Clark Patterson Lee | Blog http://clarkpattersonlee.com/ Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2021 2021-10-27T20:51:28-04:00 <![CDATA[BLOG: Modern Design for Behavioral Health — Human and Nature-Centered Healing]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-modern-design-for-behavioral-health-human-and-nature-centered-healing https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-modern-design-for-behavioral-health-human-and-nature-centered-healing Over the last half century, design for behavioral health facilities has radically changed.


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

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

Open Up

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


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

Be Flexible

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

Adjust the Lighting

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


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

Make it Beautiful

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

Embrace Nature

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


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

Allow Some Choice and Control

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

Ensure Safety with Subtlety

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


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

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


Learn more about our featured Behavioral Health Projects >

Learn more about our Healthcare Practice >

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

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

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


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

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

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


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-10-25T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Ignites — Sparking Conversation with Tom Pheonix]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversation-with-tom-pheonix https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversation-with-tom-pheonix

The way we approach the design of high performing school buildings has forever changed.

Now more than ever, a critical emphasis must be placed on finding viable solutions to effectively control the spread of infectious diseases inside our K-12 facilities.

CPL Principal Architect, Chris Colby, AIA, LEED AP, is tackling this highly prevalent topic with colleague and subject-matter expert, Tom Phoenix, P.E., LEED AP, FASHRAE. Together, they debunk the all-too-common misconceptions about how to incorporate infectious disease resilience in our school buildings to keep children and educators safe.


Click here for more information on Tom's perspective on "Infectious Disease Resilience in School Buildings >

Watch more episodes from the CPL Ignites series >

Learn more about our K-12 Education Practice >

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2021-10-22T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Career Paths]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-career-paths https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-career-paths

A career with CPL is an open door to a world of opportunity.

No matter what role you fill, there's a customized path of exciting growth and professional development for you to take.

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2021-10-26T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Ignites — Sparking Conversation with Mayowa Alabi]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversation-with-mayowa-alabi https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-ignites-sparking-conversation-with-mayowa-alabi "It's not about just designing a physical building; it's about helping a community realize their potential and giving them the tools to aspire" — a quote from Mayowa Alabi, AIA, LEED AP, the newest Principal to join CPL’s Community practice team.

In this episode of CPL Ignites, Architect, Rachel Nilson, AIA, spearheads a compelling conversation with Mayowa about his philosophy on designing community assets that put inclusivity at the forefront and are infused with rich, cultural meaning and purpose.


Watch more episodes from the CPL Ignites series >

Learn more about our Community Practice >


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2021-10-20T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Saratoga Springs City Hall Wins Preservation Award]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-saratoga-springs-city-hall-wins-preservation-award https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-saratoga-springs-city-hall-wins-preservation-award SARATOGA, N.Y. — On Thursday, September 23rd, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation hosted their Annual Preservation Recognition Awards Ceremony and gave honor to a total of 18 projects in the city that successfully preserved the architectural heritage of Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Springs City Hall restoration project was among this year's award recipients, bringing home the prestigious Interior Rehabilitation Award.


Constructed in 1871, the Saratoga Springs City Hall is on the National Historic Registry and is very much a part of the city’s fabric today. After a fire in 2018 left the building with significant water damage and in desperate need of repairs, CPL stepped in to renovate and restore the 60,000 sq. ft. facility back to its former glory.

In addition to addressing essential building system upgrades, CPL helped re-plan the city’s departmental space assignments, which allowed for a significant expansion of the Courts Administration on the building’s second floor. The team also redesigned the heavily damaged Music Hall with acoustical improvements to ensure the space could continue to host future City events.


The effort to restore and re-create finishes, trim profiles and lighting fixtures was critical to achieving historic continuity and context. For example, the design team restored details from the building's original design, such as rose windows and stained glass, to reveal the building’s unique character and conserve its historical significance.

Today, the City Hall proudly stands as a safe, accessible and welcoming building with its historical integrity fully preserved and in tact.

