Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2020 2020-04-07T07:01:41-04:00 <![CDATA[BLOG: A Message to Our Team Members, Clients, Families and Communities]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-a-message-to-our-team-members-clients-families-and-communities http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-a-message-to-our-team-members-clients-families-and-communities It has been an extraordinary few weeks as our world faces historic challenges with the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the stress and uncertainty, it has never been more crucial to stay connected with one another, even as we practice social distancing and other cleaning regiments to keep each other healthy and safe.

The CPL team continues to make proactive decisions that are grounded in the care of our team members and clients. As we navigate through this extremely fluid crisis, we are doing our part to stop the spread of the virus by working from home and staying true to our values of quality service, integrity and collaboration.

As healthcare designers, we are particularly tuned in to many of the issues associated with the spread of infectious disease, prevention and best practices. Much of the work we do supports essential business in this country like hospital expansion and infrastructure, and we have always been extremely proud of this difference making work.

While many of our healthcare clients have been impacted, along with our K-12, higher education and municipal partners and friends, we remain committed more than ever to a productive workflow. Our creative team has found innovative ways to telework and communicate remotely whenever possible, as well as safely report to the office and client sites periodically.

Furthermore, our team members have been amazingly helpful in sharing important information and updates from each of our regions, which keeps our emergency task force looped in on all office, local and state news in real-time. In addition to our discipline design experts, our IT, finance, HR, administrative and marketing teams have been crucial in helping us stay as efficient, connected and as operational as possible.

These are truly uncharted times and we are learning right alongside you as we continue to navigate COVID-19 together. Do not hesitate to contact us for whatever the reason.

Keep working together. We will get through this, look back and grow from the experience. Let’s continue to uplift and take care of each other. Be safe.

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2020-03-31T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: RRH’s Innovative Hospital Facility to Open this Fall]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-rrhs-innovative-hospital-facility-to-open-this-fall http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-rrhs-innovative-hospital-facility-to-open-this-fall The Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care is Rochester Regional Health’s largest project to date. The seven-story, 312,000-square-foot facility is a $250 million construction project that will add 132 rooms and 23 operating rooms to the hospital complex. The critical care facility expects to attract 200 to 300 new employees, sparking a major economic impact on the Rochester community.

The CPL designed project broke ground in the fall of 2017, led by LeChase Construction Services LLC, whose team has been working seven days a week. Construction is expected to give way to a ribbon-cutting for the new critical-care facility this fall.

Click here to read the full story written by Nicole Sheldon, featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2020-03-06T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: As Seen in GeorgiaTrend Visionary Cities]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-as-seen-in-georgiatrend-visionary-cities http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-as-seen-in-georgiatrend-visionary-cities CPL's Urban Design and Planning group's work was featured in Georgia Trend Magazine. Our firm partnered with the City of Chamblee, GA on several transformative corridor projects including concept design, organizing interactive events and community engagement.

Click here to read the full article.

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2020-03-10T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Buffalo, NY - Friday, March 6, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Craig Mozrall, P.E. to its civil engineering team in Buffalo, NY.

With more than three decades of experience in a broad cross-section of the transportation engineering field, Mozrall will apply his expertise in construction inspection, cost estimates, hydraulics and quality control for an array of local transportation projects. He will also be responsible for reviewing quantity works ups to ensure accuracy and will serve as a resource offering advice during the development of construction plans. Prior to joining CPL, Mozrall served as a regional design engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 5 in Buffalo, NY.

Mozrall has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Vermont and holds professional licensure in New York State. In addition, he is a member of the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE) and resides in East Aurora, NY.

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 17 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2020-03-06T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Somers]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-somers http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-somers Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Somers, NY - Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Edgar Martinez to its architectural team in Somers, NY.

With skills using programs like Autodesk Revit and experience working on K-12 and Higher Education project types, Martinez will be responsible for designing, drafting and conducting Building Condition Surveys for local clients. Prior to joining CPL, he served as a member of the architectural team at Watts Architecture and Engineering.

Martinez has a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo. He resides in Montgomery, NY.

