Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2019 2019-04-24T02:00:28-04:00 <![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Rochester]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Thursday, April 11, 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: Rutu Tadkod who joins the architectural team and Heather Cornwell who joins the administrative team.

In her new role, Tadkod will provide space planning and architectural design solutions for a variety of project types. With more than 6 years of industry experience, she most recently served as a job captain for Fisher Architects, Inc. in Moorpark, CA.

Tadkod earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pune University in India. She resides in Brighton, NY.

As a member of the administrative team, Cornwell will provide support to the firm’s civil engineering and transportation engineering project teams in the form of office management, critical clerical work and scheduling meetings or events.

Cornwell earned a medical administrative assistant associates degree from Bryant & Stratton College and is a Certified Medical Reimbursement Specialist (CMRS). She resides in Fairport, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ 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 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Raleigh]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Monday, April 8, 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 two new team members to its Raleigh office: Mitch Caldwell who joins the architectural team and Richard Aliff who joins the plumbing engineering team.

In his new role, Caldwell will support the architectural team on a variety of project types with a focus on the healthcare market sector. Prior to joining CPL, he served as an architectural associate with Flad Architects.

Caldwell has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UNC Charlotte, and two master’s degrees from NC State University: one in architecture and one in landscape architecture. He also acquired a City Design Certificate form NC State University and resides in Raleigh, NC.

As a member of the plumbing engineering team, Aliff will provide plumbing and fire protection design for a variety of project types. With more than 33 years of industry experience, he most recently served as a senior piping designer with BNK, Inc.

In addition to his 30+ years of professional experience, Aliff previously served as a Charter Board Member for the Raleigh ASPE Chapter and was a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. He resides in Zebulon, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ 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 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Rochester a Pendulum of Old and New Design]]> CPL architectural team member and AIA Rochester President, Jason Streb, AIA, started a new article series in Friday’s Rochester Business Journal (RBJ). He will be reporting on impactful local issues and topics related to architecture and design.

Click here to read his inaugural viewpoint piece!

<![CDATA[BLOG: Meet the Pets - CPL's Exotic Animal Lovers]]> When you think of pets, do you think of cats, dogs and goldfish? Some of our CPL team members think outside the fur when it comes to Fido. Let’s meet some of the exotic CPL critters.


Nicole Eller, marketing team member, doesn’t have just one interesting pet—she has several. 33 unusual pets, to be exact, which includes nine snakes (eight ball pythons and a boa), six chameleons, 14 crested geckos, a baby tortoise, a tokay gecko, and, finally, two rats, originally meant to be snake food.

Eller credits her interest in many animals to her childhood, when she would shoo snakes out of the shed before her father found them with the lawn mower. Her mother worked at a veterinarian’s office and would frequently teach Eller about animals. A pet lover herself, Eller’s mother would bring home painted turtles, various lizards, and a few bearded dragons over the years.

But, Eller wasn’t allowed to have any snakes until she moved out. Now, Eller has had snakes for 15 years, in addition to her reptile collection.

“At one point, when living in Maryland, I had 60 snakes and two bearded dragons,” she said.

Reptile lovers typically turn their hobby into a business by breeding and selling their animals. Eller has successfully bred snakes and crested geckos already. Her newest endeavor is breeding veiled and panther chameleons. She has 100 eggs in the incubator and a hope that many of them will hatch.

Contrary to popular belief, chameleons don’t actually take on the colors of their surroundings, but they do “fire up” specific colors based on their mood.

“In the future, I hope to specialize in breeding clowns and blue-eyed Lucys,” she said, which are two morphs of ball pythons. “And, I hope to become well known for breeding healthy and beautiful chameleons,” she added.

For pets, Eller said she is hoping to get a blue-tongued skink and leaf-tail gecko in the future.


Brittany Nowicki, interior design team member, has what she describes as “cat-dog-slinkys” as her interesting pets. Willow, Coconut, and Olive are her three ferrets, ranging in ages from 3.5 to 4.5.

