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BL Companies Hires John Stavrakas as Principal Strategic Industry Advisor

John Stavrakas

John Stavrakas, PE recently joined BL Companies in Norwood, Massachusetts as a Principal Strategic Industry Advisor.  John has over thirty-seven (37) years of experience in the Gas Distribution business, including in Engineering and Operations having recently retired from a major northeast utility company as Vice President of Asset Management in 2019. John was responsible for the management, oversight and technical direction of various gas facilities and infrastructure, spanning six operating companies and several states. He was responsible for developing capital budgets supporting maintenance and operations of gas distribution systems consisting of 35,000 miles of distribution mains serving 3.5 million customers, over 2,000 pressure regulating stations and 9 Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) storage facilities with over 9 billion cubic feet (BCF) of capacity. John has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

John, as Principal Strategic Industry Advisor in BL Companies’ growing Energy group, will provide consulting and related professional services for targeted clients in the planning, project development and implementation of gas facility and infrastructure improvement projects. This will include an initial focus on Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) supply alternatives and options for the New York and New England regions.

John will also be involved in BL Companies’ business development and project execution and will provide technical expertise to support the long-term strategic growth plan for the Company’s Energy market and discipline. John will be supported by BL Companies’ team of professionals in its Northeast offices.

BL Companies’ President & CEO, Carolyn Stanworth, Receives Champions of Change Award

Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies was presented the Champions of Change Award at the Annual Construction Institute Women Who Build Summit. Stanworth was honored in recognition of her continued support, contributions, encouragement and mentorship of women in the construction industry. The award was presented on February 20th at the Lincoln Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in front of an audience of local and regional industry professionals.

As a leader and mentor to the women and men in the company, Stanworth has harnessed the power of employee ownership to engage and strengthen the BL team. Stanworth was one of the key drivers responsible for planning and instituting the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) at BL Companies. She saw – and continues to see – employee-ownership and the ESOP as an excellent opportunity to inspire ownership, engagement and accountability among employees. Stanworth supports her employees both professionally and personally and works closely with senior leadership, managers, and external consultants in the implementation and enhancement of the shared ownership culture at BL Companies.

Pictured, left to right: Jennifer Marks, Heather Halotek & Carolyn Stanworth, BL Companies; Nancy Greenwald, Construction Institute

At the event she shared her philosophy around leadership training at BL Companies. She remarked, “Leadership is not a title. It is a way of behaving and if we all do that – we’ll be better as a team and a company.”

Stanworth heads an employee-owned, multi-discipline company, whose core leadership includes seven women among sixteen key people. She has engaged her 37 years of experience in strategic planning, financial analysis, accounting, operations, auditing, and information technology to shape a leadership training program at BL Companies. This program is designed to develop a common language, instill respect and foster communication for all employees at BL Companies. Stanworth continues to champion the firm’s leadership development initiatives and has fundamentally changed the way the architects, engineers, surveyors and scientists at BL look at the business.

BL Companies is a 100% employee-owned company providing multidiscipline architectural, engineering, environmental, and land surveying services to clients throughout the US. BL is consistently listed among the Top 500 Design in the US by Engineering News-Record and has nearly 300 employee-owners across Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.

BL Companies Welcomes New Principals

BL Companies (BL), an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm recently named twelve employee owners to Principal.

The newly appointed Principals at BL Companies come from all areas of the firm and include employee owners:

  • Barbara Bamberg – Corporate, Meriden, CT
  • Michael Bensh, PE – Architecture, Meriden, CT
  • Breton Boudreaux – Corporate, Meriden, CT
  • Matthew Bruton, PE – Engineering, Hartford, CT
  • Robert Cappelli, PLS – Land Survey, Canton, OH
  • Patrick Corless, PLS – Land Survey, Meriden, CT
  • Michael Dion, PE, PTOE – Engineering, Meriden, CT
  • Kelly Hwang, RA – Architecture, Meriden, CT
  • Susan Knecht – Corporate, Meriden, CT
  • David Mancuso, RA – Architecture, Charlotte, NC
  • Michael Nuzzi, PE – Engineering, Melville, NY
  • John Thatcher, PG – Environmental, Harrisburg, PA

“We are incredibly excited to welcome these talented individuals to the Principal Program,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO. “This excellent group of new principals embodies our continued commitment to leadership, performance and exceptional client care BL Companies is known for in the industry.” These individuals join the ranks of the Company’s 45 existing Principals who support BL Companies’ growth across all our key markets.

BL Companies Relocates to Harrisburg

BL Companies, an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm has relocated its Camp Hill, Pennsylvania office to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The larger office space will employ over thirty BL Companies’ engineering, surveying and environmental professionals. The new and expanded office positions BL Companies to offer its services and client care in close proximity to its clients and projects in the Greater Harrisburg area.

