Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2017 2017-05-24T07:41:35-04:00 <![CDATA[CPL Welcomes New Principal / Vice President in Buffalo and New Director of Communications in Rochester]]> CPL is thrilled to welcome two highly qualified individuals to our growing teams in Buffalo in Rochester. With decades of experience in their respective fields under their belts, Mike Mistriner and Vince Press are both valuable additions to our CPL family.

As Principal and Vice President, Mike Mistriner, AIA will be responsible for providing architectural design and planning leadership to the Buffalo office. His primary focus will be on business development and growing the higher education practice throughout the Buffalo-Niagara region and across New York State. He will also serve as a resource to other CPL offices pursuing and working with higher education clients.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and leadership to this position. His experience encompasses work with K-12, higher education and corporate clients and is evidenced on campuses and firms throughout our community. Focusing on principles of candor and integrity, Mike has exceptional communication skills as well as a deep understanding on how to successfully advise clients on a variety of building technologies. Whether you’re interested in creating a campus master plan, renovating a sports/recreations facility, designing a new performing arts center or simply enhancing student housing and campus life, Mike has the tools to guide clients with clarity and supply them with the optimum design solution.

In a newly created position, Vince Press has joined CPL’s marketing team in Rochester as the Director of Communications. In this role, Vince will oversee internal and external communications and will be responsible for strengthening CPL’s brand awareness across the company footprint. Additionally, he will work to build and maintain relationships with the local media, partners and clients alike.

Throughout his career of more than 20 successful years in PR/marketing, Vince has gained extensive expertise in public/media relations, marketing and events, with success spanning several public and private sectors, including aviation, economic development, telecom, media and architecture, engineering and construction. In addition to being well-qualified in experience for the position, his creative, versatile and personable demeanor is a perfect match for company’s irresistible culture. Vince is a champion for building relationships and pushing the corporate brand, and he will surely have a meaningful impact on our continued success and growth.

As a design firm, a lot of our work focuses on people. Whether we’re considering what people need from a well-designed classroom space or wondering how people will react to a thoughtful PR campaign, the ability to keep that “person-centered” perspective starts by us focusing on the people in our own firm - and in our opinion, we have the very best. Welcome Mike and Vince!

<![CDATA[Columbus Technical College: World-Class Welding Lab Renovation]]> If you can weld, you can get a job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, welding is a solid career choice for nearly 400,000 people across the United Sates. A growing field that has always been in high demand, the BLS also estimates that there will be a need for 14,400 more welders by the year 2024. With high demand comes great opportunity, and Columbus Technical College in Columbus, GA, now has a newly-renovated space to efficiently train these future in-demand workers.

The College’s 39-year-old welding classroom space has officially been transformed into a state-of-the-art, world-class welding laboratory. In addition to accommodating the welding program’s growth in enrollment, this new cutting-edge learning environment is environmentally safer for students, and more conducive to holding tours for prospective students and employers.

CPL’s Suwanee and Woodstock, GA offices supplied the project’s architects, teaming with Albion Saccia of Sandy Springs, GA, the project’s construction contractor, to ensure this fast-paced design-build project would exceed the College’s expectations. The team gave careful consideration toward maintaining the classroom’s existing circulation, and only reconfiguring the spatial adjacencies and equipment locations. This helped streamline working space for students and added ample instruction space for the professors.

Additional design considerations included the decision to go with self-contained welding booths, which eliminated the need for the large overhead filtration systems that previously existed in the space; an overhead plane in each workstation to improve energy efficiency; and a supersized window with large-scale graphics of welding action to safely showcase the new space to all onlookers and potential new students.

Lastly, staying true to the idea of “preserve and expand,” our M/E/P team upsized the existing air handling unit to accommodate the expansion of the space, appropriately scaled up the plasma cutter ventilation system, and expanded to space conditioning into the adjacent unconditioned space. These design considerations, among many others, are what helped create the desired, world-class, modern academic laboratory where students can now thrive.

<![CDATA[Landscape Architect Among First to Earn SITES Certification]]> We are proud to recognize and congratulate Landscape Architect, Richard Waite, as he is one of the first in the nation to pass the SITES certification exam and become a SITES Accredited Professional.

SITES, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, is the newest system from Green Business Certification Inc. to develop, design, and rate sustainable landscapes, encouraging green practices to literally extend to the green outside. SITES helps protect our ecosystems, taking caution to carbon storage, climate regulation, flood mitigation, resource conservation, and more.

“We are in an industry that can have a dramatic impact on the environment,” said Waite. “Irresponsible design can damage ecosystems and reduce their ability to provide services that humans depend on, and can be very difficult and costly to restore,” he said.

Waite tested in the first cohort for SITES exams, helping set the bar for certification scores. Those with the accreditation will be able to ultimately define what a sustainable site is and elevate the value of landscapes through sustainable design.

