Inside CPL Pittsburgh’s Culture of Caring

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Bringing warmth and enthusiasm to every project, the CPL team authentically reflects Pittsburgh’s identity as the “friendly city.”

Our contemporary office, situated on the third floor of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) professional facility, is designed to captivate team members and clients with its high ceilings, effervescent navy and gold accents, modern kitchenette, flourishing plant life and breathtaking sunset views. Located just 20 minutes west of an energetic downtown scene, this space also provides easy access to countless entertainment venues, restaurants and shopping plazas, including the Mall at Robinson, the Yard, the Montour Trail  and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

“The open floor plan not only encourages collaboration, but fosters a sense of community within the team,” said Architect Tim Reidy, AIA, LEED GA. “It’s a functional layout that promotes a comfortable and uplifting atmosphere.”

Our multidisciplined professionals in Pittsburgh specialize in designing healthcare, higher education and community spaces throughout the region, with the goal of improving people’s standard of living in all measurable ways. We also strategize with other CPL offices on projects throughout the eastern United States, providing team members the opportunity to glean experience in various market sectors.

The latest local ventures include a new histology lab for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Magee-Womens Hospital; an e-Sports suite at Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, PA; an expansion for UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Twin Lakes in Somerset, PA; and renovations for the dining hall at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA. We’re also proud to maintain longstanding relationships with the regional UPMC, Excela Health and St. Clair healthcare networks.

“Our team possesses the talent and knowledge necessary to design proactive solutions that address people’s critical needs,” said Principal, Tom Teti, AIA. “This expertise, coupled with a synergistic work approach, yields spaces that are unparalleled in their ability to promote healing, advancement and renewal.”

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Enhancing the vitality of our community extends beyond ongoing design projects. CPL Pittsburgh actively seeks out ways to augment the city’s overall wellness and cultural fortitude—from organizing holiday gift drives to supporting church fundraisers and participating in the annual March of Dimes event. We also remain involved in organizations like the Mt. Lebanon Environmental Sustainability Board; the Mt. Lebanon School District’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee; and the University of Notre Dame’s alumni “Hesburgh Month of Service” program.

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CPL Pittsburgh team members wrapping gifts for the 2022 annual holiday drive. The gifts were later delivered to the East End Cooperative Ministry, which aids vulnerable adults and at-risk children and youth in East Liberty, PA.

Moreover, team leaders in Pittsburgh strive to cultivate a culture of continuous learning by regularly organizing “lunch and learn” workshops and encouraging junior professionals to attend events hosted by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Young Architects Forum (YAF). The supportive nature in this office is evident in the way everyone shares knowledge and resources to help one another grow in their desired direction.

In between our efforts to bring progressive design concepts to fruition or engage with the community, our team embodies an easygoing office culture, indulging in home-baked goods, ordering pizza for monthly get-togethers, hosting holiday parties at Topgolf and caring for the office gecko, Groot, together.

“The people are my favorite thing about CPL,” said Architectural Drafter Nicole Egri. “We’ve created a fun work environment where everyone feels welcome., and the tight-knit bonds we’ve formed make the meaningful work we do all the more rewarding.”

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