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 17 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2020-03-10T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Colleton County Parks and Recreation Facility]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-colleton-county-parks-and-recreation-facility http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-colleton-county-parks-and-recreation-facility Whether it’s a community health center, school gymnasium, field house or local sports complex, facilities that encourage a healthy and active lifestyle for all are important for the human experience.

The Colleton County Parks and Recreation Center, located at 280 Recreation Lane in Walterboro, SC, is the perfect example of a facility that is both connective and functional for County residents of all ages.


In an effort to further enhance recreational choices offered to the community, Colleton County embarked on a significant renovation and expansion of their existing facility. The CPL team was selected to conduct a comprehensive review of the seven-acre site and ultimately provide architectural, M/E/P engineering and interior design services to better accommodate a range of existing and new activities.


“The project included an expansion of about 17,500-square-feet, which almost doubled the size of the existing facility,” said Rachel Nilson, CPL Architect and Project Manager. “We were able to add a second gym, a new fitness center, locker rooms with shower facilities and a new lobby space.”

CPL also introduced a fun, water play environment to the site with the design of a new splash pad adjacent to the building.

“The County expressed the importance of further attracting families and younger community members,” Nilson added. “The splash pad does just that by offering inventive water-based activities for children of all ages.”


In addition to the expansion, several cosmetic improvements were made to existing facilities to give the entire building a fresh, modern look. Construction phasing allowed for continued use of those facilities throughout the duration of the project.

Since the project’s completion in June 2019, the County has seen a significant increase in gym memberships and overall facility usage.

“The Park is definitely a huge economic driver for the County,” said Nilson. “Our team was happy to hep design solutions that aligned with their mission to connect their community to wellness, the outdoors and lifelong learning.”


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2020-02-18T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Architecture-Engineering Firm, CPL, Plans for Exciting Move in Poughkeepsie, NY ]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-plans-for-exciting-move-in-poughkeepsie-ny http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-plans-for-exciting-move-in-poughkeepsie-ny Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Poughkeepsie, NY – February 13, 2020 – Plans to design and build a new four-story office building in the City of Poughkeepsie are well underway. As part of a $7 million development project called Journal Square, the new building will be located on the corner of Civic Center Plaza and Mill Street and will serve as the future home of CPL’s Poughkeepsie, NY office.

CPL currently has an office location at 9 Elks Lane in Hyde Park, NY. To accommodate growth and enhance the diversity of services offered to clients, the firm looks forward to a new and improved office space with better access to long-standing clients.

“We’re excited to move our team members to Civic Center Plaza,” said Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP, Principal at CPL. “In addition to giving us more space to grow, the new location will help us double down on our commitment to serve clients like the City of Poughkeepsie, the Poughkeepsie City School District, and Dutchess County.”

CPL plans on bringing between 40-50 team members to occupy the 3rd and 4th floors of the new building, which will sit adjacent to the historic Poughkeepsie Journal Building, Poughkeepsie Post Office and across the street from City Hall. As the firm continues to grow, the move reflects an intentional decision to give team members an enhanced quality of work life while boasting easy access to local clients.


Rendering of proposed Journal Square project courtesy of QPK Design and Park Page Associates.

CPL Principal, Pete Setaro, P.E., has dedicated his career to managing municipal projects and developing local connections throughout the Hudson Valley region. He agrees that the move represents a furtherance of their commitment to clients and team members alike.

“We could have decided to move anywhere, but chose the City of Poughkeepsie for a reason,” explained Setaro. “The new location will allow us to conveniently serve clients and be part of a meaningful downtown redevelopment project.”

“Both floors will also have fantastic views of the Hudson River and Mid-Hudson Bridge,” Colby added, noting that another key driver for the move was to give team members a more productive and inspiring work environment.

“CPL really prides itself in maintaining a culture that fosters creative thinking, ingenuity and collaboration – none of which can be fully achieved without a supportive and conducive workspace,” said Rick Henry, P.E., Senior Vice President at CPL. “The new Poughkeepsie office building will be a desirable ‘destination’ work environment for our team members.”

The CPL team will take charge in designing the interior space of the building’s 3rd and 4th floors. Emphasis will be placed on flexible workstations to encourage collaboration, and strategic color selections to boost output and creativity.

