Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2021 2021-08-04T12:06:38-04:00 <![CDATA[BUZZ: Residents’ Feedback Influences Layout for City of Binghamton Youth and Community Center]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-residents-feedback-influences-layout-for-city-of-binghamton-youth-and-community-center https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-residents-feedback-influences-layout-for-city-of-binghamton-youth-and-community-center A second public meeting took place Thursday evening, July 29, to share the progress of the City of Binghamton's Youth and Community Center to be stationed at Columbus Park.

Mayor Rich David, CPL, and Whitham Planning and Design were all present to exchange the latest conceptual designs and facility layout with attendees as well as upgrades to Columbus Park.

Read the full story via WBNG 12 News >

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2021-08-30T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Cancer Care Centers – Healing through mindful design]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-cancer-care-centers-healing-through-mindful-design https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-cancer-care-centers-healing-through-mindful-design Few words carry more profound impact than “you have cancer." Life-changing, these words mark the beginning of an unparalleled journey for patients and their loved ones. With hopes of healing, much of a cancer patient’s journey is often spent at a cancer care center.

Cancer care centers provide life-saving medical monitoring, procedures, progress check-ups, treatments, clinical trials, and therapy in a comprehensive outpatient setting, all under one roof. The one-stop-shop aspect of these facilities helps streamline the care and treatment process, and in turn, ease some of the pain and anxiety that cancer patients experience. However, streamlining cancer treatment is only part of the equation when designing these next-level centers.

Considering the emotional distress, physical discomfort, and length of time most patients spend in treatment, the best care centers do more than simplify treatment visits—they help heal the whole patient.


Private cancer treatment areas at the United Memorial Medial Center in Batavia, NY.

A Delicate Balance

Physicians agree that health and wellness is a delicate balance of the mind, body and spirit; and medical professionals confirm that merely treating the biological aspects of a life-threatening disease is often not enough for healing. Having fully embraced this notion, our cancer center designs are mindfully executed to include space for state-of-the-art treatment and therapies, without sacrificing critical support for each patient’s emotional well-being.

Consult the Experts

Patients, their families, and survivors serve as the best resources for identifying what truly strengthens a cancer patient’s overall spirit during treatment. These unintentional experts place physical comfort, stress reduction, and feelings of peace and hope at the top of their wish lists while visiting care facilities. We take those desires seriously and use them as benchmarks for making every design decision.

A patient’s courageous journey begins with entry. Entries and exits should be bright, open and friendly to inspire hope as people walk into and out of treatment. They should elicit strong feelings of optimism, which can be achieved by incorporating large windows, vaulted ceilings and cascading lights.


Renderings of the light and spacious entryway at the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Cancer Center in Pinehurst, NC (currently under construction).

Upon arrival, visitors should be greeted with beautiful and welcoming waiting areas where they can comfortably rest and await next steps. These spaces are most effective when designed to include calming features like greenery and fireplaces as well as selective forms of entertainment like TV’s, books, puzzles and games.

Easily navigating from waiting areas to labs or treatment rooms is another key element that cannot be overlooked. The wayfinding and signage throughout a cancer center must be clear and affirming to help ease anxieties and provide seamless transitions. Strategic lighting and graphic selections are often used to achieve the level of clarity and direction that all visitors deserve.


Easy-to-find scheduling desks at the Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional in Burlington, NC.

Arguably most important are the areas dedicated to facilitating cancer treatment. These spaces must be designed with comfort in mind, which calls for broad reclining chairs to help patients relax, flexible layouts to accommodate requests for privacy, and intentional visuals and artwork to evoke peace and pleasure.

It also recommended to be vigilant in selecting clean, healthy materials for every square inch of these spaces. With weakened immune systems, no chances should be taken with the furniture, fixtures and equipment that patients are exposed to. This requires the avoidance of using all "worst in class" materials (ie. items on The Red List) is to ensure patients don't come into contact with hazardous chemicals and elements that are known to pose serious risks to human health.

