Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2021 2021-01-23T00:32:13-05:00 <![CDATA[BUZZ: Aquarium Awarded $250K for Outdoor Welcome Plaza]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-aquarium-awarded-250k-for-outdoor-welcome-plaza http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-aquarium-awarded-250k-for-outdoor-welcome-plaza The Aquarium of Niagara has been awarded $250,000 by the Niagara River Greenway Commission to construct an outdoor welcome center.

The “Whirlpool Commons” project, designed by CPL, will bring a transformative entryway in front of the Aquarium, while strengthening the connection with the Niagara Falls State Park and Greenway Corridor. Features will provide leisure space for visitors complete with shade structures and tiered seating designed to echo the landscape of the greater Niagara Gorge.

The aquarium is embracing an aggressive timeline and hopes to begin construction immediately.

>> Click here to read the full article featured in the Niagara Gazette

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2021-01-22T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Dietz Stadium Improvements Project Public Information Meeting]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-dietz-stadium-improvements-project-public-information-meeting http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-dietz-stadium-improvements-project-public-information-meeting City of Kingston Mayor, Steven T. Noble, is pleased to announce that a virtual public meeting will be held for the Dietz Stadium & Andretta Pool Improvements Project on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00pm.

The Dietz Stadium and Andretta Pool Improvements Project is a multi-phased, comprehensive restoration of the City's sports complex, parking lot and surrounding drive. Upgrades are intended to make the facility a state-of-the-art regional sports attraction and economic driver for the City of Kingston. At the public meeting, City of Kingston staff, along with engineering consultants from CPL, will present the project’s master plan for public comment.

>> Click here to read the City's full press release

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2021-01-08T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Albany]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-albany-2 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-albany-2 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Albany, N.Y. Tuesday, December 8, 2020 — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome James Sleicher to its electrical engineering team in Albany, NY.

Sleicher joins CPL with more than 20 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Project Engineer at Delta Engineers. In his new role, he will design electrical systems, prepare and edit specifications, and provide construction administration support during the construction phases of projects.

With an abundance of K-12 education design experience under his belt, Sleicher has acquired expertise in power and systems design as well as electric solar systems design. He has an associate’s degree from Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC).

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 five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-12-08T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Rochester]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-4 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-4 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Rochester, NY - Monday, January 4, 2021 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Lauren Davis to its marketing team in Rochester, NY.

As a member of the marketing team, Davis will serve as Marketing Specialist, responsible for organizing and executing a variety of critical marketing projects and initiatives. Having worked across a number of industries including the higher education, real estate and e-commerce sectors, she has acquired a wide range of experience in both content development and project management. She most recently served as Client Services Marketing Analyst for PartnerCentric.

Davis brings with her an ability to marry strategy and creativity with any task thrown her way─one of her key strengths as a marketer. Above all, she is known for being a builder of scalable solutions, always finding the joy in problem solving.

Davis has a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Rochester and resides in Rochester, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 18 cities across five 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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2021-01-04T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Poughkeepsie]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-poughkeepsie-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-poughkeepsie-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Poughkeepsie, NY - Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Daniel Garner to its civil engineering team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Garner will create and review civil drawings pertaining to a variety of wastewater and stormwater design projects. He will also be responsible for providing onsite investigations and inspections as well as coordinating submissions to local, state and/or federal agencies.

Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, Garner served as an intern while he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. He also has a certification in Professional Erosion and Sediment Control from New York State. Bringing strong communication and technical review skills to every project he touches, Garner is passionate about getting things done in the most efficient manner, while maintaining the highest quality of work possible.

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 five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-12-15T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-buffalo-2 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-buffalo-2 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Buffalo, NY - Friday, December 4, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to Jessica Visco to its marketing team in Buffalo, NY.

As a member of the marketing team, Visco will apply her experience and creativity towards a variety of graphic design projects including the design of banners, advertisements, social media graphics, proposal templates and presentation boards. She will also be responsible for editing professional photography and videos.

Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, Visco served as an all-star intern with the firm while she earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Believing that graphics, photos and videos can often tell a powerful story, she is most passionate about finding the best, most effective way to communicate messaging concepts and ideas through media.

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 five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-12-04T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Jamestown]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-jamestown-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-jamestown-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Jamestown, NY - Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Molly Kase to its architectural team in Jamestown, NY.

As a member of the architectural team, Kase will develop architectural designs and construction documents for a variety of different project types. She brings an ability to clearly and efficiently document a project’s progress, which is a testament to her strong dedication to producing work of the highest quality .Concise, thoughtful and consistent, Kase joins CPL with three years of experience as an architectural intern, most recently at Young + Wright.

