Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2019 2019-08-20T14:33:28-04:00 <![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
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Attractive Office Space Seen as Health Advantage for Employees]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-attractive-office-space-seen-as-health-advantage-for-employees http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-attractive-office-space-seen-as-health-advantage-for-employees Employees still hold meetings in conference rooms at CPL, but that’s not really why anyone goes into this particular one. It’s been transformed into a relaxation station, where employees can grab a free soda, do a puzzle, play darts or watch TV.

Click here to read more about wellness in office design in Patti Singer's latest piece featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2019-07-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: City of Suwanee Breaks Ground on Courthouse Renovations and Expansion]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-city-of-suwanee-breaks-ground-on-courthouse-renovations-and-expansion http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-city-of-suwanee-breaks-ground-on-courthouse-renovations-and-expansion Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, July 19, 2019 - Suwanee, GA - Earlier this month, the City of Suwanee hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of its municipal court building. Renovations to the nearly 60-year-old building – Suwanee’s original city hall – will significantly improve the overall court experience by creating more space for court employees, police personnel and members of the community.

K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal at CPL, attended the ceremony along with Paul Hogan of Hogan Construction, Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette, and Suwanee Chief Judge Norman Cuadra.

“It’s such an honor to continue to be part of ‘Team Suwanee’ as they continue to be a trendsetter among cities in everything they do,” said Gordon. “From the onset, our team’s vision was to enhance customer service while respecting the history and character of the existing building, which has a place of prominence in Town Center Park.”


The building, situated on Buford Highway, will get an expanded lobby to accommodate larger crowds, twice its current amount of clerk work space, and a new designated area for the police department’s Special Enforcement Unit. CPL team members including Mark Baumgart, Larry Genn, P.E. and Shehreen Saleh played a critical role during the design process to ensure the addition has features that will promote a more customer-oriented courthouse experience.

“CPL is excited to be working with Hogan and we look forward to celebrating the grand opening next year,” Gordon added.


“Our goal in Suwanee is to provide quality customer service when it comes to city amenities,” said Judge Cuadra. “By expanding our court facilities, we will be able to create an efficient, comfortable, and productive environment that will allow our court participants to easily navigate their business with the Municipal Court. For those attending court for the first time, the expansion will help ease the anxiety that comes with the stress of court proceedings, by use of space, accessibility and technology.”


Renovations are expected to be completed in early 2020. Until then, the municipal court has temporarily moved across Town Center Park to City Hall during the construction process.

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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2019-07-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Genesee Community College Reopens Birch Hall After Extensive Renovations]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-genesee-community-college-reopens-birch-hall-after-radical-renovations http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-genesee-community-college-reopens-birch-hall-after-radical-renovations Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, July 26, 2019 - Buffalo, NY - The first phase of Genesee Community College’s (GCC) student housing renovation project has officially been completed. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, July 23rd to celebrate the unveiling of significant upgrades to Birch Hall, the most northern building in GCC’s College Village. CPL was thrilled to attend the event alongside officials from GCC, the College Foundation and members of the community.


The residence hall reopened as a “community-single” style student housing facility with each floor providing 14 private bedrooms, a large shared kitchen, common study spaces, and new bathroom and laundry facilities. These radical enhancements give students a “home away from home” living space while maintaining the most authentic collegiate experience.


“The renovation of Birch Hall is the first phase of a multi-phase project that involves several buildings within the College Village complex,” said Mike Mistriner, AIA, Vice President at CPL. “The next phase involves renovations to three more residence halls [Cedar Hall, Oak Hall, Pine Hall], which will include giving each building new kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, furniture and other impactful aesthetic improvements.”

In addition, the “D” suite of Pine Hall – originally the College Village central office – will be converted into two studio apartments ideal for graduate assistants or student residents who may have special needs.


CPL’s designs for colleges and universities are intended to form living experiences that support each student’s well-being and purpose on campus. The newly renovated Birch Hall satisfies the demand for modern student housing and multi-purpose spaces, while anchoring an open kitchen/dining area that draws students out of their rooms to cook and socialize with peers.


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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2019-07-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Three New Hires in Newburgh]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-newburgh http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-newburgh Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, July 5, 2019 - Newburgh, NY - 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 itsNewburgh office: Bisa Delgado who joins the marketing team, and Nicholas Hennig and Ryan Goshea who both join the architectural team.

