Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2018 2018-03-22T04:18:09-04:00 <![CDATA[BUZZ: New Orange County Government Center Near End of $74M Makeover]]> Nearing the end of a $74 million makeover, the new Orange County Government Center looks a lot like its old, geometric self on the outside, but with a more conventional office building forming its new entrance and a tamed jumble of roof levels. Check out the full story, written by Chris McKenna and featured in the Times Herald-Record.

<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL's Capital District Growth Crosses Disciplines]]> Signs of CPL’s growth are evidenced throughout our footprint and the Albany office location is no exception. The office is located in Latham, just off of I-87 in Albany County, NY, and is the workplace destination for 14 of our most dedicated and hardworking team members. This collaborative group of professionals is comprised of architects, engineers, designers and support staff, all working together to make a positive impact on the Capital Region.

The origin of CPL’s Albany office dates back to 2002 when the firm was known as Clark Patterson Associates (CPA). Albany became the firm’s sixth New York State office offering expertise in civil, mechanical, structural and transportation engineering.

“The original Albany office was positioned for growth and quickly gained traction during that time,” said President and COO, Dan Duprey, P.E. Dan recalled how CPA began providing bridge inspection services for the NYS Thruway Authority early on as an impetus for growth.

Fast forward to present day, CPL’s transportation engineering capabilities in Albany remain steadfast with Principal Engineer, Matt Smullen, P.E., leading the charge. With a background in bridge design and federally funded transportation projects, Matt has been with CPL since 2008, and has since helped manage his eastern New York team to provide responsive, quality deliverables.

“We serve a variety of clients in the greater Capital District, Hudson Valley and Southern Tier,” said Matt. “Expanding our footprint and capabilities throughout New York has always been a long-term goal, and I think our presence in Albany continues to help us achieve that.”

Matt’s drive to grow and expand the Albany office has brought great success beyond its traditional engineering wheelhouse, taking on master planning, municipal building projects and supporting CPL’s K-12 practice. The office has grown substantially over the last year and half with the addition of five team members, three of which were architects - bringing the total number of Albany based architects to six.

Principal Architect, Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP, commented on how the recent growth in Albany has significantly benefited project teams in both Newburgh and Binghamton.

“The Albany office has become a vital resource for all of our team members in eastern New York,” said Chris. “Gaining a strong architectural presence in that office has helped us “close the loop” on the full-service capability that we offer to our clients here.”

Recent work out of Albany includes Warren County courthouse addition and renovations, Saratoga County “Mack Shack” building replacement (6,000 Sq. ft. DPW garage), multiple bridge replacement projects in Essex, Warren, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia an Duchess counties.

The Albany team is also busy working with school districts like Corinth CSD, Monticello CSD and Rondout Valley CSD on a variety of capital improvement projects. Having a capital district practice certainly has its advantages, as the economy tends to remain strong around state capitals as well as geographically keeping a better pulse on political happenings.

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<![CDATA[BLOG: Pearl Anniversaries - Celebrating 30 Years at CPL]]> While Dan Duprey, P.E., was interviewing at Clark Engineers back in 1988, Andrew Goodermote, AIA, was doing the very same at Patterson Mossien. The two companies would eventually merge and evolve to become Clark Patterson Lee (CPL). Goodermote and Duprey, along with Tom Swift, P.E., and Maureen Nalewalski, would find themselves at the same place 30 years later.

Now comprised of 350 professionals, the firm has grown substantially through the decades.

“When I first started here, it was important to me that I wasn’t just another number in a sea of employees. I really wanted the president to know my name,” said Nalewalski. “What’s cool about CPL today is that even as a firm with over 300 people, I don’t think anyone feels just like a number.”

Duprey and Goodermote said they have similar feelings about the company culture, remembering how much time coworkers used to spend together in their early days. Traditions like company softball leagues and enjoying a few beers after work continue, as coworkers begin to feel like a little more than team members.

“A firm like this becomes your family,” said Nalewalski. “And sure, like with any family, you go through ups and downs, but at the end of the day, the highs always outweighed the lows. My overall experience has always been positive.”

Nalewalski remembers impactful project work in addition to fond memories, including working on the Genesee County Water Supply program.

“I was part of the project team for this one in the late 90's, back when it was just an idea. Since then, there’s been two major phases completed, both of which helped provide reliable sources of high-quality water to the community for years to come. Really substantial projects like that always leave a footprint on you,” she said.

Her counterparts remember their favorite projects over the years.

“I designed wastewater treatment plants in Cuba, NY and Bolivar, NY and have since been back to do a bunch of different upgrades for both,” said Swift.