Kase has a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a concentration in architectural history and minors in global studies and interior design from Alfred State College. She also has a Certificate in Classical Architecture that she received from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA).

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 five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more

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2020-11-25T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Albany]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-albany-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-albany-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Albany, NY - Monday, November 16, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Ian Mahserjian to its civil engineering team in Albany, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Mahserjian will assist with drafting, design, and construction inspection for a variety of bridge construction projects. He will also write final design reports for completed bridge designs.

With a strong work ethic and an ability to learn new things quickly, Mahserjian finds joy knowing that his work makes a meaningful difference for the daily lives of everyday people. Prior to joining CPL, he served as Assistant Civil Engineer at the New York City Department of Transportation for roughly two and a half years where he worked on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Mahserjian has a master’s degree in civil engineering from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo. He also passed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 10-hour Outreach Training Program to become OSHA-10 certified and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.

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 five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Rochester Regional Health Plans to Build Four-Story Medical Office Building in the Town of Batavia]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-rochester-regional-health-plans-to-build-four-story-medical-office-building-in-the-town-of-batavia http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-rochester-regional-health-plans-to-build-four-story-medical-office-building-in-the-town-of-batavia Rochester Regional HealthRochester Regional Health is looking to extend its reach in Genesee County through the construction of a four-story, 140,000-square foot office building at 8103 Oak Orchard Road (Route 98), across the road from Federal Drive and near Call Parkway, in the Town of Batavia.

The project was introduced to planners by Andrew Kosa, principal associate with CPL.

>> Click here to read the full story featured in The Batavian

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2020-12-01T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: From Pumpkin Farm to $500 million Agri-Business Hub in Genesee County]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-from-pumpkin-farm-to-500-million-agri-business-hub-in-genesee-county http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-from-pumpkin-farm-to-500-million-agri-business-hub-in-genesee-county A decade ago, 250 acres just off Route 5 in the Town of Batavia were known as a large pumpkin farm in Genesee County. Then along came the Genesee County Economic Development Center, the county's development arm, with a vision.

With agri-business coming into its own, Genesee County needed to develop a central hub for the growing number of agri-business manufacturers in the region. The Batavia pumpkin farm offered the land, a ready workforce and the location - close to the New York State Thruway.

Fast-forward 10 years, and the $500 million Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park is almost full. Nearly 1,000people work here.

>> Click here to read the full story featured in the Buffalo Business First

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2020-12-30T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[ BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes David Lazaro to Greensboro]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-david-lazaro-to-greensboro http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-david-lazaro-to-greensboro Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Greensboro, NC - Friday, November 13, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome David Lazaro, EIT to its mechanical engineering team in Greensboro, North Carolina. Lazaro brings nearly five years of industry experience, most recently serving as a mechanical engineering designer at Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

At CPL, Lazaro will work in close partnership with mechanical, electrical and plumbing (M/E/P) engineers and architects alike to design complex mechanical systems, conduct site visits and investigate existing building conditions for a wide range of project types. His exceptional ability to collaborate with a variety of project team members is a skill he brought with him to CPL from across the country.

Just six months ago, Lazaro was living in his home State of California, looking to make an exciting and adventurous life move. The search for a new lifestyle and change of scenery began as he yearned to step out of his comfort zone and ultimately travel coast to coast to find his new home in North Carolina.

“I had it in my mind for about a year or so that I wanted to leave Los Angeles and experience life from a different part of our country,” explained Lazaro. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized that what I was really craving was a smaller city with a stronger sense of community. Greensboro felt like the perfect fit.”

Fortunately, Lazaro joined the CPL Greensboro team just as they were moving into their brand-new office space in the “Slugger” building, located at 400 Bellemeade Street in downtown Greensboro.


Pictured above: exterior shot of brand-new "Slugger" building at 400 Bellemeade Street and view from CPL's office in Suite 401

The 110,00 square foot, nine-story office tower is a desirable destination workplace that overlooks the First National Bank Field – home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team (single A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).

“It has definitely been an exciting time for me to join this team,” said Lazaro. “The new office is an awesome work environment that features tons of natural light and collaborative break out spaces. The stunning view of the stadium is an added bonus, as is my five-minute commute to work every day.”

Lazaro was equally as thrilled to move into the Greenway at Fisher Park Apartments, across the street from CPL’s new office.


A graduate from California State University, Lazaro holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. From the beginning of his studies and throughout his career thus far, his desire to learn and grow as an engineer has never faltered.