Renderings of the chemotherapy infusion space at the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Cancer Center in Pinehurst, NC (currently under construction).

Healing for the Whole Patient

“We are very cognizant of how our designs impact every person who steps foot inside these cancer centers—the patients, families, visitors, caregivers, medical staff—everyone,” said Molly Livingstone, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Associate and Interior Designer at CPL. “Keeping these individuals top of mind is how we make strategic design decisions that can successfully promote comfort, encourage healing, and help treat the whole patient.”

The effects of a cancer diagnosis are undoubtedly extraordinary. Patients and loved ones are forced to embark on a challenging journey exclusive to the disease; and the myriad of emotion and pain that a cancer diagnosis brings is often amplified in treatment. This makes it even more important to equip patients and their families with treatment centers that fully support their physical and emotional needs during this journey. Our stance is this: when a compassionate, patient-centered approach is applied through design, the whole patient can heal.


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2021-07-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Straight A's are the goal; but what energy grade would your schools get?]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-straight-as-are-the-goal-but-what-energy-grade-would-your-schools-get https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-straight-as-are-the-goal-but-what-energy-grade-would-your-schools-get How would your school district's buildings score on an energy efficiency test?

As architects and engineers, it's a question we should always be helping you answer with precision and confidence.

CPL is experienced in helping districts reach maximum building performance by identifying solutions that ensure all system improvements are in sync and client-centric. This is often done by leveraging Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as a vehicle to recommend strategic energy conservation measures that help schools modernize their buildings AND reduce energy costs.

But what exactly can EPCs do for your district?

For starters, EPCs can help reduce overall building energy consumption by using utility and operations savings to pay for substantial energy efficiency improvements. This greatly benefits school districts and their communities because when school facilities are operating at their peak efficiency, taxpayers reap the rewards and get to save valuable, hard-earned dollars.

Additionally, by reducing operating expenses, EPCs can provide schools with alternative funding sources, outside of Bond and Capital Projects. This puts districts in the driver's seat to unlock capital that can be used to renew and modernize aging buildings—a strategic action that can demonstrate a high level of fiscal responsibility to the community at large.

Determining whether an EPC is the best project approach can certainly be cumbersome. As a best practice, it is important to know and remember the following:

1) All EPCs are NOT created equally.

Each building has its own unique operating characteristics, including energy usage, energy sources, and energy rates. Buyer beware of EPCs that appear to be “cookie cutter” and do not effectively address your long-term facility needs.

2) Your school buildings have multiple systems that need to “speak” to each other.

It is imperative that your EPC accounts for the critical communication links provided through your building controls to optimize all systems and equipment operations. Often, EPCs become too focused on short-term payback and end up reducing the functionality of your systems.

3) The quality of your equipment is paramount.

Cheap equipment might provide a “quicker” payback, but it will almost certainly break down and require more money to repair much sooner than desired.

4) Correlation does not equal causation when it comes to EPCs and indoor air quality.

EPCs do not directly improve indoor air quality. In fact, they can actually reduce ventilation to generate energy savings. An engineered system approach is required to improve your building’s indoor air quality, while still limiting the energy impact.


CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S EPC SERVICE OFFERING >

CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S K-12 SERVICES >


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2021-07-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Introducing CPL Ignites — Sparking conversations with community leaders]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-introducing-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversations-with-community-leaders https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-introducing-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversations-with-community-leaders

What impact do you want to leave on your community?


CPL Ignites
tackles that question and so much more by focusing on curated conversations with community leaders and influencers– to inform minds, inspire ideas and ignite positive change in our neighborhoods through quality design.

Hosted by CPL Architect, Rachel Nilson, AIA, this bi-monthly podcast will greet you with enlightening discussions about how designers and community leaders alike share a commitment to serve and a desire to enrich the places where we live and work.

