Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2020 2020-01-20T05:30:12-05:00 <![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; Hudson, NY; Jamestown, NY; Newburgh, NY; Olean, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Poughkeepsie, NY; Raleigh, NC; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; 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, 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 region, 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, 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.

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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., 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, 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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2020-01-15T00:00:00-05:00
<![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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2019-12-19T00:00:00-05:00
<![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
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Suwanee]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-suwanee http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-suwanee Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Suwanee, GA - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome three new team members to its Suwanee office: Brandon McKinney and Cyndee Bonacci, CPRP who both join the landscape architectural team, and Olivia Lobban, P.E. who joins the civil engineering team.

As a member of the landscape architectural team, McKinney will assist with designing and preparing construction documents for a variety of project types. He holds a landscape architecture degree from North Carolina A&T State University and resides in Duluth, GA.

Bonacci will also work with the landscape architectural team as a project administrator, helping to streamline project tracking, assist with parks/recreation business development and support landscape architectural team members. With more than 20 years of management and administrative experience in the field of recreation, Bonacci has been a member of the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA) since 2003. She has a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Furman University and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.

Bonacci is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA). Outside the office, she volunteers on the Collins Hill High School Safety Committee, the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association Boys ECNL Travel Team, and the Hope Community Fellowship Church. Bonacci resides in Lawrenceville, GA.

Lobban joins the civil engineering ready to focus on designing and delivering a variety of transportation project types. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a project manager representing the Georgia Department of Transportation’s (GDOT) Office of Program Delivery, where she managed small scale projects in the safety and operations programs.

Lobban has degrees in civil engineering technology and construction engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University). She resides in Roswell, GA.

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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2019-11-26T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Honoring Our Heroes – A Salute to Our CPL Veterans]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-honoring-our-heroes-a-salute-to-our-cpl-veterans http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-honoring-our-heroes-a-salute-to-our-cpl-veterans The Wall That Heals (pictured above) is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A Veteran is someone who is brave and courageous, a person who lives with integrity, and, at CPL, a person who we admire for their hard work in many aspects of their lives. This month, we are shining the spotlight on the team members who have truly exemplified our core values, and who have helped give us the freedoms we enjoy every day. We also highlight a Veterans Memorial project that allows citizens to show their appreciation for our Veterans.

Don Lee, FAIA – Principal Consultant

Don was in the Army Reserves for six years, serving as a Private. He fulfilled his civil duty after being drafted. Moving on to architecture, Don looks back at his history knowing he “did his time”. Learn more about Don.




Ashley Leonard – Electrical Engineering Team

Ashley was a Senior Airman (E-4) in the Air Force, where he served from 1991-1995. “I joined mainly to get out of town to be honest. I wanted to learn some different skills and to see different parts of the world. I do love my country, the freedom and liberty it stands for, and I believed that serving in the military was one way of giving back to it,” he said.




Allen Turner - Visualization and Media Production

Allen served in the United States Marine Corps for four years, from 1991-1995, 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,” he said.




Issac Lewis – Municipal Team

Issac served as a United States Marine from 1996-1999. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and is a Code Enforcement Officer at CPL.





Joe Garland – Civil Engineering Team

Joe served as an SP4 in the United States Army. Called to duty from a military obligation, he served his county from 1970-1976.





Shauncy Maloy, P.E. – Civil Engineering Team

Shauncy served as a Staff Sergeant (E-6) in the Army National Guard for 9 years, from 2001-2010. “I joined for a combination of reasons; out of a desire to serve my country, as a way to pay for school, and as a way to maintain my ability to speak Russian. (I already spoke Russian and joined a linguist unit.) I am proud of my service. I did 9 years of active reserve with 3 deployments during that 9 years. I got out to spend more time with my family,” he said.



Gregory Jacquet, Sr. – Municipal Team

Gregory served for six years in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal (E-4), and for three years with the Coast Guard as an E-4 from 1983-1989. Referring to his service as a “family duty”, Gregory describes the tradition: “My Grandfather and Father both served in the United States Army as Officers. My Grandfather made 14 trips to with a supply vessel to Europe during WWII,” he said. “Three of my four children have served and my youngest son is currently active duty in the United States Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii.”