He explained that he and Tom McElheny, P.E. also pursued the Town of Cuba’s Sewer District No. 5 Sewer project near Cuba Lake for a long time. “It’s those long-term clients that tend to stick with you and leave an impact,” he said.

“It’s truly been a great place to work,” said Swift.

Additionally, Nalewalski, Swift, and Duprey all have fond memories of the Mill Seat Landfill project from their first decade at CPL. Although it was a lot of work, the payoff was worth the overtime.

“It just goes to show you that even the more challenging projects can end up being the most fun and rewarding,” said Nalewalski.

Duprey served as the QA/QC Engineer for the Mill Seat project, wearing a different hat than his usual roads and bridges engineering role. “It was fun and different,” he said, noting that the time out in the field and late nights with coworkers were memories he hasn’t forgotten.

Now, Duprey wears yet another hat: President & Chief Operating Officer.

“As a board member, my role is to help make everyone else in the company successful,” he said. Duprey spends his time helping to grow the practices of Principals throughout the company, and being a champion for CPL’s intentional culture.

“When you walk in the door in the morning, it should feel like you’re walking into your own house,” he said, adding that camaraderie and collaboration were the keys to a successful, inviting culture.

Goodermote says his role has changed as well.

“When I started, my goal was to become an architect,” said Goodermote. “Now, I am an architect, and my goal is to develop my practice.”

Goodermote said what’s changed the most in 30 years has been the growth of the company. The rest is still the same. “I’m still creating buildings that will be here forever,” he said.

“My first project was the St. John Fisher Library. I was told to put the brick back on the building,” Goodermote said. He looks back on the project warmly, accrediting his current success to the lessons he learned then. This project helped him prove that if he was given a task, the boss would know it would get done, he said.

Aside from being an architect, Goodermote has unofficially absorbed the role of a mentor to young architects, constantly challenging interns and new hires alike with his mantra “don’t think you know what you know.”

College teaches students how to think and how to process, he said, but experience teaches you how to be an architect. He challenges new people to understand how perception affects reality, and to be aware constantly of this.

“Each office has their own culture,” added Duprey. From two offices to 13 offices, being part of CPL is truly being part of something much bigger. “Have an awareness that not everyone has the same perspective.”

“And look out for each other,” said Goodermote.

After watching the company evolve since his beginning, Goodermote says he still believes there is room to grow.

“I can see myself here for another 20 years,” he said, adding the only thing that would stop him is winning the lottery and fishing all day.

Certainly, 30 years of experience warrants a bit of wisdom for those team members who haven’t been alive for 30 years yet:

“Take pride in what you’re doing, no matter how big or small,” Nalewalski urges. “Everything we do has an impact on something or someone.”

“It’s so important to be open-minded,” said Swift. “There’s never just one solution to a problem or only one way of getting things done.”

“Dress the way you want to be respected,” said Goodermote, adding that people should represent themselves as who they want to be, not who they could be.

And, Duprey closes with the Golden Rule and a bit of inspiration:

“Always treat people how you want to be treated, and whatever your career aspirations are, take the bull by the horns and go for it!” he said. “If you want it, go get it.”

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Making Construction Innovation Stick]]> We are thrilled to be featured in the Engineering News Record's (ENR) cover story: Making Construction Innovation Stick.

Click here to read about CPL Creative Labs and how technology integration is vital to staying out in front.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: A Pair of Pedestrian Bridges in Jamestown Win Prestigious APWA Award]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
Clark Patterson Lee

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Jamestown, NY – A transformative project in Jamestown, NY, which features two new Pedestrian Bridges over the Chadakoin River, has been honored by the American Public Works Association – NY Chapter Western Branch. The two COR-TEN steel superstructure spans, featuring wood decks and lighting, were installed in the fall of 2017 when pre-fabricated sections were spliced together and set in place. One bridge will connect the Northshore of Jamestown Riverwalk to Panzarella Park (189’ long) and the second (140’ long) will connect the north and south shores of Riverwalk adjacent to the Washington Street bridge.

The honor was in the category of Structures Project of the Year <$5 million. The design team included Union Concrete & Construction Corporation (General Contractor) and Clark Patterson Lee (design engineer) with the City of Jamestown. The $2 million project is timely as the nearby National Comedy Museum renovations a slated for competition in the summer of 2018. Accepting the award on behalf of the City of Jamestown was Jeff Lehman, DPW, Director, and Vince DeJoy, Director of Development.

