Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2021 2021-09-23T02:23:54-04:00 <![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Albany]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-albany-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-albany-1 ALBANY, NY CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Kevin McCann and Allison Sawyer to its growing team in Albany, NY.

McCann joins the mechanical engineering team as a Junior Mechanical Engineer, responsible for assisting project teams with the design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for a variety of building design projects. He will also work closely with senior staff on conceptual designs, equipment selection, HVAC calculations and preparation of design drawings and specifications.

Prior to joining CPL, McCann interned as an Assistant Project Manager with GEM Roofing and Waterproofing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY New Paltz and an associate degree in engineering science from SUNY Orange.

Sawyer joins the architectural team as a Project Architect, primarily responsible for managing the advanced technical design aspects of major projects, including the investigation, evaluation and recommendation of innovative architectural concepts and design solutions.

Sawyer most recently served as a Project Manager at SEI Design Group, and brings with her substantial project experience in both the K-12 education and healthcare market sectors. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture and design from the University of Colorado and a Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Monroe Community College.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-08-05T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Buffalo]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-2 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-2 BUFFALO, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Nuvia Rashid to its growing civil engineering team in Buffalo, NY.

As a member of our civil engineering team, Rashid will work with fellow engineers and other multi-disciplined team members to plan and design solutions for a variety of industrial and commercial development projects. Highly motivated and eager to learn, she will focus heavily on acquiring experience in water treatment and distribution projects as well as wastewater treatment and collection projects.

Prior to joining CPL, Rashid served as an Aseptic Process Mentor at Fresenius Kabi. She has a Master of Science degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. She is also a Certified Engineer in Training (EIT).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-08-02T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Woodstock]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-woodstock https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-woodstock WOODSTOCK, GACPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Scott Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP to its growing architectural team in Woodstock, GA.

Hughes joins the firm’s architectural team as a Senior Project Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing complex project efforts to ensure effective execution, while also participating in strategic business development efforts for new clients. He will also assemble talented project teams and effectively lead them to provide elegant, sustainable and cost-effective solutions that align with client goals and expectations.

Prior to joining CPL, Hughes served as an Associate Project Manager at Amec Foster Wheeler. He is a Registered Architect in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Additionally, Hughes has an NCARB (National Council of Architect Registration Board) Certificate, is an active member of theAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA), and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Rochester]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-2 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-2 ROCHESTER, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Nickolas Barry and John Girolamo, P.E. to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Barry joins CPL’s marketing team as an experienced Marketing Coordinator, responsible for supporting proposal and business development efforts for the firm’s Community Practice. With nearly a decade of combined experience as a marketing coordinator and design assistant, he is well equipped to create customized proposals, presentations and other targeted pieces of marketing collateral.

Barry previously served as a Marketing Coordinator at VIP Structures. He has an Associate in Applied Science degree in interior design from Monroe Community College as well as versatile skills in writing, marketing research and graphic design.

Joining the civil engineering team, Girolamo will serve as a Construction Project Manager, primarily responsible for the overall project management of water treatment and distribution projects, wastewater treatment and collection projects, and other civil engineering and infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining CPL, Girolamo served as an Inspection Engineer at Warren Engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and holds professional licensure in Pennsylvania and New York.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Poughkeepsie]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie-1 POUGHKEEPSIE, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Maxwell LaFalce and John Szarowski, P.E., LEED AP to its civil engineering growing team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Joining the team as a Survey Technician, LaFalce will assist in the planning and design development of a variety of sites, primarily for water treatment and distribution projects, wastewater treatment and collection projects, stormwater systems, and other civil and infrastructure projects.

LaFalce joins the firm after serving as an Assistant Drafter at Modern Cabinet Company. He has an Associate of Applied Science degree in architectural technology and construction technology from Dutchess Community College.

Also joining the civil engineering team is Szarowski, who will serve as Project Manager, primarily responsible for managing a variety of regional water treatment/distribution and wastewater treatment/collection projects. With decades of industry experience, he is positioned to lead teams on a range of projects including providing solutions for sanitary pump stations, assessing site layouts, and producing cost estimates for new stormwater management systems.

