Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2018 2018-12-11T06:47:32-05:00 <![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Breaks Ground at Mountain Island Educational State Forest]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-breaks-ground-at-mountain-island-educational-state-forest http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-breaks-ground-at-mountain-island-educational-state-forest Contact:
Amanda Sanfilippo, Marketing Coordinator
CPL
585.402.7504

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - Charlotte, NC - CPL teamed with the North Carolina Forest Service to break ground at the Mountain Island Educational State Forest in the Town of Stanley last month.

The most recent of seven educational state forests in North Carolina, Mountain Island needs a building with a welcome center, rest rooms, and educational spaces in order to be open to the public as an official educational state forest.

“This is the first phase of an initiative to make this an educational state forest to draw in the public,” said CPL architect, Rachel Guillot, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA. “There is a plan to expand services available at the state forest in the future, including walking trails and outdoor classrooms.”

The new build, 6,500 sf education center will feature classrooms, exhibit spaces, and offices for forestry officials. This location currently manages 2,000 acres of land. When finished, local schoolchildren, forestry professionals, and community residents will be welcomed to learn more about North Carolina’s forest health, environmental practices, soils, and water ways.


CPL is designing the educational center, and will be leading the architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing efforts. Subsconsultant, Benesch, will provide civil engineering and subconsultant, MMSA, Inc will provide structural engineering to complete the team.

“This education center will allow the forest to better serve the region’s population and educate the public about the ecosystems in our region,” said Guillot.

Construction is anticipated to start in the second half of 2019.

Learn more at https://www.ncesf.org/mtIsland.html

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, 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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2018-11-20T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Enhances Market Presence in Higher Education]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-enhances-market-presence-in-higher-education http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-enhances-market-presence-in-higher-education Earlier this year, CPL introduced a campaign to enhance the firm’s market presence in higher education through intra-office collaboration. These efforts have resulted in exciting higher education wins for the CPL team.

Strong collaboration between CPL’s 15 office locations is a regular occurrence for the firm’s 400+ team members. Just last month, CPL’s Buffalo, NY office, led by Principal Mike Mistriner, AIA, leveraged experience from Principals in the firm’s Greensboro, NC and Woodstock, GA offices to win a commission for the School of Health Professions at St. Bonaventure University. Having had great success completing the award-winning Health Professions Building at Dalton State College in 2016, the firm’s Southern offices had helpful insight and experience to lend to their Northern team members.


This month, CPL’s Woodstock office leveraged CPL Greensboro's experience on the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and utilized Principal support from CPL Buffalo to win a project for a new Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies at Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC), an institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

"Showcasing recent experience on a nearly identical project at GTCC and having Ken (Mayer) engaged throughout the pre-marketing effort, present at the onsite walk-through, and participate in the interview was a huge differentiator,” said K. Scott Gordon, AIA, Principal in CPL’s Woodstock office.

Additional noteworthy elements of the firm’s approach included outstanding design and computer visualization from Tim Pulver and Danny Jones, conceptual support from CPL Buffalo, a longstanding relationship with the TCSG/CTC, and CPL’s new Woodstock studio space, which is about 10 minutes from the site.

“All of these factors woven together with a deliberate emphasis on collaboration, placed CPL in a very strong position going into the interview phase, which ultimately resulted in a win!” said Gordon.

The $6.2 million facility on the North Metro Campus of Chattahoochee Technical College - the largest technical college in Georgia - is set to begin design soon with a projected completion in the 3rd Quarter of 2020.

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2018-11-13T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL Featured in Nov/Dec Edition of Business View Magazine]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-cpl-featured-in-nov-dec-edition-of-business-view-magazine http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-cpl-featured-in-nov-dec-edition-of-business-view-magazine Click here to read about the great City of Poughkeepsie's renaissance in the latest issue of Business View Magazine. CPL is a proud corporate citizen of Poughkeepsie and genuinely loves working with the many vibrant municipalities throughout the Hudson Valley on inspiring design projects that are true difference makers for communities.

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2018-11-14T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Principal in Suwanee]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-principal-in-suwanee http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-principal-in-suwanee Contact: Vince Press
Director of Marketing & Communications
CPL
585.797.7275

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - Suwanee, GA - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is proud to welcome Jennifer Harper, P.E. who joins the civil engineering team in its Suwanee office. Harper will lead the charge as Principal of the firm’s transportation group in Georgia. She will be responsible for client management as well as project delivery from design through construction for a variety of transportation projects.

