Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2019 2019-07-24T05:10:09-04:00 <![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Three New Hires in Newburgh]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-newburgh http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-three-new-hires-in-newburgh Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, July 5, 2019 - Newburgh, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome three new team members to itsNewburgh office: Bisa Delgado who joins the marketing team, and Nicholas Hennig and Ryan Goshea who both join the architectural team.

As a member of the marketing team, Delgado will lead the coordination and production of branded proposals as well as specialized marketing collateral. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, she most recently served as a marketing professional at Eclipse Shading Systems. Bisa studied marketing and communications at the University of Maryland and is an active volunteer for the International WeLoveU Foundation. She resides in New Windsor, NY.

In his new role, Hennig will assist the architectural team with a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, he served as an architectural intern while earning his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Alfred State College. Hennig resides in Pine Bush, NY.

Also joining the architectural team is Goshea who will provide planning and design solutions for a variety of project types. He most recently served as an architectural intern at Conklin Architecture and has a bachelor’s degree in architectural technology from Alfred State College. Goshea resides in Hyde Park, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-07-05T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-buffalo-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-buffalo-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Monday, June 17, 2019 - Buffalo, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its Buffalo office: Brandon Riggs and Jasmine Brown who both join the civil engineering team.

In his new role, Riggs will provide water and drainage design for a variety of municipal projects. He joins CPL as a full-time team member after interning with the firm for the past year. Riggs has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo and resides in Alexander, NY.

As a member of the civil engineering team, Brown will focus on the transportation market sector assisting with roadway/highway design, traffic engineering, plan development, quantity estimates and transportation planning. With nearly a decade of professional experience, she most recently served in a transportation management and planning role for the Department of Defense. Brown has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University and resides in Alexandria, VA.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Jamestown]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-jamestown http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-jamestown Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, June 7, 2019 - Jamestown, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Chelsea Schultz who joins the administrative team in its Jamestown office.

In her new role, Schultz will provide administrative support in the form of office management, critical clerical work and scheduling meetings or events. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a customer service supervisor with the logistics team at Crossett Inc. in Warren, PA.

Schultz has an associate’s degree from Jamestown Community College and resides in Jamestown, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-07T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Rochester]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-3 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-rochester-3 Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, June 28, 2019 - Rochester, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Samantha McKeown who joins the Human Resource team in its Rochester office.

In her new role, McKeown will serve as a Talent Acquisition Specialist responsible for managing the firm’s recruiting efforts. She more than 3 years of experience working in the human resource field for medical and nonprofit companies, and has a PHR (Professional Human Resource) certification.

McKeown has an associate’s degree in business management form Monroe Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business management from SUNY Brockport. She resides in Rochester, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Celebrating AIA Rochester’s Centennial Year]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-celebrating-aia-rochesters-centennial-year http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-celebrating-aia-rochesters-centennial-year In honor of AIA Rochester’s 100th year, the organization is giving a nod to the past, present, and future. This month, AIA Rochester championed two events, both of which were intended to be public initiatives. AIA Rochester also attended a third event in support of Fashion Week in October.

“Our goal was to use this milestone anniversary as a catalyst for three major public events to celebrate. Using the past as a foundation, our centennial initiatives are very future-focused,” said Jason Streb, AIA, Architect at CPL and President of AIA Rochester.

The idea for the AIA’s centennial was to publicize, promote, and bring awareness to both the profession of architecture and architecture itself.

“We wanted to showcase the possibilities of architecture and value of architects at a scale that all could experience,” he said.

The Gable House

Of many ambitious activities, AIA Rochester continued to hope for something tangible that could be this generation’s artifact within the storied history of its 100-year-old organization. The organization created the concept of an outdoor showcase and design collaborative for teams of local designers. The gable roof icon served as an inspiration to the teams and a recognizable image for the public.

“The gable roof sculptures represented a physical showcase that could be enjoyed and left behind in homage to the centennial celebration,” said Streb. “These sculptures were not just for architects to enjoy, but instead something that would highlight the value that architects can bring to communities.”


Originally, the sculptures were to resemble pavilions and offer the public an opportunity to interact with each design. However, something of that scale created issues beyond what was capable of the Chapter and that of the volunteer design teams. The sculptures morphed into what was unveiled June 19—a unique experience to see all seven designs simultaneously. At the ribbon cutting, Streb, Holly Barrett (City of Rochester), Commissioner Norman Jones (City of Rochester), Barbara Burke (Labella), and Rochester City Councilperson Elaine Spaull honored the hard work, months of planning, and patience of everyone who made this idea a reality.


“With a consistent theme and image, our community of talented designers re-interpreted this into seven very different, very thought-provoking art sculptures,” said Streb.

To bring the detailed project to fruition, AIA pitched in for the bases, obtained the appropriate permits, and through a partnership with The Pike Company, provided a build site and transportation for the sculptures.

