Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2021 2021-12-06T03:19:38-05:00 <![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Buffalo]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-buffalo-2 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-buffalo-2 BUFFALO, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Bridget Schiltz and William Zografos, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP to its growing team in Buffalo, NY.

Schiltz joins the design team as an Interior Designer. Her primary responsibilities will include rendering 3D models, drafting floor and ceiling plans and developing presentations and video walkthroughs for clients. She will collaborate with team leadership to ensure that all designs adhere to public health and safety codes, mindfully incorporating accessibility and environmental guidelines.

Prior to joining CPL full-time, Schiltz served as an intern while she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from Villa Maria College.

Zografos joins CPL as an Architectural Project Manager with three decades of experience. He will lead and supervise the creation of clear drawings and specifications, work to enhance client relations and participate in marketing efforts with the aim of elevating the firm’s business. He will also develop master plans and regulate workload assignments.

Zografos previously served as a Senior Project Manager for Savarino Companies, LLC. He holds professional licensure in New York State and maintains accreditation with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the United States Green Building Council (LEED AP). Zografos is also a Construction Document Technologist (CDT) and a Certified Construction Contact Administrator (CCCA) registered with the Construction Specifications Institute. He earned a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in architecture from SUNY Buffalo.


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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2021-10-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Woodstock]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-woodstock-1 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-woodstock-1 WOODSTOCK, GA — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Benjamin Starks to its growing team in Woodstock, GA.

Starks joins the architectural team as a Project Manager. He will manage client budgets, schedules and programs; consolidate project data; serve as a consultant liaison; and oversee and delegate architectural assignments. An intrinsic mentor with a positive attitude, he will be highly attuned to both team and client needs. His attention to detail and decades of experience will enable him to deliver elaborate projects of any size and scope on-time and to the maximum satisfaction of CPL’s clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Starks served as a Project Manager for Lyman Davidson Dooley, Inc. He has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky.


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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2021-10-14T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Rochester]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-3 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-3 ROCHESTER, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Brandon Moore, Brandon Wyrosdick and Heidi Wirth to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Moore joins the civil engineering team as a Civil Designer. He will assist senior team members in the planning and design for industrial and commercial projects and perform site work related to architectural developments, water treatment and distribution and wastewater treatment assignments.

Prior to joining the firm full-time, Moore served as an intern while he earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Wyrosdick comes to the firm as a Systems Administrator who will work with the technology team. His demonstrated project management skills will allow him to manage a diverse set of internal systems responsibilities and provide continuous on-call support to the rest of the team.

Prior to joining CPL, Wyrosdick served as a Solarwinds Systems Engineer for TruePath Technologies, now doing business as Firstlight Fiber. He has an Associate of Science in biotechnology from Genesee Community College and an Associate of Science in computer information systems from Monroe Community College.

Wirth joins CPL as a Senior Graphic Designer who will work in conjunction with the creative marketing team to provide strategy and graphic design execution in support of CPL's brand and marketing efforts. She brings a sophisticated design approach, which will enable her to tell engaging visual stories.

Wirth most recently served as Marketing Director for KJT Group, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design and photography from SUNY Fredonia.


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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2021-10-13T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Greensboro]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-greensboro https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-greensboro GREENSBORO, NC — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Kerry Alfred, Robert Brodie and Elizabeth Bowman to its growing team in Greensboro, NC.

Alfred joins the firm as an experienced Media Production Specialist. As part of the creative marketing team, he will be responsible for finding unique ways to tell the firm’s story and will lend his creative development experience to produce inspiring and engaging video content for internal and external distribution.

Prior to joining CPL, Alfred served as Senior Technical Project Manager for 3Flow. He studied industrial maintenance technology at Alamance Community College.

Joining the technology team, Brodie will serve as Helpdesk Specialist to provide technical support throughout CPL’s branches. His primary duties will include responding to daily requests for help from end users; configuring, installing and upgrading software; and fostering communication between IT management and other team members to meet objectives in a timely manner.

Brodie most recently served as End User Computing Technician II for TEKSystems at Gilbarco Veeder-Root. He has an Associate of Applied Science in microcomputer technology, an Associate of Applied Science in industrial management and an Associate of Applied Science in customer service technology from Guilford Technical Community College, where he also received an IBM AS/400 & Computer Office Automation certification. He is CompTIA-certified.