Harper joins CPL with more than 20 years of transportation engineering experience, most recently serving as Vice President of transportation and infrastructure at Landis Evans + Partners.

In addition to her VP role, Harper’s consulting career encompassed various programs and complex transportation projects. With an unparalleled track record of implementation in the Southeast, she also spent six years as Chief Program Officer for the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, where she was responsible for the oversight of a multi-million-dollar transportation program.

As an experienced program and project manager, Harper has developed a strong reputation for building and maintaining solid relationships at all levels of local governments, the private sector, and other state and federal agencies.

“Jennifer’s impressive leadership and project delivery skills complement the firm’s philosophy of serving others,” said Kevin McOmber, Senior Vice President at CPL. “We are excited to welcome her to our team and look forward to expanding the value we bring to our clients.”

Harper has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn University and holds professional licensure in the state of Georgia. She has been honored and recognized by several industry organizations and publications including the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), the Parsons Brinckerhoff Atlantic District, and most recently Engineering Georgia’s 2018 list of 100 Influential Women to Know.

Outside the office, Harper is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) and the WTS, where she previously served 12 years on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chapter. Harper and her husband live in Brookhaven Georgia, where they are raising three children and are very active in their local community.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2018-11-07T00:00:00-05:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Woodstock]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-woodstock-2 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-woodstock-2 Contact: Michelle Draghi
Communications Coordinator
CPL
585.402.7549

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Woodstock, GA - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome Eric Randall, P.E. who joins the civil engineering team in its Woodstock office.

With expertise in land development engineering, Randall will guide and direct civil/site projects as well as help train and mentor younger team members. With more than 25 years of industry experience, he joins CPL after serving as the city engineer in Smyrna, GA.

Randall has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and holds professional licensure in the State of Georgia. He resides in Marietta, GA.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2018-11-02T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Hire in Buffalo]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-buffalo http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-hire-in-buffalo Contact: Michelle Draghi
Communications Coordinator
CPL
585.402.7549

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Buffalo, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome Philip D’Angelo who joins the mechanical engineering team in its Buffalo office.

In his new role, D’Angelo will focus on HVAC and energy design on a variety of project types. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and resides in Niagara Falls, NY.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2018-10-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Raleigh]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-raleigh http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-raleigh Contact: Michelle Draghi
Communications Coordinator
CPL
585.402.7549

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Raleigh - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome two new hires to its Raleigh office: Julio Martinez and Melinda Sanes who both join the architectural team.

In his new role, Martinez will assist with architectural design and the production of construction documents for a variety of project types. Prior to joining CPL, he served as intern architect at Flad Architects. Martinez has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC.

Sanes joins CPL with more than 11 years of architectural experience and most recently served as project architect with Flad Architects. In her new role, she will lead architectural projects and help grow the Raleigh office. Sanes has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California Los Angeles. She resides in Raleigh, NC.

About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.comto learn more.

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2018-10-25T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Stroh Road Bridge in Attica, NY to Reopen in November]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-stroh-road-bridge-in-attica-ny-to-reopen-in-november http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-stroh-road-bridge-in-attica-ny-to-reopen-in-november The Stroh Road Bridge in Attica, NY is set to reopen in November 2018 after being closed for reconstruction since May.

CPL teamed with Genesee County and L.C. Whitford to replace the decaying bridge that was built in the early 1900s.

An important thoroughfare in the Village of Attica, the bridge has experienced much wear and tear over its life. In the 1970s, repairs were made to the bridge by filling in the open steel deck with concrete and applying an asphalt wearing surface. The surface of the existing stacked stone abutments was also treated with a concrete overlay. Due to its advanced age, salt used in the winter to control surface freezing, and continued use, portions of the steel superstructure were severely corroded. For the last 10 years, there have been use restrictions along the shoulders as well as weight restrictions posted for the bridge.

“The Stroh Road bridge is a key connector between Route 20 and Route 98, and is close to a dairy farm and sand and gravel quarry,” said Tim Hens, Genesee County Highway Superintendent. “The restrictions were impacting our local businesses.With the reconstruction, the bridge is back to a full load posting,” he said.

“The new bridge is a durable structure with a long service life,” said Greg Neddo, CPL Structural Engineer on the project. “The maintenance for this type of structure is minimal, which helps lower the overall cost, allowing the county to spend funds elsewhere in the community,” he said.