“I never want to stop learning about this job,” he said. “Every tool, every concept and every system that we deal with is constantly changing. Adapting to those changes, and in some cases anticipating those changes, helps make me a better teammate.”

Lazaro’s unique background and experience brings a fresh perspective to CPL’s mechanical engineering team – one that will have a meaningful impact on the team’s continued growth and success.

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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-11-13T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Town of Kernersville Recreation Center]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-town-of-kernersville-recreation-center http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-town-of-kernersville-recreation-center Rich with history, spirit and civic pride, the Town of Kernersville, NC is well-known for having beautifully landscaped parks that provide a wide variety of recreational activities. Centrally located between Greensboro and Winston-Salem, the Town has become a major tourist attraction in Forsyth County due to its hosting of popular recreation events and athletic tournaments.

To continue attracting regional economic development and keep up with future recreation needs of the community, the Town teamed with CPL to provide advanced planning and schematic design for a new recreation center at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex.

Since its grand opening in 2001, the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex has become home to the Kernersville Soccer Association, and hosts an abundance of adult softball leagues, youth soccer leagues, high school athletic events, and even Division I collegiate cross country meets. Knowing how important the park already is to the community, CPL was eager to develop a conceptual plan for a facility that would integrate with the park’s existing site and capitalize on its distinguished recreational program offering.

The first step in the project required a large, in-depth community engagement effort that included a series of focus group meetings, targeted public outreach sessions, and interactive voting kiosks.

“Any time we help spearhead community engagement efforts like this, our goal is to gain as much insight from the public as possible,” explained Rachel Nilson, AIA, CPL Architect and Project Manager. “Especially when we’re designing a space for the community to eventually use, it is essential that we directly engage with members of that community to fully understand their unique needs and desires for that new space.”

The team’s community engagement efforts drew in more than 450 participants of various age brackets and demographics – an outstanding voter turnout by any Town’s standards. As a result, CPL was able to identify overarching community preferences for the facility’s design such as the need for indoor basketball courts, areas for public gatherings, and ample space to host a variety of the Kernersville Parks and Recreation department's current and proposed program offerings.


“The feedback from our community engagement effort with the Town was pivotal for us as designers,” said Nilson. “It allowed us to confidently produce a schematic design for the new building that not only integrates with the current recreational activities happening at Ivey Redmon, but also helps facilitate long-term use of the site.”

The future location of the building, near the front entrance of the park, will minimize disruption to the site’s current cross country trails and fields used for baseball, softball and soccer games. Additionally, this strategic location will allow for easy visibility and patron access as well as future building expansion.


Furthermore, the CPL team worked with Harold Owen, President at O&L Associates, to provide the Town of Kernersville with an overall phased, project budget that accounts for multiple funding and construction scenarios.

“Our job is never to just design a facility,” said Nilson. “We pride ourselves on being full-service advisors who are not only capable of designing functional and flexible facilities, but who are also determined to provide the necessary information on the financial impact of such facilities. That full investment from a team is what helps set Town’s like Kernersville up for long-term success.”


Driven by a shared love of sport and recreation, the collaboration between the CPL team and the Town of Kernersville has proven to be successful. In early November 2020, the Town’s Board of Alderman unanimously approved the facility’s conceptual plan. Next steps to finalizing a final project schedule are currently underway.


CPL is currently applying similar recreational design leadership and expertise for communities throughout North Carolina including Moore County, the City of Belmont, the City of New Bern and the City of Thomasville.

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2020-11-18T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: SpackenKill Union Free School District – Ahead of the Class in Design]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-spackenkill-union-free-school-district-ahead-of-the-class-in-design http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-spackenkill-union-free-school-district-ahead-of-the-class-in-design Located in the Town of Poughkeepsie, New York, the Spackenkill Union Free School District is known for its long tradition of excellence and high educational standards. Established in 1866, the District has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to four schools serving more than 1,500 students annually.

Today, the District prides itself on being a small community that maintains a high level of academic excellence. Spackenkill High School in particular was rated #1 out of 13 high schools in Dutchess County and was the recipient of the US Department of Education 2018 National Blue-Ribbon Award.

With national recognition for educational excellence comes the need to invest in learning environments that support quality teaching and advanced academic programs. The CPL team has been honored to play a role in helping the District do just that for the last 15 years.

Since 2005, CPL has helped the Spackenkill UFSD remain “ahead of the class” in terms of design by maintaining the District’s facilities and keeping their infrastructure in top notch condition.