Rick Raymond – IT Team

Rick served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Armed Forces for 10 years… and 1 month, 3 days, 6 hours, 4 minutes... and jokes he wasn’t counting. Yearning to represent his country, he joined the Armed Forces after missing the Olympics by one race in the qualifying regatta.




Dave Drexel, NICET Level IV – Construction Inspection Team

Dave served in the Army during the Vietnam War Era.Drafted into service, he was in the infantry and served in the Berlin Brigade. “I was stationed near the Berlin Wall. I was a jeep driver for an Executive Officer. I also had guard duty on a few occasions at the American Embassy and at Spandau Prison (when Rudolph Hess was there). We worked with West German, British and French units in their various sectors to include travel into the Russian sector. That included regular trips through Checkpoint Charlie. I enjoyed the German hospitality and food while I was there both in Berlin and in the other places I visited,” Dave shared.\



Deborah Barletta, CIP, LEED AP BD+C – IT Team

Deb served as an Army Reservist for four and a half years. Humble in her service, she extends warm recognition for those Veterans who were actively involved in combat.




Alex West – Architectural Team

Alex served as a Seabee in the Navy for 8 years, attaining the rank of Builder Second Class Petty Officer (BU2).In 2009, Alex served a tour in Iraq.“I joined the Navy for several reasons. One I wasn't ready to go to college and I needed a way to pay for college. I also wanted to do something for my country.I also have had several grandparents and uncles in the military. I am thankful for the experience and glad that I did it,” he said.




Vince Hines – Municipal Team

Vince served in the United States Armed Forces from 1975 – 1979.At the time of his discharge, Vince’s rank was E-4, and he also served as a UH-1P (Huey) Crew Chief with the 35th TFW, and 24th SOS.Vince joined the USAF as a family tradition. “From a young age I knew that I would serve, as my family has served in some shape or form as far back as the Civil War,” he said.




Mack Cain, RLA, LEED AP – Landscape Architecture Team

Mack spent three years in the reserves for the United States Marine Corps as a PLC 2nd Lieutenant from 1972 to 1975. Mack says he felt it was his duty to serve his county. As a professional landscape architect, Mack has found a way to extend his gratitude.Designing two previous military memorials, Mack is now working on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Johns Creek, Atlanta. Learn more about Mack.



The “Wall That Heals” is a traveling memorial that drives across the country to allow people to pay their respects. When the memorial came to Johns Creek a few years ago, it drew more than 10,000 people. After five years of travel, the wall is retired and auctioned off to the highest bidder, using those funds to construct a new wall to travel. Johns Creek won the bid, and is now looking to give the wall a permanent home in their Veterans Park section of Newtown Park.


Standing at 240 feet long and 3 to 8 feet tall, the memorial is a half-scale replica of the wall in Washington, D.C. Soon, the memorial will have its permanent residence in Atlanta.

Although the project is contracted under CPL, Mack is donating most of his time pro-bono to the Veterans. The memorial is currently under construction and is planned to open in March 2020.

* This list includes those team members that were willing to share a bit about their service, but is not an all-inclusive list of all Veterans at CPL.

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2019-11-11T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Aquarium of Niagara Adds Touch Tank Exhibit]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-aquarium-at-niagara-adds-touch-tank-exhibit http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-aquarium-at-niagara-adds-touch-tank-exhibit The Aquarium of Niagara and CPL celebrated the groundbreaking of a new exhibit that is sure to make a splash! The Aquarium’s team announced the start of construction on the interactive habitat named “M&T Bank Shark and Ray Bay” late September, with a launch date anticipated in spring 2020.

The touch-tank exhibit will allow patrons a hands-on, teaching and learning experience with a collection of marine life including sharks, stingrays, hermit crabs, sea urchins, and more.

The open tank allows children and family to lean in and actually touch the marine life. Divers and educators for the Aquarium can also physically get in the water and conduct a program from the tank explaining the habitat, the creatures, and direct the exhibit for educational purposes.

Mike Mistriner, AIA, Vice President at CPL, enjoyed a long-standing relationship with the Aquarium through his active involvement with the Niagara community when he joined the firm in 2017. This allowed Mistriner and local CPL team members the opportunity to develop a master plan for the $1.3 million exhibit.

CPL architectural team member, Austin Tylec, shared much interest in the project that would attract tourists and the local community alike.

"This project is a huge catalyst for the area,” said Tylec. “The New York side of Niagara Falls lacks excitement. The improvements to this facility will motivate local community members to visit Niagara Falls and keep our money local,” he said.