The pre-cast and prestressed concrete beams used on this project are common on similar municipally-funded projects and were cast at L.C. Whitford’s fabrication plant located in Wellsville NY, about 60 miles south of the project.

“We are one of three concrete beam suppliers in New York State,” said Paul Sisco, Project Manager at L.C. Whitford. Even more unique, L.C. Whitford was able to provide the extended span length needed for the bridge.

“The average length of a concrete beam for a bridge like this is between 50 and 60 feet. These beams are 107 feet long,” Sisco said. This pushes the limit for what this type of beam design is capable of handling.

Setting the beams in place called for precise and significant work.

“We used two cranes and a slider beam verses one pick with a single crane,” said Neddo.

This system allowed the use of smaller cranes to set the beams. These smaller cranes couldn’t provide the lifting capacity or the reach (to the center of the span) that a larger single crane could provide. The slider beam allows the contractor to literally slide the concrete beams across the span allowing the two smaller cranes to simultaneously lift the beams into place.

Once the beams were set and grouted in place, the composite concrete deck was placed on top of the beams, offering a solid, durable and economical deck.


The video features time laps footage of the concrete beams being set in place over a 10-hour period followed by footage of the concrete deck being placed.

Since the existing soils at the Tonawanda Creek Basin provided poor bearing capacity and were prone to scour and erosion, the bridge designers and contractor faced additional hurdles throughout the process.

“While excavating to install the new abutment, we ran into old abutment materials from the bridge that existed over 100 years ago and prior to the bridge that was recently in service,” said Sisco. CPL directed the Contractor to over-excavate the areas around the proposed abutment to remove the old substructure that was previously abandoned.

Because the bearing capacity of the soil was poor, the bridge abutments had to be constructed on steel friction piles that were driven into the ground more than 60 feet deep to lock the structure into the soil. A layer of heavy stone fill was placed along the stream banks to prevent scour and erosion during peak storm flows. A system of temporary steel sheet piles and large sand bags were used as “cofferdams” during the abutment construction to hold back the water and keep the construction zone dry.


Genesee County originally submitted the project for reconstruction under a Locally Administered Federal Aid (LAFA) program, but when the project was not chosen for funding under this program, the County moved forward with the project by financing the $1.5 million cost directly through the County’s infrastructure reserve fund. This fund was partially made possible through its recent sale of the Genesee County nursing home.

The local County funding of this project ultimately led to a streamlined process separate from the federal process, which followed the use of NYSDOT specifications, and the construction of a bridge that meets the state’s standards while avoiding much of the regulations and approvals that would have been required if federal funds were utilized. Ultimately this project might have cost as much as $2.8 million dollars ($1.3 million more) if the County had relied on Federal funding.

“We were able to be more effective and deliver twice the work at half the cost,” added Hens.

“The planning and design schedule and process for this project was dramatically compressed because of the use of local funds,” said David Askinazi, Principal Associate and Project Manager for CPL.

“Genesee County takes a straight-forward, streamlined approach to the development of their projects,” he said. “At CPL, we really value, appreciate and enjoy working closely with Tim and his team at the County to provide cost effective solutions to their infrastructure needs.”

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2018-10-19T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Town of West Seneca Community Center and Library Renovation and Expansion Project]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-town-of-west-seneca-community-center-and-library-renovation-and-expansion-project http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-town-of-west-seneca-community-center-and-library-renovation-and-expansion-project The Town of West Seneca Community Center and Library had its grand opening July 2018, debuting the $14 million renovation and expansion. A labor of love, the building was a passion project especially for local CPL team members who worked to give back to their community.


The newly renovated, walk-up facility now houses both the Town’s community center and library, thanks to the 18,000 s.f. expansion. The project included a complete library renovation and addition of a children’s center; meeting rooms and town offices; and a community and youth center with a gymnasium and fitness room. A café, to be operated by Spot Coffee, will open soon.


A project that combined the forces of interior design, architecture, and landscape architecture, it truly embodies the collaboration of a multi-disciplined design firm. CPL further strengthened our abilities by teaming with the Steinmetz Planning Group, and general contractor Resetarits Construction Corp.


“Designing a building that is a condensed campus of activities was an exciting challenge for me,” said Carly Owczarczak, CID, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, CPL Interior Designer for the project.

“For patrons to be able to attend community activities, to honor our Veterans, join children’s reading hour, participate in Lego club or to enjoy a cup of coffee with a good book in community building is unique yet brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed designing the Library and Community Center and will continue to enjoy it with my family,” she said.