As a member of the marketing team, Delgado will lead the coordination and production of branded proposals as well as specialized marketing collateral. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, she most recently served as a marketing professional at Eclipse Shading Systems. Bisa studied marketing and communications at the University of Maryland and is an active volunteer for the International WeLoveU Foundation. She resides in New Windsor, NY.

In his new role, Hennig will assist the architectural team with 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. Hennig resides in Pine Bush, NY.

Also joining the architectural team is Goshea who will provide planning and design solutions for a variety of project types. He most recently served as an architectural intern at Conklin Architecture and has a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Alfred State College. Goshea resides in Hyde Park, 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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-05T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-buffalo-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-buffalo-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Monday, June 17, 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 two new team members to its Buffalo office: Brandon Riggs and Jasmine Brown who both join the civil engineering team.

In his new role, Riggs will provide water and drainage design for a variety of municipal projects. He joins CPL as a full-time team member after interning with the firm for the past year. Riggs has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo and resides in Alexander, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Brown will focus on the transportation market sector assisting with roadway/highway design, traffic engineering, plan development, quantity estimates and transportation planning. With nearly a decade of professional experience, she most recently served in a transportation management and planning role for the Department of Defense. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University and resides in Alexandria, VA.

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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Jamestown]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-jamestown http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-jamestown Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Jamestown, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Chelsea Schultz who joins the administrative team in its Jamestown office.

In her new role, Schultz will provide administrative support in the form of office management, critical clerical work and scheduling meetings or events. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a customer service supervisor with the logistics team at Crossett Inc. in Warren, PA.

Schultz has an associate’s degree from Jamestown Community College and resides in Jamestown, 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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-07T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Rochester]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-3 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-3 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, June 28, 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 Samantha McKeown who joins the Human Resource team in its Rochester office.

In her new role, McKeown will serve as a Talent Acquisition Specialist responsible for managing the firm’s recruiting efforts. She more than 3 years of experience working in the human resource field for medical and nonprofit companies, and has a PHR (Professional Human Resource) certification.

McKeown has an associate’s degree in business management form Monroe Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business management from SUNY Brockport. She resides in Rochester, 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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Celebrating AIA Rochester’s Centennial Year]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-celebrating-aia-rochesters-centennial-year http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-celebrating-aia-rochesters-centennial-year In honor of AIA Rochester’s 100th year, the organization is giving a nod to the past, present, and future. This month, AIA Rochester championed two events, both of which were intended to be public initiatives. AIA Rochester also attended a third event in support of Fashion Week in October.

“Our goal was to use this milestone anniversary as a catalyst for three major public events to celebrate. Using the past as a foundation, our centennial initiatives are very future-focused,” said Jason Streb, AIA, Architect at CPL and President of AIA Rochester.

The idea for the AIA’s centennial was to publicize, promote, and bring awareness to both the profession of architecture and architecture itself.

“We wanted to showcase the possibilities of architecture and value of architects at a scale that all could experience,” he said.

The Gable House

Of many ambitious activities, AIA Rochester continued to hope for something tangible that could be this generation’s artifact within the storied history of its 100-year-old organization. The organization created the concept of an outdoor showcase and design collaborative for teams of local designers. The gable roof icon served as an inspiration to the teams and a recognizable image for the public.

“The gable roof sculptures represented a physical showcase that could be enjoyed and left behind in homage to the centennial celebration,” said Streb. “These sculptures were not just for architects to enjoy, but instead something that would highlight the value that architects can bring to communities.”


Originally, the sculptures were to resemble pavilions and offer the public an opportunity to interact with each design. However, something of that scale created issues beyond what was capable of the Chapter and that of the volunteer design teams. The sculptures morphed into what was unveiled June 19—a unique experience to see all seven designs simultaneously. At the ribbon cutting, Streb, Holly Barrett (City of Rochester), Commissioner Norman Jones (City of Rochester), Barbara Burke (Labella), and Rochester City Councilperson Elaine Spaull honored the hard work, months of planning, and patience of everyone who made this idea a reality.


“With a consistent theme and image, our community of talented designers re-interpreted this into seven very different, very thought-provoking art sculptures,” said Streb.

To bring the detailed project to fruition, AIA pitched in for the bases, obtained the appropriate permits, and through a partnership with The Pike Company, provided a build site and transportation for the sculptures.

CPL team members Sara Katz, RA, Christian Jankuloski, Nathaniel Piscitelli, Ben Deuel, Christian Martinez, Adam Stoker and Jason Streb, AIA designed and implemented the Ghost Gable structure for CPL.


“Our team based the design on a narrative,” said Christian Martinez, architectural team member at CPL. “We wanted our design to be heavy on symbolism. We wanted our viewers to experience something interesting.”