SITES pairs well with LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which focuses on green practices for architecture. The benefit of SITES is that it is not limited to solid structure or building, and can be used for landscape, parks, and recreational locations. Waite combines these certifications with his 25 years of project experience. He has been with CPL for one year, and enhances the knowledge and creativity of the landscape team.

“I’ve always enjoyed being creative and exploring nature, and landscape architecture allows me to do both in a professional capacity,” he said.

Waite makes sure to bring his work home with him, living a green life as well. His tip to the rest of us to be greener at home:

"Don't mow so much!" he said. Waite allowed part of his lawn to go to meadow, giving a beautiful, natural look to his backyard, and cutting down on household chores—that’s a bonus.

Waite is also a registered landscape architect and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He graduated from Cornell University as a master of landscape architecture.

<![CDATA[CPL Breaks Ground at Wayne Memorial Hospital]]> Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) broke ground on Tuesday, April 11 for Wayne UNC Healthcare’s $28.9 million surgical expansion and modernization project.

The project combines architecture, interior design, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services to renovate 58,636 s.f. and design 42,459 s.f. of new construction. Project Manager Adam Chahulski, Associate Architect at CPL'sCharlotte, NC office, decided to use new technology to give Wayne Memorial staff a lifelike walkthrough of CPL’s designs.

“We tried aspects of 3D room data sheets, where we could manipulate room configurations “live” in front of the client,” Chahulski said.

Using virtual reality software, Wayne Memorial staff experienced spatial concepts and design finishes as well as day-to-day tasks all within a virtual space. After ground breaking, CPL is ready to progress. The project will provide state-of-the-art healthcare at Wayne Memorial Hospital, keeping true to its motto, changing times, changing lives, by adding:

- 13 new operating rooms, including 1 hybrid operating room and provisions for another
- 52 phase 1 and 2 patient prep/recovery rooms
- New endoscopy department
- New pre-admission testing department
- New outpatient lab department
- New surgery waiting area for families and visitors
- Renovations to existing central sterile unit

Renovations and construction will provide the spatial needs and clean, efficient organization to improve the patient experience, and allow healthcare workers to provide faster healing to Wayne Memorial patients. The project is set to complete summer 2019.

<![CDATA[Catching Up with Dan Nead]]> If you looked up “Dan Nead” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, you might find this:


1. An emerging talented designer based out of Clark Patterson Lee’s Binghamton office
2. An individual with a passion for learning all things architecture and civil design
3. History buff


Johnson City, NY

Used in a sentence

Dan Nead is a valued team member at Clark Patterson Lee.

CPL met Dan back in the summer of 2009 when he worked as an intern with the firm. At the time, he was attending graduate school at the University at Buffalo working to achieve his master’s degree in architecture (Prior to this, Dan attended Clarkson University and earn a B.S. in civil engineering). Dan continued as a CPL intern for three consecutive summers and was then offered a full-time position as a designer working in both our civil and architectural departments.

When asked why he has chosen to stay with CPL all these years, Dan attributes much of his satisfaction with the firm to his positive internship experience. Each summer, he truly appreciated having exposure to some of the more realistic considerations that a design team faces while on the job. Dan said, “While I understand academia’s role in developing creativity at the university level, having early exposure to practical concerns as well as face-to-face interactions with clients and contractors was very rewarding.”

Fun Fact: During his internship here at CPL, Dan was also part of a special design team at UB. The University frequently extends opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom through internships, service learning, entrepreneurial programs, and in this case, a design competition. When Rick Smith of Rigidized Metals/Silo City (in Buffalo) came to the University, he proposed an open design competition to relocate a massive beehive on campus. Dan and four other architecture grad students stepped up to the challenge. Together, they created a free-standing, 22-foot-tall steel structure made of standard steel angle and tube sections in a honeycomb design (see images below). Dan said, “Watching a design go from paper/presentation to being able to actually construct it ourselves in the metal and wood fabrication shop made this experience fun and unforgettable.”

Nowadays, when Dan’s not busy working on site/building condition surveys, stormwater designs, civil construction inspections, road reconstruction designs, or even several architectural projects, he’s even more busy exploring his passion for history. Dan said, “I’ve been a history buff for as long as I can remember. In a nutshell, the family trip to Colonial Williamsburg was way more exciting for me than the rides at the nearby amusement park.”

Spending much of his free time listening to various audiobooks and lecture series, Dan is a true believer in the saying, “If you want to understand today, you have to research yesterday.” He also believes that history exposes you to an almost infinite amount of examples in problem solving and helps you learn about gaining perspective, which can certainly be useful as a designer.

In 10 words or less, why does design matter to Dan?

“In the end, people have to use what was designed.”

<![CDATA[A Day in the Life of a Marketing Coordinator]]> On the surface, many people know the individuals at CPL to be architects, engineers, planners and industry specialists spanning multiple disciplines. While these professionals certainly make up the bulk of our workforce, CPL also employs experts in marketing, communications, graphic design, finance, human resources, information technology and administrative support. Collectively, these in-house experts have the necessary skillsets and experiences to help push our firm along a continued path of exponential growth.