Before the grand opening, team members in CPL’s Buffalo office as well as various community groups donated their time and green thumbs to install the landscaping outside of the building for a beautiful first impression of the new, inviting community hub. Many large windows visually connect the exterior with the interior, including an inviting double-sided fireplace.


The campus-like approachability of the library is part of the Town’s Master Plan to create a buzzing, attractive Town center, which is why the parking lot is tucked in the back of the building. It was designed to be “an exploration and celebration of prairie style architecture” featuring simple horizontal lines, low profile and cantilevered projections. The completed facility is wonderful resource for both children and adults alike, as well as architecture enthusiasts.


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2018-10-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Back Eric Leibenguth to its Raleigh Office]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-back-eric-leibenguth-to-its-raleigh-office http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-back-eric-leibenguth-to-its-raleigh-office Contact: Michelle Draghi
Communications Coordinator
CPL
585.402.7549

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - Raleigh, NC - CPL is delighted to announce the return of Eric Leibenguth to the Raleigh, NC office. Leibenguth rejoins the firm as a member of the architectural team, responsible for client management as well as project delivery from design through construction for a variety of higher education, municipal and parks/recreation projects.

Leibenguth’s architectural journey began during his freshman year of high school, when his technology teacher assigned the class to design a house floor plan.

“That assignment really peaked my interest,” Leibenguth said. “It was soon after that when my mom recognized my passion for architecture, and took me to Syracuse University to listen to a lecture given by Rem Koolhaas.”

Koolhaas, a notable Dutch architect and world-famous architectural theorist, spoke about the relationship between built structures and human behavior, and how urban conditions around the world affect our society. The lecture made an impact on Leibenguth and further enticed him to embark on a career in architecture.

“Little did I know then, but in college, when I studied abroad in China with CPL’s very own Chris Ladanyi, I got to see firsthand how impactful the urban landscape was on human identity,” Leibenguth said, adding that he grew up in a town with one traffic light.

During his senior year of high school, Leibenguth began his 5-year-long internship with CPL, interning throughout his college years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's School of Architecture.

In 2008, he joined the firm’s Rochester, NY office as a full-time architectural designer.

“The time I spent as an intern was valuable in that I got the chance to work directly with senior architects on a variety of different projects,” Leibenguth explained. “By the time I graduated college, I was able to jump right into designing projects through the schematic, design development and construction document phases.”

Leibenguth credits much of his growth and success at CPL to several of the firm’s architectural leaders. “I would be remised if I did not give a shout out to people like Brian Trott, Joe Hanss and Todd Liebert for laying the groundwork for me during my early years here,” he added.

Leibenguth spent about a year working full-time in CPL’s Rochester office before relocating to the firm’s office in Raleigh, NC. In 2015, he took an opportunity to work with FLAD Architects as a Project Architect. Fast forward to present day, CPL welcomes him back with open arms, now as an Associate Architect with the firm.

“Since day one as a high school intern, Eric has been a valuable member of the CPL family,” said Todd Liebert, CPL’s CEO. “Both talented and driven, we are thrilled to have him back in Raleigh.”

In his new role at CPL, Leibenguth is eager to help manage architectural projects and provide leadership to younger team members.

“I’m very happy to be here,” Leibenguth said. “It feels good to be welcomed back into a company that focuses on its people first, and places great emphasis on maintaining an intentional workplace culture. In my experience, a company’s culture and the way employees perceive it, will ultimately determine the quality of the service delivered to clients and how clients perceive said company.”

As for one of the most important things he’s learned thus far in his career, he advises others to maintain good working relationships, not just with clients, but with colleagues as well.

“We work in a very challenging industry, which at times can cause major frustrations,” Leibenguth explained. “How you handle yourself during those moments speaks to your true character and people tend to notice that.”

“It’s also important to never burn a bridge,” Leibenguth added. “We all run in circles, some big and some small. But regardless of size, we’re bound to come across people that we’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with again.”

Lastly, Leibenguth deemed it important to credit much of his success to his family.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my wife,” he said. “We both have careers of our own, but we understand that the success of both comes with a balance. We feel fortunate to continue this journey with our new daughter, Celine.”

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2018-10-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: The Town of Union – Streambank Restoration]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-town-of-union-streambank-restoration http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-town-of-union-streambank-restoration In the Southern Tier Region of upstate New York, lies the Town of Union in the scenic Appalachian Mountain Chain and alongside the majestic Susquehanna River. Home to approximately 55,000 residents, the Town has experienced several extreme flash flood and river overflow events in the last 25 years; most notably in 1996, 2005, 2006 and 2011.