Demolition at the project site began in late Winter 2019. Developer, Page Park Associates, aims to break ground later this year, which would allow the project to be completed in 2021.

CPL looks forward to the new and improved Poughkeepsie office building. With full intent, the move will reflect the firm’s dedication to its client base and positive workplace culture.

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2020-02-13T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Now Offered at CPL]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-crime-prevention-through-environmental-design-now-offered-at-cpl http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-crime-prevention-through-environmental-design-now-offered-at-cpl How do you design a natural environment to deter someone from carrying out a crime?

Whether you’re a designer, parent, teacher, healthcare professional or community member, the topics of safety and security have inevitably crossed your mind. As designers and engineers, we have a unique opportunity to dissuade criminals with preventative design.

That’s what Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) will do. CPTED is defined as “the proper design and effective use of the built environment that can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement in the quality of life.” This includes physical, social management, and law enforcement directives that seek to affect positive human behavior as people interact with their environment.

“The opportunity to use CPTED is important to us as designers because of how the world is right now,” said Eric Leibenguth, AIA, NCARB, architectural team member in the CPL Raleigh office. “Other than this type of training, there are no other proactive means to educate the design community on how they can help make our communities a safer place.”

Leibenguth recently earned the CPTED Professional Designation from the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP). This type of design is applicable throughout all market sectors and is anticipated to grow exponentially as clients place safety at the height of their requirements. Schools, universities, municipalities and healthcare systems are now adopting their own CPTED standards for all to abide by.

Generally speaking, crime prevention is the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce the risk. The goal of CPTED is to reduce opportunities for crime that may be inherent in the design of structures or in the design of neighborhoods. This goal is accomplished through the involvement of CPTED practitioners in the planning, development, and design review of community projects.

“Lighting is a number one driver of crime,” said Leibenguth. “CPTED uses tools to evaluate environmental conditions and utilize interventional methods to correct the problem, which might include avoiding areas of concealment from a built standpoint. Nowadays, most spaces don’t reach the required standard for illumination,” he explained.

Another aspect of this type of design applies a border definition of a controlled space—fencing or other territorial reinforcement—that explicitly shows users that they are entering a different area or different transition zones, which include public, semi-public, and private.

As someone who is certified in completing CPTED action items, Leibenguth would conduct a full analysis, address all topics in that space, and report which standards need further compliance. CPL’s goal of this assessment would be to come in and assist that client with completing that work, and ultimately make life safer for them.

Leibenguth says his hope is that CPTED standards will protect our communities and children in schools, public spaces, parks, neighborhoods, and in many built environments. These guidelines can lay the groundwork for jurisdictions, be used as a basis of design, and allow for the natural surveillance of normal users, abnormal users, and observers. Educating our clients early on in the process to engage security design professionals and local law enforcement is essential to the success of this program.

As our clients have begun asking for this certification in RFP’s (Request for Proposals) and RFQ’s (Request for Qualifications), CPL encourages utilizing Leibenguth as a resource. Clients can also reach out to the National Institute of Crime Prevention, who would find Leibenguth and CPL in the database and refer us to provide those services.

To learn more about CPTED design and training, reach out to Eric at 919.645.9003 ext. 4003, aleibenguth@cplteam.com, or visit https://www.cptedtraining.net/.

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2020-02-10T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Suwanee]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-suwanee http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-suwanee Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Suwanee, GA - Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Anna Jahns and Araceli Cortes to its civil engineering team in Suwanee, GA.

In her new role, Jahns is responsible for preparing plans, assisting with engineering calculations and designing for a variety of transportation infrastructure projects. She joins CPL as a full-time team member after participating in the firm’s internship program and brings with her competencies in teamwork and design programs like Power InRoads and MicroStation.

Jahns has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and resides in Lilburn, GA.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Cortes will focus on providing design support for transportation engineering projects. Prior to joining CPL, she served as an intern and acquired substantial experience using design programs such as Power InRoads, MicroStation and Bluebeam Revu.

Cortes has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and resides in Sugar Hill, GA.