Working out of our Rochester office, Haley Wehner is one of CPL’s talented marketing coordinators. She spends much of her time developing creative, written responses to RFP’s and RFQ’s, and is also involved with the execution of various in-bound marketing initiatives for the firm. Recently, however, Haley’s passion for photography was recognized and she now adds in-house photography to her list of responsibilities.

What led you to pursue a career in marketing in the A/E industry?

Having been raised by two architects in Rochester, I’ve always had a strong connection to our local architecture and engineering community. As a child, I was always reaching for whatever was on my parent's drafting boards, flipping through architecture books and drawing with Prismacolor pencils. A typical conversation at the Wehner family’s dinner table was either about projects that my parents were working on, business development opportunities, town board meetings or what roof my mom was on that day. Naturally, I became interested in architecture, and focused my energies on the creative arts that complement the work of our architects and engineers.

Before I officially entered the industry, I studied Fine Art at Purchase College. During summer and winter breaks, my experience with Adobe software opened the door to an internship in the marketing department at the A/E firm my father worked at. While that experience started out as mere summer job, as time progressed, I discovered that being a marketing coordinator in this industry was the perfect bridge to connect my interest in architecture and 2D design.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I do a lot of things. While much of my day to day work is usually based around developing proposals and qualifications packages for many of our municipal, higher education and healthcare clients, another portion of my day is spent on creating relevant content for our social media platforms. I also work closely with our in-house Graphic Designer, Andy Schmitz, on new visual graphics to include in proposals, interview presentations and awards submissions.

Most recently, I’ve become the company’s in-house photographer, taking professional headshots of employees as well as architectural photos of CPL projects. (See examples of Haley's work below)

(Pictured left to right: Architectural Designer, Jason Streb; Interior Designer, Susan Clark; Structural Engineer, Brian Cooney)

(Pictured left to right: Architect, Emilio de Leon; Architect, Rachel Guillot; Civil Engineer, Dave Hastings)

How did your role as a Marketing Coordinator morph into one that allows you to explore and express your passion for photography?

As a student, I studied large format photography (see examples below). Working with a view camera exposed me to a new way of making photographs and helped me better understand architectural photography. In short, ever since college, I’ve always had an interest in pursuing photography on my own, but didn’t have the opportunity to do so until I was at CPL. When the firm was interested in getting new professional headshots for our staff, I felt that I had the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done.

So far, it’s been rewarding in more ways than one having the opportunity to create a new bank of employee and project images. Not only do I get to fulfill one of my favorite passions at work, I also get to play a role in expressing who we are as firm; fun, sophisticated and warm people who truly love what we do.

(Large format photography from Haley's personal collection)

You’ve been working with the firm for almost a full year now. How did you end up at CPL and why do you choose to stay?

Clark Patterson Lee found me! Years ago, my mom worked here in the St. Paul Street building with John Patterson, just before I was born. It was around this time last year that I was looking for potential job opportunities in the area, and CPL was on the top of my list. Since the firm was in need of marketing support, I had a feeling it would be a perfect match.

When I officially joined the marketing team, I knew I had made the right career move. What I didn’t know was how much this job was going to mean to me. The opportunities to be creative, pursue my passion, and work in a collaborative environment have made the decision to stay here a no brainer. The people here are all fabulous. We work hard and have fun at the same time. What more could you want in a job?

What’s been one of your favorite at-work experiences?

So far, my favorite at-work experience was getting to meet more of our CPL family while traveling to our Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC offices. CPL does a great job connecting employees from each of our office locations so that we can all feel like a big team.

What’s one of the most important things you’ve learned thus far in your career?

Patience and time management are two key ingredients if you want to be a successful marketing coordinator. Last minute deadlines come with the territory, so it’s essential to stay calm and manage your time wisely. Coordinators are also constantly juggling multiple tasks at once, collecting information from various sources, and communicating with tons of different people. Personally, I love the fast-paced environment that I work in and I think the changing of tasks is one of the most fun parts of the job. It’s definitely never a dull day in CPL's marketing department!

<![CDATA[Geneva High School Athletic Complex]]>

High school sports and recreation facilities should be touchstones of a district’s overall identity. They should also be designed to promote physical education and encourage a wide variety of athletic opportunities. This month, we’re excited to showcase an animation of the designs for the new athletic complex at Geneva High School. In addition to reflecting the school’s spirit, the designs clearly demonstrate the Geneva City School District’s commitment to student health.