CPL team members Sara Katz, RA, Christian Jankuloski, Nathaniel Piscitelli, Ben Deuel, Christian Martinez, Adam Stoker and Jason Streb, AIA designed and implemented the Ghost Gable structure for CPL.


“Our team based the design on a narrative,” said Christian Martinez, architectural team member at CPL. “We wanted our design to be heavy on symbolism. We wanted our viewers to experience something interesting.”

CPL team’s design of the “Ghost Gable” house reflected how shelter might have changed in the past 100 years, how it affects our neighborhoods, and how it might change in the future.

“There has been so much change in Rochester housing because of booms, downturns, poverty and blight,” said Martinez. “How can we revitalize our city? What is the opportunity for growth?”

And furthermore, what does a gable house look like when it’s cut out of different shapes? That’s for the viewer to distinguish as she observes the Ghost Gable house from different perspectives, times of day, and lights and shadows.


“It’s visually striking and not easily recognizable,” said Martinez. “The viewer has to interact with the sculpture and walk around it to notice what it’s really about.”

The materials were no accident, either. The red illustrates the AIA Rochester’s logo color, the smooth panels play with light and are forever changing, much like shelter in cities. Finally, the panels are all reflective.

“You can see yourself and the city around you in the reflection as you look at the structure itself,” said Martinez. “It truly immerses the viewer into the narrative.”

“The designs were deliberately different from the typical architectural realm and were meant to generate thought and bring attention to the importance of shelter,” said Streb.


Design Awards Gala

The AIA Rochester Chapter Centennial Awards Gala on June 14 celebrated a cross-discipline of artists including architects, interior designers, architectural design students, as well as local clients and supportive family members. The awards encompassed projects including K-12, Higher Education, and Residential interiors.

Photo Credit: Sydney Majka Photography

“We wanted to play up the social aspect of design awards this year to emphasize the celebration of excellent design and 100 years of the AIA chapter in Rochester,” said Streb. “The idea of a Great Gatsby-style gala would be a nod to the past century and look forward to what the future of design would hold.”

“There was an overall sense of excitement at the forward-thinking designs, the showcase of creative spaces and material usage, as well as a collective humility,” said Courtney Ter-Velde, NCIDQ, interior design team member. “We are all in this field to make a difference and create a more useful, functional, healthier and happier environment.”

The evening was fashioned in a 1919 theme to highlight a 100-year mark for this chapter as well as its continuing commitment to the architectural world and the Rochester community. The event provided a forum that highlighted local talent and amplified the influence that design talent directly has on the communities where we live and work. Attendees danced, mingled, congratulated, and celebrated the success of this year and the years to come.

Photo Credit: Sydney Majka Photography

“The gala honored both the winners and the attendees by creating an event that was elegant and entertaining. As an attendee and representative of CPL, I was honored to be sitting among some of the best and most driven players within our design community,” said Ter-Velde.

“It was a great event and one of the best attended award galas yet,” said Streb.

ROC Fashion Week

On June 20, the day following the sculpture unveiling, AIA Rochester supported and attended the Center for Youth’s launch of Fashion Week ROC presents: Hot Summer Nights. The event celebrated the kick-off to fashion week season where local designers, artists, businesses and charities came together to highlight local talent.

“The beauty of an event like this is being able to look around and see the faces of our community; those who are there representing local businesses making local art, raising money for local charities, all while supporting a local business holding the event,” said Ter-Velde.

This fashion week season kick-off was critical to building the momentum for the final event in October where local firms and AIA/IIDA members will showcase their “Product Runway” designs. This creative challenge and runway show will serve to unveil the final designs, which will draw inspiration from local Rochester architecture.

“A fashion competition like this gives designers an additional outlet for their creativity, while using materials and shapes unlike those of buildings,” said Streb. “It allows the design talent to truly come out in other materials, engineering and structure.”


Participants must create wearable garments using hard and soft construction materials provided by local manufacturer’s representatives. CPL will be participating in this Product Runway event, designing an Art Deco warrior-goddess gown inspired by the iconic Times Square Building in the heart of downtown Rochester, NY. Ter-Velde and other CPL interior designers are part of this effort, including Nicole Wylie, Dana Satterlee, Rutu Tadkod, Janet Lasher, Carly Owczarczak, Marissa Colucci, and Brittany Nowicki, Adam Stoker, Jason Streb, Sara Katz, Christian Martinez, and Ben Deuel.

“To have this kind of buzz surrounding these events and to have so many of them occur within a weeks’ time just shows that the Rochester design community is flourishing,” said Ter-Velde.

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2019-06-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Suwanee]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-suwanee http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-suwanee Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - Suwanee, GA - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its Suwanee office: Isaac Beckman who joins the marketing team and Lalsi Khup who joins the civil engineering team.