In our inaugural episode, Rachel talks with long-time industry colleague and friend, Harold Owen about integrating operations into design in parks and recreation facilities.


Watch more episodes from the CPL Ignites series >

Learn more about our Community Practice >

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2021-07-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Visioning Sessions that Start with Strategy]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-visioning-sessions-that-start-with-strategy https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-visioning-sessions-that-start-with-strategy

The results of our client visioning sessions are profound: A unified and connected team is established and a strategic roadmap with a crystal-clear vision for your design project is set into motion.


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2021-07-28T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Infectious Disease Resilience in School Buildings]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-infectious-disease-resilience-in-school-buildings-how-to-combat-misinformation-and-focus-on-what-matters-most https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-infectious-disease-resilience-in-school-buildings-how-to-combat-misinformation-and-focus-on-what-matters-most The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed the way we need to construct, operate and manage our school buildings. As happens with most crises, however, the attempts to find quick solutions followed by the rapid spread of misinformation on controlling infectious disease transmission indoors is ever-present.

Fact: Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems can significantly reduce airborne exposures.


Our in-house research and operational procedures have identified four basic areas of emphasis that every school’s HVAC systems should address: ventilation, filtration, decontamination, and humidity control.

Ventilation

Quality ventilation that maximizes clean outdoor air delivery and minimizes (or eliminates) the recirculation of unfiltered air can significantly dilute the concentration of airborne pathogens. In fact, it has been widely suggested that all HVAC systems be set to provide 100% clean outdoor air, especially in school buildings.

However, not all facilities are outfitted with air handling equipment that can be so easily adjusted to reach that ideal percentage. What’s more, many school buildings still do not even have a central air handling system to adjust. These factors alone make it imperative to evaluate every building individually to determine the most effective way to enhance overall ventilation.

Further justifying the need for a thorough evaluation is the likelihood that a building’s current heating and cooling systems may not be sized to properly handle a significant increase in outdoor air delivery. Consequently, the systems may no longer be able to adequately control the building’s temperature and humidity levels, causing the indoor air condition to become unacceptable.

One thing is always certain; every building system is unique and requires its own assessment to ensure it is given a tailored solution.

Filtration

Improved filtration can enhance the cleaning efficiency of a building's recirculated air, and thus be an effective way to remove infectious particles. That said, it is critical that any filter used be designed to restrain very small, harmful particles—a feature that many common, off-the-shelf filters do not possess.

Research has shown that filters rated as ASHRAE MERV-13 or higher (or HEPA rated filters) can be used to properly contain most bacteria and viruses. The MERV rating system tests the filtration of particle sizes down to 0.3 microns, and MERV-13 is the first rating that was able to capture a significant percentage of particles of that size.

Benefits aside, caution should always be exercised when increasing the level of filtration in an air handling system. For instance, MERV-13 and HEPA filters are typically larger and thicker than the more common MERV-6 and MERV-8 filters, which means they may not physically fit into an existing air handling system. Furthermore, increasing the amount of filtration can also cause increases in system resistance—an issue that a fan will be forced to overcome to properly circulate the air.

To overcome these issues or even better, avoid them in the first place, every air handling system should be meticulously evaluated to assess the best course of action.


Figure 1 - Filter Efficiencies

Decontamination

Decontamination methods that properly harness the power of ultraviolet (UV) light can help control dangerous pathogens that often exist on air handling system components (ie. cooling coils, heating coils and filter banks). The key is to obtain control over the length of time in which harmful bacteria and viruses are exposed to that targeted light.

Typically, pathogens must be exposed to UV light for at least two minutes to be effectively killed or eliminated, which means simply aiming UV lights at an air handling system or an airstream in ductwork is not going to cut it. Targeting specific components of a system through surface disinfection where particles could be accumulating over time is always going to be the more effective approach. It should be noted that all UV light is potentially dangerous to humans, and proper safety controls must be considered when installing and operating this equipment.


