Clark Patterson Lee | Blog Clark Patterson Lee Blog en Copyright 2018 2018-02-19T07:11:06-05:00 <![CDATA[BUZZ: Rochester Roots a Key to CPL's Success and Expansion]]> To showcase the variety of industry and promise of potential in Rochester, NY, the Greater Rochester Enterprise is featuring three transformative CPL projects: the Genesee County Economic Development Center's STAMP project near Batavia, NY; the Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care addition for the Rochester Regional Health System; and the Monroe County Seneca Park Zoo expansion.

Click here to read the full article.

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL's Jason Streb, AIA Elected 2018 Vice President of AIA Rochester]]> Architect, Jason Streb, AIA, was elected the 2018 Vice President of AIA Rochester. Since joining the organization in 2010, Jason has been an involved member of AIA Rochester, frequently participating in events and serving as Education Director from 2013-2015. After securing his architecture licensure fall of 2017, Jason wanted to continue his involvement, with his passion for architecture and the Rochester community motivating him.

Jason will serve as Vice President of AIA Rochester in 2019, moving to President in 2019.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BLOG: STAMP Project - Our Progress on the 1,260-Acre Mini-City]]> Two men stood in the middle of a field in the rural town of Alabama, NY, and decided to build a technology park.

The pair were Steven G. Hyde, President and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL) Senior Vice President, Richard B. Henry, III, P.E.

“I think you’re crazy, but I’m willing to ride along,” Henry told Hyde.

Originally nicknamed Megasite, the 1260-acre block of land took the name STAMP, Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park. Its purpose was to be a shovel-ready industrial park targeting high-tech manufacturing, such as semi-conductor computer chip, photovoltaic (PV), and flat panel display manufacturing.

“We hope to provide long-term advanced technological employment for younger generations,” said Henry.

Before choosing the location in Genesee County, coined the “Metro Corridor” for connecting Buffalo and Rochester, Henry, Hyde, and others looked at several sites, considering proximity to major electric, natural gas access, and connections to fresh and waste water. They also carefully considered the fertility of the land, cautiously avoiding any abundant farm land. Access to Hydropower from Niagara Falls majorly impacted the decision, since the STAMP tenants could potentially utilize significant amounts of power for manufacturing.

Because of the sheer size of the project and its nearly-constant deadlines, CPL implemented three levels of project management. Henry manages from a big-picture standpoint, with Tom Carpenter, P.E. serving as the Principal for the project, and Andrew Kosa, P.E. managing infrastructure and on-site logistics.

CPL’s approach was based on our understanding of how economic development business works and how it translates to new opportunities. While working closely with the GCEDC, CPL helped campaign for the project, obtaining funding every few years for the next phase of the project. The first of these was a feasibility grant of $33 Million, which allowed the team to begin preliminary design, an electrical feasibility study, water and sewer improvements, and the construction of main road, among others.

CPL engineers Jason Foote, P.E. and Jeremy Delyser, P.E. coordinated offsite water and sewer distribution, transmitting water 5 and 12 miles, respectively. Zach Anderson assisted with coordination of the main access road, which was completed in 2017.

“It’s neat to see the project come from a concept and a farm field and turn into an industrial park,” said Anderson. “Seeing the road transform from plans on paper to asphalt in person has been rewarding.”

In addition to feasibility studies, an environmental impact review has been completed. This several-step process uses archaeological records, grading, and assessment procedures to study and minimize any potential impact on the environment, and to rule out any sacred or historical ground. The team has also completed a preliminary geotechnical evaluation, which included seismic testing and borings.

Work is set to continue in phases: secure an anchor tenant, finish the first wave on infrastructure, and then plan for major infrastructure. The next phase depends heavily on the anchor tenant’s needs; CPL will customize the site in order to best fit the tenant.

“Securing a main tenant will give us incredible validation of the years of hard work we’ve put in,” said Carpenter.

Kosa said he hopes future tenants will choose the STAMP site not only for its opportunity, but for the experience they have working with CPL. “Our goal is to be responsive and easy to work with, so companies come to us with the confidence that we can get the job done right,” he said.

CPL began advertising for tenants in 2015, selling the promise of a shovel-ready site and the ability to transform the land into a mini-city. The company is currently in conversations with potential clients, producing site plans and modifications to illustrate the potential of the flat, open land and minimal environmental inhibitors.