Prior to joining CPL, Szarowski served as Vice President at KC Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from SUNY Buffalo and an Associates of Science degree in civil engineering technology from SUNY Erie. Szarowski also holds professional licensure in New York and Pennsylvania as well as professional certifications, including HAZWOPER, 40 hour training, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Professional in StormWater Quality (CPSWQ), and Certified Professional Medical Services Management (CPMSM).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-21T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Pittsburgh]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-pittsburgh-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-pittsburgh-1 PITTSBURGH, PACPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Leonard van Heest, AIA, NCARB to its growing architectural team in Pittsburgh, PA.

As an Architectural Project Manager, van Heest will coordinate architectural project efforts to ensure effective execution. He brings decades of design and planning experience as well as an impressive design portfolio that spans a large variety of project types, including substantial work that is deeply rooted in all facets of healthcare design. van Heest will leverage this experience to lead project types, develop client relationships and assist in the development of junior staff.

Prior to joining CPL, van Heest served as a Senior Healthcare Architect at DLA + Architecture + Interiors. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy as well as a Project Management Certificate from Pennsylvania State University. Furthermore, van Heest holds professional licensure in several states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

Outside the office, van Heest is affiliated with professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Netherland American Chamber of Commerce (NACCSE).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Raleigh]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-raleigh https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-raleigh RALEIGH, NC — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Christopher Vulcano, RA, LEED AP, Graham Boyd, AIA, LEED AP, and Emma Gallagher to its growing architectural team in Raleigh, NC.

Vulcano joins the architectural team as a Project Architect with more than 10 years of industry experience. In this role, he will be responsible for leading teams throughout the design and contract document phases of projects in the education and science and technology market sectors.

Prior to joining CPL, Vulcano served as a Project Architect at MOA Architecture. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and holds professional licensure in the state of Colorado. Furthermore, as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, Vulcano possesses a balanced approach to architecture, blending both creativity and practicality to each project with a conscious mind towards sustainability.

In his new role as Project Manager, Boyd will coordinate architectural project efforts to ensure effective execution. He will leverage his 13+ years of industry experience to manage client expectations, project scopes, budgets, schedules and project team assignments, primarily for K-12 education projects.

Boyd joins CPL after most recently serving as Project Manager at SfL+a Architects. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the RPI School of Architecture, holds professional licensure in New York and North Carolina, and is a LEED accredited professional.

Gallagher joins the architectural team as an Architectural Designer, responsible for performing a variety of tasks including the creation of AutoCAD and Revit architectural models for varying project types. She will also be an active participant in conceptual design activities and help prepare architectural drawings for all design phases.

Prior to joining CPL, Gallagher was an Architectural Intern at Arnold Design Studio. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-13T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Interior Designers — The Key Ingredient to Promoting Health, Safety and Welfare]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-interior-designers-the-key-ingredient-to-promoting-health-safety-and-welfare https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-interior-designers-the-key-ingredient-to-promoting-health-safety-and-welfare Quality interior design can be defined as the finished product of a properly balanced environment.


It’s the art of unifying the visual aspects of an interior space with its architecture to create a designed solution that is favorable to both the mind and body, and equally supportive of all desired activities.

Professional interior designers can be defined as detail-oriented problem solvers with a mission to advance human health within an interior setting. Qualified by education and enhanced by experience, these skilled creatives are hard-wired to make design decisions that positively impact the health, safety and welfare of all occupants.

What’s the secret to their special sauce?


An interior designer’s technical expertise goes well beyond the aesthetic appearance of a space. To appropriately conceive environments that are secure, comfortable and fruitful, designers spend years developing an acute design knowledge related to people’s health, which includes a deep understanding of things like ergonomics, material selections, building codes, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics—just to name a few.

The intricacies of these elements (and many others) are widely complex and often unimaginable by most people. Thankfully, our designers aren’t “most people.”