Tylec has been a designer for the project since the onset and is excited to see it through the last detail.

My favorite part of this project was the conceptual phase,” he said. “We were able to interact with the Aquarium staff and discuss all the pieces that needed to fit in order to have a successful project. We asked the questions, why do we want to create this exhibit? What is the desired size?

These details include behind-the-scenes equipment, and the infrastructure that must be in place to guarantee the tank will function properly.

Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP BD+C, NCIDQ, lead interior designer for the project, leaned on the experts at the Aquarium for these details.

This is a unique project for us, so we wanted the staff at the Aquarium to be actively involved in telling us what is important to them,” she said. “We delved into a lot of research to ensure this project was the best it could be and to enhance the visitors experience as they interact with the marine life.”

Through a vision dialogue session, Tylec, Owczarczak, and other CPL team members worked closely with Aquarium staff to select the Mangrove Florida theme. Owczarczak developed 3-dimensional renderings of the project that illustrated the tank, the ceilings, wall graphics, and the wayfinding experience for visitors.


It was exciting to work with their staff because they are so enthusiastic about animals and marine life,” said Tylec. “They provided a lot of input about appropriate care and living conditions for each species.” The marine life that will be featured in the tank are rescues, who might have died in the wild without the help of the Aquarium.

CPL team members who made this project possible included Joe Rausch, P.E., Paul Tenny, Eric Latiuk, P.E., Phil D’Angelo, Jay Meyers, P.E., Dan Gaughan, Dave Hart, P.E., Marissa Colucci, and Brittany Nowicki. CPL also worked with Eric Hall from Hall Aquatics for life safety support, as well as a lighting specialist and tank specialist, to ensure the feature of the exhibit would be the marine life in the tank. In addition, Owczarczak worked closely with the Aquarium’s Education Director to design an interactive learning environment that showcases the marine life by region.

The project also included an office addition to the second floor with further room to expand in the future, which allowed the Aquarium the space it needed on the first floor for the exhibit.

“This is one of the three bigger projects that has happened to the facility in the last three years, and sets a precedent to go bigger and better in continuing to grow,” said Tylec. “I look forward to the next steps and the next few years of development.”

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2019-11-15T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Bergen's Eric Wies is Leadership Genesee Alumnus of the Year]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-bergens-eric-wies-is-leadership-genesee-alumnus-of-the-year http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-bergens-eric-wies-is-leadership-genesee-alumnus-of-the-year Leadership Genesee (LG) will present awards honoring the 29 members of the Class of 2019 along with the 2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award at the annual Graduation Celebration on Dec. 5th at Terry Hills

Eric Wies, P.E., a graduate of the LG Class of 2006, has been named the Leadership Genesee Alumnus of the Year. The award is presented annually to an alumnus who works to fulfill the program’s mission displaying exceptional achievements and contributions to the community and Leadership Genesee.

Wies is the immediate past chair of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and the current president of the Bergen Fire Department.

Click here to read the full press release posted by Billie Owens in The Batavian.

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2019-11-25T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Hosts First Annual Career Day for High School Students]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-hosts-first-annual-career-day-for-high-school-students http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-hosts-first-annual-career-day-for-high-school-students CPL is dedicated to enriching our communities. We give back, share knowledge and engage with our neighbors and partners in many ways. We are proud to have an intentional culture that fosters thoughtfulness, creative thinking and work-life balance, which manifests itself in extraordinary accomplishments. Our team members’ willingness to lend a hand and become involved is vital to our success and has tangible impacts on the lives of those around us.

A great illustration of this commitment to community was a career day that CPL’s Rochester office recently hosted. Twenty-two high school students from three districts (Perry CSD, Pavilion CSD and York CSD) attended, along with their chaperones who ranged from Principals to Technology class teachers. The goals for the event were to make the next generation of A/E thought leaders aware of the great opportunities in our industry as well as inform young talent that a bright future awaits them here in Rochester and at CPL.


The day’s agenda kicked off with presentations from CPL team members where they discussed the professions of architecture, engineering and interior design. The students not only heard about what our experts do on a daily basis, but also discovered the educational path that it takes to pursue these disciplines. Our speakers used detailed examples from their work, successes and lessons learned. Smart, enthusiastic students asked meaningful, interactive questions and heard answers first-hand from real, local professionals.

