Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2020 2020-09-27T00:44:04-04:00 <![CDATA[BLOG: Design Charettes at CPL]]> The concept of “design” and the role it plays here at CPL is a broad topic that encompasses our culture, our people and our work.

Design is an essential part of Who We Are. It crosses all disciplines and practice teams and is embedded in our everyday decision-making process. It impacts our clients, our partnerships, our communities and our people. It also affects the way we work, collaborate, mentor and evolve as design professionals.

To put it frankly, we care deeply about design.

One of the ways we stay dedicated to facilitating a culture that is centered around design is by having frequent “Design Charettes” in each of our offices. These charettes are collaborative brainstorming sessions that can range anywhere from a quick, impromptu conversation to a planned, intensive discussion involving multiple team members and stakeholders. At CPL, charette sessions are important internal tools that allow us to inspire one another, push creative boundaries, and explore unique design solutions for our clients.

In CPL’s Buffalo, NY office, our team has monthly design charettes that are typically focused on specific projects or proposal submissions. These scheduled workshops occur during a lunch hour and are always advertised as open invitations for anyone in the office to attend. All team members are encouraged to sit in, share their thoughts, absorb ideas, and most importantly, be inspired.

“Prior to each charette, a Project Manager will often share key project goals and information, including project specs, floor plans and images to help us all prepare for the upcoming session,” said Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP BD+C, NCIDQ, CPL design team member in Buffalo. “I genuinely look forward to these meetings each month and appreciate the opportunity to participate in a design-focused conversation with my colleagues.”

Recently, team members in our Buffalo, NY, Rochester, NY and Woodstock, GA offices worked on and completed renovations for the Northridge Church’s campus in Webster, NY. Throughout the course of the project, the team conducted several design charettes to facilitate intentional conversations around material assessments, color sections as well as the project’s overall design direction. As a result, the newly renovated space emotes a warm, industrial, “local coffee shop” type of feeling as soon as you walk in – a unique outcome that was strongly desired by the client.

Our design charettes have quickly become very powerful tools used for engaging team members, stimulating ideas and enhancing our quality of work. They allow us to garner a better understanding of each other’s perspectives and further maintain a design-oriented culture.

<![CDATA[BLOG: The Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic – Designed to Heal Hearts and Minds]]> Mental health is one of the most critical and underserved “hidden crises’” facing our communities today. This crisis has only escalated in the past six months where societal fears, anxieties and social isolation have been daily themes surrounding the global pandemic. During these turbulent times, having access to high-quality mental healthcare services has never been more important.

Fortunately, the Jonas Hill Hospital & Outpatient Clinic recently opened its doors to offer hope, healing and treatment to families and individuals struggling with mental health issues.

Located on a rolling site adjacent to UNC Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC, Jonas Hill had its grand opening in July 2020. Using holistic, team-based care, this community-minded facility is truly unique in that it combines both inpatient and outpatient services in a setting that supports healing, and promotes community awareness and involvement.

Complete with 27 beds for adult inpatient behavioral health hospitalization, Jonas Hill is equipped to treat a variety of conditions including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse. The facility’s integrated outpatient clinic (expected to open in 2021) will provide additional education and resources to patients and their families including behavioral health evaluations, medication management, and therapy/counseling.

CPL Architect and Project Manager, Robin Washco, AIA, NCARB, said that providing safety and security for patients and staff within a healing environment were the key drivers during the design process.

“The facility was designed to incorporate open concept architecture with high ceilings and ample natural light,” said Washco. “The goal was to eliminate dark, confined spaces and encourage optimal interactions between patients and staff, as well as nature wherever possible. Lighting was also a huge focus throughout the design as we know it has substantial impacts on a patient’s overall health, wellbeing and natural circadian rhythm.”

Additionally, all furniture, finishes and equipment used throughout the facility were thoughtfully and intentionally selected to foster a safe, soothing and non-institutional environment for patients. Ensuring no harm could potentially be brought onto one’s self or others was a top priority.