Courtney Ter-Velde, LEED GA | Senior Interior Designer

A tasteful take on ergonomics

“We apply ergonomic principles to every single design because they are the foundation for physical comfort and spatial relationships,” said Ter-Velde. “Ergonomics is all about designing for people and making sure the spaces they occupy are comfortable and highly functional. For example, the way a person’s physical form responds to a chair, and the way that chair fits into its surroundings, these interactions will directly impact how well a person feels and operates in a space. Our priority is to design and specify based on the human body’s ability to move and perform with ease and efficiency, and to ensure their overall well-being.”

Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP, WELL AP | Senior Interior Designer

A strict recipe to select healthy materials

“For our projects, selecting safe and healthy materials is the only acceptable choice we allow ourselves to make; but to make those choices, we have to pay close attention to things that might not be obvious to most people,” explained Owczarczak. “For instance, it’s common practice for us to look into whether materials are free of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), so that we can limit potential off-gassing, which can heavily impact indoor air quality. We see it as our duty to protect people from getting illnesses like sick building syndrome (SBS) and that responsibility starts with making smart material sections.”

Molly Livingstone, CID, LEED AP | Senior Interior Designer

A strong appetite to leverage lighting

“Lighting is one of the most fundamental elements of a space, but it’s also one of the most complicated, simply because of how it can directly impact a person’s emotions,” said Livingstone. “The right light can elevate spirits and inspire productivity. The wrong light can dampen moods and counteract an intended design’s purpose. One of the most important internal design collaborations we have is with our electrical engineers to ensure proper lighting solutions that will yield the best desired result. Whether it’s to reduce eyestrain and fatigue in an office space, promote inspiration and productivity in a classroom, or evoke peace and healing in a hospital setting, the knowledge, coordination, and intentional selections are what ultimately contribute to a comprehensive, strategic interior lighting design.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends about 90 percent of their time indoors. This fact alone underscores the monumental job that interior designers have on their plates.

They are tasked with supporting people’s soundness of body and mind; protecting their physical, mental and emotional well-being; preventing illnesses, injuries or pain; sparking joy and productivity; and promoting comfort and functionality—all through aesthetically pleasing designs. It’s a complex recipe that simply cannot be cooked properly without them.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES >


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2021-09-08T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Profiles — Interior Designer, Carly Owczarczak]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-cpl-profiles-interior-designer-carly-owczarczak https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-cpl-profiles-interior-designer-carly-owczarczak

Passionate about her craft and intentional with her skills, Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP, WELL AP was born to be a designer. Learn more about what motivates Carly to use exceptional strategy and creative insight to design interior spaces that empower people (and sometimes animals) to perform and feel their best.


Explore more stories from our CPL Profiles series >

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2021-09-02T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Our Culture is Intentional]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-our-culture-is-intentional https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-our-culture-is-intentional

Every place that you work has a culture, but is it intentional?

Our Chief Culture Officer, Kathy Metcalfe, is shedding light on some of the deliberate decisions we've made to create an inclusive workplace culture—one that's deeply rooted in respect and communication.]]>
2021-08-31T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Flexible and Inclusive Designs for College- and Career- Readiness ]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-flexible-and-inclusive-designs-for-college-and-career-readiness https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-flexible-and-inclusive-designs-for-college-and-career-readiness The education and skills needed to succeed in our global economy are ever-changing. Quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) is designed to respond to those changes and provide clear pathways for students to succeed in the real world.


As with most educational spaces, the ability to adapt to changing needs and remain inclusive for all students is a critical challenge that today’s school districts continuously face. CTE spaces are no different.

To ensure CTE facilities are designed to strengthen all types of interdisciplinary curriculums as well as remain enticing for all students to explore, these project-based learning spaces must always address two key characteristics: flexibility and inclusivity.


Middle school student interacting with a robotics machine in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab at Chautauqua Lake Central School District.

