cream, beer, and chocolate, Helfond is able to hold on to the occasional treat.

“I can still have bourbon!” he joked.

Helfond’s most recent body modification is his new tattoo that encompasses his two sons and his wife. This serves as a compliment to his three other tattoos, each with its own meaning relating to each of his family members.

“I have always liked the idea of tattoos; permanent marks you purposefully put on yourself,” he said. “The ink I have is all about family. I have one tattoo for my first-born son, from a gift for my first Father’s Day. I have a gryphon for my son, Griffin. And I have the Hebrew word for ‘love’ for my wife. Then I decided to wrap it up with a single piece to include all of them: a momma Fu Lion and her two cubs. Although, to be honest, it probably won’t be my last! It’s also slightly addicting!”

Ask anyone who has ever had a computer malfunction or a quick conversation with Helfond: We’ll keep him around for another few decades.

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2019-09-13T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: RRH Henrietta Medical Campus Receives LEED Gold Certification ]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-rrh-henrietta-medical-campus-receives-leed-gold-certification http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-rrh-henrietta-medical-campus-receives-leed-gold-certification A leading provider of comprehensive care for Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region, Rochester Regional Health (RRH) is committed to helping patients redefine the odds by offering accessible healthcare that exceeds expectations. For residents of Henrietta, NY and its surrounding communities, that access has become even more convenient with the expanded services offered at the Henrietta Medical Campus.


Located on Middle Road, the 32,500 square-foot, multi-specialty facility provides residents with easy access to a wealth of services including: Cardiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Mammography, Gynecology, Joint Replacement, Laboratory and Pathology, Midwifery, Obstetrics, Orthopedics, Primary Care, Sports Medicine, and Women’s Health.

“You shouldn’t have to go far to get the care you need,” remarked RRH President and CEO, Eric Bieber, MD. “People need excellent, integrated care close to home, no matter where they live in our region. That’s why Rochester Regional Health is here.”


In addition to having convenient, local access to these services, patients get to see their doctors in an innovative office setting that places greater emphasis on privacy, peacefulness and connectivity. Furthermore, primary care patients have the added benefit of being able to walk over to the imaging and lab suites as soon as their doctor orders a test.


CPL’s team of architects, M/E/P engineers and interior designers worked with RRH to design the interior fit-out of the medical building. Energy efficiency was at the forefront of design, with mechanical systems and lighting elements that feature technology to improve the building’s use of natural resources.


“Our design team utilized finishes that have low VOC, recycled content and regional materials,” explained Jennifer LaChance, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, Project Manager at CPL. “The lighting design also included LED fixtures with vacancy sensors and daylight controls to reduce energy consumption.”

With exemplary credit given to the amount of renewable power purchase to the building, the project was ultimately awarded LEED 2009 Commercial Interiors Gold Certification.


CPL recognizes that LEED buildings not only compliment our environment, but also give people healthier places to live, work and play. The Henrietta Medical Campus is no exception as its sustainable design naturally promotes health, safety and comfort for patients, doctors, staff and visitors alike.

Learn more about how CPL's sustainable healthcare practices help patients and the planet.

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2019-09-18T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Winners Announced]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-excellence-in-construction-real-estate-winners-announced http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-excellence-in-construction-real-estate-winners-announced Standouts in the region’s construction and real estate industries will be honored in October 2019 at the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record’s inaugural Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards. The CPL team is proud to be honored this year and we are looking forward to the celebration event!

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2019-09-06T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Suwanee]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-suwanee-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-suwanee-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Suwanee, GA - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome J. Clark Kennedy, P.E., PTOE to its civil engineering team in Suwanee.

In his new role, Kennedy will be responsible for the development and design of transportation improvement projects. Prior to joining CPL, he worked at Volkert, Inc. for seven years where he gained extensive experience in geometric design, traffic signal design, traffic analysis and modeling, ITS design and project management. He specializes in horizontal alignment, vertical alignment, superelevation and intersection design.

Kennedy has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University and holds licensure in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Outside the office, he serves on the Design Review Board for Chamblee and resides in Chamblee, GA.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Raleigh]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-raleigh http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-raleigh Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - Raleigh, NC - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Allison Wagner to its civil engineering team in Raleigh.