To be considered for nomination by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation Awards Committee, projects must meet a particular set of criteria and considerations. Click here for more information about the awards ceremony and this year's winning projects.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-10-15T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Enriching Design Through the Common Thread of Trust]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-enriching-design-through-the-common-thread-of-trust https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-enriching-design-through-the-common-thread-of-trust Diverse communities offer a rich tapestry of individuals.

Economics, ethnicities, religions, languages and lifestyles are just a few of the unique threads that create the fabric of these neighborhoods.

As designers, we enjoy working with people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures because we relish in the ambitious opportunity to create designs that ultimately serve everyone in a community. Our approach to community-based projects often leverages creative public engagement strategies to help us better understand each neighborhood as well as build trust and consensus around designs that will enrich people's lives.

However, efforts to develop a strong consensus for these types of projects require extensive outreach that prioritizes inclusivity and builds faith to drive a united design forward. Our best practices for accomplishing this include:

1. All community participants should feel welcomed and deeply valued.

Efforts to include every stakeholder should be made early and earnestly by giving everyone a seat at the table, encouraging honest and open dialog, and recognizing that every person communicates their feelings and ideas in different ways. As soon as these relationships commence, trust can begin.

2. Work to discover what project success means to each and every stakeholder.

Surprisingly, harmony can be struck through a shared meaning or idea, even if end users are different. Identifying and developing the heart and soul of a project can powerfully unite all.


Visual boards displayed at a public engagement event to help identify the community's wants and needs for a new recreation center.

3. Practice clear and consistent communication throughout every stage of a community project.

In groups where trust is already fragile, conflicting objectives, missing information, or vague interpretations can often disrupt or in some cases, completely de-rail progress on a community project. Maintaining a commitment to clarity and transparency helps gain consensus and grow confidence in all design decisions.

4. Remain impartial and responsible.

All public engagement should be completely free from alternative agendas; political, personal, or any other motives should never be present. Only candor is acceptable regarding your role and how citizen input will be used in decision-making or implementation. If this rule goes unfollowed, trust may dissolve or completely slip away.

5. Trust requires everyone to work from a mutual understanding.

Faith in the project team and the process will wane if participants feel that information is not equitably shared. All information should be consistently presented through a variety of means. Explanatory boards, video and graphic presentations, and web landing pages are just a few tools that can help communicate essential information to the community at large throughout the duration of a project.


Printed survey of visual preferences given to members of the community during a public presentation of a new community streetscape project.

Trust is an indispensable component of any successful relationship. To develop, it requires commitment to word and deed. This rule is never truer when approaching project development in diverse communities.

Firmly established and carefully nurtured, trust can build a solid consensus for community assets that strongly enrich, connect and enhance a unique medley of lives through one lasting common thread.


Learn more about our Community Practice >

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2021-10-13T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BUZZ: Gleaning Inspiration From Urban Developments in Smaller Cities]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-gleaning-inspiration-from-urban-developments-in-smaller-cities https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/buzz-gleaning-inspiration-from-urban-developments-in-smaller-cities Traveling can often be viewed as an essential component to the development of an architect. The more you travel, the more you are exposed to the many ways in which other cities, towns and rural communities are designed. This exposure can contribute greatly to a designer's collective experience of places and in some cases, even influence their design approach.

Experiencing other communities, exploring their downtowns areas and noticing their special features have made CPL Architect, Jason Streb, AIA, reflect on the current developments happening within his own city, Rochester, NY.

Read about the ways in which Jason is beginning to glean inspiration from urban developments in smaller cities that he's traveled to.

>> Click here to read the full article, featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

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2021-10-01T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Refreshment and Renewal for a Library That Never Sleeps]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-refreshment-and-renewal-for-a-library-that-never-sleeps https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-refreshment-and-renewal-for-a-library-that-never-sleeps Over the years, The Gleason Library has proudly stood as a rich academic resource as well as a buzzing hub for “Yellowjackets” to meet, study, socialize, and even grab a quick meal in between classes.


As the only facility on the University of Rochester’s River Campus offering convenient, 24/7 access, the building stays open to welcome and support a diverse community of more than 3,000 faculty, 12,000 students and 30,000 staff.