STAMP’s first tenant is shaping up to be 1366 Technologies, a Massachusetts-based solar energy cell manufacturing company. In 2015, 1366 Technologies announced that they plan to build the first solar wafer manufacturing facility at the STAMP site, investing more than $720 million and creating 1000 new jobs. Although they have not yet broken ground for the project, planning and funding efforts are underway.

“We have a saying we like to stick to: It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Carpenter. “It’s exciting work for us, so we don’t mind putting in the nights and weekends to make sure this project is a success,” he said.

Aside from the main companies, support businesses are anticipated to fill in around the site, including potential coffee shops and hotels to service the boom in employees. Additionally, residential development is expected to grow to accommodate people moving to the area.

“This project transforms an otherwise underutilized space into one that can create upward of 9,000 jobs,” said Kosa. “It’s a strategic move that will grow the region.”

CPL continues to provide plans and information to potential tenants, and looks forward to securing the future of the megasite.

“It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked on,” said Henry.

“I like to think we’re not just engineers,” said Carpenter. “We’re economic developers. We’re helping to shape a successful, beneficial future for everyone involved.

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: A Tour of the Orange County Government Center]]>

The Orange County Government Center campus (Goshen, NY), originally designed by well-known brutalist architect Paul Rudolph, has undergone a remarkable transformation, restoration and preservation effort. It opens for business in the first quarter of 2018 since closing in 2011 as a result of major damage from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. The buildings will now better serve county staff and visitors alike with improved efficiency, lighting, HVAC / MEP systems and ADA compliancy, among many other upgrades.

Drone footage was shot by CPL Structural Engineer, John Zito.

Contact CPL for more information regarding the design:

<![CDATA[BLOG: How to Pass Your Next K-12 Referendum]]> Today’s educational landscape looks nothing like it did 50, 25 or even 10 years ago. Whether it’s because of advancements in technology, improved sustainable design goals, new pedagogies to accommodate various learning styles, or all of the above, it is easy to recognize that education is ever-changing. However, as 21st century learning continues to evolve, we need our school buildings to do the same.

Many of today’s K-12 schools are in need of immediate and costly upgrades. And since these types of projects are funded by taxpayers, they all require a referendum vote to proceed.

So how do school districts successfully navigate the referendum process? How do they communicate with the public to encourage the ‘Yes’ vote? In short, while schools may be experts at teaching, many districts face a steep learning curve when it comes to informing and encouraging taxpayers to support K-12 referendums.

Vice President and K-12 Principal, Brian Trott, AIA, has been helping districts work through this very issue for more than 20 years.

“In order for a referendum to pass, the voter base must understand the value of the proposed project,” Trott said. “Voters want to know how the project will impact their children specifically, which is why the referendum should address improvements from as many facets as possible. This includes programs like athletics, music, science, and ideally a scope for elementary, middle and high school.”

Trott emphasized that the top three easiest improvements for tax payers to approve include safety, security and maintenance.

“Especially in today’s political climate, parents need to hear their children are safe at school. Few people will ever vote against health and safety,” he said.

In addition to understanding the value of proposed projects, voters also want to know about important variables such as possible tax increases, feasibility and other long-range implications.

“In order for people to be willing to pledge additional tax dollars toward a project, they need to feel like they’re getting the best ‘bang’ for their buck,” said K-12 Principal, Chris Colby, RA, LEED AP. “As ambassadors for the district, we put a lot of effort into helping taxpayers feel good about investing in the future of their community.”

Architect, Jason Benfante, AIA, added that referendums should outline the basics of the project with specific goals in mind, however, the strategy and cost planning to achieve those goals should be flexible.

“We should be transparent in presenting that we are doing $1 Million worth of improvements, but not necessarily focus on the number of windows we can replace,” he said, adding that specific costs throughout the project can be overwhelming to voters, clouding their feeling of the overall project.

“Consistency is also a priority,” said Trott. “The message needs to be consistent throughout the campaign, and to all audiences.”

While the superintendent, school board, and teachers should really be the face of the campaign, CPL works diligently in the background to help convey that consistent, educated message. The K-12 project teams utilize in-house marketing capabilities to design informative materials such as brochures, flyers, post cards, and even branded Capital Bond logos and/or slogans.