“This expansion has been planned as part of our overall regional growth strategy,” noted Michael Lozanoff, PE, Director of Engineering for BL Companies’ Mid-Atlantic region. “This expanded office will enable us to fill key positions and continue to provide our clients excellent service in this region.”

Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies, remarks that “this continues to be an exciting time for BL. Our expanding presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast reflects the success of our growth strategy and further establishes our commitment to providing a high level of service to our clients and projects in these regions and beyond.”

BL Companies is consistently listed among the Top 500 Design Firms in the US by Engineering News-Record and has over 270 employee-owners in offices across Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas.

Please note BL Companies’ new Harrisburg office address:

2601 Market Place
Suite 350
Harrisburg, PA 17110

BL Companies Receives 2019 “Best in Class: Industrial Project” Award

BL Companies received the 2019 “Best in Class: Industrial Project” award at the 24th Annual CREW CT Real Estate Exchange Blue Ribbon Awards for its work on the FedEx Distribution Hub project in Middletown, Conn. The award was presented on April 24th at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, where the winners were announced in front of an audience of local and regional industry professionals.

The 508,000 square foot FedEx Ground Distribution Hub went through multiple conceptual iterations, in order to minimize impacts on the site and the surrounding area. The final design was respectful of the site’s environment, topography, and neighbors while still meeting the hub’s operational needs. BL Companies provided architectural and engineering services.

“We are honored to receive an award in recognition of industrial design excellence,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies. “Achieving a successful project required a commitment from the entire team in order to ensure the final result met the client’s overall vision and goals.”

The Annual Blue Ribbon Awards celebrate local and regional real estate accomplishments and excellence. Each year, real estate professionals, as well as designers, developers, planners and other allied professionals, are invited to nominate any exceptional projects completed during the previous calendar year in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. This “Best in Class: Industrial” award is BL Companies’ fourth Blue Ribbon Award.

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BL Companies Expands Massachusetts Office in Norwood

BL Companies, a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm, providing services to public and private clients, is pleased to announce that as of April 2019, the Company has moved to 220 Norwood Park South, Suite 201, Norwood, MA to accommodate its growth and expansion in the Northeast Region.

“This office relocation to larger space is a continuation of BL’s overall regional growth strategy,” noted Derek Kohl, PE, Director of Engineering. “Our expanded office space and resources will allow us to also build upon our work with our valued municipal and private clients in the State of Massachusetts.”

Being able to offer our range of services and client care in close proximity to our clients and projects has been a foundation of BL’s long-term strategy. Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies remarks that, “Our expanded presence in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey, is occurring in parallel with our continued expansion in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. This growth further establishes our commitment to providing a high level of service to our clients and projects in these regions and beyond.”

BL Companies Welcomes New Principals

BL Companies (BL), an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm recently named seven employee owners to Principal.

The newly appointed Principals at BL Companies include employee owners:

  • Steven M. Collins, PE, LEED AP – Bridgeport, CT
  • John Jenney, CCCA – Meriden, CT
  • Justin S. Kababik, PE, LEED AP – Meriden, CT
  • Jessica Osborne, CPSM – Meriden, CT
  • Thomas Pechillo, Jr., PE – Hartford, CT
  • Danilo R. Salameda, PE – King of Prussia, PA
  • Donald Smith, LS – Meriden, CT

2018 Principals

Pictured L-R: Steven Collins, PE, LEED AP; John Jenney, CCCA; Justin Kababik, PE, LEED AP; Jessica Osborne, CPSM; Thomas Pechillo, Jr., PE; Danilo Salameda, PE; Donald Smith, LS

“We are incredibly excited to welcome these talented individuals to the Principal Program,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO. “This exceptional group of new principals embodies the leadership, performance and client service BL Companies is known for in the industry.

These individuals join the ranks of the Company’s 46 existing Principals who support BL Companies’ growth across all our key markets.

BL Companies Honored with CT ASLA Award for State Veterans’ Cemetery Expansion and Improvements

Cremains structures designed by BL Companies Architects installed at the Connecticut Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Middletown, Connecticut.

Cremains structures designed by BL Companies Architects installed at the Connecticut Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Middletown, Connecticut.


Connecticut Chapter of ASLA Announces 2018 Professional Award Winners

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CTASLA) has announced the winners of its annual Connecticut Professional Awards competition, presented at the organization’s holiday party on December 13, 2017 in New Haven.

CTASLA conducts the awards competition to recognize excellence in landscape architectural design, planning and analysis, communication, and research. To be eligible, an applicant must be a landscape architect or designer in the state of Connecticut, and the entrant or project location must be based in Connecticut.