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 17 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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.comto learn more.

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2020-02-11T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Buffalo, NY - Friday, February 7, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Erin Hens to its architectural team in Buffalo, NY.

In her new role, Hens will provide architectural support in the form of drafting, redlining and 3D modeling for a variety of project types. She joins CPL as a full-time team member after participating in the firm’s internship program and brings with her substantial knowledge of critical design programs such as Revit, AutoCAD and various Adobe applications.

Hens has Bachelor of Science degree in architecture/engineering from the University at Buffalo. She resides in Hamburg, NY.

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 17 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2020-02-07T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Albany]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-albany http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-albany Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Albany, NY - Monday, February 4, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Nicholas Hens, EIT to its mechanical engineering team in Albany, NY.

In his new role, Hens’ responsibilities will include producing clean, easy to read sets of drawings for a variety of mechanical engineering projects. He will also assist the team with drafting, selecting equipment, specifications, submittals and performing site visits. Prior to joining CPL, Hens served as a mechanical engineer at DELTA Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors.

Hens has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and in aeronautic engineering from Clarkson University. Outside the office, he is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Hens resides in Albany, NY.

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 17 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2020-02-04T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: University of Rochester Goergen Athletic Center Field House Renovation]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-university-of-rochester-goergen-athletic-center-field-house-renovation http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-university-of-rochester-goergen-athletic-center-field-house-renovation Photo Credit: J. Adam Fenster

Originally constructed in 1930, the University of Rochester’s (UR) 37,000 sq. ft. Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center needed an internal update. Building on the already growing relationship with the University, CPL completed a renovation of the facility’s turf, track, netting, and more in 2019.

This Field House served as the original physical education building for the UR, and is now also used as a venue for local commencement ceremonies and other events when it is not filled with athletes and amateurs.

“The best way to describe the condition of the facility was kind of tired,” said Mike Mistriner, AIA, Vice President at CPL and Principal-in-Charge for the $1.5 million project. “It needed to be refreshed, and we were able to do that in a few different ways.”


Filling in the Cracks

The scope of the project included replacing the athletic surfaces for the 13,000 sq. ft. indoor, artificial turf and the running track surface, which surrounds the perimeter of the building. CPL also replaced all athletic netting, re-designed the lighting throughout the space, and added ventilation upgrades.

“These upgrades in addition to painting the walls and ceiling gave the University an opportunity to introduce a new, more contemporary color scheme and add flair to the space,” said Mistriner.

The existing turf and track were laid directly on top of the original cinder ground surface. As part of our project, a new concrete slab was installed to alleviate ground moisture problems. The new athletic surfaces were then installed on top of the slab.

Maria Mazurek, AIA, Project Manager, said the project was a lot of fun, and seeing the transformation was exciting.


Photo Credit: J. Adam Fenster

“A big portion of the project was the lighting,” said Mazurek. “It had to be designed to the specific levels prescribed for college athletics. Now, the space is much brighter and more friendly for the users.”

Lighting upgrades included flat LED lights on the ceiling of the tunnel for the running track, which previously felt closed-in.

Additionally, moisture, sloping, and subsurface issues were improved with the project.

“The existing turf had an asphalt base that had become very deteriorated,” said Jim Basile, P.E., civil engineering team member. “We called in a geotechnical expert—Jeff Netzband, P.E., of Foundation Design—to conduct a geotechnical investigation to help us determine the best solution,” he said.

Together, Basile and Netzband evaluated the subgrade, the soils, and the moisture levels. From there, Basile and CPL team members decided on a complete rebuild of the substrate, which included removing all old asphalt and bringing in new stone and concrete as a foundation for the turf and track.

“Overall, it was a very exciting project,” said Basile. “I especially enjoyed working with the team to create something that was going to be valuable for the athletes and end users. It was fun to see the transformation.”


Scope Breakdown

“When this building was constructed, there was no mechanical ventilation,” explained Mazurek. “We introduced this concept with modern HVAC and four huge ceiling fans that help move the air around and assist with overall ventilation.”

The netting project consisted of two major parts: horizontal netting under the roof deck to protect lighting and ductwork, and perimeter curtains to protect people outside of the field, like runners on the track.