"Looking back, I wish there had been more resources available to me as a student considering the architectural career path. With the high cost of college, any help navigating the waters of education, licensure and career can go a long way in managing expectations and increasing the chance for success,” commented Jason Benfante, AIA, Principal Architect at CPL. "Nurturing the interests of future designers and engineering problem solvers was important to share, but we also wanted to offer our own life experiences to demonstrate that each journey is unique, you should expect challenges, you shouldn't sweat setbacks, and favorable outcomes are borne from perseverance,” he added.

After the formal presentations and lunch, the students split into groups to tour our offices, get a feel for the workplace environment and make three exciting stops along the way. The first was an inside look at our interiors library where they learned about materials selection and client interaction. The second stop was an interactive visit to CPL’s Virtual Reality Lab to understand how VR and mixed reality are implemented by designers to help clients envision what their projects will look like and make important design decisions.


Lastly, the students learned about how drones are used in our daily workflow to not only capture photos and video, but to obtain the data that is critical to building virtual models.

"The feedback from all the students was extremely positive,said Becky Belkota, Principal at Perry CSD. They appreciated the way each field was presented by including what areas of interest each CPL team member had when they were in high school and how that connected to the profession they chose. It was also helpful for them to hear about the different educational paths. I know the kids really enjoyed the interactive portion and tour of the firm as well.


These visits serve to give students a peek inside different careers, and hopefully, encourage them to explore a design field. However, there is also a broader issue at play: In the Finger Lakes and western New York region, retaining high school students, as well as our local college graduates, is a measurable economic development driver. We very much want these bright minds to stay and prosper right here in our communities.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Bob Duffy, said, “Rochester Chamber commends member CPL for giving students an inside look at its operations. Experiences like this can go a long way in helping a young person decide upon a career path and stay in our community. With Rochester Chamber’s intensified focus on workforce development and talent strategy, we encourage other companies to take CPL’s lead and offer opportunities for students to see what happens behind the scenes.”

CPL’s inaugural career day was a success and we are already planning for several others across our office footprint!


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2019-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL’s Michelle Trott Appointed to AIA’s Academy of Architecture for Health]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpls-michelle-trott-appointed-to-aias-academy-of-architecture-for-health http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpls-michelle-trott-appointed-to-aias-academy-of-architecture-for-health Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
585.324.0433


New Orleans, LA & Rochester, NY Wednesday, November 13, 2019 – At their annual Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) appointed CPL Principal Architect, Michelle Trott, AIA, NCARB, to serve on the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), effective November 2, 2019 for a three-year term.

Trott is a proven leader for CPL’s Healthcare practice and has successfully grown the firm’s client base to include leading health organizations such as Rochester Regional Health, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Kaleida Health. She has also served as a mentor to young professionals in the field of architecture and design.

“Thought leadership is a vital component of knowledge exchange that is invaluable to me,” said Trott. “The opportunity to serve on this board represents my passion to engage conversation, share experiences and learn for the future betterment of healthcare. I cherish mentoring younger professionals to help focus their desire to improve patient, family and staff experiences based on research, code and design.”


The AAH is dedicated to providing knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the healthcare architectural professional. Their vision states that together, they will improve the world by serving as the authoritative voice for the design of healthy environments, leading the way to effective future practice, and advocating with those who share our goals.

“CPL prides itself on our culture, expertise and commitment to difference-making, innovative design,” commented Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, CPL Chief Executive Officer and Facilities Guidelines Institute, HGRC Hospital Co-Chair. “There is no better affirmation of this than when our team members are recognized by industry organizations and peers.”

Liebert added, “Professional engagement and volunteerism are critical to individual success as well as enabling our firm to better serve our clients and communities. We are thrilled that Michelle has been selected for this national post.”


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, 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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2019-11-13T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Rochester and Greensboro]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-rochester-and-greensboro http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-rochester-and-greensboro Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Rochester, NY and Greensboro, NC - 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: Ruben Alfredo Escobar Zurita who joins the civil engineering team in Rochester and Erica Perine who joins the architectural team in Greensboro.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Zurita will provide engineering design, analysis and calculations for a variety of transportation projects including designs for roads/highways, bridges, intersections and streetscapes. Prior to joining CPL, he served as a transportation engineer for HUNT Engineers.