In her new role, Wager will work with the civil engineering team on a variety of transportation engineering projects including feasibility studies and design work for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

Wagner has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-23T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Get to Know Emerging Rochester Architect and AFGR Board Member, Sara Katz, AIA]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-get-to-know-emerging-rochester-architect-and-afgr-board-member-sara-katz-aia http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-get-to-know-emerging-rochester-architect-and-afgr-board-member-sara-katz-aia Meet Sara Katz, a highly talented and sought-after architectural team member in CPL’s Rochester office. Since joining the firm in 2016, Sara has made a great stride in her career, showcasing her strong passion for design, and working on a variety of projects that positively impact the Rochester community.

Her dedication to this profession is further demonstrated through her involvement in professional affiliations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA), and the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester (AFGR).

An exemplary leader both in the office and the design community, Sara shares her story on what inspired her to become an architect and how she hopes to advocate for the architectural community in her newly appointed role as a board member on the AFGR.

What led you to pursue a career in architecture?
This is probably cliché, but I always enjoyed drawing and sketching, and somehow, it developed into drawing and sketching spatial relationships. In high school, my homemade, paper bag text book covers were always covered with floor plans of some sort.

When did you become involved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Rochester Chapter?
I was involved with the AIA Rochester Chapter as the Associate Director from 2011-2013.I met so many wonderful people and some of my closest colleagues and friends.It was a whirlwind of time planning educational events, waking the Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA) group from its hiatus and bringing energy and excitement to an architectural industry struggling through an economic downturn.

Tell us more about the Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA) group and your involvement.
ERA aims to connect people who are new to the architectural profession, and invites them to participate in fun sketch socials, networking events, educational opportunities and local tours. The group also offers support through the registration process including hosting ARE study sessions and mentorship programs.

As Associate Director, I helped revive the ERA group in 2012 alongside fellow CPL team members, Jason Streb, AIA and Ben Deuel, as well as many other committed and energetic aspiring architects at local area firms. I really enjoyed being part of a talented group of young professionals who all share a common passion for this profession and our community.

What got you interested in joining the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester (AFGR)?
Once my term as the AIA Rochester Associate Director was over, I continued to attend and help plan ERA/AIA events, but soon work, studying for licensure exams and life in general seemed to absorb my time. I wasn’t as active in recent years, but I attended the AIA Annual Meeting in 2017 and was inspired by all the activity and involvement of our local chapter and its members. At the Holiday Party that year, Linda Hewitt (AIA Rochester Executive Director) informed me there was a spot opening up on the Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester Board (AFGR or Foundation for short).

I quickly learned that The Foundation is a group of highly passionate architects/designers who want to see our community grow and flourish while spending much of their own time and resources reaching out to others to help spread the word. I'm excited to be able to play a part in a group that represents such strong values.

For those not familiar, tell us more about The Foundation.
Our mission statement is as follows, “The Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester’s mission is to promote and enhance the practice of architecture as a cultural, artistic and business resource in the region. We advocate for the architectural community and built environment and provide scholarship opportunities to regional students pursuing a career in Architecture. We also partner with government, professional, education, community and arts organizations to increase our reach and impact”

As Tom Zimmerman, The Foundation’s current President, stated, “The Scholarship Program begun by AIA Rochester is the keystone of the Foundation’s efforts. We work closely with local education at the high school and college level to provide programs and support for students.”

Now that you’re AFGR board member, what do you hope to achieve in this role?
During my time on the Board, I hope to help promote awareness and aid in the Foundation’s growth financially. I hope to encourage people to step out of the box and explore their creativity while providing guidance and lessons learned from my mentors.

Any other exciting stuff happening in the Rochester design community?
Yes! AIA Rochester is actually celebrating its centennial year, which has spurred lots of fun, local celebratory events. With our own Jason Streb serving as the current President of AIA Rochester, I’m proud that CPL has been making a huge presence and many of our team members are taking time out of their own personal lives to partake in the activities.


The most recent Installation Design Competition was a huge success! I believe about nine firms participated and it was easy to see the thoughtful effort that went into each design. I am obviously a bit partial towards CPL’s Ghost Gable design as I think it serves as a great tribute to the vacant and demolished homes in Rochester that have ultimately led to the City revitalizing its neighborhoods. It pays homage to our local history while marking new community beginnings!

The Fashion Show is our next large event, which will take place in October. CPL Rochester and Buffalo are collaborating as one team for this special occasion, where local firms and AIA/IIDA members will showcase their “Project Runway” designs, all of which will draw inspiration from local Rochester architecture. Again, the extra effort outside the office and excitement within our team and architectural community is something I haven’t seen in a while.