CPL team’s design of the “Ghost Gable” house reflected how shelter might have changed in the past 100 years, how it affects our neighborhoods, and how it might change in the future.

“There has been so much change in Rochester housing because of booms, downturns, poverty and blight,” said Martinez. “How can we revitalize our city? What is the opportunity for growth?”

And furthermore, what does a gable house look like when it’s cut out of different shapes? That’s for the viewer to distinguish as she observes the Ghost Gable house from different perspectives, times of day, and lights and shadows.


“It’s visually striking and not easily recognizable,” said Martinez. “The viewer has to interact with the sculpture and walk around it to notice what it’s really about.”

The materials were no accident, either. The red illustrates the AIA Rochester’s logo color, the smooth panels play with light and are forever changing, much like shelter in cities. Finally, the panels are all reflective.

“You can see yourself and the city around you in the reflection as you look at the structure itself,” said Martinez. “It truly immerses the viewer into the narrative.”

“The designs were deliberately different from the typical architectural realm and were meant to generate thought and bring attention to the importance of shelter,” said Streb.


Design Awards Gala

The AIA Rochester Chapter Centennial Awards Gala on June 14 celebrated a cross-discipline of artists including architects, interior designers, architectural design students, as well as local clients and supportive family members. The awards encompassed projects including K-12, Higher Education, and Residential interiors.

Photo Credit: Sydney Majka Photography

“We wanted to play up the social aspect of design awards this year to emphasize the celebration of excellent design and 100 years of the AIA chapter in Rochester,” said Streb. “The idea of a Great Gatsby-style gala would be a nod to the past century and look forward to what the future of design would hold.”

“There was an overall sense of excitement at the forward-thinking designs, the showcase of creative spaces and material usage, as well as a collective humility,” said Courtney Ter-Velde, NCIDQ, interior design team member. “We are all in this field to make a difference and create a more useful, functional, healthier and happier environment.”

The evening was fashioned in a 1919 theme to highlight a 100-year mark for this chapter as well as its continuing commitment to the architectural world and the Rochester community. The event provided a forum that highlighted local talent and amplified the influence that design talent directly has on the communities where we live and work. Attendees danced, mingled, congratulated, and celebrated the success of this year and the years to come.

Photo Credit: Sydney Majka Photography

“The gala honored both the winners and the attendees by creating an event that was elegant and entertaining. As an attendee and representative of CPL, I was honored to be sitting among some of the best and most driven players within our design community,” said Ter-Velde.

“It was a great event and one of the best attended award galas yet,” said Streb.

ROC Fashion Week

On June 20, the day following the sculpture unveiling, AIA Rochester supported and attended the Center for Youth’s launch of Fashion Week ROC presents: Hot Summer Nights. The event celebrated the kick-off to fashion week season where local designers, artists, businesses and charities came together to highlight local talent.

“The beauty of an event like this is being able to look around and see the faces of our community; those who are there representing local businesses making local art, raising money for local charities, all while supporting a local business holding the event,” said Ter-Velde.

This fashion week season kick-off was critical to building the momentum for the final event in October where local firms and AIA/IIDA members will showcase their “Product Runway” designs. This creative challenge and runway show will serve to unveil the final designs, which will draw inspiration from local Rochester architecture.

“A fashion competition like this gives designers an additional outlet for their creativity, while using materials and shapes unlike those of buildings,” said Streb. “It allows the design talent to truly come out in other materials, engineering and structure.”


Participants must create wearable garments using hard and soft construction materials provided by local manufacturer’s representatives. CPL will be participating in this Product Runway event, designing an Art Deco warrior-goddess gown inspired by the iconic Times Square Building in the heart of downtown Rochester, NY. Ter-Velde and other CPL interior designers are part of this effort, including Nicole Wylie, Dana Satterlee, Rutu Tadkod, Janet Lasher, Carly Owczarczak, Marissa Colucci, and Brittany Nowicki, Adam Stoker, Jason Streb, Sara Katz, Christian Martinez, and Ben Deuel.

“To have this kind of buzz surrounding these events and to have so many of them occur within a weeks’ time just shows that the Rochester design community is flourishing,” said Ter-Velde.

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2019-06-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Suwanee]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-suwanee http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-suwanee Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Wednesday, June 26, 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 two new team members to its Suwanee office: Isaac Beckman who joins the marketing team and Lalsi Khup who joins the civil engineering team.