Having never closed in over 13 years, this steadfast campus staple had begun to show visible signs of wear and tear. Adding to concerns, facility technology was becoming outdated, and a growing campus population was sparking the need for additional space.

CPL was engaged to develop an effective renewal plan—one that would modernize this beloved campus building and enhance the student experience.


Our design process was driven by intense collaboration with the University’s Dean of Libraries, other library leadership and campus users. This included an engaging project visioning forum, all-inclusive meetings, detailed 3D modeling, and even a furniture fair, all to help develop a dynamic, customized renovation plan.

CPL National Higher Education Practice Leader, Mike Mistriner, AIA, explained, “We understand how critical these communal spaces are to campus life. By working closely with the University, we made sure the school’s mission was fully supported through our designs, which included the promotion of greater inclusivity, self-discovery and a higher-level of learning.”


From the start, the University expressed a desire for their library space to become a magnetic learning destination. In other words, instead of being an archive of books, they wanted to capitalize on opportunities to create openness and transparency to invite student collaboration and encourage creative exploration.


To accomplish this, the team selected modular furniture throughout the library to enable the easy manipulation and transformation of spaces within. Dedicated gathering areas for brain-storm sessions and social interactions were also incorporated as were spaces accommodating specific singular uses, such as dedicated quiet spots and pods for video calls.


Additionally, advanced technology and other support services were included, and a refreshed, modern look-and-feel was established with brighter, more contemporary finishes and furnishings.


A lockstep, team approach delivered the University of Rochester’s hard-working Gleason Library an exciting renewal. For students, “the library that never sleeps” now offers them an enhanced, modernized 24-hour destination, sure to enrich minds, nourish individual growth, and promote round-the-clock pride for years to come.


LEARN MORE ABOUT CPL'S HIGHER EDUCATION PRACTICE >

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2021-09-30T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Strengthens Community Practice with the Addition of Mayowa Alabi]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-strengthens-community-practice-with-the-addition-of-mayowa-alabi https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-strengthens-community-practice-with-the-addition-of-mayowa-alabi RALEIGH, N.C. — CPL, a full-service design firm serving public and private-sector clients for more than 45 years, has hired Mayowa Alabi, AIA, LEED AP as Principal Architect in their growing Raleigh office. Alabi will be responsible for growing CPL’s service offerings and geographic footprint for its Community Practice, while executing CPL’s strategic vision and building on the firm’s existing portfolio.

A long-time contributor to the community landscape in the Southeastern region of the U.S. and beyond, Alabi has experience collaborating with communities and companies to envision and plan for growth, and reimagine spaces to help realize their aspirations.

“Our community commitment is fueled by our dedication to the principle that we can make real and meaningful change in the community with our projects,” said Ken Mayer, FAIA, LEED AP, Vice President at CPL. “Mayowa possesses the ability to connect disparate elements that can yield latent opportunities in a highly creative and resourceful way—all qualities that align with our community practice and philosophies. He will help broaden our ideas of what a community project can be.”

Alabi has years of experience working on recognizable domestic and international projects that put sustainability, inclusivity and equity at the forefront. While with the Freelon Group, he was a key contributor to:

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, N.C. The 46,500 sq. ft., four-story center was reimagined with historically relevant, craft-making techniques to create an enhanced presence and give cultural character to the building’s form.
The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Miss. The 73,000 sq. ft. space seamlessly integrated the architecture of the building with the permanent exhibit housed within it.

At Schema and Alabi Architecture, Alabi continued to collaborate on notable projects including:

— The Kuala Lumpur Boutique—a 16,000 sq. ft. fashion retail and designer incubator space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, focused on facilitating interactions between craftspeople, their projects and patrons.
— The Visitor Center at Cliffs of the Neuse State Park in Seven Springs, N.C. The Gold-level LEED-certified center was built into the sloping terrain to minimize landscape disturbance.

“Civic spaces set a tone for the rest of the community, and represent local history and community values,” said Alabi. “It’s an exciting time at CPL as they evolve their thinking and practice, and I want to be a part of the next chapter in its story.”