This year, CPL completed a streambank restoration for the Town of Union, specifically in the hamlet area known as West Corners. Due to repeated flash flooding and erosion, several residences had lost significant portions of their backyards; a situation that was exacerbated during the 2011 flooding events, which were caused by remnants of Hurricanes Irene and Lee.


CPL provided topographic surveying, mapping, civil engineering, permitting and construction administration services to restore some of the lost land, and most importantly, prevent further erosion from occurring in the future.

The streambank was armored by the construction of a natural stone retaining wall, spanning approximately 600 lineal feet (~4,000 square feet of wall face). Since shallow bedrock was present in some areas of the project, the base of the wall needed to be keyed into the rock. In addition, a cedar split rail fence was provided at the top of the wall as a safety precaution.


The project was completed ‘in the nick of time,’ with construction taking place during the early part of an extremely wet summer. While normal precipitation for the area from mid-July through mid-August is approximately 10 inches, this year’s levels more than doubled that measuring about 25 inches during the same period.

In fact, construction of the wall itself was ‘substantially completed’ when temporary stream diversion and bypass pumping was removed only hours before an extreme flash flood event that took place during the evening hours of August 14. The wall held up perfectly, and the remaining construction and restoration took place in the following couple of weeks.



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2018-10-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Jamestown Pedestrian Bridges Awarded the 2018 ITE Transportation Project of the Year]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-jamestown-pedestrian-bridges-awarded-the-2018-ite-transportation-project-of-the-year http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-jamestown-pedestrian-bridges-awarded-the-2018-ite-transportation-project-of-the-year Pictured left to right: Jennifer Michniewicz (CPL), Dan Duprey (CPL), Dave Rhinehart (CPL) , Mayor Sam Teresi (City of Jamestown, NY), Bill Rice, (Principal Planner, City of Jamestown) Jeff Lehman (Director of Public Works, City of Jamestown, NY)

Media Contact:
Vince Press, Director of Marketing & Communications
CPL
585.797.7275

Friday, October 26, 2018 – Jamestown, NY – The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) New York Upstate Section Achievement Awards committee has chosen the City of Jamestown, NY Pedestrian Bridges project as 2018 Transportation Project of the Year.

The transformative project features two new pedestrian bridges, which add connectivity over the Chadakoin River to the Jamestown Riverwalk trail and Panzarella Park. Located directly south of the new National Comedy Center, the bridges will greatly enhance pedestrian access along the waterfront and act as catalysts for future economic development.

The design team for the $2 million project included Union Concrete & Construction as the general contractor, CPL as design engineer and the City of Jamestown. The two COR-TEN steel superstructure spans, featuring wood decks and LED lighting, were installed in the fall of 2017 when pre-fabricated sections were spliced together and set in place. One bridge connects the north shore of Jamestown Riverwalk to Panzarella Park (189’ long), and the second (140’ long) connects the north and south shores of Riverwalk adjacent to the Washington Street bridge.


The NY Upstate Transportation Project Award recognizes outstanding transportation projects that demonstrate advancement in the use of technology, practical application or implementation techniques, and coordination with multiple jurisdictions and/or agencies. Additionally, the award is deserving based on the application of sound transportation planning and engineering principals.

The pedestrian bridges were previously honored by the American Public Works Association’s (APWA) NY Chapter – Western Branch.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, 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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2018-10-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Rochester]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-rochester-1 http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-rochester-1 Contact: Michelle Draghi
Communications Coordinator
CPL
585.402.7549

Monday, October 15, 2018 - Rochester, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its Rochester office: James Basile, P.E. joins the civil engineering team as a Senior Associate, and Stephen Pyrkosz joins the architectural team.

As Senior Associate, Basile will manage civil/site projects as well as help train and mentor younger team members. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, he joins CPL after serving as civil discipline leader at Bergmann Associates.

Basile has an associate’s degree in civil technology from Monroe Community College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and holds professional licensure in New York and Pennsylvania. Outside the office, he volunteers at Practice Institute of Engineering, Inc. and St. Thomas Moore Church. Basile resides in the Town of Brighton, NY.

Pyrkosz will work with the architectural team to utilize the Design-Build delivery method on a variety of different project types. He has more than 20 years of industry experience and most recently served as assistant project manager at Bergmann Associates.