As a passionate leader and influencer in the Rochester design community, what’s one of the most important things you’ve learned thus far about your profession?
Wow, it’s tough to pin point one thing! I guess for me, it’s been important to recognize that this is a very fast pace industry, which makes keeping up with the latest technologies, building materials and construction processes critical. Learning never stops and even when you think you are proficient in certain areas, there’s always more to learn and discover!

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2019-08-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Field of Dreams Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility Grand Opening]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-field-of-dreams-assisted-living-and-memory-care-facility-grand-opening http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-field-of-dreams-assisted-living-and-memory-care-facility-grand-opening
Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Wednesday, August, 28, 2019 - Olean, NY - The highly anticipated Field of Dreams officially opened its doors to the public earlier this month during an exciting grand opening ceremony in Allegany, NY.


The new, 88,000 square foot assisted living and memory care facility, located at 3260 North Seventh Street, had been under construction since April of 2018 and now serves as an upscale, country homestead for seniors ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.


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Owned and operated by the Tanglewood Group of Jamestown, NY, this two-story, 140-bed facility offers both memory care and non-memory care assisted living. With approximately half of the building dedicated to individuals in need of basic personal care services (ie. medical monitoring and medication management), the other half offers services to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory care needs.


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Featuring private rooms as well as suites with bathrooms, the facility also comes equipped with several dining rooms, common areas, a fitness center, beauty shop, chapel, recreation lounge and resident bank.

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As one of the largest projects the community of Allegany has ever encountered, initial plans for the $17 million facility emerged back in 2016. CPL was thrilled to sign on as the lead architect assisting in all areas of design as well as value engineering and construction administration.


CPL Vice President and Principal-in-Charge, Tom McElheny, P.E., alongside Project Manager, Ryne Wight, RA, were both instrumental in marketing the project and leading the team through each phase successfully. Additional key team members at CPL included Tim Przepiora, Michelle Ezzo, AIA, and Brian Cooney, P.E..

“Our team thrives on these community asset efforts,” said Wight. “This Field of Dreams facility is the perfect example of a difference making regional project.”

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A project of this magnitude also required a strong collaborative effort with construction manager, Kinley Corporation, interior designer, Carrie Edwards, and staff with the Tanglewood Group including President, Nick Ferreri, Chief Operating Officer, Terri Ingersoll, and Director of Facilities, Brad Lawson.

“We loved working with the design-build team of Kinley Corp. and CPL on this project,” said Ingersoll. “We had a lot of fun and will make many dreams come true.”

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“The entire core team of this project was top notch,” explained Rodney Gleason, Project Manager at Kinley Corporation. “From Tanglewood the ownership group, to CPL, Kinley’s internal team, and the subcontractors and vendors, it was a pleasure working with everyone, and it wouldn’t have been a success otherwise.”

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In an age where the availability of commendable assisted living is few and far between, the timing of this facility to open could not be more perfect for seniors living in Cattaraugus, Allegany, Chautauqua and Wyoming Counties. Residents can now spend spring/summer afternoons strolling through the tranquil courtyards, find peace in the beautiful fall colors of the surrounding hills, and feel comfort near the cozy fireplace during the cold winter months.

“The layout of this building marries assisted living, a central core area and memory care, each with different uses and traffic flow in one facility,” said Mike Giardini, Chief Operating Officer at Kinley Corporation.“CPL’s design did a wonderful job balancing these considerations and end user needs.”


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2019-08-28T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Buffalo’s First Archway Honors African American Heritage]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-buffalos-first-archway-honors-african-american-heritage http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-buffalos-first-archway-honors-african-american-heritage When the construction crane gently lowered the 45’ long steel arch into place between two dramatic 14’ tall columns, local artist Valeria Cray was nearly in tears. Her design, which celebrates not only Buffalo’s rich African American history but also every person’s fight for freedom, had become a permanent reality.

Spanning Michigan Avenue between Broadway and William Street in Buffalo’s historic African American Heritage Corridor, the $322,000 project represents the City’s very first full-span archway.


The Michigan Street African American Heritage area is a convergence of several Buffalo geographic locations and embodies the important ideologies of Freedom, Cultural Expression and Self-Determination while paying homage to the Civil Rights movement and several other cultural and artistic renaissance periods.

The Heritage Corridor’s festivals, cultural events and artistic programming draw residents and visitors alike. It is located near high-profile attractions including WUFO, the city's first black-owned radio station; the Colored Musicians Club, a union hall for black musicians when unions were segregated, the Nash House Museum and its exhibits depicting the abolitionist and civil rights movements, and the Michigan Street Baptist Church, a stop on the Underground Railroad.