Flexibility

Modern workplace standards, equipment and technology change rapidly as time progresses. To keep up with these changing circumstances, we must design CTE facilities to be nimble, so they can comfortably adapt to programmatic needs and avoid becoming obsolete.

Defining active learning environments in ways that can be easily manipulated is one solution to this. Using portable room dividers, choosing movable furniture (like tables and chairs on casters), and designing power sources that come from above (rather than the floor) are all viable options to enhance the flexibility of career and tech spaces.


Movable furniture was a key design element for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Classroom at Cuba Rushford Central School District.

Additionally, the proper integration of technology in these spaces is essential to creating various pathways for differentiated instruction as well as adapting to the evolving needs of students. CTE classrooms must be equipped with ample charging stations for laptops and chrome books, strong WiFi connections for educational apps and online assignments, and AR (Augmented Reality) tools to enable enhanced virtual learning.

Inclusivity

The beauty of CTE programs lies in the recognition of needing to serve students who seek to gain more tangible and often STEM-related skills to use in a variety of different trade and “blue-collar” jobs. But in a world where men participate in these jobs in significantly greater numbers than women do, we must find ways to make CTE spaces more welcoming to ALL interested students.

Historically, career and technical learning environments have typically maintained a hard, industrial “look and feel.” Rethinking these colder spaces to be more inviting and less intimidating, brighter and more engaging, is a great way to increase the likelihood of having more balanced participation from male and female students.


Interior rendering features the highly anticipated Auto Body Shop for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (part of their Industrial Arts program).

CTE buildings should also be intentionally designed to enable students from all different programs to see and interact with one another. Establishing an “open-concept” with a lot of glass partitions allows students to have serendipitous exposures to all CTE programs as they walk through the facility. For instance, students in the health sciences program should have frequent opportunities to witness all of the fun learning happening in one of the fashion labs or culinary cafes—and vice versa.


Interior rendering of the new Fashion Lab for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District (Fine Arts & Technology program).


Warm, comfortable, social and immersive CTE spaces are what we strive for. Our designs support agile buildings that welcome all students, from kindergarten through high school, to imagine and think outside the box.

“I think CTE programs are going to continue to grow in popularity and eventually become an essential part of every school district’s curriculum,” said Chris Colby, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at CPL. “Especially with the way we’re designing these buildings now, they are exciting to be in and come equipped with all the important bells and whistles. Students are feeling really proud to participate in these hands-on learning programs.”


CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S K-12 SERVICES >


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2021-08-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Mississippi Riverboat Casino Breaks Ground to Move Ashore]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-mississippi-riverboat-casino-breaks-ground-to-move-ashore https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-mississippi-riverboat-casino-breaks-ground-to-move-ashore BATON ROUGE, LA – On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, CPL, alongside project partners and members of the community, celebrated the groundbreaking for a new land-based casino venture.

After approval by the Louisiana State Gaming Commission in 2018, which allowed riverboat casinos to relocate and operate on land, GLPI’s (Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc.) push to bring Hollywood Casino’s riverboat gaming into its hospitality pavilion began. The project marks the second casino planned to come ashore in Louisiana.

“It will be a better experience for our customers, and it will clearly build business in the area,” said Chairman and CEO of GLPI, Peter Carlino. “As this plan evolves, we will spend initially more than $60M and expect it to have a profound impact on the success of this business.”


CPL worked closely with GLPI and Roger Charles Design to develop preliminary concepts and produce a final master plan to transform the pavilion into the new land-based gaming destination.

“While our team has experience in casino design and engineering in upstate New York, this will be CPL’s largest gaming project to date,” said CPL Principal, K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. “We are fortunate to have teamed with so many amazing partners on this project and are honored to celebrate the land side groundbreaking with GLPI and the Baton Rouge community."


Along with substantial pavilion renovations, a 52,000 sq. ft addition is included in the design. Vegas-style table games, up to 1,200 new slot machines, a sports entertainment and performance venue, Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken restaurant, and an improved boardwalk to accommodate Viking Cruise Lines port-of-call visits are just some of the new casino’s highly anticipated features.