Nowicki researched the type of pets she could have in college with strict adoption rules and landed on ferrets.

“I wanted a cuddly creature in college,” she said, “And I fell in love with ferrets at the local pet shop.”

Nowicki describes the animals to be affectionate, extremely curious and smart.

“They never fail to make me laugh and brighten my day. They’re easily trained, use a litter box, and while they sleep in a cage (a two-story enclosure with tons of ramps and hammocks to sleep in), they roam the house whenever I’m home,” she said.

Nowicki enjoys taking them for walks in warm weather in their harnesses. When they’re not outside, they love to play with their squeaker toys, play in tubes, and wag their tails. Ferrets also make a noise called a dook when they get excited or playful.

“It almost sounds like a little turkey gobble, but a lot cuter,” she said.


Jason Benza, architectural team member, has been practicing falconry for more than 10 years, and currently owns two hawks: brother, Zues and sister, Hara. The birds live in a 12’ cube inspected and permitted enclosure where they can rest safely.

Benza first became interested in falconry when he took an ornithology class as a biology elective in college. Although he first signed up for an easy A, after the first field trip, Benza was hooked.

“I thought it was the coolest thing in the world,” he said.

Benza immediately started working toward his falconry license, normally a 12-month process including a test, certifications, and a sponsor, as well as securing both a state and a federal permit. Enamored by the hobby, Benza completed the steps in just five months. Since then, he has progressed from an apprentice to a general, with a master license in the very near future.

Before joining the CPL team, Benza worked as a professional falconer in New York City and New Jersey, chiefly focusing on bird abatement at airports and an Air Force base.

“It’s important to keep the pest birds away from runways where aircrafts are in use,” said Benza. “The falcons scare away pest birds and reduce safety issues for aircrafts.”

Aside from important safety jobs like these, falconers also have a positive impact on the breeding and care of predator birds.

Once a critically endangered species due to DDT pesticides and lead poisoning, peregrine falcons are now up to a healthy population thanks to falconers. “At one time, there were 350 breeding pairs in the Eastern US (40-50 nest sites in NY). By 1965, ALL were gone because of DDT,” according to the NYS DEC website.

“Rochester played an important role in the reintroduction of Peregrine Falcons to eastern North America after the species was nearly wiped out in the 1970s from the use of DDT,” explained the website. “The Kodak Tower birds were brought in by the peregrine fund in 1995 and, to date, Kodak has had 67 fledglings come from it.”

Although Benza is not breeding any birds right now, he does still use them for good. When not hunting, Benza’s hawks accompany him to educational events. He is currently involved in a program to introduce inner-city youth to forests and local animals.

Benza trains his hawks with a process called Operant Conditioning, where he builds trust with the bird on a tethering system before it’s safe to let the bird fly on its own.

“After they feel comfortable, you start increasing the distance away from where they are perched, and next thing you know, you’re outside in nature just going for a hike with a really cool hunting partner and companion that follows you,” Benza explained. “It makes me feel like a proud father!”

There are several ways to signal a hawk, including: summoning the bird to your glove, telling the bird to fly past you, alerting to find prey, and sending the bird high into the air. These calls are either human-voice whistles or arm movements.

Benza has had eight hawks and one falcon in his time as a falconer. In the future, Benza dreams of having a Golden Eagle, which he can own once reaching the master level in his licensing.

“For more information on falconry, call me!” he said.

Honorable Mentions

Eric Randall’s late house rabbits, Gretchen and Heidi

Carrie Ann Spitz’s bunny, Mr. Juniper Hops, who just celebrated his second birthday

Caroline Cox’s hedgehog, Loaf, and duck, Ella

Joylyn Troyer’s rabbit, Binky

Anne Dafchik’s chinchillas, Slate and Alabaster

<![CDATA[BLOG: Catching up with Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP BD+C, NCIDQ]]> Passionate, talented, committed and experienced – four words that would adequately describe an ideal candidate on any job posting. Over the years, CPL has been fortunate to have many team members who possess these very qualities, with one being Carly Owczarczak.