As a member of the marketing team, Beckman will lead the coordination and production of branded proposals as well as other marketing collateral. Prior to joining CPL as a full-time team member, he spent two years as an intern while earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Georgia. Beckman resides in Lilburn, GA.

In his new role, Khup will focus on assisting the transportation engineering team with planning and designing bridges and roadways. He most recently served as an engineering aide at Willmer Engineering, Inc. and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kennesaw State University. Khup frequently volunteers at the IYF (International Youth Fellowship) and resides in Clarkston, GA.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-06-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: In the Spotlight - Robin DeRue, LC, LEED AP]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-robin-derue-leed-ap http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-in-the-spotlight-robin-derue-leed-ap Robin DeRue, LC, LEED AP, electrical engineering team member, has grown with CPL for more than a quarter of a century.

So what’s kept DeRue loyal to CPL for all of these years?

“The people that are here,” she said. “They respect you, and allow you to grow.” For DeRue, this also meant modifying her career pathway.

DeRue began her journey with an architectural degree from Alfred State College in 1983. After graduating, she secured a job as a surveyor and then moved into civil engineering. But with her design background, DeRue felt like civil engineering wasn’t the perfect fit.

“CPL has the attitude of, figure out where you want to be, and we will put you there,” she said. “They allowed me to train to be an electrical engineer.”

Since then, she has worked on projects with educational, municipal, healthcare, and commercial clients. She uses the latest design techniques to create intricate lighting layouts using the latest Visual Lighting Software.

“The aesthetic part of me likes design. I want it to work well, but I want it to look great too!” she said.

Designs include power distribution systems, lighting design and controls systems, and low voltage systems such as fire alarm, security, and telecommunication.

“I’m happiest when I’m mass-producing contract documents,” she said, adding that being productive and crossing things off a list makes her feel her best.

To complete her portfolio, DeRue is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional and holds a National Council on Qualifications for the lighting professions Lighting Certification (LC).

Twenty Years of Highlights

DeRue remembers many clients in her time at CPL, but admittedly has a few favorites.

“I like working with clients who work well together as their own team,” she said. “It makes our job as a firm that much easier. We have been working with the same core team at the West Irondequoit Central School District and they are always a pleasure to work with.”

In addition to school districts, DeRue said she has enjoyed working with Hillside Children’s Center. Since they have been working together for so many years, DeRue said she feels like she already knows their preferences and tastes. “It truly feels like we are all on the same team,” she said.

But that’s really how everyone feels about DeRue, or so we’ve heard.

“Everyone likes working with Robin,” said Tony Marchetti, P.E., CPL electrical engineer and DeRue’s supervisor.

“I found myself working side by side with Robin the first day I started with CPL [formally known as Clark Patterson Associates] and have been fortunate to continue working with her after all these years. Robin is a wonderful person and talented engineer. She is dedicated, hard-working, always carries a positive attitude and is a pleasure to work with,” he said.

The respect is mutual.

“For the past 15 years, Tony [Marchetti] has been a big influence,” she said. “He is a good supervisor, and allows me the freedom to take a project and roll with it.”

“And, if I ever have a question or need training, he will always find the time to fit it in,” she said, making her feel like a valued and active team member.

Go with the Flow

As part of her self-proclaimed “go-with-the-flow” attitude, DeRue encourages people to be flexible with their careers.

“I encourage people not to be so strict with the path they think they have planned out for themselves – people change, interests change and opportunities change,” she said. “Feel comfortable making these changes – it’s what life is all about. Make the changes that you need, with the opportunities that are presented to you, in whatever direction that may lead you.”

Advice from a Professional

“Be humble. Listen to others.” DeRue said. People with experience have already been there, done that, and know what works and doesn’t work, she said.

“Be willing to step up and do extra work, training, seminars, and courses. CPL offers a lot of opportunities, but you’ve got to want it,” she said.

So can we count on another 20+ years?

“I’m not ready to retire. I like the people here. I like my job. I like working,” she said. “If you like your job, it makes it so much fun.”

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2019-06-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: THE SPCA Serving Allegany County "Give Me Shelter" Project]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-spca-serving-allegany-county-give-me-shelter-project http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-spca-serving-allegany-county-give-me-shelter-project SPCA Mission: The SPCA’s mission is to attend to the needs of the abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals of Allegany County.

The growing need for animal care and compassion is a constant reality for the SPCA serving Allegany County. Each day, this no-kill shelter works to combat animal cruelty by focusing on rehabilitating and adopting animals into kind and loving “furever” homes.

In 2015, the SPCA launched a campaign to build a new shelter in Belmont, NY to replace their original 1985 facility located just south of Wellsville, NY. The CPL team was eager to help design a larger facility that would better serve the influx of animals throughout Allegany County in need of rescuing.