CPL Interior Designer, Molly Livingstone, NCIDQ, said the design selections were centered around natural elements with relaxed palettes to create a serene space for healing.

“The client emphasized a desire to bring in a mix of familiar and abstract imagery to help patients feel calm, while still keeping their safety in mind,” Livingstone explained. “That led our team to incorporate the well-known Blue Ridge Mountain scenery, painted by a local artist, into the group rooms. We also emphasized muted tones, natural woods, and regional materials to keep with the comfortable theming intentions.”

“Every single detail was considered to ultimately achieve a comfortable and secure environment that respects the wellbeing of everyone who enters it,” added Washco.

Jonas Hill also boasts a large outdoor courtyard with a walking track and spaces for music therapy, yoga, meditation and exercise. Designed for healing, the facility in its entirety provides transformative, clinically integrated, high-quality mental health care for members of the community.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Introducing Spatial Data Services]]> CPL is proud to introduce our Spatial Data Service offering - an evolutionary advancement in the AEC industry designed to give you access to real-world building data in the palm of your hand. Leveraging leading Reality Capture platforms, our team of spatial and building-systems experts can provide you and your team with high-quality data and insights that empower you to make better, more informed decisions about your facilities.

Click here to learn more about CPL's Spatial Data Services and/or contact today.

<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Deploys 3D Technology to Design 21st Century Learning Spaces ]]> Last year, CPL in collaboration with Mid Hudson Construction Management, completed renovations at Duchess Day School (DDS) in Millbrook, NY. The renovated portion of the academic building, affectionately known as the “Tower House,” features classrooms, offices, bathrooms and rooms for storage.

The Tower House dates to the 1950’s when the school first occupied an old farmhouse. At the time, it was designed to accommodate small, closed-off learning spaces. In hopes of bringing this area of the building into the 21st century, DDS’ Head of School, Matthew Heard, envisioned a transformation that would result in an open, more engaging learning environment that aligns with the school’s forward-thinking teaching methods.

Converting old, segmented spaces into large, open-concept classrooms is no easy task. Additionally, the aged building was originally constructed with methods that differ greatly from the modern-day standards and technologies often used today.

In order to overcome these challenges and ensure Heard’s vision was achieved, CPL had to think outside of the box to design a new structural system that would effectively open up interior spaces, while still meeting today's building codes.

The CPL team capitalized on the use of 3D camera technology, which enabled us to scan every square inch of the building to verify the location of critical structural components – a task that would ordinarily be impossible to verify without significant demolition prior to design.

Working alongside Connolly Engineering, our team easily located all structural components, and avoided the typical, costly and intrusive practice of “selective demolition.” In addition to the successful design of a new structural system, this collaborative effort resulted in a fast-tracked project schedule without any increased costs. The newly renovated “Tower House” is now equipped to accommodate 21st century learning that students can learn, grow and thrive in.

To learn more about CPL's K-12 projects, click here.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Designing the National Comedy Center]]> CPL has designed numerous museums around the country, but none quite as funny as this one. Coined the nation’s cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy, the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY is the only venue of its kind that houses the history, appreciation, and preservation of comedy.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: The Future Starts Now - Adaptability, Technology and Safety Drive Decisions for Modern Workspace]]> As companies across the Triad are preparing to re-open their offices, many are compelled to re-imagine their workspace for the health, safety and confidence of their employees.

From minor adjustments to complete retrofits, the office of the future is rapidly becoming the office of the present as businesses grapple with creating physical separation via spacing or barriers, easily sanitized surfaces, air purification and touchless controls.

In addition existing office space, some companies and organizations that started with new construction or upfitting prior to the pandemic have adjusted design plans on the fly to meet CDC and OSHA guidelines for Covid-19 workplace safety. Among those companies is CPL, an architecture, engineering and planning firm that will move into 6,400 square feet on the fourth floor of the 400 Bellemeade building, which is nearing completion next to First National Bank Field in downtown Greensboro.