The casino is expected to have a significant impact on the state and local economies. The estimated job creation includes approximately 160 jobs during construction and over 500 new jobs for casino operation. A boost in tourism is also forecasted, and the community is hopeful that Shaq himself will stop in from time to time.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2022.


Project Team Members: Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. (GLPI), Owner of Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge; Casino Queen Holdings, Operator; James J. Baum, Owner’s Representative; CPL, Architect and Engineer of Record; Roger Charles Design, Casino Interior Design Specialist; Ted Barber and Associates, Food Service Specialist; CSRS, Civil Engineers; Patai Architecture, Casino Architectural Specialist; Gregory P. Luth and Associates, Structural Engineers; Lighting Design Alliance, Lighting Designers; and W.E. O’Neil, Contractor.

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2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Rochester]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-1 https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-1 ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Ryan Egan, EIT, Nick Carr and Jackie Clune to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Egan joins the civil engineering team as a Junior Transportation Engineer. His primary responsibilities will include preparing and designing plans for rehabilitated transportation systems as well as identifying traffic issues and recommending methods that can improve traffic flow and safety.

Egan has Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo as well as an OSHA 30-Hour Outreach Training for the Construction Industry Certificate. He also has his Engineer in Training (EIT) certification.

Also joining the civil engineering team is Nick Carr, who will serve as a Transportation Engineer, responsible for working on a variety of transportation engineering projects throughout New York State. In addition to performing field inspections of bridges, he will also prepare design reports on bridge replacement, bridge rehabilitation and culvert projects.

Prior to joining CPL, Carr served as a Jr. Bridge Engineer at LaBella Associates. He has an Associates degree in engineering science from Monroe Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University.

Clune joins the Human Resources team as a HR Generalist. In this role, she will be responsible for providing HR administration for all areas of the employee life cycle, including recruitment, onboarding, employee relations, benefits, compensation, etc. for assigned teams.

Prior to joining CPL, Clune was a Human Resources Coordinator at Monroe Veterinary Associates.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Pittsburgh]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-pittsburgh https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-pittsburgh PITTSBURGH, PA — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, is pleased to welcome Bill Pope, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP to its growing team in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pope joins the architectural team as an Architect with more than 20 years of experience. He will be responsible for managing projects throughout all phases of planning and design—from programming and concepts through construction administration. As a detail-driven individual with vast project management experience, Pope will be keenly focused on applying sustainable solutions to various higher education projects to provide clients with exemplary institutional spaces that respond to student needs.

Prior to joining CPL, Pope was a Principal at NEXT Architecture. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University and holds professional licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Pope is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Candidate, and a Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. He resides in Pittsburgh, PA.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-06-02T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Rochester]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester https://cplteam.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Paul Vogel, Justin Cross, RA, Janine Meier and Dan Leonhard to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Vogel joins the electrical engineering team as a Senior Electrical Engineer with more than 20 years of industry experience. He is responsible for designing power distribution systems, lighting and low-voltage systems for a variety of our building design projects.

Prior to joining CPL, Vogel served as an Electrical Engineer at LaBella Associates. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology from Alfred State College and resides in Rochester, NY.

Cross joins the architectural team as a Project Architect, responsible for performing project layout, detailing and coordination throughout the design and contract document phases of projects. He will also help coordinate project meetings with clients, consultants and team members alike.

Cross previously served as a Project Designer at SEI Design Group, Architects. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural technology and an Associates degree in architectural engineering technology from SUNY College of Technology at Alfred. Cross is a registered architect in New York State and resides in Rochester, NY.

Meier joins the firm as an Executive Assistant and will manage the day-to-day affairs of CPL’s Executive Leadership team. With more than 13 years of providing highly advanced secretarial skills in support of senior executives, she will handle critical tasks that have direct effect on the firm’s success.