Spanning almost 15,000 square-feet, the new Belmont shelter is nearly 11 times larger than the original building, allowing ample space for a merchandise store, staff/volunteer area with a kitchenette, meet and greet rooms, space for animal care and grooming, and an area for educational training. There are also enclosed outdoor exercise areas as well as an indoor exercise arena that can be used during inclement weather.

Approximately 3,000 square-feet of the facility is dedicated to a new low cost Spay/Neuter Clinic outfitted with all the necessary surgical equipment. This space allows the shelter to successfully host a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) program to help control/reduce the feral cat colonies throughout the County.


To minimize environmental impacts and increase energy efficiency, CPL incorporated green building strategies such as geo-thermal heating and cooling, solar arrays, LED lighting and an air exchange and filtration system. The facility was also equipped with sound mitigation techniques including ICFs (insulated concrete forms), which are thick concrete walls built with insulated styrofoam and used to cut any fluctuations in temperature, air infiltration and noise.


As the newest and greenest SPCA shelter in Western New York, the facility in Belmont is now able to better attend to the needs of abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals of Allegany County. CPL was thrilled to work closely with the SPCA and the project’s general contractor, Kinley Construction, to ultimately create a more inviting, comfortable and spacious environment for animal residents in need.

The shelter is open seven days a week from noon to 4pm and by appointment.


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2019-06-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Engineering the Super Bowl - It Didn't Just Happen]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-engineering-the-super-bowl-it-didnt-just-happen http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-engineering-the-super-bowl-it-didnt-just-happen The May/June 2019 issue of Engineering Georgia takes an in-depth look at the transportation engineering that went into logistics and traffic flow planning at Super Bowl LIII. CPL's design contribution was the sleek pedestrian bridge that safely transports people from the MARTA to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium during a host of events.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium Pedestrian Bridge at Northside Drive is an essential infrastructure piece that fixes a once dangerous barrier preventing easy passage from the stadium, the new Home Depot Backyard community space and downtown points - to mass transit and parking facilities.

Click here to read the full article written by David Caraviello.

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2019-06-11T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Hospital Revives a Dead Retail Space Through Adaptive Reuse]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-hospital-revives-a-dead-retail-space-through-adaptive-reuse http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-hospital-revives-a-dead-retail-space-through-adaptive-reuse With the shift in consumer buying habits, thousands of retail stores and malls across the nation have gone belly up. But many of those spaces have been converted into churches, medical centers, community colleges, warehouses, and mixed-use residential spaces.

One example, and a first for Western, New York, is the recent $24 million adaptive reuse of a long-vacant Tops grocery store into the Riedman Health Center, part of the Rochester Regional Health system in Rochester, New York.

Click here to read more about this amazing adaptive reuse transformation in Stacey Freed's latest Forbes piece.

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2019-06-03T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: New Office Tower in Greensboro Breaks Ground]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-new-office-tower-in-greensboro-breaks-ground http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-new-office-tower-in-greensboro-breaks-ground Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
585.324.0433

Friday, May 31, 2019 - Greensboro, NC - The first new office tower to hit the Greensboro, NC skyline in decades broke ground on May 30th. A well-attended ceremony was held for the new 110,000 square foot, nine-story office building, which will sit adjacent to the first base line over-looking the First National Bank Field – home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team (single A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).


CPL was hired by developer, Front Street Capital, for the schematic design with partner firm, West & Stem, as the architect of record, and Landmark Builders as the general contractor.


The brick and glass building design will complement the existing ballpark’s architectural elements and serve as a mix-use project to include corporate as well as retail tenants. A new city parking deck will also be constructed across Bellemeade street from the office building.


Project Slugger, has been the code name to date and will be a welcomed addition to the downtown neighborhood, an area that has experienced recent growth and revitalization.

“This marquee project for Downtown Greensboro is the result of years of hard work by numerous community stakeholders," says Robin Team, partner with Front Street Capital, in an interview with WFMY News 2. "Building new office space plays a key role in the continued growth of downtown by helping our anchor tenants attract top talent and grow their businesses.”


CPL Vice President, Ken Mayer, FAIA, LEED AP, commented, “this is the exact type work that we thrive on at CPL - projects that make sense and will have a real impact on the community. We look forward to working with our design, construction and developer partners on this exciting effort."

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-05-31T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL’s 2019 Bike Challenge]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpls-may-bike-challenge http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpls-may-bike-challenge For the month of May, team members in all 15 CPL offices across the east coast were encouraged to participate in a program similar to the National Bike Challenge—a nationwide event that unites thousands of new and existing bicyclists across the country in a friendly competition designed to celebrate and encourage biking. While the National Bike Challenge extends through September, the Wellness Committee at CPL decided to concentrate on the month of May.

“The challenge encourages riders of all skill levels to get involved, whether they are picking up cycling for the first time in years to bike for fitness, or they ride 20-30 miles routinely to get to work,” explained Danielle Scesney, AIA, NCARB, Wellness Committee member.