>> Click here to read the full story (by Andy Warfield) featured in the Triad Business Journal

<![CDATA[BUZZ: HR Executive of the Year Finalists Named ]]> Ten local human resource executives have been named finalists in the 2020 HR Executive of the Year and Rising Star Awards, hosted by the Rochester affiliate of the National Human Resources Association.

Finalists for HR Executive of the Year (small employer) include CPL's Chief Culture Officer, Katherine Metcalfe.

>> Click here to read more

<![CDATA[BLOG: Re-Opening Schools with Healthy Water ]]> For several years now, filtered water bottle filling stations have become popular additions in many facilities including office buildings, community centers and schools. Besides the obvious intent to help reduce our dependency on plastic water bottles, which often end up as landfill waste, these filtered water stations offer a slew of health benefits to those who use them – especially our children.

While the importance of hydration to maintain good health isn’t breaking news, the link between hydration and learning is overtly impactful. When students are properly hydrated, they are much more likely to experience enhanced energy levels and brain function as water helps decrease the frequency of headaches, anxiety and fatigue. This fact alone makes it imperative that we provide our children with clean, free drinking water during their days at school.

A key benefit of filtered water bottle filling stations for schools is their ability to provide safe drinking water. Unfortunately, all tap water is not created equally. Luckily, filtered water bottle filling stations are equipped with high-performance filters and cooling systems, making them capable of removing common tap water contaminants such as chlorine and lead.

Another key benefit that these stations offer is the ability to provide clean water to everyone without the substantial risk of spreading germs and viruses. The machine’s touchless feature helps eliminate the risk of spreading or contracting a disease through surface contact. Also, most fill stations are designed to prevent the build-up of grime and standing water, which eliminates mold growth and other bacteria from settling in.

Where applicable, it is also recommended to install a water bottle filling attachment (ie. a Brita faucet attachment) as part of classroom sinks. With most elementary students confined to one classroom, it is important to have purified water that is easily accessible for the students and teachers.

As schools continue to re-open, CPL encourages both our clients and Practice leaders to continually refer back to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduction Operation. It is recommended that all water fixtures get thoroughly flushed, and faucet aerators are removed and cleaned before the school year begins.

CPL’s K-12 Practice team understands just how essential it is to provide students with safe, clean drinking water. Whether at home or in a school environment, making quality water easily accessible gives children a greater incentive to hydrate more often, which inevitably contributes to greater energy and productivity. Click here for more information on the many benefits of providing access to drinking water.

Furthermore, over the last two weeks, our K-12 Practice team has committed to only drinking water in an effort to save money on coffee, lattes, sodas, juices, etc. All money saved has been donated to The Water Project.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Design for 21st Century Learning]]> CPL's K-12 Practice Team has adapted to 21st Century Learning by designing breakthrough learning spaces that incorporate advancements in technology and fuel student success.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: A Window Into Comedy’s Past and Future]]> The National Comedy Center, which opened in Jamestown, New York in 2018, is home to the country’s foremost archive of the history and art form of comedy. The groundbreaking museum is housed, in part, in a remarkable historic building – the Jamestown Gateway Station.

The station, built between 1930 and 1932, featured Hope’s custom steel windows as part of its chic Art Deco design. As a result, Hope’s Windows, Inc., another Jamestown institution, was a natural choice to provide steel replacement windows for the historic building as well as steel windows and doors for the new construction when the National Comedy Center redeveloped the site. Since then, Hope’s Windows has continued to support the National Comedy Center and its contributions to the wider Jamestown community.

>> Learn more about Hope's Window and the National Comedy Center in the latest issue of Civil + Structural Engineer Magazine.

Also, be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes look at our design team's process and the museum’s impact on the larger Jamestown community.

<![CDATA[BLOG: The COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on HVAC Systems]]> The SARS-COV-2 virus pandemic has forever changed the way that facilities are constructed, operated and managed. As happens with most crises, there are currently many attempts to find a quick solution to the problem. Consequently, there is a lot of misinformation or incomplete information about what can work to control the virus. Nonetheless, it is proven that building systems, particularly the building HVAC systems, will play a significant role in potentially controlling the spread of the virus.