Pyrkosz has a bachelor of science degree in architecture as well as a bachelor of architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University. He holds professional licensure in 17 states including New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. Pyrkosz resides in Hilton, NY.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, 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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2018-10-15T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes Two New Hires in Albany]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-albany http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-two-new-hires-in-albany Contact: Michelle Draghi
Communications Coordinator
CPL
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - Rochester, NY - CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for more than 40 years, is pleased to welcome two new team members to its Albany office: Michael Yamin who joins the electrical engineering team and Timothy O’Donoghue, P.E. joins the civil engineering team.

Yamin will assist the electrical engineering team with the design and drafting of various electrical power systems including lighting, fire alarms, PA and clocks. Prior to joining CPL, he served as mechanical drafter for SMRT. Yamin has an associate’s in occupational study degree in electrical construction and maintenance from Hudson Valley Community College. He resides in Troy, NY.

O’Donoghue will focus on planning, site development and utility design of stormwater, water main and sewerage projects. He has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo, and holds professional licensure in New York State and Massachusetts. O’Donoghue resides in Colonie, NY.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 400+ 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, 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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2018-10-10T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Top 160 Healthcare Architecture + AE Firms [2018 Giants 300 Report]]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-top-160-healthcare-architecture-ae-firms-2018-giants-300-report http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/buzz-top-160-healthcare-architecture-ae-firms-2018-giants-300-report CPL ranked #34 on BD+C's list of Top 160 Healthcare Architecture + AE firms in the nation! Click here to see the full list!

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2018-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Good Bones Give Building New Life: The Riedman Health Center]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/good-bones-give-building-new-life-the-riedman-health-center http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/good-bones-give-building-new-life-the-riedman-health-center A vacant Tops supermarket in Irondequoit, NY has been rehabbed into a state-of-the-art health care facility. Click here to watch the coverage on News 8 WROC by Mark Gruba.

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2018-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: The Seneca Park Zoo Animals of the Savannah Exhibit Opens]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-seneca-park-zoo-animals-of-the-savannah-exhibit-opens http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-the-seneca-park-zoo-animals-of-the-savannah-exhibit-opens The 15,000 square-foot Animals of the Savannah exhibit at the Seneca Park Zoo opened September 13, 2018, concluding Phase One of the $57 million master plan expansion project.

The brand new, five-acre addition introduces Masai giraffes, plains zebras, and ostriches to outdoor exhibits, as well as new outdoor quarters for Bill, the already-loved Rhino, and potentially more rhinos in the future.


Inside the new building, peek at the naked mole rats, a number of small animals, and the relocated aviary. The exhibit also includes the Savannah Outpost, a new concessions building that features a giraffe feeding area. Visitors can look forward to participating in Spring of 2019.

Designing the first phase of renovations to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY has proven to be a unique, wild venture for the architects and engineers working on this game-changing project for the County of Monroe (NY).

Norm Gardner, CPG, is a civil/site engineer at CPL with nearly 28 years of experience. Before this project, he never shipped in granite from Massachusetts for the foot comfort of an African animal.

“We had to adapt our design to accommodate a different species,” said Gardner, adding that the project has been the most fun challenge in his career.


Tony Marchetti, P.E., has 22 years of electrical engineering design experience, and has always catered to “human” clients—until this project.

“This was a strange new area of design for us,” said Marchetti. “Our clients were essentially the animals. We had to keep in mind that our design in the buildings provided proper heat, lighting design, and adequate air distribution.”

The behind-the-scenes work of the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers provide the framework that keep animals thriving throughout the four seasons in Rochester, NY.

“It was important to incorporate safe landscaping and design solutions that would keep the animals contained and comfortable, while designing something that was aesthetically pleasing to visitors,” Marchetti added.


Maria Mazurek, AIA, an architect at CPL and the project manager for the master plan, has carefully coordinated all of the disciplines to achieve a Zoo that is visually pleasant, informative, and safe. Mazurek worked closely with consultant WDM Architects, who specialize in the design of animal enclosures and living spaces.

“Seeing the finished product—a giraffe ‘living room’ with a floor specifically designed for their comfort, among other things—was an eye opener,” Mazurek said. “The space feels like a home, only to a different species. Providing comfortable conditions for animals is really rewarding.”