Figure 2 - UV-C Light on Coil and Filter Bank

In addition to UV light, there are other decontamination methods that are also proving to be effective at killing or controlling dangerous pathogens. Certain types of electronic air cleaners as well as bipolar ionization technology have both recently been identified as potential weapons against the spread of the SARS-COV-2 virus. That said, the research surrounding these methods is ever-evolving, so it is strongly recommended that all decontamination techniques are properly investigated before they are applied.

Humidity Control

Space temperature regulation and humidity control have been proven to significantly reduce the transmission of viruses and bacteria. In fact, research has shown that when a space maintains humidity levels between 40% and 60%, there appears to be little to no transmission of pathogens through the air.

When environment humidity levels go below 40%, the transmission of airborne viruses has been shown to significantly increase, which may be one explanation for the rise of influenza cases during the winter months. Consequently, the addition of ample humidification to air handling systems should be considered in any plan to reduce viral infections.

At a minimum, HVAC system controls should be analyzed, modified and adjusted as necessary to maintain the optimum range of humidity, especially during cooling and heating seasons.

Figure 3 - Effect of Space Humidity (Arundel AV, Sterling EM et a. "Indirect Health Effects of Relative Humidity in Indoor Environments")

When developing a plan for controlling the spread of pathogens in a school environment, CPL takes a hard stance on setting the facts straight to provide districts with guided input on what matters most—your building’s HVAC systems. Each of these four areas of emphasis should be addressed to help promote safety, reduce airborne exposures, and elicit peace of mind.


CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S K-12 SERVICES >

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2021-07-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Pratt & Whitney — Design contractor picked for $10M Buncombe County training facility]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-pratt-whitney-design-contractor-picked-for-10m-buncombe-county-training-facility https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-pratt-whitney-design-contractor-picked-for-10m-buncombe-county-training-facility Buncombe County has picked CPL to design a $10 million training facility for workers who will make jet engine parts.

On July 13, 2021, the County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $411,000 contract with CPL (Architects of Greensboro, NC) to design the Workforce Training Center for an 800-employee Pratt & Whitney plant being built in the Bent Creek area. The 7-0 vote was part of the consent agenda, a list of items deemed noncontroversial that are passed with a single vote at the start of the meeting.

Click to read the full article featured in Citizen Times >

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2021-07-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Nature Inspires Healing from the Outside In at Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-nature-inspires-healing-from-the-outside-in-at-jonas-hill-hospital-and-clinic https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-nature-inspires-healing-from-the-outside-in-at-jonas-hill-hospital-and-clinic A nature-centered treatment facility nearly ten years in the making is now setting a new standard for therapeutic delivery of mental and Behavioral Health care in the US – and the difference is all in its unique “outside-in”, nature-centered design.

From beautiful murals, to generous use of natural light, soft textures, tones, and sight lines, the Jonas Hill Hospital and Clinic, part of Caldwell Memorial Hospital in the UNC Hospital System in rural Lenoir, North Carolina, is a 17,500 square-foot, inpatient-outpatient integrated mental health treatment facility designed to conjure healing from the natural mountain setting that surrounds it.

CLICK TO READ THE FULL CASE STUDY BY STANCE HEALTHCARE >

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2021-05-07T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Building Solutions for a Better Tomorrow]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-building-solutions-for-a-better-tomorrow https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-building-solutions-for-a-better-tomorrow Our Community Practice is driven to provide services that support public infrastructure, spur growth and development, and enhance quality of life. By partnering with towns, villages, cities, counties and municipalities, we address the diverse needs of communities today and facilitate pivotal solutions that will withstand the test of time.


Learn more about our Community Practice >

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2021-06-30T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Charlotte]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-charlotte-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-charlotte-1 CHARLOTTE, NC CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Cathy Fernandez to its marketing team in Charlotte, NC.

