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Senior Living Architect Eileen Nacht joins Perspectus Architecture

Perspectus Architecture is pleased to announce that Eileen Nacht, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC, one of the region’s leading senior living architects, has joined the full-service architectural firm as Senior Project Director.

Senior Project Director Eileen Nacht

With more than 25 years of experience, Eileen is a seasoned architectural professional who manages concept, design, budgeting and development for multi-million dollar clients. Her portfolio includes complex, multifaceted projects specific to senior living, encompassing the full continuum of care, including master planning for new construction and renovation of existing communities. Eileen has worked with senior living communities in Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida as well as several VA Medical Center Community Living Centers.

Supervising projects from concept design through post occupancy, Eileen is committed to expanding Perspectus’ capabilities and applying an evidence-based process to the design and development of healing environments for senior living and healthcare.

“We continually strive to attract the best talent, and Eileen excels in leading architectural and engineering project teams,” said Jim Wallis, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, Principal of Perspectus Architecture. “We’re thrilled to have her on board to elevate our programming process for all project types, especially those focused on person-centered care.”

A resident of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Eileen earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Cincinnati and is a registered architect in the State of Ohio. A member of AIA, Eileen is a LEED Accredited Professional and holds Evidence Based Design Accreditation Certification (EDAC).

Chambers, Murphy & Burge merges with Perspectus Architecture

December 19, 2016; Cleveland, OhioPerspectus Architecture announced today that Akron-based Chambers, Murphy & Burge Historical Architecture, an AIA Gold Medal Firm, has merged with the Cleveland-based architectural firm.cmb-pa-logo

With 27 registered architects, the combined practice is now one of the largest architectural firms in Ohio. The firms’ complementary strengths – Perspectus in Architectural Design and Chambers, Murphy & Burge in Historical Architecture – are known for service and talent.

Bill Ayars, AIA, ACHA, Managing Principal of Perspectus Architecture, said, “Perspectus has a strong commitment to preserve the past and build for the future, and we’re thrilled to add historical architecture, preservation and adaptive reuse to our capabilities. Chambers, Murphy & Burge is one of the most highly regarded firms in their field, and we’ve enjoyed a long-term mutual respect.”

Perspectus Managing Principals Bill Ayars and Larry Fischer (top) with Chambers, Murphy & Burge Owners Elizabeth Murphy and Lauren Burge

Managing Principals Bill Ayars & Larry Fischer with Chambers, Murphy & Burge Owners Elizabeth Murphy & Lauren Burge

Nationally-recognized for its expertise and hands-on approach to restoration of older and historic structures, Chambers, Murphy & Burge has provided Architectural Preservation Services for more than 50 years. Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, an AIA Ohio Gold Medal Architect, and Lauren Pinney Burge, AIA have managed the firm since 1993, upholding the high standards of the founders, the late Henry and Lorraine Chambers. The firm continues to practice from its downtown Akron office and is now a studio within Perspectus Architecture’s national practice.

“We’re excited and proud to join the Perspectus team,” said Ms. Murphy. “This growth opportunity will add depth and keep us ahead of the curve, and our clients will benefit from more extensive technical capabilities and resources.”

The Chambers, Murphy & Burge team provides consultation to property owners and developers as well as other architects on detailed preservation and rehabilitation design and specifications for materials and methods. CMB’s architects and conservation specialists are familiar with 18th, 19th and 20th century buildings and provide specialized specifications to address uncommon situations.

Elizabeth added, “If you look at the center cores of Cleveland and Akron, there are lots of historical buildings, and efforts are increasingly complicated. The availability of tax credits has augmented interest in the rehabilitation of historic structures, and Chambers, Murphy & Burge is proud to be one of the leading firms in Ohio working with the tax credits. Our profession is advancing, and the Perspectus team will enhance our historical architecture work and expand our client base.”

Currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, Perspectus has an innovative approach to design and project leadership. The firm works nationally for prominent healthcare, senior living, government, academic, and retail clients. Beyond design excellence, Perspectus has been recognized as a six-time recipient of the Weatherhead 100 award honoring the accomplishments of Northeast Ohio’s fastest-growing companies.

Perspectus has been a prominent resident of Shaker Square for 15 years and recently committed to an extended lease with the Coral Company, the square’s owner, for another decade. The location has been excellent as a Historic Landmark, known from New York to Chicago. Perspectus has transformed the entire second floor into a design and innovation center, functioning as a high tech company while maintaining the historical character of the interiors.

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Jennifer Gibson honored with IIDA Service Award

Jennifer GibsonAt the 2015 Design Awards held on October 30th at Cleveland’s Near West Theatre, the Cleveland Akron City Center of the International Interior Design Association presented a 2015 IIDA Service Award (Emerging Professional category) to Perspectus Architecture interior designer Jennifer Gibson, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C.