“Beyond just the fitness benefits cycling offers, the challenge builds communities of friends and coworkers, and creates a happier, healthier bike-friendly world,” she said.



Above data accurate as of Thursday morning, May 30

Benefits of Cycling

Blair Benson, architectural team member in CPL’s Rochester office, is an active cyclist in the challenge and in everyday life.

“A huge part of the reason I bike is you can’t get better stress relief,” she said. “If you have a bad day, you can pedal furiously and let out all your frustrations. And, I find that biking to and from work is twice as fast as driving, without the frustration of sitting in traffic, wasting gas, and letting emissions into the environment.”

Benson listed other benefits of cycling as saving money on fuel, staying fit and healthy, and the rallying community of cyclists that wave to each other and cheer each other on, even though they can be complete strangers.

“I wish more people would do it,” she said. “We could develop a biking community at CPL and get more people involved.”

Benson started her journey with biking long distances when she began training for triathlons in her early 20s. She has been competing for eight years and biking to and from work for the same amount of time.


It’s Not Too Late to Start Pedaling

John Boryk, CADD Technician in CPL’s Poughkeepsie office and leader of the challenge, has been biking for a whopping year and a half. Although his cycling legs are new, his heart has been interested for many years thanks to the Pan-Mass challenge—a nationally recognized fundraiser his brother-in-law, Dennis Kirrane, has been participating in for a decade.

“My family and I would go to the opening ceremonies to support Dennis,” he said, “They’re just so moving, and now I’m hooked.” After years of cheering from the sidelines, it was time for Boryk to start pedaling.

“In 2018, I registered in January, bought a road bike in March, and starting training,” he said.

Boryk said the 2-day, nearly 200-mile annual fundraising event pushes him to think about all the people fighting their fight with cancer.

“As hard as it might be, someone’s got it worse than I do,” he said.


Boryk is currently training for his second Pan-Mass challenge. He rides in memory of his late father, Dick Boryk, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2007.

“Most importantly, I ride as an example to my children, my family and my friends, that they should always give of themselves to others and for a greater purpose. To Quote HOF QB Jim Kelly, "Make a difference today for someone who is fighting for their tomorrow.”

Boryk jokes that just a couple of years ago, he would ride his mountain bike around with his three kids.Now, he rides between 75 and 100 miles per week. He picks up his miles riding to and from work, taking his road bike out for a 40-50 mile spin on nice days, and pedaling while his 11-year-old daughter is at dance class.

Aside from training for his cause, Boryk said he notices a few other benefits, like saving money on fuel, strengthening his core, and having fewer back pains.

“Overall, I’m feeling better,” he said. “And, I don’t feel as guilty having a couple extra beers!”

Now, Boryk shares his motto with the Pan-Mass Challenge: Commit.You’ll figure it out.

“Once you can ride 2 to 3 hours on a bike, you can do the whole competition,” he said. “At that point, your body knows what to do. It’s not physical stamina.It’s mental.” Click here to learn more about John's story and support his fundraising efforts.


In Case You Need More Reasons to Start

A) Cycling improves mental well-being: cycling combines physical exercise with being outdoors and exploring new places. This can give you the time to process worries and concerns when riding solo or if you ride with a group it can broaden your social circle helping with mood and even depression.

B) Cycling promotes weight loss: Depending on the intensity level you ride at you could be burning 400-1000 calories an hour, with a proper diet you could be losing weight.

C) Better lung health: studies suggest bicyclists are exposed to less fumes and air pollutants than those that travel by car.

D) Cuts Heart Disease and cancer risk: Raising your heart rate and staying within an ideal weight decreases your chance of developing some major illnesses. Cycling to work can cut risks of heart disease or cancer in half.

E) Cycling is low impact: compared to long distance running cycling causes less muscle damage and inflammation overall.

F) Boosts brain power: cycling improves blood flow during and after the exercise which keeps you healthier.

G) Improve handling and special awareness: Riding a bike doesn’t just raise your heart rate, it also develops skills important to maneuvering your body on and off the bike.

H) Grow your social circle: there are hundreds of clubs and group rides that happen across the country. Cycling is an easy way to meet new people, learn more about cycling and have a team to back you up in your quest to become more confident on a bike

I) Cycling to work or errands cuts your carbon footprint: choosing to ride your bike results in carbon emissions more than 10 times less than if you were to take your car. Credit to Cycling Weekly for this listfor this list.

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2019-05-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Northland Avenue Rehabilitation and Streetscape ]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-northland-avenue-rehabilitation-and-streetscape http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-northland-avenue-rehabilitation-and-streetscape The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, in partnership with Empire State Development, the New York Power Authority and the City of Buffalo, is working to redevelop multiple properties in the Northland Avenue section of the New York Central Belt Line Corridor. The goal of this redevelopment project is to return these properties to productive use, assist with revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood, and provide employment and educational opportunities for nearby residents.