Earlier this year, ASHRAE published the following public policy statement regarding the transmission of the SARS-COV-2 virus:

“Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through the air is sufficiently likely and airborne exposure to the virus should be controlled. Changes to building operations, including the operation of heating, ventilating, and air- conditioning systems, can reduce airborne exposures.”

In line with this statement, research and operational procedures have identified four basic areas of emphasis that should be addressed by building HVAC systems: Ventilation, Filtration, Decontamination, and Space Temperature and Humidity Control.

Increasing the amount of outside air ventilation has been one of the most publicly talked about solutions to the coronavirus problem in building systems. It is true that increasing the amount of outside air in a building, and minimizing the amount of air that is recirculated in the building, can help dilute airborne pathogens. In turn, it has been widely suggested that all HVAC systems should be set to provide 100% outside air.

However, there are consequences to increasing the amount of outside air being introduced into a building. The heating and cooling systems in a building may not be sized to handle the additional load imposed on the system by increased amounts of outside air. Consequently, the system may no longer be able to control the temperature and humidity in the building spaces, causing the indoor condition to become unacceptable. Even if the heating and cooling equipment could handle the additional load of the outside air, increasing the amount of outside air through any air handling system will inevitably increase the amount of energy consumed to condition that outside air, and ultimately increase the energy utility costs associated with running that equipment.

Finally, the air handling equipment in many buildings cannot be adjusted to provide 100% outside air, and many buildings still do not have a central air handling system at all. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate each building individually to determine the most effective way to ventilate the building spaces.

Improving the filtration of air circulating into building spaces can be an effective way to help control the spread of pathogens. To successfully do this, the filters used must be able to contain very small particles, and common, off-the-shelf filter media cannot filter particles small enough to capture the necessary pathogens.

It has been shown that filters rated as ASHRAE MERV-13 or higher, or HEPA rated filters, can be used to contain most bacteria and viruses. The MERV rating system only tests filtration of particle sizes down to 0.3 microns, and MERV 13 is the first rating size where a significant percentage of particles of that size are captured. While the SARS-COV-2 virus is about 0.12 to 0.14 microns in size, a minimum rating of MERV 13 is recommended since research has shown that at least 20%-25% of virus particles can be contained with MERV 13 filters.

Once again, however, there are consequences to increasing the level of filtration in any air handling system. MERV 13 and HEPA filters are typically larger and thicker than the more common MERV 6 or MERV 8 filters, so they may not physically fit into an existing air handling system. The increased amount and effectiveness of the filtration will also cause increases in the system resistance that a fan will need to overcome to properly circulate the air. To overcome these increases in system pressure drop, the fan horsepower will need to be increased, again causing increases in energy consumption and utility costs.

Figure 1 - Filter Efficiencies

Lately, there has been a lot of marketing and advertising information about the use of ultraviolet (UV) light in building systems to kill and eliminate bacteria and viruses. From this information, one might assume you could just hang a UV light in your air handling system and the virus would be controlled. The reality, however, is not quite that simple.

All UV light affects the growth of bacteria and some viruses, but the lower wavelengths of the UV-C range (200-280 nm) have been shown to be the most effective at killing the dangerous pathogens. In order to be effective, the bacteria and virus must be exposed to this UV light for a period of time - typically at least 2 minutes. Simply aiming UV lights at the airstream in ductwork or an air handling system may not be effective. Generally, the air flow through this part of any system will be moving too quickly to provide the required minimal exposure to the light.

UV light can be effective for controlling pathogens on components of an air handling system - like cooling coils, heating coils and filter banks – through surface disinfection where particles could be accumulating over a period of time. It should be noted that all UV light is potentially dangerous to humans, and safety controls must be considered when installing and operating this equipment.