DeJoy said, “The twin pedestrian bridges has been the culmination of many years of hard work building the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk with investment by New York State and the federal government and local investment of DPW labor. It will be enjoyed by many people and will serve to activate the waterfront for greater economic development opportunities."

The opening of Comedy Center Park and enhancements that will be provided through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative such as decorative lighting of bridges and the BPU campus, and kayak launches will also further make this area a destination as well as a means for moving people from the south side of the Chadakoin to the Downtown area for employment opportunities and commerce.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/Virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit to learn more.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Rochester Roots a Key to CPL's Success and Expansion]]> To showcase the variety of industry and promise of potential in Rochester, NY, the Greater Rochester Enterprise is featuring three transformative CPL projects: the Genesee County Economic Development Center's STAMP project near Batavia, NY; the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care addition for the Rochester Regional Health System; and the Monroe County Seneca Park Zoo expansion.

Click here to read the full article.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL's Jason Streb, AIA Elected 2018 Vice President of AIA Rochester]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
Clark Patterson Lee

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - Rochester, NY - Architect, Jason Streb, AIA, was elected the 2018 Vice President of AIA Rochester. Since joining the organization in 2010, Jason has been an involved member of AIA Rochester, frequently participating in events and serving as Education Director from 2013-2015. After securing his architecture licensure fall of 2017, Jason wanted to continue his involvement, with his passion for architecture and the Rochester community motivating him.

Jason will serve as Vice President of AIA Rochester in 2019, moving to President in 2019.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/Virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit to learn more.

<![CDATA[BLOG: STAMP Project - Our Progress on the 1,260-Acre Mini-City]]> Two men stood in the middle of a field in the rural town of Alabama, NY, and decided to build a technology park.

The pair were Steven G. Hyde, President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL) Senior Vice President, Richard B. Henry, III, P.E.

“I think you’re crazy, but I’m willing to ride along,” Henry told Hyde.

Originally nicknamed Megasite, the 1260-acre block of land took the name STAMP, Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park. Its purpose was to be a shovel-ready industrial park targeting high-tech manufacturing, such as semi-conductor computer chip, photovoltaic (PV), and flat panel display manufacturing.

“We hope to provide long-term advanced technological employment for younger generations,” said Henry.

Before choosing the location in Genesee County, coined the “Metro Corridor” for connecting Buffalo and Rochester, Henry, Hyde, and others looked at several sites, considering proximity to major electric, natural gas access, and connections to fresh and waste water. They also carefully considered the fertility of the land, cautiously avoiding any abundant farm land. Access to Hydropower from Niagara Falls majorly impacted the decision, since the STAMP tenants could potentially utilize significant amounts of power for manufacturing.

Because of the sheer size of the project and its nearly-constant deadlines, CPL implemented three levels of project management. Henry manages from a big-picture standpoint, with Tom Carpenter, P.E. serving as the Principal for the project, and Andrew Kosa, P.E. managing infrastructure and on-site logistics.

CPL’s approach was based on our understanding of how economic development business works and how it translates to new opportunities. While working closely with the GCEDC, CPL helped campaign for the project, obtaining funding every few years for the next phase of the project. The first of these was a feasibility grant of $33 Million, which allowed the team to begin preliminary design, an electrical feasibility study, water and sewer improvements, and the construction of main road, among others.

CPL engineers Jason Foote, P.E. and Jeremy Delyser, P.E. coordinated offsite water and sewer distribution, transmitting water 5 and 12 miles, respectively. Zach Anderson assisted with coordination of the main access road, which was completed in 2017.

“It’s neat to see the project come from a concept and a farm field and turn into an industrial park,” said Anderson. “Seeing the road transform from plans on paper to asphalt in person has been rewarding.”

In addition to feasibility studies, an environmental impact review has been completed. This several-step process uses archaeological records, grading, and assessment procedures to study and minimize any potential impact on the environment, and to rule out any sacred or historical ground. The team has also completed a preliminary geotechnical evaluation, which included seismic testing and borings.

Work is set to continue in phases: secure an anchor tenant, finish the first wave on infrastructure, and then plan for major infrastructure. The next phase depends heavily on the anchor tenant’s needs; CPL will customize the site in order to best fit the tenant.

“Securing a main tenant will give us incredible validation of the years of hard work we’ve put in,” said Carpenter.

Kosa said he hopes future tenants will choose the STAMP site not only for its opportunity, but for the experience they have working with CPL. “Our goal is to be responsive and easy to work with, so companies come to us with the confidence that we can get the job done right,” he said.