Also joining the technology team is Bowman. She will work as a Systems Administrator to maintain, coordinate and implement network security measures, including anti-virus protection, to protect the firm’s user data, software and hardware. She will also resolve physical and virtual network-related problems and provide hands-on administration support. In addition to her IT expertise, Bowman will bring to CPL experience in Request for Proposal (RFP) production, professional development, procurement and community assessment.

Prior to joining the firm, Bowman served as a Program Management Support Specialist for Regional Consolidated Services. She has an Associate of Applied Science in computer information technology and an Associate of Applied Science in network and cyber security, both from Randolph 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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2021-09-06T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Newburgh]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-newburgh-1 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-newburgh-1 NEWBURGH, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Daniel Batista to its growing mechanical engineering team in Newburgh, NY.

Batista joins CPL as a Junior Mechanical Engineer whose primary role will be to assist in the preparation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for various building projects. He will design sketches, layouts and plans using computer-aided design software and work closely with senior engineers to bring construction-phase services, including submittal reviews, to completion.

Batista previously served as Secretary for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Binghamton University.


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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2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Albany]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-albany-2 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-albany-2 ALBANY, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Frank Sodano to its team in Albany, NY.

Sodano will serve as Business Intelligence Analyst working with the technology team. He possesses a high-level of technological literacy which will enable him to play a critical role in facilitating operations. His primary responsibilities will include the development and management of business intelligence solutions; the creation of various reports to improve business processes; and the identification of reporting needs to streamline and improve the operations for efficiency and profitability. Sodano is a highly effective communicator with a strong, collaborative spirit that will promote teamwork and ensure CPL's mission.

Prior to joining CPL, Sodano served as a Business Intelligence Manager for Mediacom Communications Corporations. He has an Associate of Applied Science in automated office technology from Berkeley 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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2021-08-31T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Rochester]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-rochester https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-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 Spencer Wockenfuss to its mechanical engineering team in Rochester, NY.

As a Junior Mechanical Engineer, Wockenfuss will assist senior engineers with the design and implementation of various heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and technologies. He will also develop submittal reviews and make project site visits during construction phases; work with the design team to create sketches, layouts and plans; and research codes and standards.

Prior to joining CPL, Wockenfuss served as Production Floor Help for First Quality. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Alfred University.


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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2021-08-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Charlotte]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-charlotte-2 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-charlotte-2 CHARLOTTE, NC — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Kanu Tiwari to its technology team in Charlotte, NC.

Tiwari will work as a Business Process Analyst to perform in-depth research, data collection and analysis and develop presentations to evaluate efficiencies, cost savings and opportunities for optimization. She is highly methodical, paying exquisite attention to detail and accuracy, and has an excellent ability to work under pressure and solve complex problems. Her skills will help the firm streamline productivity.

Prior to joining CPL, Tiwari served as a Business Process Analyst at First Tech Federal Credit Union. She has a Master of Science in molecular biology from the University of Pune in Pune, India, and a Bachelor of Science and Education from the Regional Institute of Education in India. She is a certified Tableau Desktop Specialist.


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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2021-08-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Poughkeepsie]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie-2 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie-2 POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Tilo Krülle, E.I.T., Christian Moore, P.E. and Eric Post to its growing team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Joining CPL as a Civil Designer, Krülle will work with experienced senior civil engineering team members to plan and design civil and site solutions related to a variety of projects, from industrial and commercial developments to stormwater system assignments. He brings to the team an interest in the ways engineering can positively impact communities.

Prior to joining CPL, Krülle worked as a Civil Engineer for KC Engineering and Land Surveying. He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in addition to an Associate of Science in engineering and an Associate of Science in architectural technologies, both from Dutchess Community College.

Also joining the civil engineering team is Moore, who will perform work as a Civil Engineer for all facets of civil and site development, including stormwater management, drainage and analysis, grading, environmental permitting and project quality assurance and control. He is well-versed in industry best software applications and remains apprised of the latest cutting-edge technologies, regulations, and industry standards, which will help him deliver solutions that meet client needs with innovation and practicality.

Moore most recently served as an Associate Engineer at KC Engineering and Land Surveying. He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clarkson University and an Associate of Science in engineering from Orange County Community College. In addition to maintaining his professional engineering licensure in New York, he is leadership certified with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Post joins CPL as a Senior CAD Drafter. Well-rounded and technically nimble, he will effectively support the civil engineering team using various architectural and engineering technologies to create 3D models and visual simulations. He will also provide percolation and infiltration testing in compliance with industry standards and guidelines.