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

In addition to UV light, there are other decontamination technologies that are now proving to be effective at killing or controlling potential pathogens. Specific types of electronic air cleaners, and technologies such as bipolar ionization, have recently been identified as potential weapons against the spread of the SARS- COV-2 virus.

Since the research and information about these technologies is constantly changing, it is recommended that any system being considered be properly investigated. As always, each individual air handling system should be studied to determine the feasibility of any decontamination system.

Space, Temperature and Humidity Control
While it is important to control temperature and humidity levels for obvious comfort reasons, research has shown that maintaining humidity in a space between 40% and 60% significantly reduces the transmission of viruses and bacteria. In fact, there appears to be little or no transmission of pathogens through the air at humidity levels in this range. When environment humidity levels go below 40%, the transmission of airborne viruses has been shown to significantly increase, which may be one explanation for the increase in influenza cases during the winter months.

Consequently, the addition of humidification to air handling systems, or directly to inhabited spaces, should be considered in any plan to reduce viral infections. HVAC system controls should also be analyzed, modified and adjusted as necessary to maintain this optimum range of humidity during both cooling and heating seasons.

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

Each of the four topics above should be addressed in building environmental systems when developing a plan for controlling the spread of pathogens in the indoor environment. It is important to have a professional review each building and its systems individually. Modifications to equipment and operating procedures can be identified within each of these areas as a part of this review. Some modifications will be easier and less expensive than others to install; and each potential change should be analyzed for practical and financial feasibility.

Additional Resources
There is a lot of information available about the coronavirus pandemic and the built environment. The Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, manufacturers, and numerous industry organizations have all published web pages, brochures, and other readily available material. One of the best and most complete collections of information about this issue is the web page created and maintained by ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force.

Please contact CPL Principal, Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., FASHRAE, LEED AP, or CPL Vice President, Dave Hart, P.E., for more information.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Expands K-12 Practice Along the East Coast]]> Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team

Columbia, SC - Monday, September 21, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private market sector clients for more than 45 years, is expanding their K-12 Practice along the East Coast with additional focused efforts throughout the Southeastern United States. As the firm continues to be in a growth mode, Principal Architect, Chris Colby, AIA, LEED AP, is positioned to assist with business development efforts from Columbia, South Carolina alongside leaders in North Carolina and Georgia.

Colby has been serving as the managing Principal of CPL’s office in Newburgh, New York, where he is responsible for leading team members and K-12 work throughout the Hudson Valley region. His additional leadership in the Southeast reflects the firm’s strong commitment to positively impact education through smart design, strategically along the East Coast.

“The expansion in the Southeast is a catalyst for a storied future for CPL,” explained Colby. “As I continue my work in the Hudson Valley, I am also eager to further expand our K-12 Practice, while remaining focused on client and community engagement.”

Colby emphasized that as the firm’s K-12 team continues to experience growth throughout New York State, they look forward to capitalizing on that success and further expanding along the coast.

“I’m excited to help us grow along the East Coast, effectively bridging our Northern and Southern offices,” Colby said.

A true advocate for new ideas and innovation, Colby’s passion for K-12 design has always been a key driver in his efforts to outfit students with creative spaces for learning and development. For nearly 20 years, he has continually refined his work to reflect the latest trends in designing flexible spaces for individualized learning. He intends to apply this same approach towards future projects in New York, South Carolina and beyond.

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 18 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Virtual Training for New Healthcare Facilities]]> Training staff for the opening of a new facility can be extremely difficult, especially during a pandemic. The traditional method of onsite workflow planning is immensely limited at this time. CPL and its Creative Labs Team were recently commissioned by the Rochester Regional Health System to develop a fully interactive, virtual training model for front line workers to become familiar with their new spaces in the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care tower in Rochester, NY. Because of COVID-19 restrictions as well as expedited construction activity, access to the building has been restricted, however, familiarization to the space remains crucial prior to its opening in September.

Why is acclimation to the space so important?