As a Marketing Coordinator, Fernandez will support proposal and business development efforts for CPL’s transportation practice team. With more than a decade of progressive experience within the A/E/C industry, she brings a robust skillset in developing strong, custom responses to Request for Proposals (RFPs) and Request for Qualifications (RFQs).

Prior to joining CPL, Fernandez served as a Senior Marketing Coordinator at RK&K, LLP. She has a Bachelor of Administration degree in business administration from Liberty University and is an active member in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-05-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Newburgh]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-newburgh https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-newburgh NEWBURGH, NY CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Robert O’Connor to its growing architectural team in Newburgh, NY.

As an Architectural Designer, O’Connor will produce architectural designs and provide drafting support for projects throughout the schematic, design development and construction document production phases. He brings extensive CAD drafting and experience to the team.

Prior to joining CPL, O’Connor served as a CAD Drafter at Tectonic Engineering & Surveying. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Hudson Valley Community College.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-05-14T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Buffalo]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-buffalo https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-buffalo BUFFALO, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Kate Bantle and Austin SeGuin to its growing team in Buffalo, NY.

As a Marketing Coordinator, Bantle is responsible for supporting proposal and business development efforts for CPL’s K-12 education practice team. With more than a decade of applicable experience, she brings deep expertise in creating customized proposals, presentations and other pieces of marketing collateral.

Prior to joining CPL, Bantle served as a Marketing Coordinator at CannonDesign. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

In his new role as a Civil Designer, SeGuin will work on a variety of engineering project types, assisting with planning and design, data collection and analysis, preparation of maps and plans, grading and stormwater management. He joins CPL after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-05-11T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Albany]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-albany-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-albany-1 ALBANY, NY CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Tanya Bruno to its growing architectural team in Albany, NY.

As a Senior Drafter, Bruno is responsible for creating, updating and overseeing architectural plans for a variety of project types. She also assists teams in developing survey maps and layouts.

Prior to joining CPL, Bruno served as a Designer at 3tarchitects.She has a Master of Architecture degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in visual arts from Skidmore College.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-05-06T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Poughkeepsie]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie POUGHKEEPSIE, NY CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Jon Bodendorf, P.E. and Bob Capucilli, PLS to its growing team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Bondendorf joins the civil engineering team as a Senior Municipal Engineer with more than 25 years of industry experience. He is responsible for supervising multiple engineers and projects including water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and collection, and other civil and municipal engineering projects in the Hudson Valley.

Prior to joining CPL, Bondendorf served as a Senior Discipline Engineer at H2M Architects + Engineers. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He holds professional engineering licensure in New York State.

In his new role as Land Surveyor, Capucilli is responsible for overseeing field crews and managing a variety of survey projects from start to finish. This includes operating various surveying instruments to prepare maps and CAD deliverables as well as collecting and processing detailed survey data.

Capucilli previously served as a Project Manager at MJ Engineering and Land Surveying. He has an Associate of Applied Science degree in surveying technology from Paul Smith's College and holds professional land surveying licensure in New York State. Outside the office, Capucilli is an active member of several organizations including the Mid-Hudson Valley Land Surveyors Association, the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS), and the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors (NYSAPLS).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-05-03T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: No More Guessing Games — How assessing existing interior conditions can help hospitals make smarter investments]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-no-more-guessing-games-how-assessing-existing-interior-conditions-can-help-hospitals-make-smarter-investments https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-no-more-guessing-games-how-assessing-existing-interior-conditions-can-help-hospitals-make-smarter-investments Confident Planning to Save Lives and Dollars

The healthcare industry is progressing at a rate unlike any other. To keep up with various shifts in economic trends and technological advancements, hospitals and health systems must become experts in planning ahead.