As a member of the marketing team, Beckman will lead the coordination and production of branded proposals as well as other marketing collateral. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, he spent two years as an intern while earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Georgia. Beckman resides in Lilburn, GA.

In his new role, Khup will focus on assisting the transportation engineering team with planning and designing bridges and roadways. He most recently served as an engineering aide at Willmer Engineering, Inc. and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kennesaw State University. Khup frequently volunteers at the IYF (International Youth Fellowship) and resides in Clarkston, 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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: In the Spotlight - Robin DeRue, LC, LEED AP]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-robin-derue-leed-ap http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-robin-derue-leed-ap Robin DeRue, LC, LEED AP, electrical engineering team member, has grown with CPL for more than a quarter of a century.

So what’s kept DeRue loyal to CPL for all of these years?

“The people that are here,” she said. “They respect you, and allow you to grow.” For DeRue, this also meant modifying her career pathway.

DeRue began her journey with an architectural degree from Alfred State College in 1983. After graduating, she secured a job as a surveyor and then moved into civil engineering. But with her design background, DeRue felt like civil engineering wasn’t the perfect fit.

“CPL has the attitude of, figure out where you want to be, and we will put you there,” she said. “They allowed me to train to be an electrical engineer.”

Since then, she has worked on projects with educational, municipal, healthcare, and commercial clients. She uses the latest design techniques to create intricate lighting layouts using the latest Visual Lighting Software.

“The aesthetic part of me likes design. I want it to work well, but I want it to look great too!” she said.

Designs include power distribution systems, lighting design and controls systems, and low voltage systems such as fire alarm, security, and telecommunication.

“I’m happiest when I’m mass-producing contract documents,” she said, adding that being productive and crossing things off a list makes her feel her best.

To complete her portfolio, DeRue is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional and holds a National Council on Qualifications for the lighting professions Lighting Certification (LC).

Twenty Years of Highlights

DeRue remembers many clients in her time at CPL, but admittedly has a few favorites.

“I like working with clients who work well together as their own team,” she said. “It makes our job as a firm that much easier. We have been working with the same core team at the West Irondequoit Central School District and they are always a pleasure to work with.”

In addition to school districts, DeRue said she has enjoyed working with Hillside Children’s Center. Since they have been working together for so many years, DeRue said she feels like she already knows their preferences and tastes. “It truly feels like we are all on the same team,” she said.

But that’s really how everyone feels about DeRue, or so we’ve heard.

“Everyone likes working with Robin,” said Tony Marchetti, P.E., CPL electrical engineer and DeRue’s supervisor.

“I found myself working side by side with Robin the first day I started with CPL [formally known as Clark Patterson Associates] and have been fortunate to continue working with her after all these years. Robin is a wonderful person and talented engineer. She is dedicated, hard-working, always carries a positive attitude and is a pleasure to work with,” he said.

The respect is mutual.

“For the past 15 years, Tony [Marchetti] has been a big influence,” she said. “He is a good supervisor, and allows me the freedom to take a project and roll with it.”

“And, if I ever have a question or need training, he will always find the time to fit it in,” she said, making her feel like a valued and active team member.

Go with the Flow

As part of her self-proclaimed “go-with-the-flow” attitude, DeRue encourages people to be flexible with their careers.

“I encourage people not to be so strict with the path they think they have planned out for themselves – people change, interests change and opportunities change,” she said. “Feel comfortable making these changes – it’s what life is all about. Make the changes that you need, with the opportunities that are presented to you, in whatever direction that may lead you.”

Advice from a Professional

“Be humble. Listen to others.” DeRue said. People with experience have already been there, done that, and know what works and doesn’t work, she said.

“Be willing to step up and do extra work, training, seminars, and courses. CPL offers a lot of opportunities, but you’ve got to want it,” she said.

So can we count on another 20+ years?

“I’m not ready to retire. I like the people here. I like my job. I like working,” she said. “If you like your job, it makes it so much fun.”

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2019-06-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: THE SPCA Serving Allegany County "Give Me Shelter" Project]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-spca-serving-allegany-county-give-me-shelter-project http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-spca-serving-allegany-county-give-me-shelter-project SPCA Mission: The SPCA’s mission is to attend to the needs of the abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals of Allegany County.

The growing need for animal care and compassion is a constant reality for the SPCA serving Allegany County. Each day, this no-kill shelter works to combat animal cruelty by focusing on rehabilitating and adopting animals into kind and loving “furever” homes.