To encourage people to go out and vote, it is important to make the process easy and convenient for community members.

“We typically schedule the vote around a major school function that parents are already attending, like a rival ball game or a chorus concert,” said Colby. “Not only do these functions have high attendance, but they also help voters feel a sense of pride about the schools their children attend.”

What’s the main difference between CPL’s approach compared to others?

“Our approach is very genuine,” said Benfante. “Throughout the referendum process, we are fully invested and readily accessible to our clients. We are on their team, because we truly want what’s best for their community.”

<![CDATA[BLOG: Cheryl Graeub Has the Interior Design Gene]]> Why did you choose your career?

For many, that can be a tough question to answer. But for Clark Patterson Lee’s (CPL), Cheryl Graeub, IIDA, LEED AP, it is a question she can probably answer in her sleep.

An accomplished interior designer in CPL’s newest office branch in Greensboro, NC, Cheryl was always hardwired to pursue a career in the A/E industry.

“My grandfather was an architect, my grandmother taught interior design, and my parents sold furniture,” Cheryl explained. “You could say the design gene was in my DNA.”

Cheryl immersed herself in the world of design by earning her B.S. degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Soon after, she started working for MMPA (Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates), now CPL, and is currently an Associate and discipline leader for the firm’s higher education design practice.

“We never do the same thing twice,” Cheryl commented on her appreciation for higher education design. “From dorm rooms to student centers to athletic buildings to bookstores and theater spaces, a university or college campus has endless opportunities for imaginative and inspiring interiors.”

With more than 10 years of experience, Cheryl’s design portfolio includes interior renovations for the Bridgewater Kline Campus Center and Heritage Hall, Guilford College’s North Apartments and Founders Hall, as well as campus buildings at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

As a designer, she is known to embrace all scales of interior design, from the seamless integration of technology down to the most specific details of interior architecture including furnishings, fixtures and next level graphics. In everything Cheryl does, her goal is to balance beauty and function while keeping the client’s vision top of mind.

When asked to reflect on important lessons learned thus far in her career, she says it all boils down to good communication. “Whether it’s between us and the client or between our entire project team, good communication is without question the key to any project’s success.”

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Athenex Signs General Contractor]]> Athenex Inc. hired a German firm to oversee construction of its larges pharmaceutical plant in Dunkirk. CPL will be the primary site engineer/designer for the project. Click here to read the full article written by Dan Miner and featured in Buffalo Business First.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year]]> Always great to have a project featured in Architectural Digest. The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY is spotlighted as one of most noteworthy museums openings this coming year! Click here to check it out!

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: CPL Celebrates the Promotion of Eric Wies, P.E. to Prinicpal]]> Contact: Vince Press, Director of Communications
Clark Patterson Lee

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Rochester, NY - CPL is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Wies, P.E. to Principal. He previously served as an Associate Principal based out of CPL’s Rochester, NY office. Eric has been an environmental / civil engineer with CPL since 2000 when he joined the firm as his first job fresh out of the University of Central Florida.

Originally from Bergen, NY, Eric still resides there and works with a number of longtime clients in Genesee County. The very first project he worked on was with City of Batavia Water Treatment Plant upgrades, as part of the Genesee County Water Supply - a client that CPL maintains to this day. Eric enjoys working with municipalities and community leadership on various water resources design solutions across New York State. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Bergen Fire Department and chairs the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. When not hard at work at CPL (which isn’t very often), Eric can be found on a number of fairways and greens or working on home renovations.

Eric embodies why CPL has had great success serving municipal clients. He truly immerses himself in his work and the communities in which we do business. He is a tremendous asset as an designer, project manager and team member – and we congratulate him on a well-deserved promotion,” commented Rick Henry, Senior Vice President with CPL.

About CPL

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 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 to learn more.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: CPL Rising on RBJ's Top Engineering Firms List]]> CPL ranked No. 5 on the Rochester Business Journal's (RBJ) Top Engineering Firms List! Click here to view the full list.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: RRH Creating New Health Center on East Ridge]]> Rochester Regional Health (RRH), one of the leading healthcare systems in the Greater Rochester and Finger Lakes regions, is creating new health center in the Ridge Goodman Plaza on East Ridge Road. Click here to read the full story featured in the Rochester Business Journal (RBJ).