The Geneva High School athletic complex project is part of a larger, multi-site capital improvement project that the district is currently embarking on. In short, the project involves the demolition of the high school’s existing gymnasium and a re-build of a new complex that will occupy the same footprint and spaces. These spaces include a gymnasium; an auxiliary gym with a rock climbing wall and a full indoor pitching cage/batter’s box; a fitness center and weight room; and team locker rooms. The district is also very proud to be demolishing their aging “Loman field” and creating a state-of-the-art stadium with a synthetic turf field, new all-weather track and multiple field events that will allow them to host sectional games.

As seen in the animation, large translucent wall panels with graphic imagery of the school’s new logo play a prominent role in the design of the interior spaces. Additionally, the exterior of the building is clad in a graphite and varying shades of grey brick, all of which were chosen specifically for the project. The end result represents a clean, bold and modern design that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also meets the needs of the district’s athletic teams and physical education program.

<![CDATA[In the News: Clark Patterson Lee Has Designs on Growth]]> The Rochester Business Journal (RBJ) recently featured CPL and the extensive growth we’ve experienced over the last 14 months. The full article, published on March 10, 2017, shares exciting news about noteworthy projects located up and down the east coast, including the Northside Drive Pedestrian Bridge near Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Rochester Regional Health’s Riedman Health Center in the Ridge Goodman Plaza; and the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, which is the latest addition to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, GA.

The article also attributes much of our growth to an improved economy in the last few years, increased work in the education sector, as well as an enhanced focus on professional development and intentional company culture.

<![CDATA[Introducing Our Chief Culture Officer]]> As modern workplaces continue to evolve, company culture is playing a more prominent role in attracting and retaining talent. Culture also impacts the bottom line. At CPL, we see great value in fostering a positive and unique work culture, one that allows our talented staff to fall in love with what they do on a daily basis. As a result of rapid growth in our workforce over the past two years, the demand to manage and build CPL’s irresistible culture highlighted the need for an internal culture specialist. In an effort to accommodate that need and continue on our path of growth and success, Kathy Metcalfe was named CPL’s first Chief Culture Officer (CCO) earlier this year.

In her new role as CCO, she continues to lead the HR team by being the ultimate champion for workplace engagement and ensuring our culture is in alignment with our core values: Integrity – inspiration – ingenuity – collaboration – family – fun.

“I think it speaks volumes that our board members understand how an intentional culture can be the basis for a sustainable company,” Kathy said. “They also recognize that if you don’t strategically pilot the culture of your company, a culture will be created by default, and it may not be the one you want. That’s why I’m excited to identify and execute initiatives that support a high-performance workplace culture, one that ultimately engages staff, builds trust and infuses meaning into people’s work.”

One of Kathy’s biggest strengths is her ability to focus on what makes us fundamentally different here at CPL, our people. She understands that our employees are our number one asset, and that focusing on ways to bring more joy into their workplace can be a source of our firm’s overall competitive advantage.

Since the start of the New Year, there has already been a noticeable push towards a high impact learning culture; company wellness programs; and fun office outings, all of which support CPL’s mission to be “simply irresistible.” For example, just last week, staff from our Rochester, Jamestown and Buffalo offices were invited to participate in a twilight skilling/snowboarding event at Bristol Harbor mountain.

Additionally, earlier this month, members of CPL’s Newburgh office got to enjoy a fun and unique office outing at iFly Indoor Skydiving, where employees were “blown away” (literally) by the opportunity to freefall in a vertical wind tunnel. Both events speak well to a “work hard play hard” mentality, and are aligned with our core values.

“We can’t assume that company culture is on auto-pilot,” said Kathy. “There must be a conscious effort in creating a workplace of which employees can be genuinely happy and proud.”

<![CDATA[RRH Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care]]>

The 6 story, 312,000 s.f. addition and renovation on the Rochester General Hospital campus marks a major milestone of growth and expansion for one of the region’s largest health systems. Once completed, the new patient bed tower will offer 108 state-of-the-art, acuity adaptably private patient rooms on the upper 3 floors as well as 20 new multi-disciplinary OR’s and a new maternity wing, featuring 14 special care nursery rooms.

Designed to be a high profile form on the campus, the Critical Care Center (CCC) will undoubtedly become the new face of Rochester General. Conceptual renderings show the upper form of the building as a large curve, which allows natural light to flood into patient rooms. The curve also softens the ‘edge’ of the building at the street level and provides a feeling of movement.

Adding to the overall user experience, both patients and visitors will experience breathtaking views, not only from their rooms but at special waiting areas on the corners of the building as the facility will feature full glass corners from floor to ceiling. The building will also incorporate terra cotta panels, which gives a modern take on brick (the primary material on the campus). Using two different terra cotta colors not only gives the building a lighter and more dynamic appearance, but it also brings harmony to the brick and limestone color scheme, which is prevalent on the main campus.

The CPL healthcare design team has worked hard to ensure the new building maintains visual context with its surroundings while still establishing itself as a modern, state-of-the-art complex. We are excited to be part of such a crucial project for Rochester Regional Health (RRH) as it will help pave the way for long-term success.