The concept of “strategic healthcare growth planning” can often be viewed as a cumbersome task—one that requires reliable, data-based intelligence and professional design expertise to minimize risks, enhance the patient experience, and guide planning efforts accordingly. To assist healthcare organizations in making smart, long-term plans for better care delivery and sustainable growth, CPL conducts detailed interior building assessments that give stakeholders the information they didn’t know they needed to make sound decisions about their hospital’s future.

The CPL Interior Assessment Advantage

A CPL Interior Assessment is a comprehensive inspection, review, and detailed report that analyzes a facility’s overall condition. Each report we generate for our healthcare clients encompasses valuable information about virtually every square foot inside a hospital, including architectural components like walls, floors, windows, and doors; building systems like plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work; and interior elements such as furniture, finishes, fixtures, and millwork.

Assessing the condition of these items is one thing; but making calculated observations about how they grade in terms of safety, functionality, durability, and aesthetics falls into a whole other league of giving clients priceless intel to make smart investments towards improving patient care.

Safety

Safety is at the forefront of intelligent design. With our vast product knowledge and high performance standards, we look for opportunities to enhance security and protective measures throughout facilities to ensure maximized safety is achieved for patients, staff and visitors.

Functionality

How well a space functions has a direct impact on the workflow and efficiencies within each department. We apply our deep expertise and use best practices to design LEAN processes that streamline movement among staff and prevent critical time loss while on the clock.

Durability

Creating resilient and durable healthcare environments means you have to look for ‘win-win’ materials that are sustainable without sacrificing quality. After assessing the overall performance of materials, we provide tested and proven recommendations to ensure all interior spaces are able to withstand near-constant use and abuse.

Aesthetics

Safety, functionality and durability should never compromise the look and feel of a healthcare environment. The aesthetics of any hospital system should create an instant narrative for visitors—one that evokes feelings of serenity and healing. We focus on providing intentional and enriched patient-centered designs that support physical and emotional well-being.

The CPL healthcare design team has substantial experience working with hospitals to assess interior conditions and gather practical knowledge on how well each department is functioning. We consult directly with hospital staff to discuss their work environment with the intent of gaining a unique user perspective. This invaluable feedback is always accounted for in our final evaluation to help us form the most comprehensive review.

Leaving Clients with a Thoughtful Plan of Action

Examining the overall performance of interior spaces is the best way for us to shed light on the inefficiencies that negatively impact hospitals. But what matters most is what hospitals do with this information—or better yet, what we help them do.

CPL’s interior assessments leave clients with a thoughtful plan of action—one that clearly outlines what they can do and how they can best do it according to their timeline and budget. Aligned closely with their unique goals, these assessments open the door for us to make strategic recommendations that help hospitals and health systems get closer to achieving a LEAN model of care in a patient-centered facility that adequately reflects their brand.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES >

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HEALTHCARE PRACTICE >

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2021-06-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Revitalized Library Reopens as Prominent Destination in Historic Downtown Marietta, Georgia]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-revitalized-library-reopens-as-prominent-destination-in-historic-downtown-marietta-georgia https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-revitalized-library-reopens-as-prominent-destination-in-historic-downtown-marietta-georgia MARIETTA, GA – Elected officials, community leaders, and a host of friends and patrons gathered to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Charles D. Switzer Public Library on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021.

The $9.6 million revitalization project warranted a full day of celebration as the public regained access to a major community resource and established destination in historic downtown Marietta.


The Charles D. Switzer Library officially re-opened to the public on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 with members gathering to celebrate on the 16th.

As the Cobb County Public Library System’s central flagship, Switzer has been a beloved fixture of the community since 1989. In addition to the library branch, the building also houses administrative offices and support services for the entire system, as well as a local history and genealogical collection of over 15,000 items called, The Georgia Room.


CPL, together with general contractor Albion, and library specialist 720design, collaborated as a design/build team to provide leadership in planning, architecture, interior design, building systems engineering and construction to revitalize the existing 66,400 sq. ft. building. Along with significant renovations made to improve both indoor and outdoor experiences, the team also delivered a 2,000 sq. ft. addition to support the expansion of The Georgia Room and an array of new amenities.


