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Perspectus Architecture Welcomes Brian Broadus to the Team

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July 2018 – Perspectus Architecture is proud to welcome Brian Broadus, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to our team.

Broadus brings over 30 years of experience in historic architecture and a reputation of strong project management and design skills. His skills and experience add great value to our firm as we continue to grow our historic and education studios. In his new role at Perspectus, Broadus will design and manage restoration and adaptive reuse projects of all building types including higher education projects.

Throughout his career, Broadus has worked on multiple award-winning projects including the relocation and restoration of the 1858 Student Infirmary at the University of Virginia, the restoration of the 1844 Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Virginia, and the Walter L. Rice Education Building at Virginia Commonwealth University. Broadus formerly served as a member of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and looks forward to joining similar organizations in Cleveland and Ohio.

Broadus received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and his Master of Architecture and Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia. Most recently, Broadus was a Senior Project Manager with ThenDesign Architecture.

When asked what inspires him, Broadus says, “Considering architecture’s role in the city and as a political act. I enjoy seeing the virtuoso work of earlier architects and builders, understanding construction and maintenance in its full cultural context. I embrace architectural preservation as part of keeping up community life and identity, so work that succeeds in accomplishing that task excites me to try and equal it.”

Welcome to Perspectus, Brian! We’re proud to have you on our team!

Cleveland Bishop Dedicates St. Sebastian Parish Historic Renovation


The $1 million restoration of St. Sebastian church in Akron, Ohio led by
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is now complete. The restoration project marks the 90th anniversary of St. Sebastian Parish, established in 1928.

To kick off the celebration, Bishop Nelson Perez of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, celebrated Mass and the dedication of the restored church (c. 1960) on Saturday, June 30th. Joining Bishop Perez was the parish’s pastor, Father John Valencheck; pastor emeritus, Father William Karg; and parochial vicar, Father Anthony Simone.

Posted by Saint Sebastian Parish on Monday, July 2, 2018

The project included cleaning the carved and ashlar stone at the front façade all the way to the bell tower. The St. Sebastian shield just under the peak of the roof has been conserved, reviving its finishes and the gold trim was patched with new leaf. A new wheelchair ramp has been added to access the main entry.

The granite front steps are restored, and the plaza is expanded and repaved with porcelain pavers in a pattern that resembles the ceramic tile pattern at the church entry.

One of the most impressive parts of the project is the magnificent tesserae mosaic behind the altar. The tiles were cleaned, patched, replaced those that had fallen off, and the matrix restored. The lighting that shines on the mosaic was updated to show off its beauty.

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Posted by Saint Sebastian Parish on Thursday, June 14, 2018

The ornamental bronze and brass work on both the interior and exterior of the church was conserved with Renaissance wax to improve and protect its natural color.

Over 10,000 square-feet of terrazzo floor has been refinished.

All 113 pews and kneelers were taken offsite where the anachronistic finishes added throughout the years were stripped and the pews restored to their original finish.

The funds for the project were raised through St. Sebastian Parish’s capital campaign, “Cornerstone of our Faith,” launched last May.

Perspectus Congratulates Three Newly Licensed Architects

Pictured Left to Right: Chris Dohar, Natalie Shellhorn, Tyler Middendorf

June 2018 – We are so proud to announce that Chris Dohar, Natalie Shellhorn, and Tyler Middendorf have recently accomplished all requirements to become officially licensed architects! Throughout their journeys, Chris, Natalie, and Tyler have succeeded in each stage of qualification, including passing all divisions of the Architect Registration Exam.

Congratulations to each newly licensed architect!

 

 

Welcome (Back) Interns Sam Losi and Katie Wills

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Pictured: Sam Losi and Katie Wills

We are excited to welcome (back) architectural intern Sam Losi and interior design intern Katie Wills to Perspectus for the summer.

Sam previously interned with Perspectus over his winter break this past year. He just completed his first year at Carnegie Mellon University where he is studying architecture.

Katie also previously interned with Perspectus over her winter break. She is a rising senior at Kent State University where she is majoring in interior design and just completed her spring semester abroad in Florence, Italy.

We thought it would be a good idea for everyone to get to know Sam and Katie a little bit, so we did a Q & A with them.

What about architecture/interior design gets you excited?

(Sam) I really enjoy the idea of my future work ‘living’ longer than I do. Someday I want my grandchildren or great-grandchildren to walk into a space I designed and think to themselves “My Pop-pop made this.”

(Katie) There are so many things about interior design that excite me. Mainly all of the possibilities that this field has to offer. I am interested in sustainable design and green design because there is still so much to be discovered. With new innovations in interior design being developed all of the time, it is an exciting time to be in the field. I really enjoy and get excited about being able to change people’s lives and help people visions become a reality.