Post previously worked as a CAD Manager for KC Engineering and Land Surveying. He has a CAD certification from Rockland Community College and an Associate of Applied Science in architecture engineering technology from Alfred State 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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2021-08-30T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Buffalo]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-buffalo-1 https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-buffalo-1 BUFFALO, NY — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Michaele-Ann Palmer, Robert Lucia and Miguel Ortiz-Teed to its growing team in Buffalo, NY.

Palmer joins CPL’s architectural team as an experienced Project Manager and will be responsible for leading multi-disciplined teams throughout all phases of design. A versatile design professional with a keen eye for detail, she has been involved in various practice areas but brings extensive experience in the K-12 sector.

Prior to joining CPL, Palmer served as a Project Manager for Young + Wright Architectural. She has an Associate of Applied Science in architectural technology from Erie Community College.

Joining the construction team, Lucia will serve as Construction Inspector and will work alongside civil engineers on a variety of projects, including roadway, public water main and other civil and municipal engineering assignments. He will conduct field observations and inspections for various construction activities.

Lucia previously operated the Village of Akron’s wastewater treatment plant for more than 20 years. He maintains professional licensure in New York for wastewater treatment plant operations.

Ortiz-Teed joins the firm as an Architectural Designer. His primary responsibilities will include the creation and maintenance of AutoCAD and Revit models as well as the preparation of drawings for multiple design phases. He will also perform submittal reviews and attend design team meetings, preparing minutes for distribution.

Ortiz-Teed has a Bachelor of Science in art from Daemen College and an Associate of Science in fine arts from Genesee 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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2021-08-13T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Profiles — National Community Practice Leader, Kevin McOmber]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-profiles-national-community-practice-leader-kevin-mcomber https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-profiles-national-community-practice-leader-kevin-mcomber

With a cause deeply rooted in a commitment to serve others, CPL National Community Practice Leader, Kevin McOmber, P.E., has always been driven to positively impact the lives of people around him. Learn more about what shaped Kevin into the engineer, leader and community advocate he is today.



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2021-12-02T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: In the Spotlight – Pam with a Plan]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-pam-with-a-plan https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-pam-with-a-plan “To bring order out of chaos” – that’s the mission statement of one Pam Houston, RA, EDAC, CPL’s first dedicated Healthcare Planner.

A technical subject matter expert, her experience covers the full spectrum of healthcare-related facilities, and she serves as an excellent source of information regarding the industry’s current trends, data and best practices.

Houston joined CPL in January 2021 and has since effectuated her mission statement by coordinating with national healthcare clients to develop a firm understanding of their goals, identify potential roadblocks and brainstorm creative solutions. When necessary, she arranges vision sessions – meetings with hospital administrators, doctors, nurses and other professionals – to discuss each project’s unique trajectory, affording the staff opportunities to voice their individual needs and priorities.

“I feel like good listening skills are number one. You have to be able to listen to clients and ask them the right questions. That’s really key,” she explained. “Those sessions often lead to a more big-picture way of thinking than most people are accustomed to.”

Working out of the firm’s Raleigh, NC office, Houston tackles the early phases of some of CPL’s largest awards, reviewing codes to ensure that plans adhere to all necessary guidelines and advancing health and wellness through collaborative design.

One of her current assignments involves intricate planning for the Care Tower at Wake Forest Baptist Health, referred to as “Project East.” She’s responsible for designing the intensive care unit, which will encompass two floors of a potentially ten-story building, and is currently analyzing the program, or the list of spaces that need to be included in the design. Her primary objective is to ensure the spaces are well-suited for both the patients and staff members who will utilize them daily.


“If we can plan to make these spaces more efficient by providing creative solutions that help hospital staff do their jobs and give extraordinary care to patients – to me, that’s very rewarding,” Houston said.


Although becoming an architect was a childhood dream of hers, Houston initially pursued a career in the publishing industry. She enrolled at The George Washington University, graduating cum laude with a degree in art history and a minor in visual communications, and proceeded to work for the American Society of Landscape Architects for several years, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in her free time. It was during this period that she realized she still wanted to be an architect.

Determined, she enrolled in night calculus classes and assembled a portfolio to apply to North Carolina State University, where she earned her Master of Architecture and launched her healthcare planning career. Her first project involved design for a neonatal intensive care unit and nursery at a hospital in the Raleigh area; she later went on to provide design and inspection services for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Health Service Regulation (NC DHHS DHSR), where she was commended for carrying and executing more than double her expected workload.

