From the Firms – November 26, 2013

AE Works has been awarded a contract to provide design and engineering services to renovate and expand the existing Spinal Cord Injury & Disorders Center of Excellence (SCI&D COE) at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Providing critical care for veterans with spinal cord injuries, the Richmond facility is one of the largest of the 25 spinal cord injury centers in the VA Medical Center System. The project will renovate targeted areas of the existing facility and also provide a new 20,000 sf addition to optimize delivery of these specialized clinical services. Additionally, AE Works has hired Diane Glarrow, AIA as a senior project manager in the firm’s Pittsburgh office. Glarrow brings over three decades of...

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From the Firms – September 10, 2013

Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C of Astorino had an article, “The Next Step: BIM’s Role Expands as Facility Managers Take Ownership,” published in the August issue of Health Facilities Management magazine. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has been selected as the architect for the new Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science building at the Florida State University.  Bringing together research studies in Meteorology, Oceanography, and GeoPhysics, this new 180,000 sf facility includes the prestigious Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility, a one-of-a-kind facility with over 26,000 meters of Antarctic core samples.  The new building will serve as an educational and research model for other Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related projects at FSU. Responding to primary pedestrian and vehicular circulation, the...

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From the Firms – June 28, 2013

Due to a rapidly expanding firm size, AE Works has relocated to East Liberty, hoping to establish the firm’s roots and ties with the local community. AE Works is also serving as engineer in infrastructure upgrades at all six State Veterans’ Homes in Pennsylvania, which is the final step toward achieving a uniform, all-inclusive security and elopement plan across the State Veterans’ Home System. Astorino has been named as one of the nation’s leading architectural and engineering firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR). The publication ranked Astorino at 426 among the country’s Top 500 design firms for 2012. Chosen from more than 1,000 firms that submitted data for the survey, the Top 500 companies are ranked according to revenue for design...

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From the Firms – April 26, 2013

Architectural and engineering firm AE Works has acquired the local engineering firm Lamm Engineering – Emergent Regenerative Design. Lamm Engineering founder, Bernard Lamm will join the AE Works as Director of Design. The firm has also added several new members to their team – Michael Federici, LEED AP joins the firm as a project manager; Christopher Champagne joins AE Works as a mechanical engineer; and Damon Weiss, a 15-year industry veteran and registered civil engineer, bringing a broad range of civil engineering experience, including site design, water systems, transportation solutions and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Allen & Shariff Corporation has recently promoted Anthony Molinaro, Jr., LEED GA to President of Engineering; David Price to Senior Vice President; Donald Beyer to...

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From the Firms – February 28, 2013

After over two years of design and construction, a new clinic on the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center campus in Altoona, PA is in full operation. Designed and engineered by A|E Works, the new clinic provides rehabilitation therapy and care to Veterans. The team’s design for the new addition relocates and expands physical medicine rehabilitation services and the prosthetic department. One of the project’s main goals was also to make the clinic more accessible. James T. Marsili joined Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC as a Senior Plumbing Designer. Heather Stapel, P.E., CEM, LEED AP BD+C has been hired as a Mechanical Engineer. The Construction Advancement Program of Western Pennsylvania (CAP) has named Thomas A. Landau Chairman of CAP. Landau...

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From the Firms – November 29, 2012

Wondering where the news of the local architecture firms is? What’s on the boards? Who has new hires? We’re wondering too! Columns needs to hear from you! Without your news and press releases, we can’t share your successes. Help us get the word out, send us your latest! Email those press releases and updates to bspevack@aiapgh.org and remember to look for a new From the Firms every month.

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From the Firms – October 31, 2012

Brian Skripac, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BC+C, Director of Digital Practice at Astorino, delivered a presentation entitled “Social Media in Architecture” at the 2012 Annual TAP Conference – the meeting of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community – that explored social media as a transformative method of communication all too often dismissed by architects.  Skripac holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University, and currently serves as a Leadership Team member for the AIA TAP Knowledge Community at the national level. Mascaro Construction Company, LP is the recipient of the 2012 American Business Ethics Award (ABEA) in the midsized company category. This national award from the Foundation for Financial Service Providers (FSP) recognizes companies...

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From the Firms – September 30, 2012

AE Works was recently recognized as one of the 2012 Pittsburgh 100. The Pittsburgh 100 ranks the fastest-growing for-profit companies in western Pennsylvania. A newcomer to this list, AE Works is ranked as the sixth fastest growing company. Adding to this distinction, the firm is also listed as the number one fastest growing company in their market segment, which consists of the construction, real estate, and development industry. This recognition comes on the heels of the firm’s fifth year in business and recent headquarters relocation. The new St. Thomas A’ Becket Church, designed by Astorino, has been dedicated. The $7.3 million project includes a 750-seat worship space, parish offices, and a 100-seat day chapel. Shell space is provided on the...

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From the Firms – August 31, 2012

Astorino has added three more designs to its list of LEED® certified projects, bringing the firm’s number of LEED certified projects up to 21 (2 Platinum, 7 Gold, 10 Silver, and 2 Certified), totaling over 5 million sf and $1.65 billion in construction cost. Paramount Senior Living at Peters Township was awarded LEED Silver certification by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The three-story personal care home includes 96 living units, central and private dining rooms, a commercial kitchen, administrative offices, activity rooms, a dementia care unit and nurses’ stations.The project attained all pre-requisites and 55 points under the LEED-NC v2009 Rating System. The Palm Beach State College Technical Education Center in Belle Glade, FL has achieved a LEED Platinum...

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From the Firms – July 31, 2012

Carl Bolton, AIA has announced the creation of his new architectural practice, Carlton Bolton Design LLC.  The firm will focus on light commercial, retail, interiors, and residential projects, as well as graphic design services. The office of Fernsler Architecture, LLC is pleased to announce its expansion with the addition of Nate Hutchinson as partner and director of design having begun July 1st of this year. The firm is now known as Fernsler Hutchinson Architecture, LLC.  Nathan Hutchinson has over 18 years of experience as a design architect and project manager.  He has expertise in renovations and new construction of office buildings, healthcare facilities, educational, industrial, single family, and multi-family residential and retail projects. Hutchinson grew up in the State College...

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