<![CDATA[CPL Welcomes Robert Comery]]> We are pleased to welcome Robert Comery to our architectural design group in Charlotte, NC. Robert joins our team with over 21 years of experience in the A/E industry, and has expertise in designing and coordinating projects for residential homes as well as higher education projects such as residence halls and classroom buildings.

Robert’s educational background includes The College of the Bahamas, where he earned an Associates of Arts in Architecture, and Tuskegee University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Architecture. It was while he was still pursuing his Bachelor’s degree that he had one of his most memorable design experiences to date. During his summer breaks, Robert had the opportunity to work directly with Architect, Jackson Burnside, on the first phase of the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island, Nassau Bahamas.

“Yes, I was in heaven,” he said. “We did the Construction Administration and our office was in a condo, on site, about 50 yards from the beach. It was my first time being involved in such a large and substantial project.”

Fast forward to one of his most recent projects, Robert generated construction documents for the Ms. Gypsy Soul Tiny House project, which was featured on HGTV! The greatest challenge for this project was striving to incorporate all of the owner’s desires on an 8’x28’ trailer, and still make it feel spacious.

“This was an awesome experience for me and definitely something different,” Robert said. “I’ve done a number of residential hommes but none that were permanently attached to a trailer. I learned quite a few tips and tricks while working on this project such as the inclusion of an under-counter washer and dryer combo unit, a 4’ long tub as well as peel and stick walk tiles.”

Robert’s unique architectural experiences make him a valuable addition to our growing team in Charlotte, and we are excited to welcome him aboard.

Some fun facts about Robert:

1. Favorite Keurig flavor? Hazelnut - Although I am allergic to nuts...LOL!

2. Best lunch spot around the Charlotte office? Po Boys on Freedom Drive - You must try their Alligator Po-Boy sandwich (Awesome!)

3. Any fun/interesting hobbies? Doodling, sketching, painting (oil base). I also enjoy running. I've done three 5ks with my daughter so far and have fallen in love with it.

4. Most important thing you've learned in your career? In a recent article I read, the author asked a question, "Is architecture primarily the business of problem-solving for clients, or centrally an act of imagining then actualizing spaces to enhance human experiences?" In every project type that I've had experience in, I've found this to be true.

<![CDATA[Northside Drive Pedestrian Bridge]]> Often referenced as the capital city of the Southeast, Atlanta has long been considered a central transportation hub, not just for the state of Georgia, but for the entire country. The city’s transportation infrastructure is comprised of a complex network that includes a heavy rail rapid transit system, a muti-county bus system, Amtrak service, an Interstate Highway System, and several airports, including Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, one of the world’s busiest in daily passenger flights. Soon to be added to this diverse, long list of transit is the highly anticipated Northside Drive Pedestrian Bridge.

A design build project that holds great promise for the City of Atlanta, the new 1,000 f.t. long pedestrian bridge is about to be constructed over Northside Drive near the esteemed Mercedes Benz Stadium, which is not only the most expensive stadium in the world (approximately $1.6 billion), but is also home to the Atlanta Falcons. The bridge has been uniquely designed to have a perforated architectural aluminum skin with inside RGB lighting to shine through the perforations. Once completed, this infrastructure piece is expected to improve the lives of residents by serving as a safe connector between the city’s historic Westside communities and downtown Atlanta. Many also foresee the bridge making transit to the stadium a more pleasant and accessible experience, easing the impact of more than 70,000 people (and their vehicles) traveling during stadium events.

In an effort to meet the Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United, opening season in 2017, this project is being designed and constructed under a fast based design-build contract. The CPL design team has been both honored and excited to be working alongside Georgia Bridge and Concrete and the city of Atlanta to create an impactful architectural statement, one that will substantially improve connectivity and overall walkability for both residents and visitors.

<![CDATA[Clark Patterson Lee Moves Home to Newburgh]]> With a 40 year history of providing service to clients throughout the Hudson Valley, Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL’s) return to Newburgh feels like coming home. Our roots run deep in Newburgh and we have built lasting relationships with local officials; the school community; business owners and residents that we now call friends. With stunning views of the Newburgh-Beacon bridge, our new workplace is both nostalgic and inspirational to our architects, engineers and planners.

CPL Principal Architect, Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP said, “We honestly could’ve moved anywhere, but we chose to stay in Newburgh for a reason. This move represents a furtherance of our commitment to our local clients and employees.”

Our Newburgh staff, 14 strong and growing, is comprised of people that live in Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Dutchess Counties, all of which boast easy access to Newburgh. Tim Moot, CPG, a CPL Principal focused on municipal projects throughout the region, has dedicated his career to developing local connections in the Hudson Valley. He commented that, "This location allows our team members to maintain solid relationships within their communities while providing a central location that conveniently serves our clients."