“These projects showcase the depth and talents of our members, and the value that landscape architecture brings to the built environment across Connecticut,” said Debra De Vries-Dalton, president of CTASLA and a designer with Aris Land Studio, of Bridgeport, CT.

Winners of the 2018 Connecticut ASLA Professional Awards competition include:

Landscape Architectural Design – Corporate Institutional

Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven, CT), AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for University of Kentucky
Chandler Hospital (Lexington, KY)

Dinep + Schwab (West Hartford, CT), HONOR AWARD for The Healing Garden at Cone Health Cancer Center (Greensboro, NC)

Milone & MacBroom, Inc. (Cheshire, CT), MERIT AWARD for Entertainment & Media
Company Campus Green (Bristol, CT)

Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven, CT), with Devore Associates (Fairfield, CT), MERIT AWARD for Norma Pfriem Healing Garden (Bridgeport, CT)

Towers|Golde, LLC (New Haven, CT), MERIT AWARD for 1775 Tysons Boulevard (McLean,
VA)

Landscape Architectural Design – Municipal/Public Spaces

BL Companies (Meriden, CT), MERIT AWARD for Connecticut State Veterans’ Cemetery Expansion and Improvements (Middletown, CT)

Landscape Architectural Design – Residential

Doyle Herman Design Associates (Greenwich, CT), HONOR AWARD for Engaging the
Native Landscape (Rye, NY)

Anne Penniman Associates, LLC (Essex, CT), HONOR AWARD for Island Habitat Landscape (Mason’s Island, Mystic, CT)

Gregory Lombardi Design Incorporated (Cambridge, MA), MERIT AWARD for Field Point
Estate (Greenwich, CT)

Threshold Landscape Architecture, LLC (Redding Ridge, CT), MERIT AWARD for Landscape for Walking, Gathering and Listening to Music (Redding, CT)

Reed Hilderbrand LLC (New Haven, CT), MERIT AWARD for Forest Cucoloris (New Haven,
CT)

Devore Associates (Fairfield, CT), MERIT AWARD for A Coastal Home (Stamford, CT)

Doyle Herman Design Associates (Greenwich, CT), MERIT AWARD for New England Respite (New Canaan, CT)

Landscape Planning & Analysis

Anne Penniman Associates, LLC (Essex, CT), HONOR AWARD for Elizabeth Park Master Plan (Hartford/West Hartford, CT)

The S/L/A/M Collaborative (Glastonbury, CT), MERIT AWARD for Sacred Heart University
Campus Master Plan (Fairfield, CT)

The jury for this year’s competition was comprised of members of the Alaska Chapter of ASLA.

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members. Landscape architecture is a comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication and fellowship.

BL Companies Named a Best Firm to Work for by Zweig Group

BL Companies (BL), an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm is proud to announce that it has been named a 2017 “Best Firm to Work For” by Zweig Group – a prestigious ranking honoring the creation of outstanding workplaces at architecture, landscape architecture, geotechnical, environmental, and civil, structural, and multidiscipline engineering firms. Ranked at #19 in the multidiscipline category, BL is among firms who have been recognized for their ability create outstanding workplaces through workplace design, teamwork, excellent benefits & amenities, and work culture.

Firms were graded on a combination score of comprehensive employee surveys and corporate evaluations, then ranked by category. Over 11,000 employees from participating firms responded to the employee survey.

“We are honored to have been selected as a Best Firm to Work For,” commented Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies. “Particularly as the judges were our own employee-owners. It is their talent and engagement that continues to make BL one of the best firms to work for in the A/E/C industry.”

BL Companies currently has 250 employee-owners in offices in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas and will be formally recognized at the A/E Industry Awards Conference held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington in September, 2017.

BL Companies Wins Two Marketing Communications Awards from SMPS CT

BL Companies (BL), an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm is proud to announce that it was honored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS CT) at its Marketing Communications Awards Gala. SMPS CT’s Marketing Communications Awards recognizes excellence in marketing communications by professional services firms and dedicated SMPS marketers in the AEC industry for their exemplary marketing projects, campaigns, and materials.

BL scored the Best Video award for its Who We Are entry. The video won praise from the judges as doing “a great job of introducing us to your firm- telling us who you are and what you do in an engaging way”.

BL also received The Corporate Identity Rebrand award for its refreshed, streamlined collateral materials redesign, which maintains consistency throughout the firm’s marketing materials.

“We are grateful to be recognized by our peers in the industry for the work that we do,” commented Heather Halotek, Executive Director of Marketing & Business Development for BL Companies. “The talent in this industry is enormous. When you can celebrate and shine a bright light upon the efforts and creativity of your own marketing team, it’s an extreme honor.”

BL Companies currently has 250 employee-owners in offices in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas and was honored to receive the awards at SMPS CT’s Blue Carpet Gala on May 17.