New features include a family computing space on the main floor, a new children’s programming room, dedicated makerspaces for both teens and adults, and an Accessibility Services Room for visitors with disabilities and/or sensory processing disorders. Other amenities include self-checkout kiosks, enlarged rooms for public use in the library’s western wing and updated, accessible restrooms.


“The building definitely presents a much brighter and more energized look and feel,” said CPL Principal, K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. “The entire project team recognized what Switzer meant to the community and felt a deep sense of responsibility to deliver a revitalized facility with the new amenities and features that the community deeply desired.”


Critical to the design was the inclusion of new energy efficient lighting, modern furniture and upgraded technology throughout the facility. There is also a large, outdoor activity area with seating, gardens and public art that is accessible through the Hattie Gaines Wilson Youth Services area on the library’s ground floor.


A beautiful sculpture of a child hopping on stones is prominently located near the entry stairs at the pedestrian entry from Alexander Street.

"The CPL, 720design and Albion team are privileged to have had the opportunity to collaborate and deliver the Cobb County Public Library System a revitalized community library," said Gordon. "We are confident that Switzer will continue to serve as a prominent destination in Marietta and a cherished resource for community residents and regional patrons for another 30 years, and beyond."

The CPL team provided architectural, structural, building systems and site engineering services for the project as a design/build team with general contractor, Albion, and library specialist and interior design lead, 720design.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-06-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: RBJ’s Power 30 Construction & Real Estate 2021]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-rbjs-power-30-construction-real-estate-2021 https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-rbjs-power-30-construction-real-estate-2021 The Rochester Business Journal’s inaugural Power List program wouldn't be complete without their Power 30 Construction & Real Estate—a list of individuals who are quite literally shaping the Rochester community.

We are very proud to recognize our CEO, Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, as one of the Power 30 Leaders in Real Estate and Construction. CPL is dedicated to inspiring design and enriching communities, which are values exemplified by Todd’s contributions to the industry in Rochester and beyond.

Click here to view the full Power 30 list >

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2021-06-18T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Engaging Virtually Becomes Reality]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-engaging-virtually-becomes-reality https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-engaging-virtually-becomes-reality Public engagement is vital to the success of community projects. The engagement process—empowered involvement of citizens and stakeholders—provides valuable data and key public opinion that helps define how a project can best serve its community. Engagement campaigns that attract robust participation and honest feedback deliver the best results.

In early spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic halted everything and everyone, making business as usual impossible. To keep critical projects on track, virtual techniques were rapidly adapted by design teams to maximize engagement with communities remotely. Efforts proved highly successful and yielded rich insight into the added value virtual processes hold.

Discovering the Unexpected

CPL has developed effective strategies that make virtual engagement not only possible, but enhanced, which has revealed unexpected benefits for our clients and project teams. Time and cost savings are two obvious advantages that come with eliminating the logistics associated with in-person meetings. Less obvious is the more candid feedback that introverted participants are more likely to offer anonymously in virtual settings than they would at in-person events.

On the project management side, virtual efforts inevitably yield much faster results in terms of public data collection and analysis—a benefit that can often accelerate project schedules. However, these benefits (and more), can only be achieved when virtual public engagement campaigns are executed with strategy and intention.

CPL’s Proven Virtual Engagement Tactics

1. Virtual meeting platforms are the backbone of virtual engagement, so it is important that all citizens and stakeholders are directed to use simple and reliable technology. Since live interaction, discussion, and graphics are all critical components to our engagement process, we select platforms that are both easy to navigate and supportive of dynamic content.

2. To cater to participants who may not have access to home computers and internet, we make it a priority to provide physical spaces that are easily accessible like public schools, community centers or libraries where members of the community can visit to engage in virtual sessions.

