Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2022 2022-05-17T16:56:58-04:00 <![CDATA[BUZZ: Case Study — STAMP Site, Genesee County]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-case-study-stamp-site-genesee-county https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-case-study-stamp-site-genesee-county Shovel-Ready Site in Genesee County Boosts Development; Builds Tech Hub

The Science, Technology & Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) is a 1,250-acre shovel-ready mega-site located in Genesee County. STAMP has completed all site-level design and engineering, and all site-level environmental and zoning approvals to house projects including semiconductor manufacturing, renewables manufacturing, biopharma manufacturing, and other high-capacity industries.

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2022-05-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Keeping Up with Rebecca Keefer]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-keeping-up-with-rebecca-keefer https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-keeping-up-with-rebecca-keefer Rebecca Keefer, AICP is planning a better tomorrow.

As a Senior Planner and vital member of CPL’s Community Practice team, she facilitates the growth and revitalization of towns, cities and counties by pinpointing residents’ needs and developing long-term roadmaps to meet them. Whether she’s working with clients to craft subdivision ordinances, overseeing tactical urbanism installations, or helping junior team members navigate complex zoning code reviews, she knows just how to bolster excitement for a community’s future, encouraging members of the public to play an active role in shaping the neighborhoods they live and work in.

In addition to juggling a myriad of other CPL assignments, Keefer serves as the embedded Interim Director of the Community Development Department for the City of South Fulton, GA, attending city council meetings and collaborating with the Assistant City Manager to make sure “all the plates are spinning.” She’s also Chair of the Emerging Planners of Georgia (EPG) board, an extension of the Georgia Planning Association (GPA); she relishes interim roles such as these, as they allow her to offer her expertise when filling a need or vacancy.

Keefer attributes the breadth of her planning skills to CPL, noting that her role with the firm has allowed her to wear many hats.

“Our team is embedded with a wide range of diverse communities, so we’re consistently adapting to new zoning codes and procedures that improve our planning workflows and help communities achieve their best,” she explained.

When she isn’t managing projects, you can find Keefer chasing adventure—i.e., hiking, rafting and traveling across the globe with her husband, Ryan, and daughter, Isabelle. An avid reader, she’s dedicated to completing at least 20 pages a day and plans to write a book of her own in the near future.

If you asked her what she most enjoys about working at CPL, she would talk to you about talent mobility.

“The leadership team personally invested in me from the moment I joined CPL, helping me develop a structured path to meet my career goals,” Keefer said. “I’m truly grateful for the hands-on opportunities that were available to me right from the start.”

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2022-05-12T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: UPMC Somerset Breaks Ground on New Rehabilitation Center]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-upmc-somerset-breaks-ground-on-new-rehabilitation-center https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-upmc-somerset-breaks-ground-on-new-rehabilitation-center SOMERSET, PA — On April 25, 2022, CPL joined representatives from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), local government officials, and members of the Somerset County community to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new expansion for UPMC Western Behavioral Health at Twin Lakes.

Operating as an extension of UPMC Somerset Hospital, Twin Lakes has provided inpatient and outpatient therapy, residential substance abuse treatment, detoxification, and other support services to residents of Somerset, Cambria and Bedford counties for nearly three decades.

A cornfield behind the existing facility was cleared to allocate space for the expansion, which will increase patient capacity by 60%, create 26 new jobs, and help combat an increase in the number of substance abuse disorders throughout the region. Transformative renovations to the existing interior will also add private treatment and counseling spaces for individuals receiving inpatient care.

“We collaborated with our UPMC partners to design a rehabilitation center equipped to provide more than just clinical treatment,” said CPL Project Manager Len van Heest, AIA, NCARB. “In addition to comfortable living and counseling spaces, the program includes a lounge with treadmills and strength training equipment that will bolster physical and mental health and wellness for all patients.”

Funding for the work comes from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Wheeler Family Charitable Foundation.

Serving as Architect of Record, CPL worked alongside CME Engineering, LP (Civil Engineering), Gatter & Diehl, Inc. (Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering) and Darr Construction, Inc. (General Contracting) to design and deliver the 18,400 sq. ft. expansion and complementary renovations.

The $16 million project is expected to be completed in early 2023.