Zurita has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a specialty in infrastructure from the Universidad Mayor de San Simon in Cochambamba, Bolivia. Outside the office, he is a member of the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers (NYSATE), the Rochester Engineering Society of Civil Engineers (RES), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE – Associate Member). Zurita resides in the Town of Irondequoit, NY.

Perine joins CPL’s architectural team equipped to provide support on a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, she interned with the firm’s architectural team during the Summer of 2018.

Perine has a bachelor’s degree in music (minor in business) and a master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University. She resides in Greensboro, 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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2019-11-11T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Architecture, Engineering Firm to Expand into Pittsburgh]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-architecture-engineering-firm-to-expand-into-pittsburgh http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-architecture-engineering-firm-to-expand-into-pittsburgh Architecture, engineering and planning firm CPL announced that it would be expanding into Pittsburgh through the acquisition of Image Associates Inc.

Click here to read the full story written by Luke Torrance, Digital Producer at Pittsburgh Business Times.

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2019-11-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Rochester Regional Health - Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care Virtual Tour]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/broadcast-rochester-regional-health-sands-constellation-center-for-critical-care-virtual-tour http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/broadcast-rochester-regional-health-sands-constellation-center-for-critical-care-virtual-tour Fly through the 7-story, 312,000 s.f. Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care at Rochester General Hospital (RGH). With an anticipated opening in 2020, the new building will feature 23 multi-disciplinary operating rooms, 108 private acuity-adaptable patient rooms, 20 private post partum rooms and 14 special care nursery rooms. The project will also include renovations of the current second and third floors of the hospital to update pre-operative services and women’s health respectively.


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<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Field of Dreams Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility Time-Lapse]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/broadcast-field-of-dreams-assisted-living-and-memory-care-facility-time-lapse http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/broadcast-field-of-dreams-assisted-living-and-memory-care-facility-time-lapse The new Field of Dreams Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility serves as an upscale, country homestead for seniors ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. Located at 3260 North Seventh Street, this two-story, 140-bed facility spans 88,000 s.f. and is owned/operated by the Tanglewood Group of Jamestown, NY. Approximately half of the building dedicated to individuals in need of basic personal care services (ie. medical monitoring and medication management), the other half offers services to patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other types of memory care needs.


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2019-09-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: A Treehouse, City Skylines, Hogwarts and More - CPL’s Pumpkin Carving-Contest Returns]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-a-treehouse-city-skylines-hogwarts-and-more-cpls-pumpkin-carving-contest-returns http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-a-treehouse-city-skylines-hogwarts-and-more-cpls-pumpkin-carving-contest-returns The Halloween spirit was celebrated with cleverness and creativity during CPL’s 2019 pumpkin-carving contest. A yearly event put on by the firm’s wellness committee, CPL Wellness, this year’s competition challenged participants to design and carve a “Building/Structures” themed pumpkin.

A total of 13 teams from CPL offices in New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia competed to win prizes (and bragging rights). The guidelines were simple – you must use real pumpkins and the final entry must represent a building or structure of your choosing.

With only a couple of weeks to get the job the done, groups put their design minds to work as they planned, gutted, painted and sculpted their pumpkins. Entries were posted on CPL’s Facebook page and the amount of “likes” each photo received determined the winners.

“One of the ways in which we bolster our company culture is through team building and a healthy dose of fun,” explained Kathy Metcalfe, CPL’s Chief Culture Officer. “We believe in the power of play and how it can strengthen camaraderie, break down bureaucratic barriers and recharge team members. This contest is a great example of that.”

With an overwhelming number of “likes” (101 to be exact), the intricate “Skyline” pumpkin carved by CPL team members in Olean, NY won by a landslide. Kudos to Brady Sturm and Levi Feely on a well-deserved victory!


Second place went to the meticulous “Treehouse” pumpkin carved by Grace Zhang, Shehreen Saleh, Stephanie Douglas, and Cyndee Bonacci – team members in CPL’s Suwanee, GA office. With details such as black and white flooring, wallpaper, a sheepskin run, chair with pillow, and a table with mirrored tray and candle, this treehouse pumpkin had all the necessary amenities.

Coming in third was the perfectly branded “CPL Logo” pumpkin, which was also carved by Levi Feely and Wade Franklin – both team members in CPL’s Olean, NY office.