Designed completely in-house, the new office space also lends itself to a highly flexible working environment with ample natural light, collaborative break out space, and strategic color selections to enhance overall productivity. Throughout the office, walls are painted with low-wavelength colors such as tranquil green and calming blue, both of which have been proven to increase efficiency and focus. Meanwhile, a splash of muted yellow on select walls provides a shade of optimism and energy.

"We intentionally harnessed the power of color to boost employee output and creativity. We also made sure each cubicle has glass window panes to allow natural light to come through and reach everyone’s working station,” said Design Architect, Chris Ladanyi, AIA.

CPL's Newburgh office is designed to be a "destination" work environment, one that values purposeful spaces, and influences productivity and engagement. With full intent, this office is a reflection of our positive workplace culture.

Our new office is located at the following address:

50 Front Street
Suite 202
Newburgh, NY 12550

<![CDATA[CPL Wins 2 APWA Awards]]> The American Public Works Association (APWA‘s) Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding individuals, groups and chapters representing the best in the public works profession. This year, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) was honored to receive 2 APWA awards, one for the Town of Oakfield Community and Government Center renovations, and the other for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Goodrich Road (Phase 1).

Winning in the category of Small Cities/Rural Communities, the Town of Oakfield’s Community and Government Center renovation project earned a 2017 Public Works Project of the Year Award. The scope of work included the construction of an addition to the Town of Oakfield’s current Town Hall to incorporate space for a dedicated Justice Court facility that would meet the State Unified Court System (UCS) requirements. The facility was designed to be shared with the Town of Elba and includes separate offices and storage spaces for both the Town of Oakfield and Elba Justice Courts. Creating a single facility that two Towns could effectively share provided significant cost saving benefits including savings on the additional utility and capital costs that are associated with maintaining two separate locations.

Today, the joint facility has not only made court functions and operations more efficient for both municipalities, but the consolidation of physical space has also strengthened a feeling of community among residents. Prior to the creation of the center, local Girl Scout troops, senior citizen groups and local society meetings would take place in people’s homes. Now these organizations have a place to come and assemble, and utilize modern technology to enhance their activities.

Winning in the category of Transportation, Phase 1 of the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Goodrich Road also received a 2017 Public Works Project of the Year Award. Located in the Town of Clarence, Erie County, NY, Goodrich Road (officially designated as County Road 216), is a north-south roadway that begins at Main Street just east of Sheridan Drive, and continues to the north to Tonawanda Creek, which is the Erie-Niagara County line.

The northern portion of Goodrich Road had long been a topic of discussion due to its poor conditions, which included deteriorated pavement, steep roadside ditches, standing water and flooding. In fact, the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) had rated it as poor and Goodrich Road was even voted as the fourth-worst roadway in the area according to a WGRZ “2 On Your Side” viewers poll.

In September of 2013, Erie County Department of Public Works (ECDPW) contracted with CPL for a Preliminary Planning Report to evaluate the conditions and formulate proposed alternatives. After reviewing the findings of the Planning Report with ECDPW, CPL was contracted to begin design services on March 21, 2014. Design objectives for this project included widening the roadway to bring it up to current standards; adding shoulders to increase safety and address pedestrian concerns; shifting roadside ditches away from the pavement to re-establish the clear zone and sufficiently drain roadway and surface water. All of these parameters needed to be met within the existing 66-foot right-of-way while limiting impacts on several state and federal wetlands.

As a high profile project, it was important that community outreach efforts started early. County Executive, Mark Poloncarz, sent out letters to homeowners to let them know what was going on as the project developed. ECDPW administrators also met with many of the residents during both design and construction to keep them informed and to address field comments about the project. Once the project left the drawing board and became a reality for the residents, the County as well as CATCO extended every effort to minimize the inconvenience to property owners. Proactive communication, quality design and a solid partnership with our client contributed to this award winning effort.

<![CDATA[CPL Welcomes Anne Dafchik]]> We are pleased to welcome Anne Dafchik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP to our architectural design group in Buffalo, NY. A valuable addition to our growing team in the region, Anne joins CPL with over 10 years of professional experience and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in designing projects for the municipal sector.

Anne graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree (in Architecture) and a Masters of Architecture. During her time as a graduate student, she became a Teaching Assistant responsible for teaching freshman design studio, and later a Graduate Assistant in charge of running the Material and Methods fabrication shop. Eight years later, Anne returned to the University to serve as an adjunct professor for one semester in the Junior Design Studio at the School of Architecture and Planning. This teaching opportunity gave Anne the unique perspective needed to offer creative insight and feedback on comprehensive design projects. Today, she regularly volunteers as a guest critic for student mid-term and final reviews.

“I taught about 16 students during my time as an adjunct professor,” she said. “Having the opportunity to give constructive guidance while also learning to remain hands-off at times was very rewarding for me as a designer. I learned very quickly that quality work can emerge when you encourage others to cultivate creativity.”

