From the Firms – November 24, 2014

AE Works Ltd. (AE Works) has been certified as a B Corporation, making it the sixth company in Pittsburgh to achieve B Corp status. As a Certified B Corporation, AE Works voluntarily meets a higher standard of transparency, accountability, and performance, harnessing the power of business to solve social and economic problems. AE Works’ full B Impact Report is available to the public here. Astorino has utilized its design-led, integrated design-build delivery method to design and construct the new Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Health + Wellness Pavilion in Wexford, which opened earlier this fall. The 174,000 sf mixed-use medical facility followed an extremely compressed design and construction schedule of just 22 months – an achievement that would have been nearly unattainable...

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From the Firms – September 8, 2014

AE Works has been awarded a contract to provide design and engineering services to modernize the current 60 bed Spinal Cord Injury Patient Care Center at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Supporting delivery of integrated rehabilitation, specialty, surgical and long-term healthcare services, this renovation will modernize patient care areas as well as critical support and common areas. As the VA is a leader in identifying new methods of rehabilitation through research and engineering, the design will integrate flexibility to meet the Center’s needs for many years to come, supporting the VA’s use of evolving healthcare technologies to improve patient care. Designed by Astorino, the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township,...

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From the Firms – June 18, 2014

Michael Cherock, founder and president of AE Works, was selected as both Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) has honored Market Square Place, designed by Strada LLC, with a Charter Award of Merit for the Best Block as part of its 2014 Global Awards Program for Excellence in Urban Design. The results of the project affirm many principles of the CNU, most specifically, by treating the district as a cultural and historical resource, and by creating a livable, walkable, safe, and publicly accessible urban streetscape that reestablishes the continuity of an urban society. WTW Architects has teamed with Neumann Smith Architects of Detroit for...

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From the Firms – March 31, 2014

AE Works was recently awarded a contract to provide design and engineering services to expand existing mental health support operations on the Beckley VA Medical Center campus. Located in southern West Virginia, the Beckley VA Medical Center, a general medical and surgical facility with long-term care services, provides vital healthcare services to more than 38,000 veterans living throughout an 11-county area. Critical to supporting delivery of outpatient mental healthcare services, this new addition will expand the existing facility with 15,000 sf, slated for much needed office and administrative spaces. With services currently partially housed in temporary space, the new building will provide this important program with permanent facilities and a seamless space solution to support the delivery of counseling and...

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From the Firms – January 29, 2014

AE Works has kicked off 2014 with the addition of four new employees. Dennis Kennedy, CPA, joins the AE Works team as the firm’s Chief Financial Officer, working to formulate and execute strategies that build organizational value. With a career spanning a decade in diverse design and construction industry positions, Safiya Hodari, Assoc. AIA, NOMA also joins the AE Works as a member of the architectural team. While completing her Masters of Science in Architecture Engineering Construction Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Hodari supported the AE Works design team as an intern. Now in a full-time design role, she will continue to employ her broad skillset, supporting the team with design and construction documentation expertise. Hodari currently serves as the...

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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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