Honorable mentions surely go out to the following fantastic entries:

“Albany Skyline” pumpkin carved by Ashley Hallenbeck, Carrie Ann Spitz, James Masula and Lauren Tarsio – members of CPL's Albany, NY office.








"Ghoulggenheim" pumpkin carved by Katie McGarry, Danielle Scesney, Nicole Sells and Robin Washco – members of CPL's Charlotte, NC office.






"AT&T Building" aka "Batman Building" pumpkin carved by Nidia Cruz, Kim Janiszewski and Roberto Rivas – members of CPL's Greensboro, NC office.






"Wizard of Oz" pumpkin carved by Lauren Beverly, Jennifer Turner, Josh Wheeler and Erica Perine – members of CPL's Greensboro, NC office.







"The Brick" pumpkin carved by Adam Bentham and John Healy – members of CPL's Jamestown, NY office.











"National Comedy Center" pumpkin carved by Jake Mountain and John Nickerson – members of CPL's Jamestown, NY office.











"The Colosseum" pumpkin carved by Andrew Hammond and Levi Feely – members of CPL's Olean, NY office.












"Hogwarts" pumpkin carved by Emilio de Leon, Christyn Giannavola and Erin Powers – members of CPL's Rochester, NY office.
















"Shelter" pumpkin carved by Donat Booth, Stephanie Douglas, Helen Norman and Grace Zhang – members of CPL's Suwanee, GA office.








"Traffic Jam" pumpkin carved by Donat Booth, Mark Hanson, Lalsi Khup and Olivia Lobban – members of CPL's Suwanee, GA office.

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2019-10-31T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Three New Hires in Charlotte]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-charlotte-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-charlotte-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Charlotte, NC - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome three new team members to its Charlotte office: Casey Lowe who joins the design team, Alisha Dawkins who joins the administrative team, and Hana Maleki who joins the architectural team.

As a member of the design team, Lowe will assist with construction documents, finishes and site visits for a variety of interior design projects. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, she served as an interior design intern while earning her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Lowe is an ambassador for the Claire Marie Foundation and resides in Charlotte, NC.

Dawkins joins CPL’s administrative team equipped to provide support in the form of office management, critical clerical work and scheduling office meetings or events. She has an associate degree in paralegal technology from South Piedmont Community College and resides in Matthews, NC.

In her new role, Maleki will assist with the design, planning, modeling and presentation of a variety of architectural projects. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a research assistant in the architecture school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as an architectural designer at Tavon Architectural Group. Maleki has a Master of Architecture degree form UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Iran University of Science and Technology. She resides in Charlotte, 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.comto learn more.

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2019-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Architecture-Engineering Firm, CPL, Expands to Pittsburgh, PA]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-expands-to-pittsburgh-pa-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-architecture-engineering-firm-cpl-expands-to-pittsburgh-pa-1 Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
CPL
585.797.7275

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA - CPL, a full-service architecture, engineering and planning firm, has expanded its footprint to Pittsburgh, PA with the acquisition of Image Associates, Inc.

The new Pittsburgh office location brings CPL’s total staff level to 440 team members and represents the firm’s 16th office (first in Pennsylvania) including Albany, NY; Binghamton, NY; Buffalo, NY; Charlotte, NC; Hudson, NY; Jamestown, NY; Newburgh, NY; Olean, NY; Poughkeepsie, NY; Raleigh, NC; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Pittsburgh, PA; Rochester, NY; Suwanee, GA and Woodstock, GA. CPL’s design professionals currently serve the healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, corporate, municipal and transportation market sectors.

Image Associates’ Principals, Craig Allen, AIA and Thomas Teti, AIA, founded the practice in 1986 and grew it into a well-respected architectural design firm serving regional clients in the healthcare, corporate and commercial sectors.


Pictured left to right: Craig Allen and Thomas Teti

The two firms’ service offerings are complementary - both featuring award winning project portfolios. CPL and Image Associates have been industry leaders in their respective service sectors and will now combine forces to continue serving clients in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Image Associates’ clients will benefit from deepened discipline bench strength as well as expanded in-house design expertise including 3D / mixed reality design, interior design, MEP engineering, structural engineering, civil engineering, planning and landscape architecture. Image Associates and CPL also share several common clients making for a seamless transition in integrating ongoing project work. It is anticipated that several staff members will be added to the Pittsburgh location over the next year.