As a valued member of the firm’s interior design team, Carly has acquired more than a decade of experience since graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the College of Architecture at Kent State University. Her M.O. to succeed in this industry has always centered around her desire to promote health, safety and welfare through the planning and design of interior environments.

“Supporting and enhancing the human experience is what first peaked my interest in interior design,” Carly said. “It’s always fascinated me how creating environments that are conducive for users can end up positively influencing human behavior and emotions.”

Having been with CPL for the past seven years, Carly has had the opportunity to design a diverse range of interior environments for healthcare, education, municipal, community and historic preservation projects. Her ability to apply a keen design sense to any market sector has been one of her biggest strengths.

One of Carly’s favorite projects to date was developing the interiors program for the Town of West Seneca Library and Community Center. As part of CPL’s standard approach, the design team participated in a vision dialogue session with the client to kick off the project and establish goals.

“Visual dialogue sessions are one of the best ways to engage and excite the client about the project,” she said. “As designers and architects, they not only help us fully understand the client’s vision, but they also allow us to better execute a more seamless, integrated approach.”

During the project’s design, Carly was instrumental in designing the circulation desk located near the facility’s entrance. She remembered fondly, “In our construction documents, we noted that designers were to install donated books prior to the millworker encasing them in glass. Maybe it’s the designer in me, but I was truly excited to go through every book option to organize the best layout possible.”

From libraries to government buildings, Carly also reflected on her role in designing interior renovations for the Orange County Government Center (OCGC) in Goshen, NY, which won the 2018 IIDA Buffalo Interior Design award. The project required a significant amount of building preservation as well as new, modern design concepts that would be compatible with the building’s history.

“Projects like these are some of the most satisfying,” she said. “While the historic preservation component posed unique challenges, our team worked hard to incorporate the building’s original brutalist design into new functional spaces that would best serve the facility’s program and use.”

For Carly, it isn’t just the work that keeps her motivated and fulfilled every day – it’s the people. The opportunities to collaborate with team members from other offices, develop relationships during internal workshops and participate in fun, team building events all contribute to her happiness in the workplace.

“We recently had a company-wide scavenger hunt to raise money for the American Heart Association and to say it was a blast would be an understatement,” Carly said.

The hunt required teams of four to complete a long list of funny challenges and take photos to prove they accomplished each one. Although Carly’s team did not win, she would argue the experience was worth more than the first-place bragging rights.

“This challenge was an awesome way to personally connect with team members outside of our project schedules and deadlines,” she explained. “It made us work together to create a game plan and lean on each other’s strengths, all while laughing hysterically the entire time."

Carly also spends much of her time being a mentor to CPL team members and an advocate for the interior design profession. For the last three years, she has been a board member for the IIDA Buffalo City Center (2nd year as Co-Director) as well as the Chair of BuffCon, which is an IIDA sponsored interior design tradeshow where local designers have the chance to sample the newest trends in material and furniture design.

“If you’re an interior designer in Western New York, BuffCon is one of the best tradeshows to network and get inspired by the latest design trends,” she said, adding that last years sold out event had more than 65 vendors and 400 attendees.

In addition to her impressive portfolio of work and long list of professional affiliations, Carly is a dedicated wife and busy mother of two toddlers. She accredits much of her ability to maintain a healthy work/life balance to CPL’s intentional workplace culture.

When asked to give advice to future designers, Carly explained the importance of surrounding yourself with people you can learn from.

“Early in my career, I learned to be smart enough to know what I didn’t know, and to never be afraid to ask questions,” she said. “At CPL, I’ve had the chance to work with and learn from some of the best designers, architects and engineers. The firm’s commitment to integrating interiors at the start of every project and the seamless collaboration between all disciplines is what ultimately provides the best service to our clients. It’s fulfilling for me to be a part of a team like that.”