Prior to joining CPL, Alabi was a Senior Manager of the Project Management Group at the Research Triangle Institute. He has also held positions at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, The Freelon Group, and Alabi Architecture & Schema, PLLC where he was co-owner and Principal.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-09-17T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Albany]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-albany-1 https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-albany-1 ALBANY, NY CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Kevin McCann and Allison Sawyer to its growing team in Albany, NY.

McCann joins the mechanical engineering team as a Junior Mechanical Engineer, responsible for assisting project teams with the design of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for a variety of building design projects. He will also work closely with senior staff on conceptual designs, equipment selection, HVAC calculations and preparation of design drawings and specifications.

Prior to joining CPL, McCann interned as an Assistant Project Manager with GEM Roofing and Waterproofing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY New Paltz and an associate degree in engineering science from SUNY Orange.

Sawyer joins the architectural team as a Project Architect, primarily responsible for managing the advanced technical design aspects of major projects, including the investigation, evaluation and recommendation of innovative architectural concepts and design solutions.

Sawyer most recently served as a Project Manager at SEI Design Group, and brings with her substantial project experience in both the K-12 education and healthcare market sectors. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture and design from the University of Colorado and a Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Monroe Community College.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-08-05T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Buffalo]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-2 https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-buffalo-2 BUFFALO, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Nuvia Rashid to its growing civil engineering team in Buffalo, NY.

As a member of our civil engineering team, Rashid will work with fellow engineers and other multi-disciplined team members to plan and design solutions for a variety of industrial and commercial development projects. Highly motivated and eager to learn, she will focus heavily on acquiring experience in water treatment and distribution projects as well as wastewater treatment and collection projects.

Prior to joining CPL, Rashid served as an Aseptic Process Mentor at Fresenius Kabi. She has a Master of Science degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. She is also a Certified Engineer in Training (EIT).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-08-02T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Woodstock]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-woodstock https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-woodstock WOODSTOCK, GACPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Scott Hughes, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP to its growing architectural team in Woodstock, GA.

Hughes joins the firm’s architectural team as a Senior Project Manager. He will be responsible for overseeing complex project efforts to ensure effective execution, while also participating in strategic business development efforts for new clients. He will also assemble talented project teams and effectively lead them to provide elegant, sustainable and cost-effective solutions that align with client goals and expectations.

Prior to joining CPL, Hughes served as an Associate Project Manager at Amec Foster Wheeler. He is a Registered Architect in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Additionally, Hughes has an NCARB (National Council of Architect Registration Board) Certificate, is an active member of theAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA), and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-29T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Rochester]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-2 https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-rochester-2 ROCHESTER, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Nickolas Barry and John Girolamo, P.E. to its growing team in Rochester, NY.

Barry joins CPL’s marketing team as an experienced Marketing Coordinator, responsible for supporting proposal and business development efforts for the firm’s Community Practice. With nearly a decade of combined experience as a marketing coordinator and design assistant, he is well equipped to create customized proposals, presentations and other targeted pieces of marketing collateral.

Barry previously served as a Marketing Coordinator at VIP Structures. He has an Associate in Applied Science degree in interior design from Monroe Community College as well as versatile skills in writing, marketing research and graphic design.

Joining the civil engineering team, Girolamo will serve as a Construction Project Manager, primarily responsible for the overall project management of water treatment and distribution projects, wastewater treatment and collection projects, and other civil engineering and infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining CPL, Girolamo served as an Inspection Engineer at Warren Engineering. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and holds professional licensure in Pennsylvania and New York.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-27T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Poughkeepsie]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie-1 https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-poughkeepsie-1 POUGHKEEPSIE, NYCPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Maxwell LaFalce and John Szarowski, P.E., LEED AP to its civil engineering growing team in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Joining the team as a Survey Technician, LaFalce will assist in the planning and design development of a variety of sites, primarily for water treatment and distribution projects, wastewater treatment and collection projects, stormwater systems, and other civil and infrastructure projects.

