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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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.

Read More

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...

Read More