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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2022-05-09T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Strengthens Finance Team with the Addition of Ted Cordes]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-strengthens-finance-team-with-the-addition-of-ted-cordes https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-strengthens-finance-team-with-the-addition-of-ted-cordes ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Ted Cordes, MBA, CPA to its growing team in Rochester, NY. Serving as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Cordes will be responsible for overseeing financial functions and collaborating with leadership to define and implement long-term strategies for expansion.

As a seasoned finance professional with more than 25 years of experience in the realm of strategic transitions, corporate business development and merger, acquisition and divestiture operations, Cordes will manage banking relationships; identify, assess and model risks in support of executive financial decisions; provide comprehensive explanations of stock valuations; and work with the firm’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) to identify new programs that will simplify, stabilize and scale back-office operations.

Prior to joining CPL, Cordes served as Director at JC Jones and Associates, LLC. He also held senior leadership positions with Regional International Corp, Carthage Specialty Paperboard, Inc. and Deltapoint Capital Partners. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University at Geneseo, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

A proven leader with a powerful executive presence, the firm’s executive team is confident that Cordes will blend big-picture viewpoints with tactical considerations to inspire others, build trust and achieve immeasurable growth for the entire CPL team.


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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2022-04-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Inside the Mind of Bill Greeley, Campus Planning Master ]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-inside-the-mind-of-bill-greeley-campus-planning-master https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-inside-the-mind-of-bill-greeley-campus-planning-master Few people are as passionate or knowledgeable about designing progressive learning environments as CPL’s own Bill Greeley.

As an integral member of our higher education practice team, Greeley employs a listening ear and profound critical thinking skills to program forward-looking facilities that elevate campus life, stimulate closer working relationships between students and faculty, and promote student success.

Aside from juggling projects and mentoring junior team members, a typical day—though Greeley says there really is no such thing—might involve researching the latest higher education trends, collaborating with the marketing team to craft proposals, or conducting visioning sessions with clients to gauge needs and project requirements. A true activist and ambassador for positive change, he also spearheads the creation of comprehensive fundraising packages, helping clients pitch concepts to donors and bolster public support for new construction and renovation projects.

“I consider myself very fortunate to play a role in advising our partners in the higher education field,” Greeley said. “The notion that our work will benefit future generations of scholars is incredibly rewarding, and it motivates us to think outside the box in designing spaces that drive learning both in and out of the classroom.”

With a career spanning nearly two decades, Greeley has contributed extensively to CPL’s higher education project portfolio, including transformative renovations for the University of Rochester’s Gleason Library and the Hickey Dining Hall and La Verna Café at St. Bonaventure University (SBU). Serving as Architectural Project Manager, he also led the team in designing a new home for SBU’s School of Health Professions.


The new student common area, formerly a chapel, at SBU's School of Health Professions.


“Whether we’re working on medical teaching environments, residence halls, athletic facilities, or dining halls, the spaces we program are student-centric and designed to augment comfort, increase focus and facilitate academic and interpersonal success,” Greeley explained, adding, “No two project typologies are ever the same, and the variety keeps our work fun and engaging.”

When he isn’t leading projects or meeting with clients, Greeley enjoys traveling, skiing, and kayaking with his wife and two daughters. He credits the firm’s flexible work-life policies with allowing him to cultivate quality family time, while facilitating his growth as a seasoned architectural professional.

“CPL takes a hands-on approach to career mapping—most firms don’t offer that level of support,” Greeley said. “I’ve had every opportunity to pave my own path, which has made all the difference.”


Learn more about CPL's Higher Education Practice >

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2022-04-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Rochester]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-4 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-4 ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Jessica Capers, Kyle Twombly and Ainsley Sikora to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Capers joins the firm as a Practice Manager with more than two decades of experience. She will arrange special events, oversee billing, meet with vendors, assist the marketing team with proposal development and serve as a highly knowledgeable resource for American Institute of Architects (AIA) documents and standards. She will also lend sharp time management and organizational skills to the preparation of construction specifications and documents, including contracts, submittals and requests for information (RFIs).

Prior to joining CPL, Capers served as the Manager of the MRI/Genetics Department at Elizabeth Wende Breast Care, LLC. She earned an Associate of Science degree from Bryant & Stratton College, a Certified Associate in Project Management from the Project Management Institute and an Independent Insurance Adjuster License from the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS).