Jennifer was honored for achievement of excellence in the interior design community. IIDA Cleveland Akron recognizes the next generation of designers and professional leaders as they contribute, develop and refine their skills in the workplace.

Jennifer joined Perspectus Architecture in 2012 to head up the firm’s in-house interior design practice. She has collaborated with our architects on various project types including healthcare, senior living, higher education, government and hospitality.

Jennifer served as interior design lead on a project which was awarded with a 2014 Cleveland IIDA Design Award in the healthcare category — the Centers for Dialysis Care East Facility Lobby Renovation. The CDC East project is one of numerous projects as part of CDC’s rebranding program.

A large group of co-workers were in attendance at the Design Awards to wish her well. Congratulations to Jennifer on this deserved honor!

Better Buildings Challenge visits Cleveland Clinic’s Tomsich Pathology Laboratories building

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge visited Cleveland Clinic in March to tour its showcase project — the Tomsich Pathology Laboratories building — to see how Cleveland Clinic is progressing on its commitment to reduce energy use by 20% in all of its properties by 2020.
The atrium of the building on the Clinic’s main campus exemplifies openness. The state-of-the-art laboratories convey the same “open office” atmosphere and include natural light as well as ultra-efficient LED lighting.

The Cleveland visit helped Better Buildings Challenge’s effort to understand the building’s high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling. Click here to see how much Cleveland Clinic has reduced energy since 2010.

The news was also featured in a story in The Plain Dealer by John Funk: “Saving money on energy, 20 percent by 2020, means having more for everything else.”

Perspectus Architecture was proud to serve as Architect of Record for the building, partnering with Karpinski Engineering for MEP / IT / Security / Fire Safety. The building has achieved LEED Gold Certfication by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Natalie Shellhorn receives Honorable Mention Award at Cleveland AIA/IIDA Design Awards

Village Walk Map

Village Walk Map

As part of the 2014 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards, Natalie Shellhorn, an architectural intern with Perspectus Architecture, received the Honorable Mention Award for her studio project at Kent State University.

The project was focused on the village of Garrettsville, Ohio, which recently suffered a fire in its small village square.

With a concern for such communities relying too heavily on automobile use and stretching towards more suburban development patterns, this proposal was focused on improving small towns, with the desire to revitalize and reconnect the community with a new layer of pedestrian circulation.

Infographic Map

Infographic Map

Along with a “village walk,” the project includes a community center pavilion, providing residents with a place for special events and social gatherings.

Furthermore, eight temporary-use structures are scattered throughout the town along the path, providing flexible spaces for interaction and activity. Through their formal qualities, these structures help to capture images of the village.

Congratulations to Natalie for her fine work!

Perspectus earns local AIA/IIDA Design Awards

Cleveland-based Perspectus Architecture brought home two awards at the 2014 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards held in late-November.

Perspectus earned an AIA Merit Award for Cleveland Clinic’s Robert J. Tomsich Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute (New Laboratory Building). Built in 2010 on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, the New Laboratory Building design expanded the Clinic’s market presence nationally and internationally by creating a transparent, vibrant and lean efficient work environment for the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Institute.

The new three-story, 138,000-square-foot building was designed from the lab bench outward. The primary objective was to design a flexible laboratory space to accommodate future growth and technology advancements. The building addressed several Urban Design and Campus Planning issues as it was designed to fit into the Ohio Department of Transportation’s proposed Opportunity Corridor. Sustainable design principles were incorporated to achieve USGBC requirements for energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact. A notable feature is defined by achieving the LEED Gold benchmark which distinguishes this project as a precedent in Clinical Laboratory design.

In the IIDA Healthcare category, Perspectus won the award for the 2014 renovation of the lobby of the Centers for Dialysis Care Cleveland East Facility.

Comments by the IIDA Design Awards Jury, led by Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, IIDA, EDAC, Principal and Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare Interior Architecture, HKS, Inc., included: “Great attention to detail and purposeful use of materiality were invested into this small renovation. The space has an open layout, evokes a welcoming and positive sense of arrival, and the circulation is clear and effective. A curved form connects the main entrance vestibule and is bisected with a wood perforated canopy; representing dissolution, the basic principal of dialysis. The canopy creates a focal point for the entire space wrapping around the reception and defining the alcove containing informational literature. The lovely nature wall graphic not only leads patients forward to the treatment areas but contributes to lowering their anxiety level. The materiality and colors are neutral with the exception of the reception area where an intense blue intuitively tells you where to go as you enter the space.”

In addition to the two design awards, Natalie Shellhorn, an architectural intern with Perspectus Architecture, received the Honorable Mention Award for her studio project at Kent State University. The project was focused on the village of Garrettsville, Ohio, which recently suffered a fire in its small village square. With a concern for such communities relying too heavily on automobile use and stretching towards more suburban development patterns, this proposal was focused on improving small towns, with the desire to revitalize and reconnect the community with a new layer of pedestrian circulation. Along with a “village walk,” the project includes a community center pavilion, providing residents with a place for special events and social gatherings.