<![CDATA[BLOG: Albany Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Department Building Achieves LEED Silver Certification]]> The Albany Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Department building recently achieved LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building, also known as the Massry Family Children’s Emergency Center, is the only pediatric emergency department in northeastern New York and western New England providing emergency care exclusively to children and teenagers to age 18.

Plans to construct this four-story building on Albany Med’s campus started back in 2016. CPL signed on as the consulting engineer and played a major role in providing professional services for planning, civil and site design engineering, storm water design and items of landscape. The facility successfully opened in the Summer of 2018.

From a civil/site design standpoint, the project posed many challenges, with one being the limited space available for the building’s footprint as an existing structure needed to be demolished first. Additionally, the interior campus road needed to remain open during construction due to the nearby loading docks that were accustomed to seeing an abundance of activity throughout the day.

Another challenge was the consideration that needed to be given to the vast amounts of underground utilities beneath the existing site. Items such as steam, chilled water, high voltage electric, concrete encased electric conduits, as well as a storm and sanitary sewer running through the proposed footprint, all served as obstacles throughout the design process.

To combat some of these issues, the storm sewer was redirected and a large portion of the sanitary line was replaced and sleeved below the new building. The remaining sanitary piping was then lined with a cured in place pipe (CIPP), which consisted of a resin-saturated tube that was temporarily inflated to harden and fit perfectly to the interior of the existing pipe.

Above the surface, grading the new site, most notably at the proposed ambulance drop off, added a few more complexities. While this area was originally expected to be 4.5 feet higher than the existing ground, elevations at the nearby loading dock and adjacent building could not be changed to accommodate that. So, CPL designed a small retaining wall to house a backup generator and provide safe ambulance backup and drop off for patients.

After the Pediatric Emergency Department opened, an additional building was demolished to create room for a new valet parking lot. CPL provided storm water design, which required the installation of a large detention chamber. In addition, a block gravity wall was used to level the parking lot and ADA sidewalks were implemented to enhance access to the facility.

Through all the design challenges, CPL civil engineers from multiple offices worked together and never faltered. In the end, a LEED Silver certified project was successfully designed and constructed with the full support of the entire project team, which included architects from Hyman Hayes Associates, M/E/P engineers from Huston Engineering, and structural engineers from Klepper Hahn & Hyatt.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Moore County Recreation Center]]>
A highly anticipated and impactful community project will soon be underway in the County of Moore, NC. Plans to build a new Recreation Center and Splash Pad on the popular Hillcrest Park Campus have officially been approved by Moore County’s Board of Commissioners.

Included in Phase 1 of a larger Master Plan, the project will stand as a complementary and welcomed addition to Hillcrest Park, which is currently home to four field tournament facilities, two playgrounds, picnic shelters and walking trails.

CPL Architect and Senior Associate, Rachel Guillot, AIA, has been an integral part of the project team from the very beginning stages of the visioning process.

“Our team worked closely with the County’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to develop something special that the community would utilize and cherish for years to come,” said Guillot. “From the start, we’ve envisioned the Center to serve as a pillar for growth and community engagement.”

The new Center is set to house two gymnasiums, which will allow for new sports, programs and activities such as basketball, volleyball and a community favorite, pickleball. In addition, both indoor courts have been designed to be built 2-feet below the main entry level, which will further enhance spectator viewing.

Spanning approximately 21,000 square-feet, the facility will also include ample multi-purpose space, administrative offices, restrooms and a concession area.

CPL has led the charge in creating the project’s Master Plan as well as providing services for architectural and interior design. Additional team members have included structural engineers from Lynch Mykins, civil engineers from Wetherill Engineering, and M/E/P engineers from AME Consulting.

Moore County Capital Projects Manager, Richard Smith, has been thrilled with the project team’s level of knowledge, patience and decision-making skills.