CPL provided engineering expertise for the project including the foundation design, streetscaping, electrical specifications and structural design for the decorative supporting columns and arch. Construction partners on the job were local fabricator Lazarus Industries and general contractor NOVA Site Company.

Several challenges were overcome during the design process such as determining the best way to make the structure sustainable and as maintenance free as possible. It was also important to maintain the archway’s artistic beauty and be mindful of cost efficiencies and client needs.

The final product serves as a prominent wayfinding point and beacon for the Corridor. Illuminating at night, the new Archway over Michigan Street is a great example of the type of community-centric work that CPL thrives on.

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2019-08-12T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Energy Performance Contacting - How to Unlock Capital to Renew Facilities and Reduce Energy Costs]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-energy-performance-contacting-how-to-unlock-capital-to-renew-facilities-and-reduce-energy-costs-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-energy-performance-contacting-how-to-unlock-capital-to-renew-facilities-and-reduce-energy-costs-1 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could modernize your building systems and realize long-term energy savings? Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could do that without the need for capital expenditures or even political complications that arise during the budgeting process?

Fortunately, this ideal situation is the reality for many of our clients here at CPL. For years, we have helped a wide range of K-12 education and municipal clients across New York State recognize and take advantage of opportunities to secure funding for energy saving projects.

How do we do this?

Developing innovative finance models and understanding the public budgeting process are both key aspects to uncovering these types of potential projects. As a result, we have used Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as a vehicle to help facility owners use utility and operations savings to pay for the cost of a building’s energy efficiency improvements.


The Biggest Benefits
A thoughtfully comprised EPC project can help our clients save substantially on utility costs alone. Through the replacement or retrofit of mechanical systems, lighting or water systems and fixtures, we’re able to rebuild aging infrastructure, improve building comfort and maximize energy efficiency all while reducing overall operating costs. Furthermore, these strategic system improvements also lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing a building’s carbon footprint.

But perhaps the biggest benefit of an EPC project from a client’s perspective is the risk averse approach it guarantees. EPC’s serve as an enabler for an investment in energy efficiency, supplying capital where it otherwise would be unavailable and nearly eliminating financial risk for the building owner. In other words, an EPC is a self-funded project that allows you to use your current capital for what it is intended to be allocated for.

The Common Challenge
All too often, EPC projects are developed by contractors or energy service companies who have minimal knowledge of the facilities. As a result, the EPC project scope is developed based on one-for-one equipment replacements, and not by looking at how the equipment operates within a system or in conjunction with other ancillary equipment or systems.

In addition, a typical EPC contractor will likely focus on their area of expertise (e.g. mechanical equipment, HVAC controls, etc.) and then utilize other subcontractors to review and calculate other systems savings such as lighting, photovoltaic, and/or building envelope. With multiple players involved, ensuring that the proposed energy conservation measures are part of an integrated approach becomes more and more complicated.

The Sensible Solution
As a full-service architecture and engineering firm, CPL knows how to take a whole-building approach to recommend energy conservation measures. Instead of one-for-one replacements, we focus on identifying ways to ensure all system improvements are in sync and client-centric.

Based on your unique circumstances, we can provide all of the services required to determine whether or not an EPC is a potential project approach. We can also assist with the soliciting and selection of a reliable EPC Contractor, and steer the development of the EPC scope based on a wholistic approach.

CPL truly enjoys the process of helping our clients identify energy related projects and develop them responsibly. For more information, please contact Vice President and Lead M/E/P Engineer, Dave Hart, P.E., at DHart@CPLteam.com

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2019-08-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Sara Katz's 'Why' Story ]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-sara-katzs-why-story http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-sara-katzs-why-story After serving as the Associate Director of the AIA Rochester Chapter from 2010-2012, CPL's Sara Katz, AIA is now a board member of The Architectural Foundation of Greater Rochester.

Click here to read Sara's 'Why' story, which explains how she became involved with AIA Rochester and why she is excited to be part of The Foundation.

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2019-08-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Charlotte]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-charlotte-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-charlotte-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Monday, July 15, 2019 - Charlotte, NC - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Andrea Turner to its marketing team in Charlotte.

In her new role, Turner will lead the coordination and production of branded proposals as well as specialized marketing collateral for clients, conferences and trade shows. With more than 13 years of marketing experience, she most recently served as a marketing coordinator at Clark Nexsen. Turner has an associate’s degree in business from Louisburg College and a bachelor’s degree in merchandising and interior design from East Carolina University.