“I really felt like I was making a positive difference in the world, and the challenge of the codes and all of the requirements was something that I enjoyed consuming,” Houston said of working in the healthcare practice following graduation. “I’ve stayed in healthcare for almost 20 years.”

In addition to her almost two decades of experience, Houston holds Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) licensure with The Center for Health Design. Licensure is awarded to individuals who apply evidence-based research to their architectural design methodologies to significantly contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of their clients.

“It’s evidence-based research that has resulted in us knowing that a view outside can make you feel less pain and lead to a quicker discharge than a room with no window, or a window to a brick wall,” Houston said. “So EDAC is taking, in my opinion, what we think of as ‘best practice’ and really trying to put a bit of scientific information behind it.”

Thus far, one of her favorite projects has been the Patient Unit Addition Study for Vidant Health, a hospital system in Washington, NC, which allowed her to bring her EDAC to the table with the creation of a presentation that helped the owner understand the benefits of universal patient rooms and their impact on staff.

Houston is also a yellow belt certified by Lean Six Sigma, an organization that recognizes professionals who are “skilled in identifying risks, errors or defects in a business process and removing them.” She describes the program as a system for doing things efficiently, which dovetails into her dedicated nature.

As a practice specialist with a talent for building strong interpersonal connections, Houston serves as a reliable resource for many of the firm’s healthcare assignments. “I have a lot of passion for and experience in healthcare planning, so it’s easy for me to quickly jump in and provide assistance,” Houston said. “I’m always invigorated by an opportunity to join forces with different project teams.”


“Pam brings to us a long career in diversified healthcare and great insight as to how we can improve our practices,” said Adam Chahulski, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal Architect in CPL’s Charlotte, NC office. “We are all about collaboration, and she assists not only our team members in North Carolina, but those across the states as well. She has been fantastic to work with, and I encourage anyone seeking guidance for the healthcare practice to reach out to her.”



When asked what she most enjoys about her role, Houston highlighted her core duties and CPL’s unified work environment.

“I appreciate being able to focus solely on the planning aspect of healthcare projects because that’s who I am, someone who plans ahead,” she said, adding, “I also appreciate the people I work with. The teams here are multi-disciplined, and we communicate across offices. It doesn’t matter how far apart you are, or what you specialize in – you get to work with everyone, and it’s been really fabulous.”

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2021-11-29T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Ingenuity and Collaboration Opens the Faucet to Elba’s Water]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-ingenuity-and-collaboration-opens-the-faucet-to-elbas-water https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-ingenuity-and-collaboration-opens-the-faucet-to-elbas-water The fertile “muckland” where the Town of Elba lies has supported people and agriculture for over 200 years. With its bucolic scenery and rich soil, you would never think accessible, safe water was ever a concern here. But with a growing desire for public water and continuing legacy of farming, picturesque Elba needed help to ensure clean water for all.

The community had no public water system of their own, leaving residents and farmers reliant on private wells for water, which at times, bore serious quantity and quality concerns. With critical improvements needed and a reliable long-term solution sought, CPL was engaged to develop a public water plan for the Town.

The project kicked-off with extensive collaboration and outreach involving community officials, residents and farmers, the funding agency, and other stakeholders to develop an efficient, durable, cost-effective solution. A safe, dependable water supply, fire protection, increased marketability, timely completion, and an economical solution were among Elba’s top priorities.



CPL Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Jason Foote, P.E., explained, “We knew we could provide the best options and implementation plan to provide safe, clean public water to all residents of the Town and at an affordable cost for everyone."

It was determined that the most effective, long-term solution for Elba would be to create a large town-wide water district to include all remaining areas of the Town that were not already served with public water. This nimble decision kicked off a dynamic, seven-phase project approach, completed within just three years, which introduced over 50 miles of water main pipe, 500+ service connections, and a new, elevated, 750,000-gallon water storage tank that was constructed in support of the new water system.


Although the water storage tank is the most visible component of Elba’s new water system, it is only part of a significantly broader, more impactful effort that has greatly enriched Town life and the surrounding area with a safe, consistent water system.

Collaborative efforts yielded additional enhancements, including water main pipe upsizing and water storage tank improvements for a separate, regional Genesee County Water Supply Project. An intermunicipal agreement (IMA) was also organized and created to share the costs of flushing water between the Town and Village water systems, eliminating the need for six costly master meter vaults.