Prior to joining CPL, Meier served as an Executive Assistant at Cerion Nanomaterials. She has an Associates degree in marketing from Monroe Community College and resides in Rochester, NY.

Leonhard joins the finance team as a Controller. In this role, he is responsible for leading the technical accounting aspects of CPL's monthly reports, managing various audits and tax returns, and spearheading efforts to drive efficiencies in the firm's billing, accounts payable and payroll processes.

Prior to joining CPL, Leonhard served as a Controller for Opta Inc. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College and Resides in Liverpool, 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 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-05-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Community Recreation Centers — Planning for operational efficiency from day-one]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-community-recreation-centers-planning-for-operational-efficiency-from-day-one https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-community-recreation-centers-planning-for-operational-efficiency-from-day-one Community recreation centers are important to the human experience.


With programs to support social, physical and cultural wellbeing, these neighborhood staples are recognized as intrinsic components of meaningful community life.

Modern center offerings are highly individualized and driven by the unique needs of residents and the local population. Yet, most of these facilities still share a common challenge: how to develop and sustain operational efficiency?

Many recreation centers depend on allocated municipal funds, tax-payer dollars, and program funds to meet operational expenses. Most often, however, this financial model is not sustainable and typically does not generate enough income for significant future growth. Although many factors influence the planning and design of rec centers, establishing a way to develop true operational efficiency is the challenge that many Parks and Recreation Directors face.

Capitalizing on “day-one” opportunities

The most compelling efficiency decisions are strategically made long before the concrete is poured. A project’s conceptual process presents a “day-one” opportunity to identify solutions that can offset future operating expenses, generate revenue, and position recreation centers to have a positive regional impact.

Our recent work with the Town of Kernersville, NC serves as an excellent demonstration of this type of intentional concept phase decision making. After understanding their vision to attract regional economic development and keep up with future recreation needs of the community, the design and operational planning for the Town’s brand-new recreation center immediately commenced.

Thoughtful financial forecasting played a monumental role in helping Kernersville clearly understand the true fiscal impacts that early design decisions would have once their center was up and running. This required a meticulous review of the facility's square footage and interior spaces to ensure that all appropriated space was best utilized and in-line with efficiency goals. As a result, we incorporated design accommodations that could support flexible programming after-hours.

“As changing lifestyles continue to create a demand for early morning and evening use, center designs that support extended programming can be a great added source of revenue for clients like Kernersville to explore,” said CPL Architect and Project Manager, Rachel Nilson, AIA. “Early on, we worked with the Town to include rentable, multi-purpose space within their facility to enable opportunities for long-term revenue streams."

The design and programming of the planned multi-purpose spaces incorporated heavy input from a variety of community partners such as the Kernersville Little Theater, Chamber of Commerce, Civitan Club, and others who will utilize the center to provide services to the public.

"Inviting local businesses and organizations into planning discussions to make strategic utilization decisions like this can end up bringing immense value to clients and ultimately enrich their communities for years to come,” added Nilson.


3D Rendering showcases planned "flex-space" in a new community rec center

Nilson is a strong advocate for deliberate “day-one” design making and understands the value that smart financial planning can bring to community-based projects. She sees an architect’s role as a full-service advisor who is responsible and committed to providing the necessary information concerning a facility’s financial impact so that the best design choices can always be made.

“For us, it’s not enough to only know and account for the upfront construction costs,” explained Nilson. “It’s about strategically forecasting all of the future operating expenses and identifying ways to offset them before construction even begins. That level of investment from our team is what sets towns like Kernersville up for long-term success.”

Optimal solutions for operational efficiency can and should be integrated into the design of recreation centers from day-one. Planning ahead and utilizing this early window of opportunity gives communities the ability to implement practical strategies that can keep future operating costs low and revenue streams high—a result that allows for continued, sustainable growth.