Originally a manufacturing center along the Belt Line Railroad, the Northland Avenue Corridor was once considered to be one of the most extensive industrial areas on Buffalo’s East Side. Unfortunately, most of the buildings within the corridor have sat vacant and abandoned for decades, making the redevelopment of this area a very high priority for the City.

CPL worked with the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks & Streets and Buffalo Sewer Authority, to rehabilitate the pavement, add green infrastructure, upgrade utilities, and provide streetscape enhancements along a half-mile stretch of Northland Avenue, specifically from Fillmore Avenue to Grider Street.

To enhance traffic flow, new signage and pavement markings were provided and several traffic signals were upgraded to include the addition of high-visibility backplates as well as Buffalo Police Department blue light safety cameras. Our team also implemented a road diet, which transformed two extra-wide travel lanes into two narrower travel lanes and a new parking lane on the north side of the roadway.


To help create a safer, more welcoming pedestrian environment, specific design elements were incorporated including the installation of new granite curbs, wider sidewalks, ADA compliant sidewalk ramps, curb extensions (bump-outs), and audible pedestrian signals at signalized intersections. A new traffic signal was also added at Schauf Avenue, which also serves pedestrians accessing the new Northland Workforce Training Center.

In addition, new trees were planted on both sides of the roadways and well lights were embedded within the new sidewalk under the railroad overpass at Fillmore Avenue. Our team also created a new public space complete with stormwater planters, a bioswale, landscaping, seating areas and public art. These strategic improvements along with many others have significantly enhanced the Northland Avenue Corridor in terms of overall access, safety and curb appeal.


Earlier this year, the Northland Avenue Rehabilitation and Streetscape project was named Transportation Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Western New York Branch. The APWA Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding individuals, groups and chapters representing the best in the public works profession. CPL is proud to have received this award for a project that means so much to the Buffalo East Side community.

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2019-05-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Architectural Team Member Takes on the Olympics]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-architectural-team-member-takes-on-the-olympics http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-architectural-team-member-takes-on-the-olympics He stands atop a 1,680-meter track made of concrete and ice. In a matter of seconds, he will be lying face down on a sled with his chin less than an inch off the ice, hurtling head first and reaching speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. This is Skeleton; and this scenario just so happens to be the first-hand experience of CPL’s own Zackary Goodwin.

A graduate from SUNY Alfred State College, Goodwin joined the architectural team in CPL’s Newburgh office during the Winter of 2018. His desire to pursue a career in architecture dates back to his freshman year of high school when he took a design and drawing class.

“I felt like I had a knack for it,” Goodwin said. “But more than that, I also found it to be challenging enough for me to want to work hard, learn more and excel in a field that would ultimately test my ability to be both creative and disciplined.”

A natural born competitor, Goodwin is no stranger to taking on challenges that test his abilities, especially when it comes to athletics. Growing up, he enjoyed active extracurriculars such as golf, snowboarding, soccer, football and even coaching gymnastics. In college, he continued to capitalize on his athleticism by playing football and running indoor track.

“Testing my limits and challenging myself athletically has always been part of my identity,” Goodwin explained. “When my time as a collegiate athlete started to come to an end, I naturally started to think about what I would do to challenge myself next.”

It was during a conversation with his track coach that the idea to try out for the USA Bobsled and Skeleton (USABS) team was first mentioned. Since the team typically recruited athletes of out college, Goodwin’s coach believed his drive and motivation to succeed would make him the ideal candidate.

In May of 2018, Goodwin signed up for the USABS Combine Test, an intensive evaluation of speed and power that includes general athletic movements (short sprints, a broad jump and a shot toss) all graded using a point system. For the next month and a half, he trained tirelessly to become stronger, faster and as mentally prepared as possible.

“When the day of the combine finally arrived, I showed up to the track in Lake Placid feeling a mixture of nerves, excitement and appreciation,” he said. “With the Olympic Jumping Complex towering over us, the setting alone was enough to make me feel grateful for even being there.”

Goodwin’s impressive performance that day was strong enough to qualify him for the next stage of the process – Rookie Push Camp. This ten-day camp brings together qualifying athletes from around the country to compete against each other in front of the coaches.


From the minute Goodwin showed up, he felt intimidated and a little out of place.

“There were dozens of athletes who had successful track or football careers at major Division I universities,” he said. “Not only was I just a Division III kicker, but I also had the lowest qualifying combine score of all the athletes who were invited to the camp. I knew I had my work cut out for me.”

After one week of training, the rookie push competition began, and once again, Goodwin exceeded expectations. Out of the 20 male skeleton rookies, he finished in 6th place and was invited back to start sliding with the team in the Fall.