Outside the office, Turner has been member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) for three years and is currently the SMPS Director of Education. She also volunteers at Urban Ministries, Friendship Trays, Hopematch and Hands on Charlotte. Turner resides in SouthPark, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-15T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-buffalo-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-buffalo-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Monday, July 8, 2019 - Buffalo, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Sara Svisco to its architectural team in Buffalo.

In her new role, Svisco will provide architectural planning and design solutions for a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, she served as an architectural intern for three years. Svisco has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo. She resides in Buffalo, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-08T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Rochester]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-rochester-3 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-rochester-3 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - Rochester, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its Rochester office: Christian Jankuloski who joins the architectural team and MaryBeth Carroll who joins the finance team.

In his new role, Jankuloski will provide architectural planning and design solutions for a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, he served as an architectural intern while earning his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Alfred State College. Jankuloski resides in Webster, NY.

As a member of the finance team, Carroll will handle a variety of accounting tasks including expense claims, check requests and vendor payment inquires. She joins CPL after serving as an accounts receivable processor at Golden Memories Transportation (GMT). Carroll has an executive administration degree from Bryant Stratton College and resides in Hilton, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-09T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two Architects in Raleigh, NC to Lead Growing Science + Technology Practice]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-architects-in-raleigh-nc-to-lead-growing-science-technology-practice http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-architects-in-raleigh-nc-to-lead-growing-science-technology-practice Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
585.324.0433

Monday, July 22, 2019 - Raleigh, NC - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is excited to announce the addition of two distinguished architects to its growing Raleigh, NC office. Michael Nagy, RA and David Alder, AIA, LEED AP have joined the architectural team and immediately enhance the firm’s experience and expertise in the higher education and science-technology markets.

Nagy and Alder join CPL after previously working together for eight years. The dynamic duo brings an impressive 60+ years of combined experience serving a variety of higher education, healthcare and corporate clients.

As a leader in the healthcare market sector, with a rapidly expanding higher education practice, CPL now offers unmatched expertise in the design of laboratory, clean room, BSL facilities, biological research and advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing spaces.

“North Carolina continues to be a centerpiece to our growth strategy in the Southeast,” said Tim Knapp, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Vice President at CPL. “Science and technology have many connections to our already established university and healthcare practices and provide our research-based clients with the solutions they require.”

In addition to CPL’s offices in Charlotte and Greensboro, the Raleigh office has experienced steady growth over the last five years, allowing the firm to look for additional space to meet expansion needs.

Michael Nagy, RA
Nagy joins CPL following a 38-year career progression as a practicing science & technology programmer, planner and architect. He most recently served as a senior associate at Flad Architects where he led programming efforts on many complex university and biotech projects.

Some of Nagy’s most notable experience includes design work for the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center expansion, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Koury School of Dentistry as well as strategic planning for the vivarium space expansion project at the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Primate Center. In addition, Nagy played an integral role in the planning and design of the 185,000 square foot, state-of-the-art interdisciplinary Plan Science Building at North Carolina State University.

Nagy holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pennsylvania State University and resides in Chapel Hill, NC.

David Alder, AIA, LEED AP
For more than 24 years, Alder has been responsible for the design of high-profile architectural projects, with an emphasis on the programming, planning and design of science, health and technology facilities. Prior to joining CPL, he served as a design manager at Flad Architects.

Alder’s award-winning design portfolio includes the Computational Science Building for the National Institute of Health, the interdisciplinary Plan Science Building at North Carolina State University, as well as the Syngenta Innovation Center and North American Headquarter. His achievements in the higher education and science-technology markets have been a direct result of his architectural talent, collaborative work style and strong desire to make every project a resounding success.

Alder received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and resides in both Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 430+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: All-Woman Project Management Team Resurrects Community Healthcare at St. Mary’s Hospital]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-all-woman-project-management-team-resurrects-community-healthcare-at-st-marys-hospital http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-all-woman-project-management-team-resurrects-community-healthcare-at-st-marys-hospital CPL teamed with Rochester Regional Health (RRH) to create RRH's new pediatric, OB/GYN and Healthcare for the Homeless offices at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, NY, and celebrated a ribbon cutting this summer.