“Rachel Guillot and the entire CPL team have masterfully guided the County of Moore through this process,” said Smith. “They were our top choice out of many firms we interviewed and have proven us right again and again. To say we had a good experience would be an understatement – it was a great experience.”

Guillot said construction is expected to start this Spring/Summer, and the Center is likely to open by mid-2020.

“Once completed, this space will have the capacity to accommodate anything from athletic tournaments and youth leagues to summer camps and regional events,” explained Guillot. “It’s going to be a great thing for children and residents from all over the County.”

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Rochester Regional Health - Riedman Health Center]]> Rochester Regional Health's new Riedman Health Center is a “one-stop-shop” for members of the community to receive a variety of essential medical services including pediatric care, primary care, dental care, ophthalmology, radiology, ACM blood draw lab, and pharmacy. Located in the Ridge Goodman Plaza on Eastridge Road in Irondequoit, NY, this former supermarket turned medical center was sustainably designed to include private patient rooms, tranquil hallways, a welcoming lobby with self-check-in kiosks, and serene waiting rooms with ample natural light.

The facility is a model for future similar centers that are focused on the patient experience and improving long term health care outcomes.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Greenville and Woodstock]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Monday, March 4, 2019 - Greenville, SC / Woodstock, GA - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Jeffery Hydrick, P.E. to the electrical engineering team in its Greenville office, and Ian Evans, E.I.T. to the civil engineering team in its Woodstock office.

In his new role, Hydrick will provide electrical consulting and building design for a wide variety of projects in both the municipal and education market sectors. He is a licensed engineer in the state of South Carolina and is currently applying for professional licensure in North Carolina and Georgia. Hydrick earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina and resides in Irmo, SC.

In his new role, Evans will assist the civil engineering team with design, construction documents and construction administration. He joins CPL with more than 5 years of industry experience and most recently served as a project engineer at Travis Pruitt and Associates, where he provided civil design for commercial and industrial projects. Evans has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University and is a certified Engineer in Training (E.I.T.). He resides in Brookhaven, GA.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ 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 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Rochester and Albany]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Rochester, NY / Albany, 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: Jason Benza who joins the architectural team and Timothy Jansen who joins the finance team. The firm also extends a warm welcome to Brendon Mazza who joins the mechanical engineering team in its Albany office.

In his new role, Benza will assist project teams as a specification writer. He will serve as a technical resource for product and material evaluations and selections, maintain proficiency in construction techniques and sequences, and assist with quality control and quality assurance processes. Benza has a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Cortland and resides in Springwater, NY. Outside the office, he is a volunteer fireman.

As a member of the finance team, Jansen will provide billing support to the firm. Prior to joining CPL, he served as an accounting assistant at Davidson Fink, LLP, where he managed billing for all Partners. Jansen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing management from Pace University. He resides in Rochester, NY.

In his new role, Mazza will assist the mechanical engineering team with the design of various mechanical systems for a wide range of construction projects. Prior to joining CPL, he served as an engineering reviewer for the New York State Department of Education, where he performed plan reviews for school construction projects. Mazza has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Binghamton University and resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ 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 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BLOG: A Day in the Life of Tony Marchetti]]> Tony Marchetti, PE is an electrical engineer, a husband, a father and an early bird. One of the first in the Rochester [St. Paul] office every day for work, Marchetti is the kind of malleable engineer that works well both alone and with his team.

He’s started every day for the past 23 years with a cup of black coffee and the determination to provide each of his clients with successful projects on time and on budget. He sneaks in some quiet time early to focus on his specific design projects and tasks before the office fills up. Then, he moves on to collaborating with the electrical team, addressing project schedules and deadlines, coaching and mentoring team members and practicing quality control.

Where did it all start?
Born into a family with an extensive construction background, Marchetti originally became interested in the electrical field while working with his family on home construction projects in high school. Although he described himself to be “clueless like most high school kids,” wondering if he should pursue the military or college, he pushed forward with applying to colleges.