LaFalce joins the firm after serving as an Assistant Drafter at Modern Cabinet Company. He has an Associate of Applied Science degree in architectural technology and construction technology from Dutchess Community College.

Also joining the civil engineering team is Szarowski, who will serve as Project Manager, primarily responsible for managing a variety of regional water treatment/distribution and wastewater treatment/collection projects. With decades of industry experience, he is positioned to lead teams on a range of projects including providing solutions for sanitary pump stations, assessing site layouts, and producing cost estimates for new stormwater management systems.

Prior to joining CPL, Szarowski served as Vice President at KC Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from SUNY Buffalo and an Associates of Science degree in civil engineering technology from SUNY Erie. Szarowski also holds professional licensure in New York and Pennsylvania as well as professional certifications, including HAZWOPER, 40 hour training, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Professional in StormWater Quality (CPSWQ), and Certified Professional Medical Services Management (CPMSM).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-21T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Member in Pittsburgh]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-pittsburgh-1 https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-member-in-pittsburgh-1 PITTSBURGH, PACPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Leonard van Heest, AIA, NCARB to its growing architectural team in Pittsburgh, PA.

As an Architectural Project Manager, van Heest will coordinate architectural project efforts to ensure effective execution. He brings decades of design and planning experience as well as an impressive design portfolio that spans a large variety of project types, including substantial work that is deeply rooted in all facets of healthcare design. van Heest will leverage this experience to lead project types, develop client relationships and assist in the development of junior staff.

Prior to joining CPL, van Heest served as a Senior Healthcare Architect at DLA + Architecture + Interiors. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy as well as a Project Management Certificate from Pennsylvania State University. Furthermore, van Heest holds professional licensure in several states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

Outside the office, van Heest is affiliated with professional organizations including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Netherland American Chamber of Commerce (NACCSE).


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-16T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Welcomes New Team Members in Raleigh]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-raleigh https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/bulletin-cpl-welcomes-new-team-members-in-raleigh RALEIGH, NC — CPL, a full-service design firm that has served public and private-sector clients for 46 years, is pleased to welcome Christopher Vulcano, RA, LEED AP, Graham Boyd, AIA, LEED AP, and Emma Gallagher to its growing architectural team in Raleigh, NC.

Vulcano joins the architectural team as a Project Architect with more than 10 years of industry experience. In this role, he will be responsible for leading teams throughout the design and contract document phases of projects in the education and science and technology market sectors.

Prior to joining CPL, Vulcano served as a Project Architect at MOA Architecture. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and holds professional licensure in the state of Colorado. Furthermore, as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional, Vulcano possesses a balanced approach to architecture, blending both creativity and practicality to each project with a conscious mind towards sustainability.

In his new role as Project Manager, Boyd will coordinate architectural project efforts to ensure effective execution. He will leverage his 13+ years of industry experience to manage client expectations, project scopes, budgets, schedules and project team assignments, primarily for K-12 education projects.

Boyd joins CPL after most recently serving as Project Manager at SfL+a Architects. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the RPI School of Architecture, holds professional licensure in New York and North Carolina, and is a LEED accredited professional.

Gallagher joins the architectural team as an Architectural Designer, responsible for performing a variety of tasks including the creation of AutoCAD and Revit architectural models for varying project types. She will also be an active participant in conceptual design activities and help prepare architectural drawings for all design phases.

Prior to joining CPL, Gallagher was an Architectural Intern at Arnold Design Studio. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech.


About CPL
Founded in 1975, CPL is a 450-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 19 cities across five states. CPL specializes in the Healthcare, Transportation, Community and Academic sectors – providing architectural, interior design, civil engineering, buildings and structural engineering, planning, landscape architecture and 3D/virtual design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit www.CPLteam.com to learn more.

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2021-07-13T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BLOG: Interior Designers — The Key Ingredient to Promoting Health, Safety and Welfare]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-interior-designers-the-key-ingredient-to-promoting-health-safety-and-welfare https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/blog-interior-designers-the-key-ingredient-to-promoting-health-safety-and-welfare Quality interior design can be defined as the finished product of a properly balanced environment.