The project that centered on community outreach and accessible, high-quality healthcare for the City of Rochester and surrounding areas also featured an all-woman design and construction management team. These women included CPL’s Michelle Trott, AIA, NCARB, ACHA, Healthcare Principal; Jennifer LaChance, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, Architect; and Courtney Ter-Velde, NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate, Interior Designer. The project management team extended to Melissa Wentland, Project/Construction Manager at DGA Builders and Michelle Schleher, LEED AP, RRH Senior Construction Project Manager. Furthermore, the core user team at St. Mary’s was all-woman.


The Framework was Female

“I was honored to work on a project for women, with women,” said Ter-Velde. “At first, I didn’t realize the dynamic. I was aware while talking to the construction manager and project managers that they are women, but it didn’t stand out to me as something surprising.”

“With any project, personnel are picked based on who is the best person for job, who is the best team, who are the best resources,” continued Ter-Velde. “It happened to be all female.”

At CPL, it’s no rarity that women serve in leadership roles, Trott and LaChance assured. But this is often not the case.

“It was refreshing to work with an all-woman leadership team!” said Schleher. “Women are naturally great communicators, and this particular design team was extremely accommodating and collaborated with each other often to keep the project on schedule and in budget.”

This project was special because it integrated women leaders in and outside of the company to work with women users on the client side, and eventually benefit women patients.


“Women design and construction teams are an anomaly, but if more all-female teams were to exist in the future, I believe it would open the eyes of other females to realize that STEM careers can be exciting and rewarding,” said Schleher.

“As President of the Rochester chapter of the NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction), my eyes are always open to women in the construction and design fields. I noticed right away that the leadership team was all-women and was very excited to be a part of it,” said Wentland. “Our particular team worked very well together and we could provide many future successful projects together if given the chance. As much as I want to say women should lead every project, I don’t think we were successful because we were all women, but because we worked together for the better of the project and we were a cohesive team. As with any group or team though, it is diverse background and points of view that will change the future of construction, management, design, engineering, or anything for that matter. Men and women of different backgrounds and expertise need to be able to share their knowledge and learn from each other in order to grow,” Wetland said.


St. Mary’s First Floor Resurrected

With the project completed, community and RRH staff alike will take advantage of the transformed space.

“This project was important to the community because it makes better use of a facility that has so much history in Rochester since it was founded in 1857,” explained Wentland.

The 161-year-old building houses many programs to support the surrounding community. This project took space within a section of the building that needed serious upgrades and was able to move in two practices that were outside of the building.

“My favorite part of this project was seeing the transformation from start to finish,” said LaChance. “We made use of an underutilized space that was mostly vacant and used for storage. Now, it is a vibrant space in a perfect location for outpatient access.”

The project began in early 2018 with a grant from New York State and the goal of culminating many healthcare services into one place as a “one stop shop” for disadvantaged community members. As a benefit, these adjoining healthcare offices are able to share resources, and the staff has the collective support they need in one space.

“We literally gutted the entire thing,” explained LaChance. “We cleared the footprint and started from scratch, and it came out great.”


Reconstruction included a floor plan that allowed staff to access any area from the center hub, while secure entrances separated the obstetrics unit, pediatrics unit, and community outreach unit. Trott and LaChance listened to the needs of the end-users at St. Mary’s and created a functional, modern, and efficient space.

“What I find fascinating is when the community has access to clean, modern, and safe healthcare facilities, return rates increase. They are more apt to come back and get the preventative care and healthcare they need,” Trott said.

“Your socio-economic standing shouldn’t dictate the quality of care or the quality of the facility. We were able to provide a facility for a community that oftentimes is underrepresented,” said Ter-Velde. “The state of the building you’re in has a real impact on your emotional and physical well-being.”

This is why the design of the renovated offices emitted welcoming, comfortable spaces that are less institutionalized, and integrate with wellness and health.

“This renovated space will be impactful to the patients it serves because it is bright, welcoming and equipped with the proper tools and equipment to serve the community,” said Schleher. “The Rochester Regional staff that reside in and around this new space have also been invigorated and look forward to working there.”


An Outstanding Team

“The management team was easy to work with, and we completed the project on time, within budget, and without any problems,” said Trott. “The construction went smoothly and the coordination with the users was great.”

“It is always a pleasure to work with the CPL team,” said Schleher. “They are knowledgeable, accommodating and great team players .Looking forward to working on the next one with them!”

Every interaction with CPL has been friendly, professional, timely, and knowledgeable,” Wentland added. “The team was on the same page and I hope to work with CPL on many more projects!”

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2019-07-30T00:00:00-04:00