From knowing where critical supplies and equipment are located, to staff wayfinding, to optimizing patient throughput, this tool is incredibly significant, especially in a new facility where the individual units themselves are approximately three times larger than their existing space at Rochester General Hospital.

Ironically, the 7-story, 312,000-square-foot tower was designed and planned well before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the design is the exact kind of modern healthcare facility that health systems across the globe will now be looking to build. With characteristics like acuity adaptable patient rooms, this state-of-the-art facility will aid in providing care for a variety of patient types. And with ample flex and surge spaces, the facility is also prepared for a future pandemic surge.

In total, 48 program locations were programmed into the virtual model including locations in the NICU, Operating Room Suite, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Postpartum Care Unit, and a standard patient floor.

The simulation video above allows you to tour one of the patient bays (use the mouse to look around).

Terry Meagher, a Senior Project Manager with Rochester Regional Health, has seen first-hand the benefits of the simulation training.

“With limited time and availability to get into the space, the CPL virtual tours are a significant part of the overall training program. These virtual models, which we have embedded into a variety of computer-based learning modules, will be assigned out to all team members and physicians at Rochester General Hospital. This will allow individuals to have a base understanding on how to navigate the building as well as understand key workflows and critical pathways that are changing,” Meagher said.

Training modules will begin to be assigned in mid-August 2020, allowing team members about six weeks to complete.

This is a screen capture from the virtual training model of a Nurses' Station at the new Rochester Regional Health Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care. The floor plan in the top left-hand corner of the image allows the user to tour different locations in the actual training model.

“It’s extremely fulfilling to be able to offer this service to healthcare workers who have been under immense pressure the past number of months,” said CPL Principal Architect, Michelle Trott, AIA, NCARB, ACHA. “We are all about making their jobs easier while increasing patient outcomes,” she added.

CPL partnered with TEKsystems, an industry leader in full-stack technology services, on the final deliverable for Rochester Regional Health.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Caution When Installing Sneeze Guards, Gesundheit]]> Although the school year ended abruptly in early spring 2020, many of us have not been able to fully enjoy what at first might have seemed like an elongated summer vacation. For instance, school districts have been working nonstop from day one to research the COVID-19 virus, understand the overall effects of the pandemic, and best prepare for the upcoming school year ahead.

The same goes for many of us who have focused our careers on educational space design. From the early days of schools closing, we have never stopped researching, learning and developing educational designs that can help districts adapt to this new “normal.”

To help make our school environments safer, it is recommended and strongly encouraged to install sneeze barriers at security counters, main office reception desks, nurse’s stations and in common areas where physical distancing is difficult for students to achieve. A transparent barrier is likely the best option as it can allow for visual security and conversation, while still preventing particles from transferring between occupants.

As we make strategic adjustments like this to our physical environments, we must emphasize the importance of installing the safest products possible to help keep our children, teachers, faculty and staff safe from potential COVID-19 exposure. Avoiding products and finishes that could cause long-term health effects due to harsh chemicals, off-gassing and/or flammability should remain a top priority.

For example, while plastic glazing is affordable and readily available, it should not be used at the expense of public safety. The State Education Department of New York State banned the use of specific plastic shields and barriers that do not meet Building Code Requirements.

In addition to several different types of safe sneeze guard products, glass shields ranked among the highest. When specifying and evaluating clear barriers, be sure to select a Class A fire rated, tempered glass to ensure it will meet safety, security and communication requirements.

Furthermore, as our cleaning policies have changed, strong chemicals will likely be used often on these sneeze guards. While some transparent barriers tend to smoke and scratch over time with the use of tough cleaning agents, a commercial grade, good quality glass will not. Tempered or laminated glass products also decrease the risks associated with breaking due to their increased abuse-resistant fabrication.

We are intentionally focused and driven to provide the best solution for our Education campuses. If you need assistance finding glass barrier products, details on installation or have any other questions, contact us at and we would be glad to give our recommendations.

