Celebrating 5 Years of CPL Greensboro

In 2017, the firm formerly known as Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates (MMPA) met CPL, and our Greensboro office was born.

The acquisition significantly expanded our footprint across the southeastern United States and allowed our team to pursue more diverse project types in new markets, opening the door to accelerated growth and prosperity.

Now, five years later, the office has flourished into a professional community of nearly 30 A/E visionaries. Blending three decades of expertise in architecture, engineering, interior design and urban planning, our full-service team envisions everything from municipal buildings and elementary schools to universities and transportation systems—and with added national resources at our disposal, our prospects have continued to surge.

The team was recently selected by the Guilford County School District (GCSD) to be part of a $1.7 billion K-12 bond project, which will entail renovation and new construction efforts for 36 different county schools, including $48 million in deferred maintenance and technology upgrades.

We’ve also strengthened longstanding partnerships with regional Higher Education clients—including Guilford Technical Community College, Guilford College, Greensboro College, Hollins University, Randolph-Macon College and North Carolina A&T State University—and designed enriching facilities such as:

Furthermore, the Greensboro office itself is yet another in-house design paragon.

Shortly after the acquisition, our team relocated to an expansive nine-story building in downtown Greensboro that overlooks First National Bank Field, which had been conceptualized by MMPA twenty years prior. Aptly nicknamed the “Slugger,” CPL was part of the building design team and created the bright office space that provides team members with countless opportunities to appreciate stunning game views from open workspaces, all while promoting accessibility for our local clients.

“We proudly watch others enjoy the stadium from a building that we recently designed. It’s been a full-circle ‘legacy’ experience,” said Southeast Regional Higher Education and Community Practice Leader Ken Mayer, FAIA, LEED AP. “The centralized location also demonstrates our commitment to the city. We don’t just work with Greensboro, we live here—it’s been our home for over 30 years.”

Focused on meeting the needs of the burgeoning community, our team has played an increasingly active role in the city’s growth. We’ve continued our decades-long involvement with the Chamber of Commerce, sending one person to its Leadership Greensboro program every year.

Through a series of synergistic events and activities, Leadership Greensboro participants learn how to approach complex local issues, developing the core characteristics of compassionate public servants in the process. As part of the program, team members also attend courses led by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), a global development organization headquartered in Greensboro.

“Programs like Leadership Greensboro help us better understand the city’s unique challenges,” said Architect Joshua Wheeler, AIA, NCARB. “The tools we’re given help us lay the foundation for future success.”

Additionally, we volunteer within our own neighborhoods, whether that means giving new bikes to children through the Bikes for Kids Foundation, assisting staff at the Teacher Supply Warehouse or taking part in the Guilford Education Alliance’s (GEA) annual Principal for a Day program.

Team members in Greensboro have also been recognized for their individual contributions to the Greater Triad Region. Architectural Designer Erica Perine made the Triad Business Journal’s (TBJ) “20 in Their 20s” list in 2021, and Wheeler was recently named a TBJ “40 Under 40” 2022 honoree.

“Greensboro is experiencing tremendous growth, and CPL is no different. We’re doing better work for our clients than ever before,” said Architect, Tod Dalton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. “It’s a privilege to provide meaningful services to the community we live and play in. The last five years have been transformational, but the best is still to come.”

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