Marchetti graduated from Alfred State with a Bachelor of Engineering degree with an electrical engineering focus in 1993 and entered the workforce with an electrical contracting job. Soon enough, he made his way to Babinsky-Klein Engineering in Buffalo, NY. CPL—then Clark Patterson Associates—acquired the firm in 1997, and Marchetti stuck around. The company change led soon-to-be-parents Marchetti and his wife, Terri, to move to Rochester, NY, and we’ve been stuck with him since.

What’s your strategy at work, and how has your position changed in the past two decades?
When Marchetti started, design engineering was a small department.Not only has he seen the department grow from just a few people to over a dozen, but he has seen the variety of work grow as well.

“I started out with a lot of K-12 and municipal projects,” he said. “Now, in addition to expanding our K-12 projects, we have seen extensive growth in healthcare, more aspects of municipal projects, and the addition of higher education projects.”

As a team leader, Marchetti spends time reviewing projects, participating in initial planning meetings, and spearheading the beginnings of projects. Marchetti said healthcare is especially interesting to him because in healthcare design, he is exposed to all electrical systems in that area of design, ever-changing systems and communication technologies, and normal and emergency power distribution.

“I put a huge emphasis on field work when beginning any project,” he said. “We need to do a good job at gathering all the information we can, taking things apart, and being as thorough as possible. This saves headaches with design and construction down the road and overall makes for a quality, clean project.”

Aside from coordinating with the electrical engineering team, Marchetti said he enjoys managing his own electrical projects, facilitating schedules and budgets, and being involved with the design from the onset.

“I can honestly say I am exactly where I want to be,” he said. “I come to work happy with what I do every day.”

What was the most memorable project in your career?
Marchetti remembers the 1999 Olean General Hospital project like it was yesterday. His first ever healthcare project, it served as a tremendous learning experience.

“I saw myself grow as an engineer more than any other project,” he said. “From what I was exposed to from design through construction, it taught me a lot of things I still use today.”

Marchetti had to learn healthcare codes on the spot, wire and conduit sizes, and the value of asking questions and double-checking your work. This was also the first time he ever worked directly with a construction manager as well as with another HVAC consulting engineering firm involved with the project.

“Challenges like this keep us fresh, and keeps us in tune of what we’re doing,” he said, adding he never wants to stop being involved with design and learning while working in this field.

What projects have you worked on recently?
Marchetti said he enjoys the electrical work on the University of Rochester’s college campus, and the first big medical project at the University of Rochester’s Imaging Building.

Staying aligned with healthcare, he’s also working at Rochester Regional Health’s (RRH) Rochester General Hospital, multiple RRH off-site facilities, and United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) and Clifton Spring Hospitals.

Conversely, Marchetti is getting more involved with higher education, including the Francis Hall renovation project at St. Bonaventure University—a new client for CPL.

And unlike anything he has done for other previous projects, Marchetti was instrumental to the Seneca Park Zoo expansion project.

“I went into this project a bit scared!” he said. “I had to keep in mind that these buildings contain animals, and learn what power and lighting is necessary for rhinos, giraffes, and zebras. What do they need and what am I was missing here? It turned out to be a fun, successful project.”

What do you like to do outside of work?
When he’s not in the office, he’s probably not indoors either. Marchetti enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his two sons, Anthony and Jake. This usually means attending sporting events including hockey, lacrosse, and baseball.

The three young men especially like bow hunting, a family tradition that Marchetti started when he was 12. This hobby eventually turned into competitive archery, where him and his oldest son are involved with both state and local competition.

When the ruckus is over, Marchetti likes quiet escapes to the family cottage in the Southern Tier, and staying busy with cottage and home improvement projects.

What advice would you give to anyone who wants to be an electrical engineer?
“Not only is electrical engineering a respected, fun and challenging field, but it’s a field that will always be in demand,” he said.

Marchetti added that he would encourage people to pursue their professional engineering license, enhancing their chances to for opportunity in their field, especially while working at consulting firms.