Who is your favorite architect/interior designer?

(S) My favorite architect is Louis Kahn. I recently had the chance to visit Rochester, New York and, while there, was privileged to experience the interior spaces of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester. The monumental feeling conveyed by Kahn in the church’s congregational hall has stuck with me.

(K) I don’t have one favorite architect or interior designer. But I just got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy and the architecture was incredible. It was fascinating to see all of the structures and details that are still intact today. It seemed like everywhere you look there is something to see and it is amazing how innovative the designers were and it was all hand built.

What have you always wanted to try and never did?

(S) I have always wanted to try to fly a plane. As a little kid, the giant flying machines amazed me and I’ve dreamt of flying one ever since.

(K) I have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride or go bungee jumping.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

(S) My cats. I have had at least one as long as I can remember, and they have a special place in my heart. Angel, the elder of the two, is 18 years old and is blind and deaf. Patches, the younger, is 8 and really fat. They’re great.

(K) I can’t live without coffee or tea. I drink one or the other all day long.

Anything else we should know about you?

(S) I almost always have interesting socks on. I started collecting them a few years ago and it has gotten to the point where it takes longer for me to decide what pair of socks to wear than it does what shirt. It’s a bit quirky, I know.

(K) Interesting fact- I collect coffee cups. Also, I love to skydive and paraglide

Perspectus Promotes Four and Hires One

May 29, 2018 – Perspectus Architecture has recently promoted four team members and hired one.

Natalie Ata has been promoted to Director of Marketing.

McKensey Seher has been promoted to Marketing Associate.

In addition to his role as a Senior Project Director, Eric Lahrmer, AIA, NCARB, has also been promoted to Director of Architectural Operations.

In addition to his role as a Project Director, David Thompson, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, NCARB, has also been promoted to Director of Design.

Additionally, Perspectus welcomes the third Natalie on our team and second Natalie in our marketing department, Natalie Pike. Natalie has joined our marketing department as our Communications Associate. Welcome, Natalie P!

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Perspectus Project Wins Award At Celebration of Preservation

Perspectus Project for City of Massillon Honored With Excellence in Preservation Education Award

May 23, 2018 – Perspectus Historic Architecture, Chambers, Murphy & Burge Studio, was recognized last night at the Celebration of Preservation hosted by AIA Cleveland and the Cleveland Restoration Society for their work on Design Guidelines for the Massillon Downtown Historic District. The project won the award for Excellence in Preservation Education.

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Principals Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, Larry Fischer, and Peter Bohan attended last night’s event. Design Guidelines provide citizens and property owners with the historical context of their community and illustrate the types of buildings that represent the city’s unique past and instill a sense of pride. The Guidelines highlight different types and styles of buildings found in the community and describe the historic values, influences, and features that are associated with each. Describing proper maintenance of historic materials, the Guidelines provide helpful information to property owners on metal work, brick and stone masonry, windows and doors, and roofing and rainwater systems.

For more on Design Guidelines, click here.

 

Perspectus Completes Cleveland Clinic Crile Building Food Emporium

Perspectus’ latest project for the Cleveland Clinic is now open to the public.

As the architect of record, Perspectus provided design services for architecture and interiors, construction administration and coordination of engineers and equipment vendors.

Perspectus designed the 17,000 square-foot dining space consistent with the Cleveland Clinic’s branding and philosophy of creating environments free of clutter and distractions, making it a peaceful and relaxing place for patients, their families and Clinic staff to eat. The facility boasts abundant natural light and views of the surrounding neighborhood with large floor to ceiling windows on three sides of the space. The Food Emporium delivers a retreat from the otherwise stressful experience of being in a hospital.

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The Food Emporium supports the Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to provide healthier food. Working in collaboration with Bon Appetit Management Company, a food-service management company with a focus on local, sustainable food sources, the redesigned space features six neighborhoods of food. Each concept delivers fresh, wholesome options using whole grains, minimally-processed meats, and an emphasis on locally-sourced the ingredients whenever possible.

One of the six neighborhoods includes the first Beefsteak location in the Great Lakes region. Beefsteak is a vegetable-forward restaurant chain led by James Beard Award and Michelin Star winner, Jose Andres.

Other concepts include:

Starbucks: Third location on the campus
Char: Burgers and sandwiches
Italia: Flatbreads
Carve: Mediterranean / Hummus Bar
Simmer and Steam: Vietnamese Pho

Check out more of our work in healthcare here.

Read The Project Feature in Properties Magazine

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.

For more information on Chambers, Murphy & Burge, visit www.cmbarchitects.com.