Learn more about our Community Practice >

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2021-08-18T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Residents’ Feedback Influences Layout for City of Binghamton Youth and Community Center]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-residents-feedback-influences-layout-for-city-of-binghamton-youth-and-community-center https://cplteam.com/blog/buzz-residents-feedback-influences-layout-for-city-of-binghamton-youth-and-community-center A second public meeting took place Thursday evening, July 29, to share the progress of the City of Binghamton's Youth and Community Center to be stationed at Columbus Park.

Mayor Rich David, CPL, and Whitham Planning and Design were all present to exchange the latest conceptual designs and facility layout with attendees as well as upgrades to Columbus Park.

Read the full story via WBNG 12 News >

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2021-08-03T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Cancer Care Centers – Healing through mindful design]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-cancer-care-centers-healing-through-mindful-design https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-cancer-care-centers-healing-through-mindful-design Few words carry more profound impact than “you have cancer." Life-changing, these words mark the beginning of an unparalleled journey for patients and their loved ones. With hopes of healing, much of a cancer patient’s journey is often spent at a cancer care center.

Cancer care centers provide life-saving medical monitoring, procedures, progress check-ups, treatments, clinical trials, and therapy in a comprehensive outpatient setting, all under one roof. The one-stop-shop aspect of these facilities helps streamline the care and treatment process, and in turn, ease some of the pain and anxiety that cancer patients experience. However, streamlining cancer treatment is only part of the equation when designing these next-level centers.

Considering the emotional distress, physical discomfort, and length of time most patients spend in treatment, the best care centers do more than simplify treatment visits—they help heal the whole patient.


Private cancer treatment areas at the United Memorial Medial Center in Batavia, NY.

A Delicate Balance

Physicians agree that health and wellness is a delicate balance of the mind, body and spirit; and medical professionals confirm that merely treating the biological aspects of a life-threatening disease is often not enough for healing. Having fully embraced this notion, our cancer center designs are mindfully executed to include space for state-of-the-art treatment and therapies, without sacrificing critical support for each patient’s emotional well-being.

Consult the Experts

Patients, their families, and survivors serve as the best resources for identifying what truly strengthens a cancer patient’s overall spirit during treatment. These unintentional experts place physical comfort, stress reduction, and feelings of peace and hope at the top of their wish lists while visiting care facilities. We take those desires seriously and use them as benchmarks for making every design decision.

A patient’s courageous journey begins with entry. Entries and exits should be bright, open and friendly to inspire hope as people walk into and out of treatment. They should elicit strong feelings of optimism, which can be achieved by incorporating large windows, vaulted ceilings and cascading lights.


Renderings of the light and spacious entryway at the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Cancer Center in Pinehurst, NC (currently under construction).

Upon arrival, visitors should be greeted with beautiful and welcoming waiting areas where they can comfortably rest and await next steps. These spaces are most effective when designed to include calming features like greenery and fireplaces as well as selective forms of entertainment like TV’s, books, puzzles and games.

Easily navigating from waiting areas to labs or treatment rooms is another key element that cannot be overlooked. The wayfinding and signage throughout a cancer center must be clear and affirming to help ease anxieties and provide seamless transitions. Strategic lighting and graphic selections are often used to achieve the level of clarity and direction that all visitors deserve.


Easy-to-find scheduling desks at the Cone Health Cancer Center at Alamance Regional in Burlington, NC.

Arguably most important are the areas dedicated to facilitating cancer treatment. These spaces must be designed with comfort in mind, which calls for broad reclining chairs to help patients relax, flexible layouts to accommodate requests for privacy, and intentional visuals and artwork to evoke peace and pleasure.

It also recommended to be vigilant in selecting clean, healthy materials for every square inch of these spaces. With weakened immune systems, no chances should be taken with the furniture, fixtures and equipment that patients are exposed to. This requires the avoidance of using all "worst in class" materials (ie. items on The Red List) is to ensure patients don't come into contact with hazardous chemicals and elements that are known to pose serious risks to human health.

Renderings of the chemotherapy infusion space at the FirstHealth of the Carolinas Cancer Center in Pinehurst, NC (currently under construction).