What is your favorite part of working at CPL?
“I like what I do electrically, but the biggest reward is the people I work with,” he said. “Everyone gets along great.”

Marchetti added that working for a full-service firm makes it that much better to work with clients and team members alike, with all disciplines under one roof.

“The culture at CPL has made it a great, enjoyable, fun place to work,” he said.

If we’re lucky, we’ll be stuck with Marchetti for another 23 great years.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Mercedes-Benz Stadium Pedestrian Bridge at Northside Drive]]> Designed to make an architectural statement, the new 1,200 f.t. pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive serves as a safe connector between the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train station and Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium – the home of Super Bowl LIII. This essential, eye-catching infrastructure piece was the solution to provide safe access across a once imposing, six-lane barrier.

As the lead transportation engineer and designer, CPL designed the $23 million pedestrian bridge to include an architectural cladding system, which is a composition of solid and perforated diamond shaped aluminum panels enclosing the bridge spans. During the day, the cladding enclosure casts decorative shadow and light patterns onto the bridge deck while at night, light permeates the cladding, emitting a soft glow.

There are several diamond patterns implemented throughout the project to create a cohesive appearance that relates to the stadium’s architectural language. For example, the mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) and parapet walls contain diamond patterns turning otherwise bland walls into dynamic texture and shadow rich backdrops.

The bridge also includes several aesthetic LED lighting components throughout. Beneath the roof of the skin, cove lighting washes the interior ceiling and walls with controllable color LED lights that create an internal glow for the enclosure. The exterior of the bridge enclosure and ramps are encircled with continuous controllable color LED strip lighting, which reinforces movement along its serpentine form. The unique lighting system creates a truly customizable experience during events allowing for hundreds of different lighting combinations to celebrate any given occasion.

Designed and constructed under a fast-paced design-build delivery method, this project’s tight schedule wasn’t the only challenge presented. Substantial coordination was required with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), MARTA, City of Atlanta, Georgia World Congress Center, Home Depot Backyard Construction, and the general contractor: Georgia Bridge and Concrete.

Since the bridge sits directly on top of the MARTA, a lightweight geofoam fill material was used in the western ramp to reduce loadings on the underground tunnel. Without this unique construction method, permitting by MARTA would have likely been denied.

Additionally, the 17.5 f.t. vertical clearance over Northside Drive required by the GDOT, along with requirements for ADA compliance, demanded the serpentine design to fit on the site. Without the curvature of the ramps, the project wouldn’t have met those requirements.

With a limited footprint allowed for the bridge design, several alternatives were considered before choosing the optimal layout. The CPL team worked from a conceptual design prepared by Callison / RTKL (a design consultancy of Arcadis) prior to the City’s RFP and lead the design effort to balance the initial concept with new technical and budgetary considerations. The end result was not only designed in accordance with AASHTO LRFD and Georgia Standard Specifications, but was also completed in time to be utilized for the 2018 NCAA SEC Championship football game as well as Super Bowl LIII on February 3, 2019.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Preserving a Piece of History in the Village of Bergen]]> In an effort to preserve a piece of history in the Village of Bergen, NY, a former water distribution/Department of Public Works building was repurposed into what’s known today as the Sage Pavilion.

Located across from Hickory Park and adjacent to Hartland Park, the old, cement block building was built in the 1930’s and had been empty for decades. When the need for an all-season public pavilion became apparent, the abandoned facility seemed to be the perfect solution.

CPL worked with the Village to develop a renovation plan, which included new interior walls complete with exposed brick, modern bathrooms, meeting/event rooms, a patio area and a covered portico entrance, which was built using reclaimed beams from a local barn. The exterior building façade was designed to feature mixed materials including sage-colored siding, stone and stained wood.

Also enriched in history is the building’s name, which was chosen to honor the first mayor of Bergen in 1877, W. Monroe Sage. Born in 1834, Sage is also credited as being the prime mover in bringing about the incorporation of the Village of Bergen.