“The netting also allows for more flexibility when using the space,” said Mistriner, adding that it enables users to subdivide the field into sections, in half, or in thirds.

Although CPL brought in an acoustical expert who conducted a full study, the decision was made against adding any acoustical treatment. Because of the shape of the space, any remediation efforts would be costly, and could also not guarantee results for the rare occasion where echoing and reverberation would be negative.

Additional improvements in the space included another baseball cage, a discus throwing cage, pole and jump vault spaces, and striping of the field.


Photo Credit: J. Adam Fenster

Building a Team

“This project is one of five we have with the University, both on the higher education and healthcare sides,” said Mistriner. “We look forward to continuing to build a relationship of dependability and help them continue to grow in the future.”

Mistriner attributes this win to the resumes of our team members.

“We take no application for granted. It says something about the quality of our team members and what they are doing on campus,” he said. “The work they have been doing is why we have been successful.”

Basile shares the passion for building those relationships. “This was an enjoyable project, and we had a very talented project management and support team,” said Basile, giving shout outs to Jennifer Baldwin, Project Manager at the UR, and Jane Possee, the UR Director of Athletics.

“This was an excellent project,” said Mazurek, “and you can see the magnitude of the results.”

Other CPL team members included Tom Bock, EIT, Norm Gardner, C.P.G., Larry Wertz, P.E., and Ray Garcia, and Matt Anderson.

The renovated Field House re-opened for the Fall semester of 2019 and is currently in use.


Photo Credit: J. Adam Fenster

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2020-01-27T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Gives Back – Team Members in Greensboro, NC Support Bikes for Kids Foundation]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-gives-back-team-members-in-greensboro-nc-support-bikes-for-kids-foundation http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-gives-back-team-members-in-greensboro-nc-support-bikes-for-kids-foundation The spirit of volunteering and giving back to communities is alive and well at CPL, especially for team members in Greensboro, NC. The office ended the year 2019 on a major high note after teaming up with the nationally recognized, Bikes for Kids Foundation, to sponsor a touching and unforgettable event for students at Guilford Elementary School.

Through a bike reward program, a partnership with the school system and two years of classroom study, the Bikes for Kids Foundation aims to inspire third and fourth grade Title 1 students to plan now for post high school education.

Since 2002, the Foundation has impacted over 57,000 economically disadvantaged children by delivering hope for big dreams that build clarity, confidence, responsibility, kindness and determination. Utilizing character-building books, classroom instruction and required essays, they ultimately reward the student’s reading and completed essay with a bike and helmet – an earned gift that makes a profound difference in their lives.

CPL became aware of this special organization when the Foundation President, Bob Krumroy, reached out to CPL Principal, Tom Phoenix, P.E., LEED AP, FASHRAE.

“Once I heard Bob explain the Foundation’s mission to help deliver hope and confidence to students at underserved elementary schools, there was no hesitation for us to jump in and help where we could,” said Phoenix.

The Foundation is powered entirely by volunteers, which allows all funds raised to be allocated directly to the purchase of new bicycles and helmets. CPL team members were asked to volunteer their time to assist with bike assembly.

“Our office was ecstatic to help with the assembly effort,” said architectural team member, Lauren Beverly. “We were all so inspired by the way in which this program changes the lives of these children. They aren’t just given the bikes, they actually earn them.”

Focusing on the lesson, “Nothing is given, everything is earned,” CPL’s sponsored class of third graders at Guilford Elementary School were asked to read the book, “Think Big, Work Hard, Be Kind, No Excuses,” and then write an essay.


“The teachers told them that bikes would be given to three lucky students with the best essays,” said Beverly. “But that wasn’t entirely true.”

On the day of the event, after three essays were read aloud and three students were chosen to receive bikes, a large curtain opened to unveil an overwhelming surprise. The other students were utterly shocked to see a whole slew of bikes that each one of them would be taking home, too.

“To say the kids went crazy over the news would be an understatement,” said Beverly. “It was hard not to get emotional as we saw students screaming and jumping up and down. Those children have big dreams and winning those bikes affirmed that if they work hard, their dreams can come true.”