In November of 2018, Goodwin returned to Lake Placid to train with the team. As a developmental athlete, he began sliding from start 4, a lower starting point on the track (Curve 9 of 19) that allowed him to only reach speeds of about 35 mph. After a few days, he moved further up the track to start 3 (Curve 4) where speeds accelerated to 60 mph.

“While most people think we simply lie on the sled and let the track do all the work, I can assure you that’s not the case,” he explained, claiming he learned that the hard way. “On my second run from start 3, I entered a curve way too late causing me to flip on my back and slide a couple hundred feet. Luckily, I was unharmed, but the crash was enough to make me realize just how difficult and dangerous this sport can be.”


Goodwin spent the next few months honing his skills and gaining more confidence by training on different tracks including the US track in Park City, Utah. In March of 2019, the time to compete in Nationals had finally arrived and he felt eager to leave it all out on the track.

After four heats that took place of the course of two days, Goodwin finished the race placing 12th in the country. Soon after, he was the only first-year slider offered the opportunity to tour with the North American Cup next year.

“Although I won’t be officially racing, I’m excited to travel with the team and get invaluable experience sliding on all the tracks in North America,” he said.

Next season, Goodwin will spend time training at tracks in Canada (Whistler and Calgary), Park City and Lake Placid. As he gears up for this next part of his Olympic journey, he feels grateful to CPL for continuously supporting his ambitions to compete.

“CPL has encouraged me to pursue this dream from the very beginning,” he said. “From allowing me to take time off to train to letting me work extra hours during the off season, my team members and supervisors have been nothing but supportive. It’s a true testament to the positive, uplifting workplace culture that the company works so hard to maintain.”

CPL is proud to see what Goodwin has accomplished thus far. From 138 people showing up to the combine to 23 competing in rookie push camp to only 10 coming back to slide with the team, we’re excited to see what he will do while on tour next season. And who knows? Perhaps CPL will be cheering on one of our own in the 2026 Winter Olympics!

To learn more about Zack’s story and support his road to the 2026 Olympics, click here to check out his GoFundMe account.

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2019-05-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Greenville]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-greenville http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-greenville Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Friday, May 17, 2019 - Greenville, SC - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome Rodney Hawkins who joins the plumbing engineering team in its Greenville office.

In his new role, Hawkins will be responsible for the design of plumbing, piping and HVAC systems for a variety of project types. He has more than 26 years of experience working in commercial, manufacturing, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries.

Hawkins has an associate degree in mechanical engineering technology from Spartanburg Technical College and an associate degree in industrial technology from Greenville Technical College. He resides in Landrum, SC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-05-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Newburgh and Olean]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-newburgh-and-olean http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-newburgh-and-olean Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Newburgh, NY / Olean, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its architectural team: Brad Pettyjohn in Newburgh and Brady Sturm, LEED AP in Olean.

In Newburgh, Pettyjohn will focus on project management and architectural design for a variety of project types. With more than 18 years of experience in architecture, design and construction, he joins CPL after serving as an architect at CCDI USA.

Pettyjohn has a bachelor’s degree in architecture form New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and resides in Hyde Park, NY.

As a member of the architectural team in Olean, Sturm will manage a variety of projects in the educational and municipal market sector. He joins CPL with more than 24 years of industry experience and most recently served as an architectural project manager for AJH Design.

Sturm has an associate degree in construction/architectural technology from Erie Community College and is a LEED accredited professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction (BD&C). He is a member of the Wellsville Lions Club and resides in Wellsville, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-05-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hires in Rochester]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-rochester http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hires-in-rochester Contact: Michelle Draghi
CPL Marketing Team
585.402.7549

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - Rochester, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 44 years, is pleased to welcome four new team members to its Rochester office: Katie Johnson who joins the finance team, Erin Shannon who joins the marketing team, and Nicole Wyllie and Dana Satterlee who both join the design team.

In her new role, Johnson will work with the finance team as a financial reporting manager, providing month end reporting and analytics of financial performance. With more than a decade of financial/accounting experience, she will also be integral to developing new reporting structures as well as streamlining current processes.

Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and resides in West Irondequoit, NY.

As a member of the marketing team, Shannon will support the firm’s marketing and business development efforts by creating a variety of print and digital design collateral. She has more than 13 years of experience marketing professional services and most recently served as a marketing associate for LVW Advisors.

Shannon has an associates of applied science degree in electronic media communications from Onondaga Community College. She is involved in several professional and community organizations such as the Red Jacket Community Library Board of Trustees, the Rochester Chapters of the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and the American Marketing Association. She resides in Shortsville, NY.

Wyllie joins the design team with nearly a decade of industry experience. Most recently, she served as an interior designer at Spectrum Design Group where she was responsible for drafting, producing construction documents, and providing finish/furniture selection for a variety of project types.