In 2004, Anne’s fresh focus on collaborating with her peers and desire to rally team efforts at her University earned her the prestigious Alpha Rho Chi Bronze medal. Offered annually to only one graduating senior at each accredited school of architecture in the US and Canada, the medal recognizes individuals for strong leadership, performed acts of service and professional merit.

Fast forward to 2013, Anne’s leadership skills and architectural design competence were recognized once again, this time by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Buffalo/WNY Chapter honored her with the Young Architect award, which is given to an individual who at an early stage in their architectural career has shown exceptional leadership in design, education and/or service to the profession.

Today, Anne is one of four executive officers on the AIA Buffalo/WNY Board of Directors. As the Chapter’s acting Treasurer, she enjoys being part of an organization that promotes design excellence in the architectural profession and creates a community in which architects can thrive.

“My leadership role with the AIA gives me a great platform to network with other members and further develop my own skills,” Anne said.

A truly talented designer with a clear passion for architecture, we are excited to welcome Anne and look forward to seeing what she’s able to do for our clients.

For those steadfast Perspective’s readers that love our CPL Welcomes spot:

1. Favorite Keurig flavor? Hot Coca

2. Most unusual or interesting job? The Planing Mill (yes that’s spelled correctly with just one “n”).

3. Best lunch spot around the Buffalo office? Undergrounds Coffee House and Roastery

4. Most important thing you've learned in your career? Just like photographers who often take 10 or more photos to get one "good" image, as architects, we must vet multiple design solutions and their merit before settling on a "good" design. Our first response as designers, is rarely the "right" design; the only way to mitigate that is through collaboration and peer review.

<![CDATA[The Rise and Fall of the Detroit Community]]> The Motor City. Henry Ford. Motown. To many, these are all words that are synonymous with American greatness. To me personally, these are words that used to come to mind when I thought about the city of Detroit. However, due to the unfortunate breakdown of the city’s public school system, I along with the rest of America have been molded to think of Detroit in a much less positive light. Having once been a city that was considered to be a thriving hub of commerce and industry, I can’t help but wonder how did we get here?

There is no doubt that the motor industry and hardworking entrepreneurs like Henry Ford certainly had a positive impact on Detroit. In fact, there was a time when many considered Detroit to be todays Silicon Valley. So how does one of America’s largest cities in the 1950’s become an empty skeleton of American greatness? More importantly, what does this do to the people, the community and the schools that were once part of this greatness?

At the height of its boom, Detroit was approximately 1.85 million people strong. Today, it is only 700k and borderline bankrupt. Additionally, racial tensions and riots caused flight from city centers, and regardless of your ethnicity, if you had the cash you got "out of dodge.” Unfortunately, minorities did not have the means to leave, which left them helpless and stuck. The political scene also fanned the flames and things continued to get worse. Corruption crept into every part of local government. Law enforcement became overwhelmed and paralyzed, and crime became so rampant that 90% of all cases went unsolved. People simply stopped caring.

As the population dwindled, so did the tax revenue. Money dried up and services were cut, which only seemed to exacerbate the problems. Let’s face it, if you can’t pay your law enforcement, public works and other city workers, the odds of them showing up to work are slim. Your city effectively dies.

Through all of this tension, corruption and crime, the unspeakable happened. Every innocent child in Detroit became collateral damage. With school districts deriving their funding primarily from property tax revenue and revenue taking a nose dive once everyone started leaving Detroit, Detroit Public Schools (DPS) ended up receiving the short end of the stick.

I think the bigger problem is the lack of community. I refer to community in the definitional sense, where there is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Strong schools for our children should be a common goal for all of us. Don’t get me wrong, money is obviously important. After all, feelings and well-wishing don’t necessarily put food on the table. However, I believe that money is a mere tool that should serve our communities, not define them.

We can’t simply blame the economy, politicians, riots and crime for the rise and fall of Detroit and other major cities in America. While it’s true these events and people certainly didn’t help the situation, we (America) got here because we used them as excuses. And now, our consequence is looking into the eyes of students who trusted us to know and do better.

Let’s move on. What has happened is now in the past. There are many future generations that are now depending on us to fix this problem. More importantly, there is an entire world depending on those students to be the next “fill in the blank” to solve even bigger problems. The worst thing we can do is prevent or ignore the potential of the students in our nation.

It all starts with the community. A strong community has the power to create a great school system and build the foundation of all that follows.

Follow me and stay tuned for my next article, in which I will share an example of how a community similar to Detroit is rebuilding their community, their schools and their pride.

Missed Chris' first article? Read it here.

<![CDATA[Driving Design Forward in Woodstock]]> When Scott Gordon joined Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) in 2010, the Woodstock office did not exist. He was brought on with the task of building a team and leading CPL’s architectural efforts in Georgia. Fast forward seven years and the Woodstock office has more than 10 full-time employees and is running full steam ahead, doubling revenue almost each year since its inception.