Healing for the Whole Patient

“We are very cognizant of how our designs impact every person who steps foot inside these cancer centers—the patients, families, visitors, caregivers, medical staff—everyone,” said Molly Livingstone, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Associate and Interior Designer at CPL. “Keeping these individuals top of mind is how we make strategic design decisions that can successfully promote comfort, encourage healing, and help treat the whole patient.”

The effects of a cancer diagnosis are undoubtedly extraordinary. Patients and loved ones are forced to embark on a challenging journey exclusive to the disease; and the myriad of emotion and pain that a cancer diagnosis brings is often amplified in treatment. This makes it even more important to equip patients and their families with treatment centers that fully support their physical and emotional needs during this journey. Our stance is this: when a compassionate, patient-centered approach is applied through design, the whole patient can heal.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HEALTHCARE PRACTICE >


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2021-07-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Straight A's are the goal; but what energy grade would your schools get?]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-straight-as-are-the-goal-but-what-energy-grade-would-your-schools-get https://cplteam.com/blog/blog-straight-as-are-the-goal-but-what-energy-grade-would-your-schools-get How would your school district's buildings score on an energy efficiency test?

As architects and engineers, it's a question we should always be helping you answer with precision and confidence.

CPL is experienced in helping districts reach maximum building performance by identifying solutions that ensure all system improvements are in sync and client-centric. This is often done by leveraging Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) as a vehicle to recommend strategic energy conservation measures that help schools modernize their buildings AND reduce energy costs.

But what exactly can EPCs do for your district?

For starters, EPCs can help reduce overall building energy consumption by using utility and operations savings to pay for substantial energy efficiency improvements. This greatly benefits school districts and their communities because when school facilities are operating at their peak efficiency, taxpayers reap the rewards and get to save valuable, hard-earned dollars.

Additionally, by reducing operating expenses, EPCs can provide schools with alternative funding sources, outside of Bond and Capital Projects. This puts districts in the driver's seat to unlock capital that can be used to renew and modernize aging buildings—a strategic action that can demonstrate a high level of fiscal responsibility to the community at large.

Determining whether an EPC is the best project approach can certainly be cumbersome. As a best practice, it is important to know and remember the following:

1) All EPCs are NOT created equally.

Each building has its own unique operating characteristics, including energy usage, energy sources, and energy rates. Buyer beware of EPCs that appear to be “cookie cutter” and do not effectively address your long-term facility needs.

2) Your school buildings have multiple systems that need to “speak” to each other.

It is imperative that your EPC accounts for the critical communication links provided through your building controls to optimize all systems and equipment operations. Often, EPCs become too focused on short-term payback and end up reducing the functionality of your systems.

3) The quality of your equipment is paramount.

Cheap equipment might provide a “quicker” payback, but it will almost certainly break down and require more money to repair much sooner than desired.

4) Correlation does not equal causation when it comes to EPCs and indoor air quality.

EPCs do not directly improve indoor air quality. In fact, they can actually reduce ventilation to generate energy savings. An engineered system approach is required to improve your building’s indoor air quality, while still limiting the energy impact.


CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S EPC SERVICE OFFERING >

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2021-07-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Introducing CPL Ignites — Sparking conversations with community leaders]]> https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-introducing-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversations-with-community-leaders https://cplteam.com/blog/broadcast-introducing-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversations-with-community-leaders

What impact do you want to leave on your community?


CPL Ignites
tackles that question and so much more by focusing on curated conversations with community leaders and influencers– to inform minds, inspire ideas and ignite positive change in our neighborhoods through quality design.

Hosted by CPL Architect, Rachel Nilson, AIA, this bi-monthly podcast will greet you with enlightening discussions about how designers and community leaders alike share a commitment to serve and a desire to enrich the places where we live and work.

In our inaugural episode, Rachel talks with long-time industry colleague and friend, Harold Owen about integrating operations into design in parks and recreation facilities.


Watch more episodes from the CPL Ignites series >

Learn more about our Community Practice >

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2021-07-16T00:00:00-04:00