“Seeing the joy on the faces of those third graders and their parents was priceless,” said Phoenix. “I know it was a day that those kids will never forget, and neither will I.”


Video Credit: Bikes for Kids Foundation

Title 1 students are from families who are struggling to live with incomes below the poverty level. And while these students face challenging issues and complex risk factors, the Bikes for Kids Foundation is dedicated to redefining the so-called “stats” on these children. They believe in their program, which says “a kind gesture, a vote of confidence, and a message of ‘we believe in you’ can change a life forever.”

To date, the Foundation has assembled more than 57,000 bikes for students at 723 elementary schools. CPL’s Greensboro office was thrilled to be a sponsor for this heartwarming organization and appreciative of the opportunity to impact local children’s lives.


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2020-01-17T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL Growth Continues with Addition of Sammel Architecture]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-cpl-growth-continues-with-addition-of-sammel-architecture http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-cpl-growth-continues-with-addition-of-sammel-architecture CPL has continued its expansion and rapid growth with the acquisition of Sammel Architecture PLLC in the Westchester County town of Somers, NY.

Click here to read the full story featured in the Rochester Business Journal.

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2020-01-20T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Architecture-Engineering Firm, CPL, Expands into Westchester County, NY]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-expands-into-westchester-county-ny http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-expands-into-westchester-county-ny Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
CPL
585.797.7275

Somers. NY - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - CPL, a full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm, has expanded its footprint in the Hudson Valley to include Westchester County, NY, with the acquisition of Sammel Architecture, PLLC.

The new Somers, NY location brings CPL’s total staff level to 450 team members and represents CPL’s 17th office (and 5th in the Hudson Valley) including Albany, NY; Binghamton, NY; Buffalo, NY; Charlotte, NC; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Hudson, NY; Jamestown, NY; Newburgh, NY; Olean, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Poughkeepsie, NY; Raleigh, NC; Rochester, NY; Suwanee, GA and Woodstock, GA. CPL’s design professionals presently serve the healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, corporate, municipal and transportation market sectors.

Sammel Architecture Principal, David Sammel, RA, founded the practice in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well-respected architectural design firms in the region, serving clients primarily in the K-12 market.

The two firms’ service offerings are complementary - both featuring award winning project portfolios. CPL and Sammel Architecture have been industry leaders in their respective service sectors and will now combine forces to better serve clients in the New York City metro area and Hudson Valley.

Sammel Architecture’s clients will benefit from deepened discipline bench strength and expanded in-house design expertise including 3D / mixed reality design, interior design, M/E/P engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, planning and landscape architecture. CPL is dedicated to a seamless transition for both the Sammel staff as well as integrating ongoing project work. It is anticipated that additional team members will be added to the Somers, NY location over the next year to facilitate continued growth in the region.

In the Hudson Valley, CPL’s prominent work includes the $80 million renovation/expansion of the Orange County Government Center (Goshen, NY); the City of Kingston Washington Avenue Sewer project; Newburgh Enlarged City School District-wide renovations and new CTE (Career, Technology & Education) High School Building; Spackenkill Union Free School District-wide renovations and new turf field & stadium; and the Town of New Windsor – Replacement of Lake Road Bridge over Metro-North Railroad. Several other notable projects include the design of the new $260 million Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care tower addition for the Rochester Regional Health System (Rochester, NY); and the new $50 million National Comedy Center (Jamestown, NY).

In the lower Hudson Valley and New York City metro area, Sammel Architecture’s most recognized work includes Germantown Central School District Auditorium Addition; Carmel Central School District 2019 Bond including District-wide alterations, Collaborative Learning Center, and new Transportation Facility; Somers Central School District Security Vestibules and Turf Athletic Fields; and New York City School Construction Authority Capital Improvement Projects throughout the City.

Quotables:

CPL Chief Executive Officer, Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, said: “Our K-12 practice is a shining example of inspiring design work that makes a real difference. Helping improve facilities for students is fulfilling work that has a genuine impact on communities. The addition of Sammel further strengthens this practice and we warmly welcome them to the CPL family.”