The Sage Pavilion was recently awarded Project of the Year in the Small Cities/Rural Communities category by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Genesee Valley Branch. The APWA’s Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding individuals, groups and chapters representing the best in the public works profession.

CPL was delighted to play a role in transforming this former eyesore into a welcoming all-season shelter for community use.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Teamwork a Key as CPL Expands Workload]]> CPL engineers, Jennifer Michniewicz, P.E. and Steve Tanner, P.E., discuss vital projects across our 15 markets, from infrastructure to buildings to water systems. Click here to read about a few of them in the Buffalo Business First by Jim Fink.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Engineering GA's Top 100 Influential Woman of 2019]]> CPL Principal, Jennifer Harper, P.E., is one of Engineering Georgia’s Top 100 Influential Woman of 2019! We're thrilled to congratulation her on a well-deserved honor!

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Poughkeepsie]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - Poughkeepsie, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome Meagen Stone who joins the planning team in its Poughkeepsie office.

Prior to joining CPL, Stone worked for the City of Kingston, NY in the engineering department. In her new role, she will apply her experience towards analyzing conditions, engaging diverse constituencies and applying best planning practices for a variety of project types.

Stone has a bachelor’s degree in geography with a concentration in planning from SUNY New Paltz and resides in Kingston, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Rochester]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - Rochester, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome Rick Raymond who joins the information technology team in its Rochester office.

In his new role, Raymond will provide IT support for the company’s servers, and assist on developing and managing application software updates. With more than 30 y ears of experience, he previously served as an IT Manager where he maintained the responsibility of managing IT systems and support at multiple locations across the country.

Raymond received most of his formal technical and management training in the United States Air Force.He resides in Shortsville, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL-Designed Bridge Gives Fans a Safe Path to the Super Bowl]]> Most of the more than 100 million people watching Sunday’s Super Bowl on CBS will be keenly interested in whether the Los Angeles Rams can defeat quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The design team at CPL, however, will be looking for something else during the NFL’s championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. A bridge.

Check out the full story by Kevin Oklobzija featured in the RBJ.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Local Company Designs Super Bowl Bridge]]> CPL has a unique connection to this year's Super Bowl! Our firm was thrilled to be the lead transportation engineer and designer on the newly opened pedestrian bridge, which connects Mercedes Benz Stadium - the home of Super Bowl LIII, to Alanta's MARTA train station. Check out the story that ran on News 8 - WROC-TV by Mark Gruba.

Click here to read this exciting design-build project's profile.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: The Unification of the North Chautauqua County Water District]]> After decades of planning, research, cooperation and fundraising, the North Chautauqua County Water District (NCCWD) officially launched on September 5, 2018.

The NCCWD encompasses the City of Dunkirk, Town of Dunkirk, Village of Brocton, Town of Sheridan, Town of Pomfret and Town of Portland, all located in the Chadwick Bay region of northern Chautauqua County. The water systems for these entities consist of several treatment plants, storage tanks, pump stations and distribution piping.

In 2008, the Chautauqua County Executive commissioned the Health Department to conduct a needs assessment for the water systems within the county to evaluate the quality of the water; the condition and code of the equipment; deficiencies and suggested upgrades within the systems; and the opportunity for economic development and creation of jobs in a low-income area. The assessment ultimately suggested $60 million worth of upgrades throughout the area.

From the minds of Chautauqua County executives and CPL engineers Eric Wies, P.E., Rick Henry, P.E., and Seth Krull, P.E., emerged the idea of a unified water district - an extraordinary occurrence between municipalities, and the largest regional initiative ever undertaken in Chautauqua County.

>> CPL marketing coordinator, Amanda Sanfilippo, shares details on the project's funding, immediate benefits, regional accomplishments and lessons learned in the January/February 2019 issue of the Association of Towns of the State of New York's Talk of the Towns & Topics publication.