The Town received a $3.8 million grant from USDA Rural Development, and at the time, the $18 million project was the largest such funded project in New York State.

It goes without saying, people cannot live without a dependable source of clean water. If you pause to consider it, simply turning a faucet takes on an entirely new meaning. Dexterity, resourcefulness, collaboration, and a deep-rooted passion for community are just some of the elements needed to enrich communities and open the tap for all.

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2021-11-23T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Yadkinville Welcomes New County Sheriff’s Office Annex]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-yadkinville-welcomes-new-county-sheriffs-office-annex https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-yadkinville-welcomes-new-county-sheriffs-office-annex Yadkinville, NC – On Thursday, October 28, 2021, CPL, together with Yadkin County and City officials, members of law enforcement, state judiciaries, and the community attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Administration Building.

The new, $4.1 million facility was designed in harmony and compliance with Yadkinville’s new downtown overlay zoning prescribing specific appearance standards for the town. As the “public face” for the County Sheriff’s Office, the new building relocates several other County divisions under one roof, including the Chief Deputy, Major, Captain, and the Civil division, as well as various public services such as concealed permitting.

Features of the 16,400 sq. ft. building include state-of-the-art security systems throughout, multi-purpose meeting and training space for up to 100 participants or citizens, a sally port connecting the new building to the adjacent detention center, and 1,500 sq. ft. of shell space for future growth.

Yadkinville Sheriff’s Office Annex 2

CPL architect, Josh Wheeler, AIA, explained, “This project will serve as a keystone in the county to ensure regional public safety today, while also establishing the additional infrastructure for tomorrow. Incorporating this flexibility into the design extends the building’s life and allows for the meaningful service of many future generations within the community.”

To deliver this impactful project to the community, CPL provided project management, architectural, civil engineering, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, fire protection design, and landscape architecture services alongside project team partners, Simcon (General Contractor) and Jones Engineering (Structural Engineering Consultants).


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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2021-11-16T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Change the Game with Artificial Turf ]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-change-the-game-with-artificial-turf https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-change-the-game-with-artificial-turf Modern synthetic fields are providing game-changing benefits that are too hard to ignore.

It is easy to see why this advanced “grass” has grown on us. Changes to its composition and materials over time have propelled its look, feel and usability. This and more has created a high demand for these surfaces, especially in K-12 school districts.

Greater Playability

Unlike sprawling college campuses, most K-12 schools have limited land for sports, yet are still looking to offer as many options as possible to their students. When compared to natural fields that often take a beating with each use, durable artificial turf can provide greater playability by hosting multiple sports, back-to-back, while remaining in tact.


Batter Up

All-weather surfaces enrich playing seasons, especially in cold or wet climates where rain-flooded or snow and ice-covered playing surfaces are all too common. To ensure all sports programs can commence and stay on schedule, synthetic sod can be an excellent solution. Not only can it be easily snow plowed, but it can also drained, so water doesn’t pool or collect long enough to freeze.


Safety First

Play on natural grass creates wear such as divots and uneven play surfaces. Combine this with weather-produced hazards like standing water, ice, slippery mud, or sunbaked ground and risk for injury rises.

Engineered turf provides a more consistent, safer play surface by eliminating most of these common issues. For instance, turf field construction provides more predictability when it comes to GMAX testing, which measures impact attenuation – the ability of the playing surface to absorb the “shock”, or kinetic energy – from a collision.


Economics

Watering, mowing, re-seeding, fertilizing, and drainage repairs are just a few of the regular maintenance tasks needed to keep natural sod alive and healthy. Annual expenses often reach or exceed five-figures leaving many schools struggling with the cost. In contrast, artificial grass needs just one grooming/maintenance per year (sometimes two, depending on use), and is just a fraction of the maintenance cost to keep up natural sod. With an average life of 10-12 years, investing in engineered grass makes sense.

The Wow Factor

With pre-striping, school branding and lasting color options, these perpetually green fields consistently rally a spirited response.


Today’s synthetic fields are a beautiful, safe, and economical solution for school athletics. With long-term use, low maintenance, and a rowdy boost to school pride, every school and student scores from play on their own artificial turf.