CPL Senior Vice President, Rick Henry, P.E., said: “We are thrilled to expand our practice into Westchester County to better serve our clients as well as establish new relationships in that vibrant region. It is an important market and acquisition for us.”

Sammel Architecture Principal, David Sammel, RA, said: “We knew that in order to stay at the top of our field, meet our client’s changing needs, and provide better and broader opportunities for our team members, we would have to grow. Growing organically in the current economy is challenging, and the opportunity to be a part of CPL was a perfect solution for us. The things that attracted us to this acquisition were CPL’s commitment to excellence in design and their dedication to teamwork with their clients and employees. They have an amazing culture and outstanding reputation.”

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 17 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, 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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<![CDATA[BUZZ: A Three-Part Architectural Wish List for Rochester in 2020]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-a-three-part-architectural-wish-list-for-rochester-in-2020 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-a-three-part-architectural-wish-list-for-rochester-in-2020 CPL architectural team member and AIA Rochester President, Jason Streb, AIA, details an architectural wish list for 2020 (and beyond).

Click here to read the full article featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2019-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Happy Holidays 2019]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/boradcast-happy-holidays-2019 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/boradcast-happy-holidays-2019 Happy Holidays from all of us at CPL!

Thank you for being one of our key ingredients! Please click the link below to enjoy the 2019-2020 CPL Cook Book, a special gift from our family to yours.

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<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Greensboro]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-greensboro-2 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-greensboro-2 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Greensboro, NC - Friday, December 6, 2019 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Allen Turner to our team in Greensboro, NC.

Turner joins the architectural team as a visualization and media production specialist. He will be working directly with design teams and clients to help provide an array of services including real-time design visualization, reality capture, virtual reality applications, photography and videography.

With more than 25 years of A/E/C industry experience, Turner most recently served as a director of digital technology for MHAworks, PA, where he managed the design visualization studio, developed production pipelines and mentored the staff to use design visualization technologies.

Turner served for four years in the United States Marine Corps in the competitive marksmanship unit as a Corporal (E-4).

“I joined the military, first and foremost, to serve my country and honor a family tradition of military service. The unexpected benefits to me where that through that service, I developed a strong sense of self-discipline, integrity and a lifelong bond with the fraternity of brothers and sisters I served with,” Turner said.

Turner resides in Burlington, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 440+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2019-12-06T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Binghamton and Poughkeepsie]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-binghamton-and-poughkeepsie http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-binghamton-and-poughkeepsie Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Binghamton, NY and Poughkeepsie, NY - Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its civil engineering team: Nathan Oliva who joins the team in Binghamton, NY and Nolan Beahan who joins the team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Oliva will assist with drafting, design, construction management and surveying for a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, he served as a summer intern while earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Oliva is a frequent volunteer at St. Cyril’s Church and resides in Binghamton, NY.

Beahan also joins the civil engineering team ready to assist on a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL, he served as an assistant civil engineer/land surveyor at Berger Engineering and Land Surveying. Beahan has an associates degree in liberal arts in science and an associates degree in engineering science from Dutchess Community College. He also has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College and a bachelor’s degree in catholic philosophy from St. John’s University. He resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 440+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2019-12-03T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Newburgh]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-newburgh http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-newburgh Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Newburgh, NY - Friday, November 29, 2019 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its Newburgh office: Lisa Carino who joins the architectural team and Nicolas Speidell who joins the construction team.

As a member of the architectural team, Carino will assist with the design, planning, modeling and presentation of a variety of architectural projects. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a design professional at Sammel Architecture where she designed projects in the K-12 education market sector.

Carino has an associate degree in interior design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Alfred State College. She resides in Poughquag, NY.

Speidell joins the construction team ready to assist the team with RFI/submittal tracking and logging, meeting minutes, drawings QA/QC, and overseeing the construction progress on a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL, he served as a design and construction project manager at IBM.

Speidell has an associate degree in architectural technology from Dutchess Community College and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Boston Architectural College. He resides in Hopewell Junction, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 440+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 cities across 5 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal 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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2019-11-29T00:00:00-05:00