“Our team has been consistent in leading the District through substantial renovations to their two elementary schools, middle school and high school buildings,” said Principal Architect, Chris Colby, AIA, LEED, AP. “We’ve done everything from critical upgrades to items such as windows, doors, roofs, mechanical systems and fire alarms, to larger endeavors like brand new classrooms, fitness center spaces and even a black box theater to support their growing performing arts program.”

Most recently, CPL assisted the District in making needed improvements to the High School’s track and field—a project that not only impacted the District, but the entire community at large.


A high school’s athletic field is more than a place where students fulfill their physical education requirements. It often serves as a point of pride for communities and instills a sense of belonging to those who use it.

This was especially proven true during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic this year, when members of the community craved safe, outdoor spaces to exercise, play and enjoy some fresh air.

“We knew how important the renovation of this track and field would be to the community, but we never could have anticipated the impact it would have as a result of the coronavirus,” explained Colby. “It really has become a community focal point—where students not only challenge themselves for next-level achievements, but where community members can also gather safely and responsibly.”


When schools succeed, communities succeed. Through forward-thinking designs and needed improvements, CPL can help Districts like Spackenkill achieve great things, both athletically and academically.

“It’s been really fulfilling for us as a firm to have been part of Spackenkill’s development for the last 15 years,” said Colby. “Our consistent partnership with them has allowed us to outfit their teachers with inspiring spaces to educate students, and give taxpayers modernized school buildings and fields that help their community grow and thrive.”


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2020-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: City of Jamestown Pedestrian Bridges]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/broadcast-city-of-jamestown-pedestrian-bridges http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/broadcast-city-of-jamestown-pedestrian-bridges This transformative project features two new pedestrian bridges, which add connectivity over the Chadakoin River to the Jamestown Riverwalk trail and Panzarella Park. Located directly south of the new National Comedy Center, the bridges greatly enhance pedestrian access along the waterfront and act as catalysts for future economic development.


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2020-11-11T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: AFSA Members Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-afsa-members-celebrate-milestone-anniversaries http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-afsa-members-celebrate-milestone-anniversaries The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is recognizing members who are celebrating milestone membership anniversaries. CPL plumbing engineering team member, Ron Davis, is proudly celebrating a 20-year anniversary.

>> Click here to learn more about Ron's favorite AFSA memories and things he’s learned.

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2020-11-04T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Go Big or Gourd Home]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-go-big-or-gourd-home http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-go-big-or-gourd-home The annual "CPL Pumpkin Challenge" has become a highly anticipated event put on by CPL's Wellness Committee—a committee charged with providing helpful initiatives, valuable knowledge and fun incentives to promote a healthy lifestyle and happy workplace. Each year, team members enjoy getting into the Halloween spirit and putting their design minds to work as they gut, paint, sculpt and decorate pumpkins. A challenge that inevitably sparks cleverness and creativity among all who participate, this year's submissions did not disappoint.

Winning Team
Andrew Hammond, Brady Sturm and April Harvey from CPL Olean, NY


Winning Individual
Grace Zhang from CPL Suwanee, GA



Honorable Mentions
Carrie Ann Spitz, Ashley Hallenbeck and James Masula from CPL Albany, NY


Transportation Team Virtually Trick or Treating from CPL Atlanta, GA


Carly Owczarczak, Anne Dafchik, Kyle Drummer and Robin Coffey from CPL Buffalo, NY


Meagen Stone from CPL Poughkeepsie, NY


Suzanne Goodwin + Daughters from CPL Poughkeepsie, NY


Christyn Giannavola, Amy Marra and Courtney Ter-Velde from CPL Rochester, NY


Heather Cornwell from CPL Rochester, NY


Stephanie Douglas from CPL Suwanee, GA


Grace Zhang (Is 2021 here yet?) from CPL Suwanee, GA

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2020-10-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Erie County Medical Center Entry Pavilion]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-erie-county-medical-center-entry-pavilion http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-erie-county-medical-center-entry-pavilion Set in a densely populated, urban residential neighborhood, the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) provides state-of-the-art healthcare to the residents of Erie County and Buffalo, NY. The hospital was constructed in 1971, and today, it stands as one of the busiest healthcare institutions in the region.

Through a generous donation from Russell J. Salvatore, ECMC put forth a plan to reimagine the main hospital and revamp its front entrance. The intent was to create a new, light filled entry pavilion that would serve as an inspiring and welcoming environment to everyone who entered the facility.