Twombly joins the civil engineering team as a driven Junior Project Engineer. His daily responsibilities will encompass the preparation of plans, drawings and models in AutoCAD and frequent site grading. As an experienced geologist with nearly a decade of industry experience, he will also oversee construction activities and perform environmental investigations to gather data for technical reports. His robust analytical and communicative skills will enable him to provide ample support for firm-wide sustainable design projects.

Prior to joining the firm, Twombly served as a Realtor for Calcagni Real Estate in Southington, CT. He earned a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Connecticut and is an active member of several professional organizations, including Engineers Without Borders, the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG).

Sikora joins CPL as Benefits Manager and will be responsible for the administration and oversight of group health plans, life insurance, tuition benefits and leaves. She will dutifully arrange and conduct benefits orientation and enrollment sessions and field individual inquiries as they arise, subsequently conducting investigations and spearheading development initiatives for the entire team. In addition to her human resources experience, she brings to the firm expertise in marketing, business and cost modeling.

Prior to joining the CPL team, Sikora served as the Assistant Director of Human Resources Operations at SUNY Finger Lakes Community College. She earned a Master of Science in human resources management from Nazareth College, as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of New Haven.


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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2022-04-21T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Paving the Path Forward]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-paving-the-path-forward https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-paving-the-path-forward

Northeast Site Group Leader, Andrew Kosa, P.E., is determined to engineer a better quality of life for the next generation. Discover what motivates him to plan and design future-ready infrastructure systems that have the power to elevate communities and actuate meaningful change.


Explore more stories from our CPL Profiles series >

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2022-04-28T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Shovel-Ready Site in Genesee County Boosts Development; Builds Tech Hub]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-shovel-ready-site-in-genesee-county-boosts-development-builds-tech-hub https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-shovel-ready-site-in-genesee-county-boosts-development-builds-tech-hub The Science, Technology & Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) is a 1,250-acre shovel-ready mega-site located in Genesee County. STAMP has completed all site-level design and engineering, and all site-level environmental and zoning approvals to house projects including semiconductor manufacturing, renewables manufacturing, biopharma manufacturing, and other high-capacity industries.

CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 47 years, has collaborated with the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) since the project’s inception in 2004. The firm’s involvement has included providing design expertise, permitting and regulatory assistance, advocacy and support, site plan creation and modification, environmental and regulatory compliance, as well as water, sewer and road infrastructure design. These early site and infrastructure tasks allow incoming companies to begin work on specific building construction projects immediately.

STAMP has been recognized as a regional priority project by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and is supported by local, regional and state governments, as well as business, university and utility partners alike. Located in New York’s high-tech corridor by the New York State Thruway, tenants will have the ability to attract talent from a highly educated workforce in Buffalo and Rochester. Once complete, the STAMP site is expected to bring approximately 9,000 on-site jobs and potentially 40,000 related jobs to the region. Tenants will also benefit from the mega site’s location in NYPA’s low-cost hydropower zone, which will provide service to high capacity, 100-percent renewable, reliable and local power sources.

Aside from the targeted anchor tenants, support businesses are anticipated to fill in around the site, including potential coffee shops and hotels to service the boom in employees. Additionally, residential development is expected to grow to accommodate people moving to the area.

First Tenant Breaks Ground on New Facility

Plug Power Inc., the first tenant at the STAMP site, began construction in the Fall of 2021 on North America’s largest green hydrogen manufacturing facility. The state-of-the-art green hydrogen production facility and electric substation will occupy 56 acres of the STAMP site and provide turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global community. The $290 million investment is projected to bring 68 new jobs and approximately $500 million in economic growth to the region over the next 20 years.


In addition, Plug Power’s project at STAMP will be Genesee County’s largest non-utility contributor to local municipalities upon completion. The Plug Power facility is supported by a comprehensive state and local incentive package from the New York Power Authority, Empire State Development and Genesee County.


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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2022-04-25T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Saratoga Springs City Hall Wins APWA Project of the Year Award]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-saratoga-springs-city-hall-wins-apwa-project-of-the-year-award https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-saratoga-springs-city-hall-wins-apwa-project-of-the-year-award SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The American Public Works Association (APWA) has selected the Saratoga Springs City Hall restoration project as its 2022 Historical Restoration/Preservation Project of the Year for the Small Cities / Rural Communities division.