Besides animals, the Zoo now features a tram that will run from the current entrance to the extended north end, making it easier for guests to move around the linear park. This tram will utilize existing roads, making little environmental and economic impact to the Zoo and the neighboring Seneca Park – a historic park designed by the famous American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted.

“Being in a historic park, the new building and its materials contribute to the feeling of being close to nature and connected to the animals,” said Jason Streb, AIA, CPL architect and Vice President of AIA Rochester. “Instead of feeling like a museum, a visitor’s experience becomes immersive and authentic.”


The mission of the Zoo concentrates on conservation, so visitors are able to learn not just about the animals, but about their habitat and the struggles they face.

Having facilities like this in the community symbolizes Monroe County’s commitment to providing world class amenities for its residents—both animals and people.

“This was not only among our more challenging projects this year, it was among the most rewarding,” Todd Liebert, AIA, NCARB, CPL's CEO. "Everyone on our team, from civil engineers to architectural designers, loved being a part of something that means so much to the Rochester community and will inevitably be a regional tourism destination for all ages.”


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2018-09-24T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: CPL Welcomes New HR Director, Amy Marra]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-welcomes-new-hr-director-amy-marra http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-cpl-welcomes-new-hr-director-amy-marra We are happy to share that Amy Marra has joined CPL as our Human Resources (HR) Director in Rochester, N.Y. As an accomplished HR and organizational development leader, Marra will work closely with CPL’s HR team to oversee and enhance the full range of people-related (HR) activities such as onboarding and training, team member development, recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, and HR policies and compliance, just to name a few.

Marra joins CPL with more than 20 years of experience, most of which she gained while working with the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

“I worked in a number of different HR roles at URMC, but my most recent title was Human Resources Business Partner, where I served as a strategic HR partner in identifying solutions that supported business objectives for multiple business units and departments,” Marra said.

With responsibilities spanning all aspects of HR including performance management, employee relations and culture development, she earned a reputation for creating strategies that enable employees to grow and reach their full potential.

Marra decided to pursue a career in HR while earning her degree in business administration (with a concentration in human resources) at the College at Brockport.

“I was unsure of exactly what I wanted to do until I took my first course in HR,” Marra explained. “My enthusiasm for the field was pretty instantaneous and I’ve not once regretted my decision to embark on this career path.”

Reflecting on her decision to join CPL, Marra noted the evolution that our firm is currently experiencing.

“It’s clear that CPL is in the midst of exciting growth, and I’m very eager to be part of that,” Marra said. “With more than 400 team members (and counting), I see opportunities to help reinforce positive change and propel initiatives to support the company’s culture.”

Dedicated to spurring thoughtful and practical HR solutions, Marra’s work mantra boils down to a quote by the famous Vince Lombardi who once said, “individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Fast Facts About Amy Marra

1) Favorite Keurig flavor?
“I generally bring my morning coffee to the office from home in my Disney mug! My favorite flavors are Jamaican me Crazy or anything coconut flavored.”

2) Best Lunch spot around the office?
“Since I’m new to the office, I’ve only tried a couple of places so far: Genesee Brew House and Pane Vino. Both were very good!”

3) Interests/hobbies?
“I mostly enjoy spending time with my husband, Peter, and kids, Sophia and Sydney. I also like to garden in the summer, and take vacations in Disney or the Outer Banks!”

4) Most important thing learned thus far in your career?
“Try to be consistent. Consistency doesn’t always mean treating every situation exactly the same. Circumstances can be different, but parameters should be kept consistent so people understand what to expect and what’s expected of them.”

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2018-09-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Rochester's Evolution of Design]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-rochesters-evolution-of-design http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-rochesters-evolution-of-design Comprised of a diverse and multi-discipline staff of architects, engineers and planners, CPL’s team of professionals are talented in more ways than one. The creative instincts and ingenuity that our staff has is inspiring to the communities in which we live in.

In an effort to support the Landmark Society of Western New York, Senior Architect, Emilio de Leon, AIA, CDT, constructed a beautiful representation of famous landmarks in Rochester, NY. The artistic drawing promotes the Landmark Society’s mission to advocate for historic communities by depicting the unique architectural heritage of Rochester.

Each structure within the image is labeled with letters that correlate to the Key at the bottom of the page. The intricacy and appeal of this illustration encourages community pride and is an excellent representation of the evolution of design that exists in Rochester, NY. Can you name all the buildings represented?

A) Times Square Building (Wings of Progress) – The former Genesee Valley Trust Building is one of the most recognizable features of Rochester’s skyline. The building supports four aluminum wings weighing 12,000 pounds each and they are known as the “Wings of Progress.”