It’s the art of unifying the visual aspects of an interior space with its architecture to create a designed solution that is favorable to both the mind and body, and equally supportive of all desired activities.

Professional interior designers can be defined as detail-oriented problem solvers with a mission to advance human health within an interior setting. Qualified by education and enhanced by experience, these skilled creatives are hard-wired to make design decisions that positively impact the health, safety and welfare of all occupants.

What’s the secret to their special sauce?


An interior designer’s technical expertise goes well beyond the aesthetic appearance of a space. To appropriately conceive environments that are secure, comfortable and fruitful, designers spend years developing an acute design knowledge related to people’s health, which includes a deep understanding of things like ergonomics, material selections, building codes, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics—just to name a few.

The intricacies of these elements (and many others) are widely complex and often unimaginable by most people. Thankfully, our designers aren’t “most people.”

Courtney Ter-Velde, NCIDQ, LEED GA | Senior Interior Designer

A tasteful take on ergonomics

“We apply ergonomic principles to every single design because they are the foundation for physical comfort and spatial relationships,” said Ter-Velde. “Ergonomics is all about designing for people and making sure the spaces they occupy are comfortable and highly functional. For example, the way a person’s physical form responds to a chair, and the way that chair fits into its surroundings, these interactions will directly impact how well a person feels and operates in a space. Our priority is to design and specify based on the human body’s ability to move and perform with ease and efficiency.”

Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP, WELL AP | Senior Interior Designer

A strict recipe to select healthy materials

“For our projects, selecting safe and healthy materials is the only acceptable choice we allow ourselves to make; but to make those choices, we have to pay close attention to things that might not be obvious to most people,” explained Owczarczak. “For instance, it’s common practice for us to look into whether materials are free of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), so that we can limit potential off-gassing, which can heavily impact indoor air quality. We see it as our duty to protect people from getting illnesses like sick building syndrome (SBS) and that responsibility starts with making smart material sections.”

Molly Livingstone, CID, LEED AP | Senior Interior Designer

A strong appetite to leverage lighting

“Lighting is one of the most fundamental elements of a space, but it’s also one of the most complicated, simply because of how it can directly impact a person’s emotions,” said Livingstone. “The right light can elevate spirits and inspire productivity. The wrong light can dampen moods and counteract an intended design’s purpose. One of the most important internal design collaborations we have is with our electrical engineers to ensure proper lighting solutions that will yield the best desired result. Whether it’s to reduce eyestrain and fatigue in an office space, promote inspiration and productivity in a classroom, or evoke peace and healing in a hospital setting, the knowledge, coordination, and intentional selections are what ultimately contribute to a comprehensive, strategic interior lighting design.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends about 90 percent of their time indoors. This fact alone underscores the monumental job that interior designers have on their plates.

They are tasked with supporting people’s soundness of body and mind; protecting their physical, mental and emotional well-being; preventing illnesses, injuries or pain; sparking joy and productivity; and promoting comfort and functionality—all through aesthetically pleasing designs.

It’s a complex recipe that simply cannot be cooked properly without them.


LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES >


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2021-09-08T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: CPL Profiles — Interior Designer, Carly Owczarczak]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-profiles-interior-designer-carly-owczarczak https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-cpl-profiles-interior-designer-carly-owczarczak

Passionate about her craft and intentional with her skills, Carly Owczarczak, CID, LEED AP, WELL AP was born to be a designer. Learn more about what motivates Carly to use exceptional strategy and creative insight to design interior spaces that empower people (and sometimes animals) to perform and feel their best.


Explore more stories from our CPL Profiles series >

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2021-09-02T00:00:00-04:00
<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Our Culture is Intentional]]> https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-our-culture-is-intentional https://pop.clarkpattersonlee.org:443/blog/broadcast-our-culture-is-intentional

Every place that you work has a culture, but is it intentional?

Our Chief Culture Officer, Kathy Metcalfe, is shedding light on some of the deliberate decisions we've made to create an inclusive workplace culture—one that's deeply rooted in respect and communication.]]>
2021-08-31T00:00:00-04:00