CPL Rochester — A Hub of Design Excellence and Innovation

CPL is turning the page to its next chapter in Rochester, NY.

Since its founding in the city in 1975, the firm has served as one of the region’s premier design consultants, never straying from an original desire to create high-impact environments that enrich the human experience. And in April, CPL Rochester relocated to a transformative space that will promote organic peer interaction and drive expansion throughout the city and beyond.

Situated on Route 96 in the heart of Rochester’s southeast submarket, the inviting 77,000 sq. ft. office overlooks the stunning hills of the Genesee Valley. CPL’s neighbors include other businesses as well as the hotel and spa at Woodcliff, offering access to an outdoor putting green, walking trails and a 24-hour fitness center. The building’s close proximity to the New York State Thruway connects team members in our other regional offices and provides access to the Finger Lakes, as well as the Eastview Mall and a variety of restaurants, wineries and shopping outlets.

“The team has grown exponentially over the last decade, and there was a crucial need for more space, so moving was a natural next step.”
— Todd Liebert, CEO, AIA, NCARB

“The team has grown exponentially over the last decade and there was a crucial need for more space, so moving was a natural next step,” said CEO Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB. “The new office provides an elevated atmosphere with plenty of room for us to keep growing.”

Designed in-house, the interior marries comfortable practicality with sprightly aesthetics. High ceilings, unique lighting fixtures and energizing accent walls boost morale and stimulate ingenuity; large windows flood the space with warm sunlight; and flexible breakout areas and conference rooms facilitate effortless project development, enabling teams to hit the ground running with new ideas and creative solutions.

“In the past, teams were separated by two buildings and spread between six different floors, but at Woodcliff, all disciplines work alongside one another—an engineer might sit next to an architect or planner,” explained Principal, Eric Wies, P.E. “The layout lends itself to more seamless collaboration for both CPL and our clients.”

To further augment collaboration and camaraderie between teams, designers envisaged the office’s “gather space,” a recreational break room fitted with contemporary seating, a bar, a pool table and a shuffleboard for use during lunch hours, celebrations and special events. Outside, a patio and manicured, rolling hills invite team members to hold design charrettes and “walking meetings” amidst a refreshing natural backdrop.

New opportunities to engage with one another has given team members a greater desire to be in the office—the space itself is an impetus for fellowship and fun.

Because their collective expertise encompasses every angle of the A/E/P industry, the CPL Rochester team is well-equipped to tackle anything from architectural building development and reformative engineering to interior design and long-range community planning. A shared compassion for humanity drives not only these efforts, but outside pursuits as well.

During the spring, team members donate to and participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in Rochester, which helps fund cardiovascular medical research and encourage community members to engage in healthy living. They also tackle the Chase Corporate Challenge, and contribute to the United Way Campaign through the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce..

Reflecting the firm’s dedication to cultivating a warm and encouraging work environment, CPL Rochester seizes every chance to get together and bond as a group, whether that means enjoying “Bagel Fridays” at the office, hosting tailgating picnics in honor of their favorite sports teams, meeting up for happy hour drinks after work or facing off in spirited golf tournaments.

“We recognize that our people are our greatest asset, and we value the role that teambuilding activities can play in building an inclusive, future-ready company,” Chief Culture Officer, Kathy Metcalfe said. “It’s been a wonderful journey, and the best is still yet to come.”

Read the full article featured in Building the Southern Tier, the official publication of the Builders Exchange of the Southern Tier

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