CPL began advertising for tenants in 2015, selling the promise of a shovel-ready site and the ability to transform the land into a mini-city. The company is currently in conversations with potential clients, producing site plans and modifications to illustrate the potential of the flat, open land and minimal environmental inhibitors.

STAMP’s first tenant is shaping up to be 1366 Technologies, a Massachusetts-based solar energy cell manufacturing company. In 2015, 1366 Technologies announced that they plan to build the first solar wafer manufacturing facility at the STAMP site, investing more than $720 million and creating 1000 new jobs. Although they have not yet broken ground for the project, planning and funding efforts are underway.

“We have a saying we like to stick to: It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Carpenter. “It’s exciting work for us, so we don’t mind putting in the nights and weekends to make sure this project is a success,” he said.

Aside from the main companies, support businesses are anticipated to fill in around the site, including potential coffee shops and hotels to service the boom in employees. Additionally, residential development is expected to grow to accommodate people moving to the area.

“This project transforms an otherwise underutilized space into one that can create upward of 9,000 jobs,” said Kosa. “It’s a strategic move that will grow the region.”

CPL continues to provide plans and information to potential tenants, and looks forward to securing the future of the megasite.

“It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked on,” said Henry.

“I like to think we’re not just engineers,” said Carpenter. “We’re economic developers. We’re helping to shape a successful, beneficial future for everyone involved.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: A Tour of the Orange County Government Center]]>

The Orange County Government Center campus (Goshen, NY), originally designed by well-known brutalist architect Paul Rudolph, has undergone a remarkable transformation, restoration and preservation effort. It opens for business in the first quarter of 2018 since closing in 2011 as a result of major damage from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. The buildings will now better serve county staff and visitors alike with improved efficiency, lighting, HVAC / MEP systems and ADA compliancy, among many other upgrades.

Drone footage was shot by CPL Structural Engineer, John Zito.

Contact CPL for more information regarding the design:

<![CDATA[BLOG: How to Pass Your Next K-12 Referendum]]> Today’s educational landscape looks nothing like it did 50, 25 or even 10 years ago. Whether it’s because of advancements in technology, improved sustainable design goals, new pedagogies to accommodate various learning styles, or all of the above, it is easy to recognize that education is ever-changing. However, as 21st century learning continues to evolve, we need our school buildings to do the same.

Many of today’s K-12 schools are in need of immediate and costly upgrades. And since these types of projects are funded by taxpayers, they all require a referendum vote to proceed.

So how do school districts successfully navigate the referendum process? How do they communicate with the public to encourage the ‘Yes’ vote? In short, while schools may be experts at teaching, many districts face a steep learning curve when it comes to informing and encouraging taxpayers to support K-12 referendums.

Vice President and K-12 Principal, Brian Trott, AIA, has been helping districts work through this very issue for more than 20 years.

“In order for a referendum to pass, the voter base must understand the value of the proposed project,” Trott said. “Voters want to know how the project will impact their children specifically, which is why the referendum should address improvements from as many facets as possible. This includes programs like athletics, music, science, and ideally a scope for elementary, middle and high school.”

Trott emphasized that the top three easiest improvements for tax payers to approve include safety, security and maintenance.

“Especially in today’s political climate, parents need to hear their children are safe at school. Few people will ever vote against health and safety,” he said.

In addition to understanding the value of proposed projects, voters also want to know about important variables such as possible tax increases, feasibility and other long-range implications.

“In order for people to be willing to pledge additional tax dollars toward a project, they need to feel like they’re getting the best ‘bang’ for their buck,” said K-12 Principal, Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP. “As ambassadors for the district, we put a lot of effort into helping taxpayers feel good about investing in the future of their community.”

Architect, Jason Benfante, AIA, added that referendums should outline the basics of the project with specific goals in mind, however, the strategy and cost planning to achieve those goals should be flexible.

“We should be transparent in presenting that we are doing $1 Million worth of improvements, but not necessarily focus on the number of windows we can replace,” he said, adding that specific costs throughout the project can be overwhelming to voters, clouding their feeling of the overall project.

“Consistency is also a priority,” said Trott. “The message needs to be consistent throughout the campaign, and to all audiences.”

While the superintendent, school board, and teachers should really be the face of the campaign, CPL works diligently in the background to help convey that consistent, educated message. The K-12 project teams utilize in-house marketing capabilities to design informative materials such as brochures, flyers, post cards, and even branded Capital Bond logos and/or slogans.

To encourage people to go out and vote, it is important to make the process easy and convenient for community members.

“We typically schedule the vote around a major school function that parents are already attending, like a rival ball game or a chorus concert,” said Colby. “Not only do these functions have high attendance, but they also help voters feel a sense of pride about the schools their children attend.”