The $11 million project encompassed transformative renovations for the 60,000 sq. ft. facility, which suffered extensive water damage after a lightning strike started a fire in 2018.


To promote long-term safety and sustainability and inclusivity, CPL integrated low-energy LED lighting, lightning prevention and contemporary alarm systems; added new handicap-accessible elevators and washrooms; removed remaining hazardous materials; and recreated antique finishes, trim profiles and fixtures, revealing the building’s unique character and restoring its historic integrity.


The team also reorganized the city’s department layout, allowing for the significant expansion of the Courts Administration on the second floor, and redesigned the building’s Music Hall, implementing acoustic improvements to ensure the space is well-equipped to host future events. Final designs for the project exceeded LEED Silver certification requirements.


The APWA Historical Restoration/Preservation Project of the Year Award recognizes excellence in the management of public works projects that embody creativity, ingenuity and efficiency, have a profound impact on the community and involve the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic structures.

Saratoga Springs City Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has served as a nexus for local growth and development since its construction in 1871; the completed preservation effort guarantees that the building will continue to enrich community life for decades to come.

CPL will receive the prestigious designation at the APWA Awards Recognition Ceremony, to be held in conjunction with the organization’s 2022 PWX Convention at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, on August 29.

The project was previously honored by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Awards Committee.


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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2022-04-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Making Waves on the Waterfront – How CPL Newburgh is Revitalizing the Hudson Valley]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-how-cpl-newburgh-is-revitalizing-the-hudson-valley https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-how-cpl-newburgh-is-revitalizing-the-hudson-valley


CPL’s roots run deep in the Hudson Valley, where team members have nurtured enduring partnerships with local officials, business owners and residents for more than four decades. From town halls and public parks to versatile elementary, middle and high school facilities, CPL Newburgh’s luminaries are well-equipped to design transformative spaces that drive community growth and enrich people’s lives

One example of a CPL-envisioned gem? The Newburgh office itself.

Designed completely in-house, the interior (which previously housed a spa) is an adaptive workspace that utilizes collaborative breakout areas to meet a wide range of needs. The team implemented pops of color throughout the office to increase productivity and workflow, with some walls deliberately painted low-wavelength shades of green and blue to increase efficiency and focus. Others feature wooden accents, contributing texture, warmth and style to the ambience.

Vibrant yellow fixtures also provide boosts to optimism and energy, and spacious cubicles with glass windowpanes allow natural light to shine on every workstation. The site proves advantageous from a foodie perspective, too: Newburgh’s best riverside dine-ins, including Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Pizza Shop, Hudson Taco and Blu Pointe, are just a short walk away.


Architectural Project Manager, Chris Ladanyi, AIA, shared how CPL Newburgh was designed to be a destination work environment, one that values engaging and purposeful workspaces for every team member.

“The office was strategically laid out to ensure everyone would have beautiful views of the Hudson River and the Newburgh-Beacon bridge,” said Ladanyi. “Our location has also become a centralized hub for conveniently maintaining strong working relationships with clients in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Dutchess counties.”

In addition to nurturing client relationships, the Newburgh team emphasizes the importance of sustaining close interpersonal connections between co-workers to keep spirits and productivity levels up. Whether they’re sharing hot cocoa, growing ghost pepper plants, donning their favorite sports jerseys, hosting family-friendly barbecues on the gorgeous deck, meeting up outside of work for food and drinks at the Newburgh Brewery or even indoor skydiving, this team thoroughly enjoys opportunities to get together and grow, not only as colleagues, but as good friends.


“People choose to be here, and to stay, because of our uplifting culture and dynamic energy,” explained Art Smith, Mechanical Engineering Team Member. “The firm has grown exponentially, but we’ve continued to cultivate our mom-and-pop atmosphere. A lot of other companies can’t say the same.”

Architectural Designer, Ingrid Martinez, agreed that teamwork at CPL is a company hallmark.

“Whether you’re an architect in Newburgh, NY or an interior designer in Woodstock, GA, you’re going to have opportunities to work on a little bit of everything with everyone,” said Martinez. “Each new project provides unique opportunities to expand our collective capabilities and strengthen our long-distance connections.”


CPL Newburgh has contributed to a substantial portfolio of regional work, including new construction and renovations for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD), civil engineering and site design for Spackenkill High School’s Track and Field Complex and a massive restoration and preservation effort for the Orange County Government Center.