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


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2021-11-10T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: The 7 Best Commercial Architects in Rochester, New York]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-the-7-best-commercial-architects-in-rochester-new-york https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-the-7-best-commercial-architects-in-rochester-new-york Rochester is the home and birthplace of many of the country’s most iconic companies including Xerox, Western Union, and Eastman Kodak. Today, the city hosts hundreds of established and emerging companies that continue to transform its urban and suburban landscapes.

Helping these developers, businesses, and project owners design spaces and structures that embody their brand’s vision and goals are the best commercial architects in Rochester. CPL is honored to have been named one of the seven best by GC Magazine.

Click here to see the full list of honorees.

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2021-11-04T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Downtown Olean Welcomes a Walking Public ]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-downtown-olean-welcomes-a-walking-public https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-downtown-olean-welcomes-a-walking-public OLEAN, NY – On Friday, October 22, 2021, CPL, together with the City of Olean, NYSDOT, and members of the community, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Walkable Olean, Phase II. The innovative pedestrian safety improvement and revitalization project was developed to calm vehicle traffic, promote pedestrian use or “walkability”, and renew the City’s downtown area.

Important elements for the $1.5 million project included the addition of new bicycle lanes for cyclists, an enhanced roadway structure to help quiet and/or re-route downtown vehicle transportation, traffic signal upgrades to include pedestrians provisions, drainage improvements, and widened, multi-use sidewalks to promote pedestrian and bicycle access in a beautiful, park-like setting.

To deliver this impactful transit solution to the community, CPL provided project management, engineering and landscape design services alongside project team partners, Terracon; Quality Counts, LLC; R.K. Hite & Co. Inc., SJB Services, Inc. CPL also provided construction administration and inspection services relating to the construction activities performed by D&H Excavating, Inc.

“We are proud to have worked with the City and project partners to deliver this vibrant downtown transformation,” said CPL Project Manager, Jennifer Michniewicz, P.E., PTOE. “The improvements help ensure safe walking and bicycling, while also providing an appealing destination that the community and surrounding area will seek.”

The project was awarded Transportation Project of the Year by the NY Upstate Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (2021).


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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2021-10-28T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Science and Design Come Together to Create a Healthy Interior Environment]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-science-and-design-come-together-to-create-a-healthy-interior-environment https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-science-and-design-come-together-to-create-a-healthy-interior-environment Nearly every living thing on Earth is influenced by a biological response known as circadian rhythm.


Cued by nature’s 24-hour day/night cycle, this involuntary, physiological process is like a clock that regulates the inner workings of living things to promote optimal health and wellbeing.

As designers, we stay connected to the latest science, news and technologies that are proven to enhance wellness, especially indoors. This naturally prompts us to wonder if spending long hours indoors under artificial lighting is negatively impacting our all-import circadian cycle?

A host of scientific studies back-up what we suspect is true: the circadian process can be greatly affected by too much artificial light and not enough exposure to the natural day/night light movement.

Quality of sleep, mental health and acuity, physical performance, mood, reproduction, and metabolic activity are just some things that can be negatively impacted by a disrupted biological clock. Not limited to humans, animals and plants also feel the effects when this process is out of step.

Fortunately, science and design have come together to develop an effective solution to help our bodies reset. Circadian lighting is designed to mimic the intensity, color, and timing of nature’s sleep and wake cycle. When used strategically indoors, it has shown to significantly improve health and wellbeing by working in harmony with our biological rhythm.

Offices, schools, hospitals, behavioral clinics, and other healthcare settings are just some of the places where this lighting has proven beneficial. In fact, a profound example of its success is its strategic use in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). Studies show that infants exposed to cycled lighting while in the hospital go home sooner, establish feedings earlier, and go on to develop better language and motor skills as they age.


Further illustrating the dramatic impact that circadian lighting has on human health is when employees report on the benefits they feel when it’s used in an office setting. Enhanced mood and mental sharpness – even lowered blood pressure – are often experienced, especially when compared with those spending most of their days exposed to glaring artificial light.


Our non-human friends demonstrate proven health benefits from this lighting, too. With many animals and plants being nocturnal and just as many more highly sensitive to artificial and/or bright daylight, natural light cycles are critical to their survival. When used in aquariums, zoos and other indoor animal and plant settings, circadian lighting has proven highly successful in keeping these unique, often endangered, life forms balanced and thriving.


The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) supports circadian health and has set a minimum threshold for daytime light intensity. At present, there are a handful of therapeutic lighting options to employ, with most simply providing varying color, tone/temperature and intensity light levels based on what we would typically experience in a normal, natural 24-hour day light cycle.