Modern Design Takes Shape in an Unexpected Place: The New Nantucket

Exterior View of the Cosgrove ResidencePerspectus principal Alan Ambuske, AIA was one of the invited participants featured in a special exhibition in July 2014 called The New Nantucket hosted at Audrey Sterk Design in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Alan’s featured project, the Cosgrove Residence, is a private residence on the island designed by his former firm, HFP/Ambuske Architects, Inc., as Architect of Record, together with Bill Blunden, FAIA, as Design Architect and London-based Constanze Von Unruh as Interior Designer. Other featured participants represented architectural firms based in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C.

Bill Blunden, Alan Ambuske and Constanze Von Unruh  enjoy the exhibition's opening event.

Bill Blunden, Alan Ambuske and Constanze Von Unruh enjoy the exhibition’s opening event.

Leading architecture critic Paul Goldberger, Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair, delivered introductory remarks followed by a panel discussion.

Alan Ambuske and Dr. Toby Cosgrove listen to Paul Goldberger's remarks.

Alan Ambuske and Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove listen to Paul Goldberger’s remarks.

This comprehensive exhibition, curated by Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman of workshop/apd, celebrated modern design and the island’s culture as an unexpected setting for modernist form. Sponsored by N Magazine and Waterworks, the exhibition served as a springboard for meaningful dialog and discussion about innovative design on the island.New_Nantucket (195 of 118)

OSU breaks ground for Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion

Vet Med groundbreaking 9-5-14On September 5, Perspectus took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. The firm was represented by Managing Principal Larry Fischer, AIA, ACHA and Scott Sturm, Associate AIA, LEED AP. Mike Lipowski, AIA, LEED AP serves as Project Manager.

The formal program included remarks from officials including The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake and Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lonnie King.

Perspectus is Architect of Record for the Enhancement and Expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center, working in partnership with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects as Design Architect.
DSC_1704Construction began in August 2014 for Phase One which includes a newly-renovated Intensive Care Unit for the Hospital for Companion Animals and a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching.

Dr. Rustin Moore, the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Chair of equine medicine, associate executive dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and executive director of the VMC, said, “We look forward to having a facility that reflects the excellence of our clinical and academic programs, and the expert compassionate care that we provide to our patients and clients.”

The project calls for construction and renovation of a total of 45,000 square feet of space at the hospital and will include new state-of-the-art clinical, surgery and teaching spaces; improvements to patient rooms, animal holding and admission and discharge areas.

CD-C1-Final-LQSupporting long-term goals identified in the framework plan, this project involves the adaptive reuse of a 1960s building. By adding a new entrance, the improvements will refigure and strengthen the connection to the campus directly around the building and as a whole. This will go far to the overall development of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s campus by setting up new relationships to the adjacent quad spaces and new interior public spaces.

The Medical Center continues to raise money for future phases of the project, which are vitally important to patient care, teaching and clinical discovery missions.

Amie Rini, AIA and Erin Vollmer, IIDA, NCIDQ enhance Perspectus’ interior architecture studio

Perspectus Architecture has appointed Amie B. Rini, AIA as Senior Project Director and Erin E. Vollmer, IIDA, NCIDQ as Interior Designer.

“We’re thrilled that Amie and Erin have brought their talents to Perspectus,” said managing principal Larry Fischer, AIA, ACHA. “This team has successfully worked together on a wide range of prior projects, bringing a high quality of work and client service, and they enhance and expand our firm’s architectural and interior design services.”

Erin Vollmer and Amie Rini

Erin Vollmer and Amie Rini

Amie Rini, AIA is a seasoned architect with a successful track record in a multitude of market sectors including higher education, healthcare, retail, corporate and government. In addition to her architectural design expertise, Amie’s team leadership, client service reputation and excellent communication skills are invaluable to her clients and earn the respect of her team members. A Registered Architect since 1994, Amie brings a wealth of knowledge and an energizing vision to the Perspectus team. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Kent State University.

Erin Vollmer, IIDA, NCIDQ is a senior level interior designer with the proven ability to translate the client’s vision into the built environment by designing solutions that respond to the unique needs of each project. Erin’s ability to lead the development of design solutions, combined with experience in programming and managing large scale furniture packages for private and public clients have earned her multiple AIA design awards. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Minor in Studio Art at Kent State University.

Amie and Erin work closely with Jennifer Gibson, IIDA, NCIDQ LEED AP ID+C to further strengthen the interior architecture studio at Perspectus. “Perspectus has made a commitment to integrating interior design and architectural studios as one to further enhance our designs and offer comprehensive solutions to our clients,” added Gibson. “Having Amie and Erin on board supports our mission, and we are excited to be working with such talented and well-respected professionals in the industry.”