With a team of architects, engineers and planners working alongside him, Scott is responsible for driving business development and was recently promoted to Principal. He also provides architectural leadership support for selected firm-wide pursuits in other regions and leads civic/sustainable projects throughout the state of Georgia.

“I absolutely love working in Woodstock and getting involved in the community both through our projects and as an engaged citizen,” Scott said. “Opening a new office in the midst of a recession was a challenge, but CPL’s reputation for excellent service got us off the ground and we haven’t looked back since. I am excited to see what 2017 has in store.”

Scott has over 25 years of experience in architecture and over the last 15 years, he has been focused on civic design as well as projects seeking green building certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Through his leadership, the Woodstock team has worked on a wide variety of project types including K12 schools, colleges, universities, parks, amphitheaters, museums and of course, civic projects such as the Richmond County’s Sheriff’s Administration Building in Augusta, Georgia (the first LEED certified Sheriff’s Administration Building in the state).

“Scott has been an extremely valuable asset to our team since 2010,” CPL's Senior Vice President, Kevin McOmber, P.E., said. “He not only leads our Woodstock team, but he has also been a driving force behind increasing collaboration between offices. Whether we have project in Georgia, New York, North or South Carolina, Scott is always ready and willing to lend a hand to his fellow design professionals to make exciting things happen for our clients.”

Outside the office, Scott serves as District 4 Commissioner in Cherokee County Georgia, home to the Woodstock office. He cites his position with the county as making him a better architect by broadening his experience and perspective from the owner’s side of the design process. Scott, one of only two architects serving as an elected official in the state, was recently awarded the Dorothy Spence Citizen Architect Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Atlanta, which honors an AIA member who engages in their community with a design mentality, seeing their community as “all connected.”

<![CDATA[CPL Pays it Forward]]> This holiday season, CPL is paying it forward and celebrating service to community.

<![CDATA[LEED Silver Certification Awarded to the Center for Puppetry Arts Addition]]> Clark Patterson Lee is pleased to announce that the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, the latest expansion of the Center for Puppetry Arts campus on Spring Street, was awarded Silver Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. CPL designed the 20,400 s.f. addition for the Center for Puppetry Arts, the largest American organization solely dedicated to the art of Puppet Theater. In addition to new offices, multi-purpose classrooms for the thousands of school children who visit each year, archival space, accessible restrooms and a new museum store, the expansion also contains the new Global Collection Gallery and the new Jim Henson Gallery, which houses the largest collection of the world-famous puppeteer’s work in the world. The existing main building, former home to Spring Street Elementary School, also received significant interior finish improvements as well as much needed maintenance, repair and restoration of the building façade.

Of the eight categories evaluated for certification, the site design was awarded the highest number of points for features such as accessibility to public transportation, stormwater control, development density and community connectivity. Water use efficiency was a close second with a 20% reduction in overall water consumption compared to other buildings of similar size and use. The use of low-emitting materials, sensitivity to thermal comfort and a construction waste recycling plan were also key features that led to the 55 points, which exceeded the 50 points required for Silver certification.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

Pictured from the left, Senior VP, Kevin McOmber, P.E., and Architect, K. Scott Gordon, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Architect/Principal Associate, Tim Pulver, AIA, ID, LEED AP

<![CDATA[Green Up Your Day of Giving Thanks]]> With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you are likely in the midst of hammering out those last few menu details for the big feast. While finalizing your plans for your day of giving thanks, here are some suggestions on how-to ‘green’ up your Thanksgiving.

Utilize Local Goods and Products
While assembling food items for your feast, be sure to check your garden for any fall harvest crops such as carrots, kale, turnips, swiss chard, spinach and lettuce, all of which grow quite well in the cool temperatures of autumn. In fact, these vegetables will actually become sweeter after having been kissed by frost and your guests will be extra thankful for your generosity of sharing in your garden’s bounty. Your local farmers market can also prove to be a valuable resource as you gather ingredients for the big meal. It is there where you will find options for fresh produce that is locally grown and seasonally available. Additionally, bringing food from farm to table gives you the added benefits of supporting your local economy and consuming vegetables that utilize less energy and fewer fossil fuels. Lastly, you can support your local wineries and microbreweries by picking up some locally produced libations to pair with your tasty meal.

Consider Reusable Table Settings
Another way to green up your Thanksgiving is to consider using reusable cloth napkins for your table settings. Not only will this help to reduce trash going to the landfill, but it will also add a touch of class to your meal. Instead of buying plastic or vinyl table decorations, use decorative gourds, branches, leaves, beeswax candles and other natural elements to add ambiance to your dining experience.

Give Thanks to Nature
This is a season to give thanks to not just the gathering of family and friends, but also to what nature gives us in exchange for hard work. Let’s do our part to support our local economy and be sure that we minimize our overall environmental impact so we can continue to be thankful year after year, day after day!