“The idea that we’re breathing new life into local communities provides a sense of fulfillment that makes our work truly enjoyable,” said Ladanyi. “We strive to help our clients make a real difference, and have a lot of fun collaborating with them—and that’s what we’re all about.”


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2022-04-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Career Paths — Marketing Manager, Michelle Draghi]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-cpl-career-paths-marketing-manager-michelle-draghi https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-cpl-career-paths-marketing-manager-michelle-draghi

Marketing Manager, Michelle Draghi has enjoyed growing professionally with CPL since joining the firm in 2014. Today, she plans and oversees the execution of strategic marketing plans, campaigns and initiatives to fuel business growth and advance brand awareness goals across a variety of mediums.


A career with CPL is an open door to a world of opportunity. No matter what role you fill, there's a customized path of exciting growth and professional development for you to take.

Learn more about working at CPL

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2022-04-21T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: The Learning Curve – How Chris Colby is Making School Fun Again]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-how-chris-colby-is-making-school-fun-again https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-how-chris-colby-is-making-school-fun-again When he was a teenager, a career aptitude test informed Chris Colby, AIA, LEED AP that he’d make the ideal janitor. So naturally, he became an architect.

Colby excelled at 3D hand drafting and in his high school’s computer-aided design (CAD) course, but didn’t see how the skill translated to the architectural profession. It was his mother who recognized his talent and connected the dots; she organized a meeting between her son and two Principals from a local architecture firm responsible for redesigning their church, and they offered him an internship that kickstarted his career.

Now, Colby is making waves as the Southeast Region Leader for CPL’s K-12 Practice, strengthening the connection between architecture and learning for schools throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. With ardor and technical know-how, he stays busy partnering with clients to develop flexible project roadmaps that lead to innovational academic spaces, mentoring junior architects along the way.

Those who know Colby well know that he is passionate about outfitting young scholars with creative spaces that promote empirical learning and scaffold emerging teaching pedagogies. Designing centers to support advanced Career & Technical Education (CTE) for middle and high school students is one way Colby fulfills that passion.

Exterior rendering of Newburgh Enlarged Central School District’s Career & Technical Education Center

CTE spaces bolster cross-curricular investigation with flexible layouts that combine factual and experiential learning. Encouraging students’ unique interests, these highly responsive classrooms entice learners to pave their own paths to academic success and future employment through the integration of modern, interactive technologies—including Wi-Fi connectivity, charging stations and augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) tools—and rearrangeable furniture that can adapt to meet evolving program needs.

“Growing up, I didn’t enjoy school—and I think that’s something a lot of people can relate to,” explained Colby. “Our team is trying to change that reality by envisioning inclusive educational environments that appeal to all children, no matter what their skills or hobbies might be. CTE schools promote hands-on learning for more diverse curriculums involving welding, the culinary arts, engineering, cosmetology and a host of other unconventional topic areas.”

After more than 14 years with CPL, Colby says he chooses to stay because of the firm’s steadfast commitment to continuously evolve and push beyond what’s seemingly possible.

“Each project poses unique challenges that strengthen our design muscles and open new doors of opportunity. We’re never willing to settle for the status quo, and that’s what sets our team apart,” Colby said.


LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S K-12 EDUCATION PRACTICE >

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2022-04-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Progressive Design That Drives Fellowship and Powers Empirical Learning ]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-progressive-design-that-drives-fellowship-and-powers-empirical-learning https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-progressive-design-that-drives-fellowship-and-powers-empirical-learning In recent years, there has been an increase in the importance of flexible, non-traditional learning environments as they pertain to higher education facilities.

These essential spaces can help educators adapt to shifts in pedagogy, technology, healthcare demand and specialized needs; promote social interaction within and across cohorts, resulting in closer working relationships between students and faculty; and enhance the positive impact of coursework activities.

It was with this understanding that CPL approached new accommodations for the School of Health Professions at St. Bonaventure University (SBU). The administration sought programming for a 44,000 sq. ft. facility that would serve as a self-sustaining “home” for students, featuring contemporary classrooms, laboratories, lounges, residence halls and a full-service cafeteria.