Wyllie has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Endicott College and resides in Rochester, NY.

Also joining the design team is Satterlee, who has acquired more than 10 years of interior design experience in the healthcare and corporate market sectors. Prior to joining CPL, she served as a senior interior designer at Jeffrey Berman Architect where she worked on a variety of project types.

Satterlee has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Philadelphia University and resides in Hilton, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 420+ person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 15 cities across 4 states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Municipal and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2019-05-14T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Innovation Drives Success for Top NC, NY Design Firms]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-innovation-drives-success-for-top-nc-ny-design-firms http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-innovation-drives-success-for-top-nc-ny-design-firms You might call 2018 “the year of the design firm” for ENR’s New York-New Jersey region, with many engineering and architecture companies reporting strong revenue growth in key construction market sectors, according to the latest Top Design Firms ranking.

CPL is thrilled to be included in this great piece in Engineering News Record (ENR), which highlights how innovation has been driving success for several top design firms. The article, written by Eydie Cubarrubia, discusses the virtual 3D modeling our healthcare team used to design the interior and exterior of Rochester Regional Health's Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care in Rochester, NY.

Click here to read the full article.

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2019-05-09T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: ENR's 2019 Top 500 Design Firms]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-enrs-2019-top-500-design-firms http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-enrs-2019-top-500-design-firms The current market for large design firms may be the best that it has ever been. Check out this year's list of Top 500 Design Firms featured in the Engineering News Record (ENR). CPL is honored to be featured on the list once again and especially thrilled to have moved up 13 spots in the rankings to #269!

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2019-04-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Why Reducing is King]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-reduce-reuse-recycle-why-reducing-is-king http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-reduce-reuse-recycle-why-reducing-is-king As the world has shifted its focus from an industrial revolution to preventing and cleaning the pollution of our planet, recycling has been the magic word. In school and at work, we are encouraged to choose the blue bin for papers and bottles, and we bring cans back to the supermarket to reclaim our nickels. But, is this enough? The short answer: no. A measly 9% of plastics actually get recycled. Earthlings must shift their focus once again to the most important word in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra—Reduce!

Although there are many important and impactful contaminants and waste products covering the landscape, perhaps the most daunting is plastic, specifically single-use plastic.

Individuals can make a difference.

But, this leaves all of our hope in the future health of our planet on the motivated individuals who want to create change. Sadly, that doesn’t describe most individuals.

That’s why companies can make an even bigger impact.

Wegmans, a large grocery store chain on the east coast, chiefly in New York State, recently announced their goal to eliminate the use of plastic bags at its NYS stores by the end of 2019. This goal coincides well with New York State’s ban on all plastic grocery bags effective March 1, 2020.


Are plastic bags that big of a deal? YES.

The average American family uses 1,500 plastic bags each year. Although some of us reuse the bags to bring lunches into work or to clean up after our pets, even delayed time before we ultimately throw the bag in the garbage doesn’t save the planet any stress. Best case scenario, one plastic bag can take 20 years to decompose. Worst case scenario, it can take 1,000 years. And the saddest, and very real scenario, is these plastic bags, either whole, ripped, or broken down into microplastics, are killing marine life and even making their way into the food chain.

Furthermore, curbside recycling programs don’t accept plastic bags as a recyclable good, since many recycling processing plants don’t have the collection system and processing equipment specific for plastic bags, which are different than that of other plastic recyclables, like water bottles, food containers, etc.

A grocery store in Nantes, France refuses to use plastic packaging at all. With heavy concerns on individually-packed food items, and plastic-wrapped fruits and vegetables that already come with a protective coating, this grocery store wanted to do better.

Making the change a mile high.

Even airlines are beginning to resist single-use plastics. And, it’s being received well. At a meager $1-2 difference in flight costs, travelers can take part in ending the seemingly exponential plastic waste.

How do we do better?

To start, pretend like this is the only planet we’ll ever have to live on, raise our families on, grow our food on, build our homes on, and take vacations on. As the population continues to grow, and the amount of waste continues to grow, and the amount of miscellaneous “things” continue to grow, we must remember that the Earth will not grow. It’s our responsibility to take care of our own homes. We don’t let our living rooms fill with garbage.We don’t leave plastic bags in our fish tanks. We must also treat the Earth like home.

Stop using single-use plastics, like grocery bags, water bottles, wax-covered paper products, plastic cutlery, and straws.

Start using reusable products whenever you can, like real dishware and silverware at work, reusable Tupperware and lunch bag, reusable coffee mugs and water bottles, and cloth shopping bags.

Choose to be sustainable. Shop at a farmer’s market, compost your food scraps, and say no to buying individually-wrapped goods, especially when unnecessary (ie – bananas).


Click here to learn more on how you can make a positive difference in the epidemic today.

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2019-04-19T00:00:00-04:00