CPL Appoints Key National Leaders for Expanded Community Practice

Graphic showing the headshots of three men. Text above reads "CPL Congratulates" then below "Our Community Leadership Team." Then Civic Buildings and below the headshot it reads "Ken Mayer FAIA, LEED AP - National Civic Buildings Community Practice Leader." Above the next headshot it reads "Infrastructure" and then below reads "Eric Wies PE - National Infrastructure Community Practice Leader." Above the final headshot reads "Government Services" below the headshot it says "Rich Edinger PE, CFM - National Government Services Community Practice Leader"

ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm serving public and private-sector clients for more than 49 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Mayer, FAIA, LEED APEric Wies, P.E. and Rich Edinger, P.E., CFM as National Practice Leaders for three new Community Practice-based teams. This strategic move will position the firm to proactively address emerging design needs and opportunities within the municipal sector while continuing to expand across the United States.

By applying agile servant leadership and proven client relationship management skills, CPL’s National Practice Leaders create and execute long-term business plans to attract clients and achieve established profit, portfolio and staffing objectives. In this context, Mayer, Wies and Edinger will work closely with Regional Practice Leaders to ensure a unified approach to project management, each overseeing a specific branch within the Community Practice.

Led by Mayer, CPL’s Civic Buildings team will pioneer forward-looking designs for a range of public and civic buildings, from recreation centers to museums, focused on cultivating spaces that foster neighborhood engagement and pride.

With nearly four decades of industry experience, his background encompasses sustainable design for higher education, public intermodal transit passenger and maintenance facilities, historic renovation and adaptive reuse projects. Mayer’s dedication to his community is evident through current and past involvement in professional organizations. Presently, he serves as a Board Member of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and Vice Chairman of the Greensboro College Board of Trustees. Previously, he was president of the AIA North Carolina Chapter, a Board of Trustees Chair and Board Member of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as a Board Member of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

Guided by Wies, the Infrastructure team will conceptualize sites, water systems, thoroughfares, and bridges, developing infrastructure that seamlessly blends form and function within the built environment.

Bringing more than two decades of civil and environmental engineering, his prowess includes the assessment and design of various water and wastewater treatment facilities throughout Western New York and beyond. Known for a high level of energy and strong work ethic, Wies uses these attributes to help clients and communities implement their projects. When not immersed in project development, he focuses on mentoring CPL’s young engineers and engaging with several professional affiliations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, the New York Water Environment Association, the American Water Works Association and the New York Rural Water Association.

Under Edinger’s direction, the Government Services team will act as embedded advisors to local administrations, assuming interim City Council roles to facilitate the continuous development of entire counties.

Having previously served as the Director of Public Works for Suwanee, GA, Edinger intimately understands clients’ perspectives, making him the ideal candidate to inform decisions that empower residents to thrive. His expertise includes community development, transportation engineering, hydrology, hydraulics, and privatized services for local governments. This entails liaising with permitting agencies the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering (USACE) and the Safe Dams Program on behalf of his clients.

“These changes underscore our imperative to adapt and remain at the forefront of our industry,” remarked Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, Chief Executive Officer at CPL. “By introducing specialized sub-practices and promoting seasoned leaders tailored to their niche areas, we position ourselves to scale our service offerings, ultimately benefiting both our clients and communities.”

The senior leadership team eagerly anticipates the positive impact of these newly appointed National Practice Leaders as they spearhead novel solutions that enhance the built environment and champion progress for all.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, CPL is a 500+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 21 cities across seven states. CPL specializes in the Community, Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education and Transportation market 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.