Following extensive visioning sessions with SBU partners, it was concluded that CPL would design renovations for one of the school’s existing structures: Francis Hall, a historic, sizeable building that had begun to show signs of wear. The project encompassed everything from planning new classroom layouts to engineering solutions for enhanced facility operation; it also involved adaptive reuse of the building’s chapel.


Because space was at a premium, flexibility was crucial in programming the school’s new settings. CPL’s agile project team therefore envisioned adaptable, state-of-the-art workspaces that support continually evolving medical teaching pedagogies while meeting diverse student and faculty needs.

Key design components included physical diagnosis and simulated anatomy training spaces with hospital beds, exam tables and attached debrief rooms that also function as 24-hour group study spaces; a physical and occupational therapy area; numerous student breakout spaces; and several multipurpose offices.


Underscoring SBU’s commitment to embracing emerging technologies, the simulated anatomy laboratory includes two Anatomage tables that showcase life-size displays of the human body, as well as an anatomy visualization system and a virtual library of human cadavers. The sophisticated tools champion hands-on interaction and help students develop a profound understanding of pathophysiology practices and disease conditions through the dissection of 3D scans.


“Incorporating the latest technology was an important driver for the new school because it enables experiential learning,” explained Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP, WELL AP, Senior Interior Designer at CPL. “We also implemented charging ports throughout the building, and the adjustable furniture, which is USB-compatible, allows for rearrangement as needed. Our goal was to ensure every layout could be modified to support future technological advancements and trends within the medical profession.”


CPL also converted the former chapel into a vibrant, multipurpose collaborative zone equipped to host seminars and student hangouts alike. To preserve some of the building’s original design elements and honor its heritage as a seminary, designers integrated lighting and furniture fixtures that complement the original stained-glass windows, and the atrium’s elegant pipe organ was kept as a reminder of the past.

“Re-purposing the chapel as a student common area made practical sense,” said Bill Greeley, Architectural Project Manager at CPL. “When these nontraditional learning spaces are paired with conventional classroom environments, they collectively foster academic success and explorative learning, and can promote activities that keep students motivated and engaged.”


Conscious of green and recycled materials, SBU also requested that designs significantly mitigate environmental impact. To accomplish this, CPL utilized the property’s natural groundwater, abstracted from aquifers beneath the building and the school’s HVAC system. A vertical, closed-loop ground source heat pump system employing the least amount of space was built into the sustainable design, providing an environmentally friendly cooling solution.

Today, the School of Health Professions is poised to enrich SBU students’ campus life and medical training experiences for decades to come.


LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL’S HIGHER EDUCATION PRACTICE >

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2022-04-12T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: ​CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Buffalo]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-6 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-6 BUFFALO, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome John Sisting, RA, LEEP AP to its growing team in Buffalo, NY.

Sisting joins the architectural team as a motivated Senior Project Manager with more than two decades of industry experience providing designs for high-visibility K-12, higher education, retail, commercial and community projects. He will be responsible for overseeing every aspect of a given project, serving as a daily point of contact for clients and consultants, supervising the development of clear drawings, plans and specifications and managing internal budgets.

With a vested interest in emerging design technologies, Sisting is proficient in Revit, AutoCAD, 3DStudio and the Adobe Creative Suite, and also brings to the firm extensive knowledge of building information modeling (BIM) systems and software.

Prior to joining CPL, he served as an Associate Architect for Trautman Associates. He earned a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from SUNY Buffalo, and maintains professional licensure in New York state.


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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2022-03-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: ​CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Albany]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-albany-2 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-albany-2 ALBANY, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Asif Mall, P.E. and James Luft, E.I.T. to its growing team in Albany, NY.

Mall joins the transportation team as a Bridge Inspection Team Leader. He will draw insight from nearly four decades of industry experience involving bridge design, maintenance and inspection to oversee conceptual design and construction for a variety of CPL’s projects, ensuring the safety and security of all end users. Having worked directly with the New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), he brings to the table extreme familiarity with the design codes, guidelines and regulations of several authorities, including the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Mall previously worked as a Structural Engineer/Bridge Inspection Team Leader for CDM Smith in Latham, NY. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Sage Graduate School, a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Union College and an Associate of Science from Hudson Valley Community College. In addition to New York state professional engineering licensure, he maintains certifications with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Also joining the transportation team is Luft, who will design, evaluate and recommend improvements for manmade structures for projects spanning the firm’s diverse practice areas. In his role as a Bridge Inspection Assistant Team Leader, he will conduct field inspections to perform structural assessments, encompassing steel girder section loss, load rating and fatigue-prone detail evaluation for bridges throughout New York state.