What’s the main difference between CPL’s approach compared to others?

“Our approach is very genuine,” said Benfante. “Throughout the referendum process, we are fully invested and readily accessible to our clients. We are on their team, because we truly want what’s best for their community.”

<![CDATA[BLOG: Cheryl Graeub Has the Interior Design Gene]]> Why did you choose your career?

For many, that can be a tough question to answer. But for Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL), Cheryl Graeub, IIDA, LEED AP, it is a question she can probably answer in her sleep.

An accomplished interior designer in CPL’s newest office branch in Greensboro, NC, Cheryl was always hardwired to pursue a career in the A/E industry.

“My grandfather was an architect, my grandmother taught interior design, and my parents sold furniture,” Cheryl explained. “You could say the design gene was in my DNA.”

Cheryl immersed herself in the world of design by earning her B.S. degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Soon after, she started working for MMPA (Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates), now CPL, and is currently an Associate and discipline leader for the firm’s higher education design practice.

“We never do the same thing twice,” Cheryl commented on her appreciation for higher education design. “From dorm rooms to student centers to athletic buildings to bookstores and theater spaces, a university or college campus has endless opportunities for imaginative and inspiring interiors.”

With more than 10 years of experience, Cheryl’s design portfolio includes interior renovations for the Bridgewater Kline Campus Center and Heritage Hall, Guilford College’s North Apartments and Founders Hall, as well as campus buildings at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

As a designer, she is known to embrace all scales of interior design, from the seamless integration of technology down to the most specific details of interior architecture including furnishings, fixtures and next level graphics. In everything Cheryl does, her goal is to balance beauty and function while keeping the client’s vision top of mind.

When asked to reflect on important lessons learned thus far in her career, she says it all boils down to good communication. “Whether it’s between us and the client or between our entire project team, good communication is without question the key to any project’s success.”

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Athenex Signs General Contractor]]> Athenex Inc. hired a German firm to oversee construction of its larges pharmaceutical plant in Dunkirk. CPL will be the primary site engineer/designer for the project. Click here to read the full article written by Dan Miner and featured in Buffalo Business First.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year]]> Always great to have a project featured in Architectural Digest. The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY is spotlighted as one of most noteworthy museums openings this coming year! Click here to check it out!

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Celebrates the Promotion of Eric Wies, P.E. to Prinicpal]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
Clark Patterson Lee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Rochester, NY - CPL is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Wies, P.E. to Principal. He previously served as an Associate Principal based out of CPL’s Rochester, NY office. Eric has been an environmental / civil engineer with CPL since 2000 when he joined the firm as his first job fresh out of the University of Central Florida.

Originally from Bergen, NY, Eric still resides there and works with a number of longtime clients in Genesee County. The very first project he worked on was with City of Batavia Water Treatment Plant upgrades, as part of the Genesee County Water Supply - a client that CPL maintains to this day. Eric enjoys working with municipalities and community leadership on various water resources design solutions across New York State. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Bergen Fire Department and chairs the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. When not hard at work at CPL (which isn’t very often), Eric can be found on a number of fairways and greens or working on home renovations.

Eric embodies why CPL has had great success serving municipal clients. He truly immerses himself in his work and the communities in which we do business. He is a tremendous asset as an designer, project manager and team member – and we congratulate him on a well-deserved promotion,” commented Rick Henry, Senior Vice President with CPL.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/Virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit to learn more.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL Rising on RBJ's Top Engineering Firms List]]> CPL ranked No. 5 on the Rochester Business Journal's (RBJ) Top Engineering Firms List! Click here to view the full list.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: RRH Creating New Health Center on East Ridge]]> Rochester Regional Health (RRH), one of the leading healthcare systems in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes regions, is creating new health center in the Ridge Goodman Plaza on East Ridge Road. Click here to read the full story featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Celebrating Friendships, Family and Community]]> Join us in celebrating friendships, family and community this holiday season.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Salvatore Gift Leads to More Naming Rights at ECMC ]]> Visitors to the expanded emergency department at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) will enter through the Russell J. Salvatore Atrium, in a new entrance to the hospital. On Monday, ECMC released renderings for the new entrance, named in honor of Salvatore’s $1 million Valentine's Day gift to the hospital.

Read the full story written by Tracey Drury and featured in Buffalo Business First.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Unite North Main Street Revitalization Project Update]]> One of three kick-off projects for the Unite North Main Street Revitalization project is complete. Click here to ready the full story featured in The Post Journal.