For more information, please review the latest Building Code requirements. ]]>
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL's K-12 Practice Team]]> CPL's K-12 Practice Team offers design expertise to address every aspect of a school district's campus. From parking lots and athletic fields to cafeterias and classroom renovations, our team provides design solutions catered to a district's culture and specific needs.

<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL STEM Case Study]]> School Districts throughout the nation are faced with unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Districts must quickly create clear and concise re-entry plans that will give parents and caregivers the confidence to allow their children to return to school. Plans must include protocols for social distancing, enhanced personal hygiene and improved ventilation. Our team of experienced architects and engineers are prepared to work with you to complete your re-opening plan.

STEM Case Study
Our K-12 Education team has been hard at work studying the impact of the pandemic on our schools, and re-imagining the future design of classrooms and instructional spaces. These immediate solutions are intended to accommodate public health needs, yet still facilitate active and engaged modes of learning.

>> Click here to learn more

<![CDATA[BUZZ: ENR New York Top Design Firm]]> CPL was named a Top 10 Design Firm in Engineering New Record (ENR) New York's latest annual rankings for both Healthcare and Education Design.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Infection Prevention and Lighting]]> Recent advances in lighting technology have made another level of hospital cleaning and disinfection procedures possible. With its robust environmental disinfection capabilities, antibacterial lighting (or 405-nanometer lighting) is taking center stage as it provides a safeguard for continuous cleaning in areas where infections are most prevalent.

So how does it work?

While conventional UV light sources can be both carcinogenic and cataractogenic, antibacterial lighting (lighting that falls within the 400-420nm wavelength) can efficiently inactivate bacteria without causing harm to exposed skin or eyes. Due to its shorter wavelength than that of traditional “white light” and strong absorbance in biological materials, 405nm light cannot penetrate even the outer most layers of human skin or eyes. It can, however, penetrate and inactivate specific pathogens and bacteria’s that float in the air and reside on surfaces.

Rochester Regional Health’s new Sands Constellation Center for Critical Care is set to use 405-nanometer lighting technology manufactured by Kenall Lighting. Proven to kill harmful bacteria, this disinfectant lighting fixture uses both 405-nanometer (Indigo) light and traditional “white light” LEDs, which emit a narrow spectrum of light that can inactivate bacteria’s linked to hospital acquired infections.

Photo Credit: Kenall

Another major perk to using this lighting system is its ability to switch between the 405-nanometer mode to the white LED mode. When the system is in the 405-nanometer mode, it can maximize disinfection in unoccupied spaces and give staff visual cues that the space is in fact being sanitized. This lighting mode acts like bleach, creating an oxidative environment that renders bacteria inactive and prevents harmful bacteria from re-populating – a method known as ROS or Reactive Oxygen Species.

During hospital procedures, the system can switch to the white disinfection mode, which provides ambient visual acuity and comfort on the eyes while continuously cleaning the room. After the room has been unoccupied for approximately 15 minutes, the 405-nanometer setting is automatically engaged.

This lighting system appears like standard hospital lighting and comes in 2’x2’, 2’x4’ and 1’x4’ industry standard sizes. It has been proven to reduce harmful bacteria by over 70% and many clinical studies note a 73% reduction in surgical site infections.

Note: Although there are studies currently underway on the effect of certain light therapies and their effects on viruses, there are no lab studies or evidence that antibacterial lighting (400-420nm) can kill, mitigate or prevent specific virus strains including COVID-19.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Ongoing I&I Rehab Investments Are Paying Off for This New York Town]]> In the latest issue of Inflow & Infiltration (I&I) Solutions and Equipment Magazine, CPL's Steve Tanner discusses a long-term sanitary sewer inflow and infiltration reduction program for the Town of West Seneca.

>> Click here to read

<![CDATA[BLOG: Healthy Interior Environments]]> The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to look at spaces through a different lens and we have identified several elements of the interior environment that should be considered for improvements, modifications or replacement. One of the most critical considerations should be on the density of people in a specific area. Our design team is ready to help you with interior space arrangements and strategies to ensure your environments are both safe and inviting.

>> Click here to learn more