Prior to joining CPL, Luft served as a Structural Engineer for CDM Smith. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and an Associate of Applied Science in civil engineering from Hudson Valley Community College. Luft is pursuing a New York state professional engineering license and maintains several OSHA certifications; he is additionally certified to perform aerial platform work and administer first aid.


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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2022-03-15T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Pittsburgh]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-pittsburgh-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-pittsburgh-1 PITTSBURGH, PA — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Akirah Hixon and Emma Gaus to its growing team in Pittsburgh, PA.

Hixon joins the architectural team as an Architectural Designer who will be responsible for participating in conceptual design activities and coordinating with clients to achieve project goals. She will also perform product research and selection and consolidate documents for the approval of a wide range of authorities. In addition to her proficiency in Rhino and the Adobe Creative Suite, she has an aptitude for hand modeling and laser cutting.

Prior to joining CPL, Hixon served as a Curatorial Assistant for Wick Monet and an Ambassador for the Palmer Museum of Art. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University.

Gaus joins the design team as an Interior Designer. Working in tandem with senior team members, she will be responsible for developing 3D models, preparing plans and interior elevations, conducting field measurements and leading client meetings. Her expertise in programs such as Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD and the Adobe Creative Suite will enable her to contribute significantly to the team’s multifaceted projects.

Prior to joining the firm, Gaus worked as a Faculty Assistant at Kent State University in Kent, OH, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in interior design. She also served as the Head of Communications for the institution’s Interior Design Student Collaborative (IDSC).


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.]]>
2022-03-03T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: ​CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Rochester]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-rochester-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-rochester-1 ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Stephanie Ryan to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Ryan joins CPL’s human resources team as a Learning and Development Specialist and will promote talent mobility through the selection and implementation of programs that help team members advance their professional development. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the new hire onboarding process, coordinating and scheduling training webinars, workshops and events and establishing processes for team members seeking to maintain or elevate licensure.

Prior to joining the firm, Ryan served as a Career Coach for the office of Career Services and Cooperative Education at Rochester Institute of Technology. She earned a Master of Education in counselor education from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure University.


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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2022-02-24T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: ​CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Buffalo]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-5 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-5 BUFFALO, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Melissa Keller to its growing team in Buffalo, NY.

Keller joins the municipal team as a Planner. She will be responsible for completing plan reviews; coordinating permits for land disturbance, plats, zoning applications and fences; managing pre-application meetings; and conducting research for all zoning-related matters. Her expertise, which encompasses grant administration and management as well as customer service, will prove instrumental in advancing CPL’s regional projects.

Keller previously served as a Junior Planner for the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Development. She has a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in student affairs administration from SUNY Binghamton, where she also earned a Local Government Management Certification.


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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2022-01-11T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: ​CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Poughkeepsie]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-poughkeepsie-3 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-poughkeepsie-3 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Kiera Layden to its growing team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Layden joins the technology team as a Spatial Data Technician. She will support the survey crew by creating and managing databases, mapping and geoprocessing vector and raster data and conducting deed research as necessary. She will interpret elaborate technical data to establish facts, identify solutions and draw valid conclusions in support of the team.

Prior to joining CPL, Layden served as a GIS Technician for MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. She graduated magna cum laude from SUNY New Paltz, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and geography, and is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Studies in geospatial services from Northeastern University. Layden also maintains remote drone licensure in New York state and is certified to perform work in New York City subways.


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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2022-02-16T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: ​CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Suwanee]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-suwanee-2 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-suwanee-2 SUWANEE, GA — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Bethany Farmer to its growing team in Suwanee, GA.

Farmer joins the firm as an Administrative Assistant. She will support team members by maintaining office documentation and responding to inquiries from internal and external sources. Her primary responsibilities will include answering and screening phone calls, composing data summaries and managing agendas and scheduling.

Farmer previously served as a First Aid Certified Lifeguard for Terminus Wake Park and volunteered with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and performance studies from Kennesaw State University.


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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2022-02-10T00:00:00-05:00