3. During large virtual meetings, CPL often plans and executes smaller online “break-out rooms,” each equipped with dedicated facilitators to help foster more personal connections and ensure that everyone is heard. These smaller group sessions can also offer a sharper focus on specific topics or issues and generate enhanced communication.

4. A “virtual crowd favorite” has been our utilization of online, live polling platforms to instantly gather and deliver citizen and stakeholder opinion. This real-time data collection technology enables quick and anonymous feedback and gives us a more accurate representation of public insight. Additionally, the interactive nature of this tool offers participants a fun, game-like activity during sessions.

5. To provide equal opportunity for all and ensure our less tech-savvy participants can be heard, we provide paper versions of online surveys at familiar community places such as schools, libraries, and food banks. Similarly, where language barriers might be a factor, we offer communities ample language preference options and materials.

6. Finally, we suggest utilizing live meeting platforms with a recording feature to allow clients to archive their sessions for reference, future recall and for sharing with more community members.

The public engagement process—whether in-person, virtual or a hybrid-version of both—provides key data proven essential to the community design process. While virtual public engagement does not completely replace in-person engagement events, the benefits show that it is certainly here to stay in some capacity. Its convenience to participants and wider audience reach combined with its surprising ability to generate more honest feedback and connection, has demonstrated its powerful in helping us fine-tune what is truly meaningful to a community.


About the Author

At her core, Architect, Rachel Nilson, AIA, yearns to cultivate community through quality design. Get to know Rachel and discover how journeys across the United States and beyond helped fuel her desire to build trusted partnerships that yield impactful community spaces.

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2021-06-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL Designs Decon Safety Features into New Station for Dawson County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-cpl-designs-decon-safety-features-into-new-station-for-dawson-county-ga-fire-and-emergency-services https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-cpl-designs-decon-safety-features-into-new-station-for-dawson-county-ga-fire-and-emergency-services Dawson County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services needed better fire and emergency medical services (EMS) coverage on the west side of the county, so it came up with $1.56 million to design and build what would become the county’s eighth fire/EMS station.

Click here to learn more about this project, which is featured in Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Magazine >

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2021-06-09T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: City of Belmont Makes Headway on Community Recreation Center]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-city-of-belmont-makes-headway-on-community-recreation-center https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-city-of-belmont-makes-headway-on-community-recreation-center BELMONT, NC – The City of Belmont is making headway on plans for a new, 42,000 sq. ft. recreation center. Located between the newly renovated CityWorks building and Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, the facility is expected to elevate the City’s recreational program offering and spark future economic development throughout the region.

Designed with the notion that access to recreational spaces are what encourage a healthy population, CPL has led the charge in developing innovative concepts for a modern, multi-purpose facility with contemporary design features.

The approved design includes space for three high school regulation basketball courts, six volleyball courts, a state-of-the-art media room for teen programming, an indoor walking track, and multiple fitness classrooms. Conceptual renderings also include a large, multi-purpose room with a balcony overlooking the Catawba River – an ideal space to host future events.


“The location of this facility is probably one of its best attributes,” explained CPL Project Manager, Rachel Nilson, AIA. “In addition to across the street from direct river access, the building will sit along one of the main routes that leads people downtown. It’ll end up serving as a nice ‘front door’ that welcomes people into the City.”

Nilson added that the facility will likely be connected to a new greenway system and located adjacent to a future dog and skate park.


Construction for the project is likely to begin end of Summer 2021, with an anticipated completion date in Fall 2022.

“There’s a lot of exciting growth happening in Belmont,” said Nilson. “It’s an honor to play a role in fueling that growth by integrating creative opportunities for recreation and wellness into the community.”

The CPL team provided architectural, M/E/P engineering and interior design services for the project. Together, they worked with structural engineers from Michael M. Simpson + Associates, Inc., civil engineer and landscape architects from Alfred Benesch & Co., and construction manager at risk partner, Edifice.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community 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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2021-06-15T00:00:00-04:00