B) St. Joseph’s Church – Built in the 1840’s, St. Joseph’s Church was a historic Roman Catholic Church that went up in flames nearly 40 years ago. By late 1979, the church was converted into a garden park with portions of the church’s remains used to pave the new park’s courtyard.

C) H.H. Warner Building – The H.H. Warner Building is a seven-story historical landmark with a cast iron facade located near CPL’s Rochester office on St. Paul Street. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

D) Rochester Savings Bank – Created in 1831, Rochester Savings Bank was the sixth savings bank in NYS and the first in the country west of Albany. When the federal government changed banking regulations in the 1970s and 1980s, the Rochester Savings Bank merged with Community Savings Bank and was then converted into a publicly traded stock institution.

E) Main Street Bridge – The Main Street Bridge is a historic stone arch bridge spanning the Genesee River. It has five segmental arches and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

F) Court Street Bridge – The historic Court Street Bridge has six hallow arches spanning across the Genesee River and two arches over the Johnson and Seymour Raceway and Erie Canal. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

G) High Falls – The High Falls (or Upper Falls) is a waterfall in the Genesee River located in the Brown’s Race Historic District.

H) The Little Theatre – Built in 1928, The Little Theatre is the premier cultural center for the presentation of American independent and foreign films, visual arts and music for the greater Rochester community.

I) Jonathan Child House – This historic mansion was constructed in 1837 for Jonathan Child, Rochester’s first mayor. The building has seen a number of uses and has been a target for revival efforts.

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<![CDATA[BLOG: Tech Talks - CPL's Take on Ideas Worth Spreading]]> http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-tech-talks-cpls-take-on-ideas-worth-spreading http://clarkpattersonlee.com/blog/blog-tech-talks-cpls-take-on-ideas-worth-spreading Culture, for some companies, is a buzzword, a hashtag, a vague promise. But at CPL, we believe in a learning culture that encourages curiosity, creativity, and the helpful exchange of information.

In addition to our successful mentoring and recognition programs, we’ve further established our commitment to a learning culture by adding a program that empowers CPL team members to share their expertise with others.

CPL’s Tech Talks are the brain child of Emilio de Leon, AIA, CDT, a senior architect with more than 40 years of experience in healthcare and institutional design. As he makes his way into retirement, he longed to pass on the knowledge he’d acquired over his career.

“There is so much senior staff can share with younger team members,” de Leon said. “Many architectural students are prepared in design, but we can train them on the ins and outs of the profession,” he said.


Tech Talks are hour-long educational presentations given by CPL team members for CPL team members. They take place biweekly on Wednesdays and can be accessed by all 15 office locations through Skype.

Teaming with Jim Parlavecchio, CDT, de Leon placed a special importance on technical codes and specifications, which led to the first Tech Talk presentation. Now, the program is expanding to include project updates, Newforma and software training, and introductions to new technology, like Creative Labs.

Stephen Olson, AIA, CPL’s BIM manager, said these types of programs are part of what attracted him to join the firm as a new team member.

“One of the most exciting things for me about joining this company is that CPL is doing the future things now,” Olson said. “I read articles about big ideas, and imagine these goals to be high in the sky, but CPL is actually doing it!” he said, referencing virtual reality and more.

Kathy Metcalfe, Chief Culture Officer, said she is passionate about incorporating simple steps to infuse learning into what we do every day.

“We’re humble enough to understand that don’t know everything,” she said. “We call architecture and engineering a practice for a reason and it is essential for us to adopt a learning culture to support our growth as professionals.”


Deb Barletta, CIP, LEED AP BD+C, CPL’s Newforma Implementation Specialist, hosted a Tech Talk in September, attracting some 120 team members, the largest talk yet.

“It’s important for us to cater to our team members, and understand we can’t work in a vacuum,” Barletta said. She emphasized the importance of setting expectations, remaining consistent, and delivering talks that are interesting, compelling and relevant.

Olson said he looks forward to Tech Talks about Revit, and encourages the firm’s core committee members to share what they know. “We have great people and great resources, and we should get these types of people out in front of the whole company to share their talents,” he said.

“CPL’s team is made up of innovators, creators and problem solvers,” said Metcalfe. “Tech Talks allow us to celebrate our successes, learn from our mistakes, create opportunity for people to strengthen their presentation skills, and come away proud of the work that we do.”

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