Some of CPL’s 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); the $20 million UPMC Chautauqua Hospital Expansion (Jamestown, NY); a pharmacy renovation at UPMC Mercy Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA); A new $40 million atrium/main entrance for Erie County Medical Center (Buffalo, NY); the $57 million Seneca Park Zoo Expansion (Rochester, NY); and the new $50 million National Comedy Center (Jamestown, NY).

In western Pennsylvania, Image Associates' most prominent project experience encompasses work in virtually every sector of healthcare design. This includes hospital master planning and renovation, diagnostic imaging suites, emergency departments, pharmacies, behavioral health facilities, senior living facilities, adult daycare centers, outpatient care facilities, cancer treatment centers, and medical office buildings. Image has successfully completed state-of-the-art facilities spanning all facets of healthcare design – never forgetting their promise to clients to always listen and respond to every need.

Quotables:

CPL Chief Executive Officer, Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, said: “We are thrilled to expand our practice into Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh area to better serve our current clients as well as establish new relationships in that vibrant region. It is an important market and acquisition for us.”

Image Associates Principal, Craig Allen, AIA, said: “The things that attracted us to this acquisition were CPL’s commitment to excellence in healthcare 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 440-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 16 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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2019-10-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Principal in Suwanee, GA]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-principal-in-suwanee-ga http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-principal-in-suwanee-ga Contact: Amanda Sanfilippo
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7504

Thursday, August 10, 2019 - Suwanee, GA - CPL is pleased to welcome its newest Principal, Warren Hutmacher, to its Suwanee, GA office. In his new role, Hutmacher will provide leadership to the municipal services discipline at CPL.

Coming from a leadership background in local government, Hutmacher will cater to CPL’s existing client base in Georgia as well as cultivate new relationships in the municipal market sector.

“My goal is to add a unique value to clients and help them solve problems using the experience I’ve gained over the last 20 years managing cities,” Hutmacher said.

Of these 20 years, he worked in local government management as a City Manager for the past 16 years. He is familiar with all aspects of municipal government and has worked for five communities in Metro Atlanta ranging in population from 2,600 citizens to a community of 85,000. Most recently he served the City of Dunwoody and the City of Johns Creek.

As the former City Manager for the Cities of Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Norcross and Avondale Estates, Warren is highly attuned to key community issues including traffic congestion, neighborhood preservation, economic development, revenue expansion and park development planning. Having served various municipalities throughout his career, he has an excellent understanding of how to work with community stakeholders to establish priorities and produce the best, most meaningful results.

Hutmacher says those results are mostly based on trust and friendly relationships.

“Having been on the client-side for so long, I know what clients are really looking for,” he said. “I can make them feel comfortable and translate between the architects, engineers, and the city, so that expectations for the project are clear for everyone involved. This knowledge is always attractive to the client.”

Hutmacher places a lot of value on developing long-term relationships with clients that extend beyond one project or one fee, which has helped him build a loyal client base throughout his career.

“When clients hand their work to us, they are expecting it to be exceptional. They need a partner they can trust to resolve their issues, and work in their favor,” he said.

This knowledge comes from his own experience working with CPL as a client for 13 years before he joined the team himself.

“My experience was that Kevin [McOmber, P.E.] was a partner we could trust and walk through the solutions with the City in a cooperative manner,” he said.

Hutmacher worked with CPL on Project Renaissance for the City of Dunwoody in Georgia. The project was a 24-acre redevelopment that included parks, playgrounds, and trails that integrated with single family homes, commercial retail, and future government facilities. The project ultimately won the Georgia Planning Association Project of the Year Award.

“Projects like this illustrate that cities do improve the life of the community,” he said.

Hutmacher holds a BA degree in political science from the University of Delaware (1995) and a master of public administration from The Ohio State University (1997). He was named one of “40 under 40 – Georgia’s Rising Stars” by Georgia Trend Magazine. He is also a member of the International City Managers Association (I.C.M.A.).

Hutmacher currently lives in Johns Creek, GA. He and his wife have two school-aged daughters and a Wheaton Terrier puppy, Fozzie. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling and working on family genealogy.

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 Academic, Healthcare, Science + Technology, Transportation and Municipal sectors – providing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, civil engineering, M/E/P and structural engineering, and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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