In understanding our physiology, we know how indoor lighting affects us and recognize what can be done to counter-act its negative impact. Science and design have collaborated to bring the outdoor light cycle inside to help reset our biological clocks and illuminate mind and body wellbeing, naturally.


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2021-10-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Modern Design for Behavioral Health — Human and Nature-Centered Healing]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-modern-design-for-behavioral-health-human-and-nature-centered-healing https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-modern-design-for-behavioral-health-human-and-nature-centered-healing Over the last half century, design for behavioral health facilities has radically changed.


Driven by great strides in medicine, research, and a deeper understanding of human physiology and psyche, modern design hardly resembles a once-common sterile look and feel. Today, these spaces are a warm, welcoming respite for healing.

By understanding the unique requirements of these patients and facilities, our design approach considers elements that ensure all are safe, supported and positioned to succeed. At a minimum, we recommend:

Open Up

Behavioral health designs should not include hidden nooks or shadowed corners, rather, they should embrace an open floor plan to improve visibility and allow care givers unobstructed visual monitoring.


Large, open and welcoming atrium at the Jonas Hill Hospital and Behavioral Health Clinic in Lenoir, NC.

Be Flexible

Expandable rooms, multi-purpose space, and convertible beds and furniture help centers quickly adapt to meet fluctuations in patient volume and varying methods of care. Include these early in design for maximum impact.

Adjust the Lighting

Bright, glaring, or buzzing lights can often make individuals feel anxious or uncomfortable. Circadian lighting, natural daylight, or other dimmable, noiseless options are healthier considerations that minimize negative reactions triggered by old-style light.


Comfortable, rounded furniture with an inspiring word wall in this day room at the Adolescent and Pediatric Behavioral Health Unit at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.

Make it Beautiful

Finishes and furnishings should be comfortable without sacrificing beauty. Soothing artwork should be prevalent to evoke inspiration and positivity.

Embrace Nature

Gardens, bird feeders, and water features are just some sight and sound elements known to revive and restore. Next-level indoor courtyards bring nature inside, filling interiors with healthy sunlight and empowering patient come-and-go access, while giving staff an unbroken sightline to monitor safety.


Nature-inspired views of the community courtyard from this group room at the Jonas Hill Hospital and Behavioral Health Clinic in Lenoir, NC.

Allow Some Choice and Control

Granting a little control goes a long way towards individual recovery and wellness. Where possible, include adjustable sensory options such as light levels and colors, to promote self-esteem and independence.

Ensure Safety with Subtlety

Safety measures throughout should strike a balance between patient dignity and security for all. Minimizing sharp objects, rounding corners, and securely mounting furniture can be effective means to accomplish this.


Safe and secure furnishings and fixtures in this group activity room at the behavioral health unit at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.

Modern design for behavioral health facilities is far removed from yesterday’s cold, institutional environments. Today, science-based, human-centered design warmly nurtures and safely mends with respect, positivity, and a healthy dose of Mother Nature.


Learn more about our featured Behavioral Health Projects >

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2021-10-18T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: City of Canton Breaks Ground for Downtown Parking Deck]]> https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-city-of-canton-breaks-ground-for-downtown-parking-deck https://mx1.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-city-of-canton-breaks-ground-for-downtown-parking-deck CANTON, GA — On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, CPL joined Canton City officials and members of the community to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new, two-story, 98-space parking deck located at the corner of Archer Street and West Marietta Street, in downtown Canton.

Centrally located and offering direct connections to the City Hall, the structure will provide a much-needed parking solution for visitors, patrons, business owners, and City government employees alike.

Covered on both levels, the deck's bottom level will be accessible from Archer Street, with the top being accessible from behind City Hall. The new structure will also feature a solar array on top to provide a sustainable power source for the deck lighting as well as electricity for ten vehicle charging stations.


CPL worked alongside partners, TerraMark (Land Surveying) and ECS (Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering), to provide architectural, M/E/P engineering, structural engineering, civil/site design and construction management services for the project.

CPL Project Manager, Brian Miller, P.E., stated, “Our team worked closely with the City of Canton to deliver a design that would be consistent with the historic architectural character of downtown Canton, while still featuring modern amenities to offset electrical operating costs for the City.”

The $2.9 million project is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2022.


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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2021-10-25T00:00:00-04:00