<![CDATA[BROADCAST: Celebrating Friendships, Family and Community]]> Join us in celebrating friendships, family and community this holiday season.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Salvatore Gift Leads to More Naming Rights at ECMC ]]> Visitors to the expanded emergency department at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) will enter through the Russell J. Salvatore Atrium, in a new entrance to the hospital. On Monday, ECMC released renderings for the new entrance, named in honor of Salvatore’s $1 million Valentine's Day gift to the hospital.

Read the full story written by Tracey Drury and featured in Buffalo Business First.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Unite North Main Street Revitalization Project Update]]> One of three kick-off projects for the Unite North Main Street Revitalization project is complete. Click here to ready the full story featured in The Post Journal.

<![CDATA[BLOG: Celebrating Team Member Promotions]]> At CPL, our team members are our greatest asset. As 2017 comes to an end, we'd like to extend heartfelt congratulations to the following members of our team who have, through hard work and incredible talent, gained recent promotions!

  • Eric Wies, Principal
  • Ron Rink, Principal Associate
  • Andrew Kosa, Principal Associate
  • Steve Tanner, Principal Associate
  • Bob Nordin, Senior Associate
  • Jason Streb, Associate
  • Molly Livingstone, Associate
  • Matt Dickison, Associate
  • Greg Neddo, Associate

<![CDATA[BLOG: Tour the Future CPL Woodstock Office Currently Under Construction]]> Teaming with CPL Creative Labs, the Woodstock office offers you a first glimpse at our new home. Click here to tour the future new space.

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

The 6 story, 312,000 s.f. addition and renovation on the Rochester General Hospital campus marks a major milestone of growth and expansion for one of the region’s largest health systems. Once completed, the new patient bed tower will offer a state-of-the-art perioperative platform with 20 operation rooms, 26 post-anesthesia beds and 54 prep/recovery beds.There will also be 108 private acuity-adaptable patient rooms, a special care nursery featuring 14 private rooms for babies, 8 new labor and delivery rooms and 30 private post-partum beds for new mothers, and other support services.

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

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

On May 10th, 2017, Rochester Regional Health (RRH) broke ground on the Center – complete with an inspiring program and hundreds of attendees. CPL CEO, Todd Liebert, participated in the shovel ceremony, which included dozens of hospital executives, donors and partners.

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

<![CDATA[BULLETIN: Get to Know CPL's Chief Culture Officer]]> Check out CPL's Top Ten list of team building activities.

Contact: Michelle Draghi, Communications Coordinator
Clark Patterson Lee

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

In her new role as CCO, Metcalfe continues to lead the HR team by being the ultimate champion for workplace engagement and ensuring the company's culture is in alignment with our core values: Integrity – inspiration – ingenuity – collaboration – family – fun. She also facilitates the firm's engagement with Companies Are People Too (CAP2), a diagnostic assessment based on the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) that measures the dynamic interaction of an organization's personality and provides a platform for intentional culture.

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

One of Metcalfe’s biggest strengths is her ability to focus on what makes CPL fundamentally different. "It's our people," she said. "Our team members are our number one asset, which makes focusing on ways to bring more joy into their workplace a huge priority. At the end of the day, an intentional culture will help us retain talent."

This past year, there was a noticeable push towards a high impact learning culture; company wellness programs; and fun office outings, all of which support CPL’s mission to be “simply irresistible.” For example, CPL team members in the Carolinas took some time to recharge and spend time with colleagues outside the office at Topgolf in Charlotte, NC.

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

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

About Clark Patterson Lee

Founded in 1975, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) is a 330-person multi-disciplined architecture, engineering and planning firm offering inspiring design services and enriching communities in 13 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 design services to a host of public and private clients. Visit to learn more.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Clark Patterson Lee - Deeply Rooted in Genesee County]]> CPL is proud to support the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce and was happy to be featured in the Genesee County Chamber Connection. Read the full story here.

<![CDATA[BUZZ: Top 100 - Clark Patterson Lee]]> CEO, Todd Liebert, sat down with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce’s Robert Duffy to talk business and what it means to be a Top 100 company. Click here to see the full interview.