The CPL team was honored by the opportunity to provide architectural and interior design services for the nearly 50-year-old building, which was originally designed with precast concrete and a vertical curtainwall.

“Our design approach for the new entrance was to contrast the large mass of original precast concrete panels, which had you entering the building through a dark, almost forbidding, entry way,” said CPL Vice President, Mike Mistriner, AIA. “The goal was to design a gently compounded, curved glass façade to help bring more transparency and light into the new lobby.”


The final design takes advantage of the building’s vertical volume with the roof curving upward to a height of 50 feet. This design effect offers a continuous skylight that runs up the exterior wall and continues within the curved roof structure.


The 4,000 square-foot entry pavilion also features a central cascading light sculpture over the main reception desk. This fixture adds to the “community living room” feel, which was one of the hospital’s driving design goals.

With an emphasis on creating a comfortable and inviting public space with improved, easy access to the main elevators and newly installed escalators, ECMC’s new entrance is a testament to the hospital’s commitment to positively impacting each visitor’s experience.


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2020-10-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Director of Marketing]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-director-of-marketing http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-director-of-marketing Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Rochester, NY - Friday, October 16, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Sarah Gibson as its new Director of Marketing. Gibson brings nearly 20 years of strategic marketing experience, most recently serving as Group Account Director at Butler/Till in Rochester, NY.

In her new role, Gibson will provide leadership, insight and direction to the firm’s marketing team by overseeing the development of proposals, managing outbound marketing strategies, and designing business development methods that keep pace with client demands. Additionally, she will work to build and maintain relationships with the media, partners and clients alike, as well as evolve the CPL brand to reflect steady growth across all practice areas.

A natural-born problem solver, Gibson has a knack for getting to the heart of challenges or inefficiencies and developing new, refined solutions. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded a number of agile marketing efforts for brands in rapidly evolving categories. This has included the development and execution of successful marketing campaigns for notable brands like Mastercard, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, ESL Federal Credit Union, Northwest Bank, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), NYSERDA, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and Sodexo.

“My POV is that no matter what, there’s always a human at the end of our communication chain,” Gibson said. “Whether it’s products or professional services, we’re always trying to move a human in profound and memorable ways. All of my work centers around deeply connecting with people, which is why I’m excited to be here at CPL. This firm is driven to connect with their clients as people—friends even—and their design work reflects those connections in meaningful ways for all end users.”

Gibson’s professional experience extends to several thought leadership workshops and events in the sustainability and built environment space. She has been a speaker for conferences hosted by the US EPA, NYSERDA, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Garrison Institute, and Greenbuild.

Additionally, Gibson was a member of the Association of Energy Services Professionals, a graduate of the 4A’s Executive Leadership Program, and has a certification in Behavior Change in Energy Efficiency Programs. And as if these extracurriculars didn’t keep her busy enough, she has even found time to be on the Roc City Roller Derby Committee—Rochester New York’s first all-women, flat-track derby league.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sarah to the team,” CPL Chief Culture Officer, Kathy Metcalfe, said. “Sarah comes to CPL with a fresh perspective and deep expertise in strategic marketing, business development and team leadership. Her personable approach is a perfect match for the position and the company. I fully expect her leadership to bring new ideas to the team and have a meaningful impact on our continued growth and success.”

Gibson resides in Rochester, NY with her husband, daughter, and new puppy, Alfie.

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 www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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

Suwanee, GA - Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 45 years, is pleased to welcome Kenneth Timpson, P.E. its civil engineering team in Suwanee, GA.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Timpson will be responsible for a variety of transportation projects from initial concept to final design. With more than 30 years of roadway design experience, he is an expert in roadway drainage design and MS-4 design as it relates to highway projects.

Timpson has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a licensed engineer in the State of Georgia as well as a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).

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 www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2020-10-14T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Rochester is Poised For a Renaissance]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-rochester-is-poised-for-a-renaissance http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-rochester-is-poised-for-a-renaissance There’s still a quiet buzz in the area downtown. You may not notice immediately, but its there. It’s not coming from the work-week lunch crowd at Midtown or the last second crowd frantically finishing up at Genesee Brewery before heading over the bridge to Frontier Field. No, the typical summer sounds of our region have been muted. If you listen closely though, you can hear it. The buzz.

While the rest of the country seems to be on pause, our region continues to buzz along quietly, unaware of the opportunity that we have. Work from home has noticeably affected downtown’s vibe. Many who call downtown home five days a week may be surprised to see all that has happened when they return.

CPL's Jason Streb, AIA is discussing how Rochester is poised for a Renaissance.

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

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