In 2015, the SPCA launched a campaign to build a new shelter in Belmont, NY to replace their original 1985 facility located just south of Wellsville, NY. The CPL team was eager to help design a larger facility that would better serve the influx of animals throughout Allegany County in need of rescuing.


Spanning almost 15,000 square-feet, the new Belmont shelter is nearly 11 times larger than the original building, allowing ample space for a merchandise store, staff/volunteer area with a kitchenette, meet and greet rooms, space for animal care and grooming, and an area for educational training. There are also enclosed outdoor exercise areas as well as an indoor exercise arena that can be used during inclement weather.

Approximately 3,000 square-feet of the facility is dedicated to a new low cost Spay/Neuter Clinic outfitted with all the necessary surgical equipment. This space allows the shelter to successfully host a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program to help control/reduce the feral cat colonies throughout the County.


To minimize environmental impacts and increase energy efficiency, CPL incorporated green building strategies such as geo-thermal heating and cooling, solar arrays, LED lighting and an air exchange and filtration system. The facility was also equipped with sound mitigation techniques including ICFs (insulated concrete forms), which are thick concrete walls built with insulated styrofoam and used to cut any fluctuations in temperature, air infiltration and noise.


As the newest and greenest SPCA shelter in Western New York, the facility in Belmont is now able to better attend to the needs of abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals of Allegany County. CPL was thrilled to work closely with the SPCA and the project’s general contractor, Kinley Construction, to ultimately create a more inviting, comfortable and spacious environment for animal residents in need.

The shelter is open seven days a week from noon to 4pm and by appointment.


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2019-06-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Engineering the Super Bowl - It Didn't Just Happen]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-engineering-the-super-bowl-it-didnt-just-happen http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-engineering-the-super-bowl-it-didnt-just-happen The May/June 2019 issue of Engineering Georgia takes an in-depth look at the transportation engineering that went into logistics and traffic flow planning at Super Bowl LIII. CPL's design contribution was the sleek pedestrian bridge that safely transports people from the MARTA to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium during a host of events.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium Pedestrian Bridge at Northside Drive is an essential infrastructure piece that fixes a once dangerous barrier preventing easy passage from the stadium, the new Home Depot Backyard community space and downtown points - to mass transit and parking facilities.

Click here to read the full article written by David Caraviello.

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2019-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Hospital Revives a Dead Retail Space Through Adaptive Reuse]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-hospital-revives-a-dead-retail-space-through-adaptive-reuse http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-hospital-revives-a-dead-retail-space-through-adaptive-reuse With the shift in consumer buying habits, thousands of retail stores and malls across the nation have gone belly up. But many of those spaces have been converted into churches, medical centers, community colleges, warehouses, and mixed-use residential spaces.

One example, and a first for Western, New York, is the recent $24 million adaptive reuse of a long-vacant Tops grocery store into the Riedman Health Center, part of the Rochester Regional Health system in Rochester, New York.

Click here to read more about this amazing adaptive reuse transformation in Stacey Freed's latest Forbes piece.

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2019-06-03T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: New Office Tower in Greensboro Breaks Ground]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-new-office-tower-in-greensboro-breaks-ground http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-new-office-tower-in-greensboro-breaks-ground Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
585.324.0433

Friday, May 31, 2019 - Greensboro, NC - The first new office tower to hit the Greensboro, NC skyline in decades broke ground on May 30th. A well-attended ceremony was held for the new 110,000 square foot, nine-story office building, which will sit adjacent to the first base line over-looking the First National Bank Field – home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team (single A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).


CPL was hired by developer, Front Street Capital, for the schematic design with partner firm, West & Stem, as the architect of record, and Landmark Builders as the general contractor.


The brick and glass building design will complement the existing ballpark’s architectural elements and serve as a mix-use project to include corporate as well as retail tenants. A new city parking deck will also be constructed across Bellemeade street from the office building.


Project Slugger, has been the code name to date and will be a welcomed addition to the downtown neighborhood, an area that has experienced recent growth and revitalization.

“This marquee project for Downtown Greensboro is the result of years of hard work by numerous community stakeholders," says Robin Team, partner with Front Street Capital, in an interview with WFMY News 2. "Building new office space plays a key role in the continued growth of downtown by helping our anchor tenants attract top talent and grow their businesses.”


CPL Vice President, Ken Mayer, FAIA, LEED AP, commented, “this is the exact type work that we thrive on at CPL - projects that make sense and will have a real impact on the community. We look forward to working with our design, construction and developer partners on this exciting effort."

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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-05-31T00:00:00-04:00