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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.

BL Companies Opens New Office in Warwick, Rhode Island

WARWICK, R.I. – BL Companies, an employee-owned multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm, has opened a new office in Warwick, Rhode Island. The Warwick office will support BL Companies’ on-going work with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation as well as its municipal and corporate clients.

Please note BL Companies Warwick address:
2348 Post Road
Suite 26
Warwick, RI, 02886

2016 New York State Historic Preservation Award – Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY

img_0004BL Companies has been awarded the 2016 New York State Historic Preservation Award for the restoration of Hangars 1 & 2 at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, NY. It will be presented at a ceremony in Albany on December 8th.

The buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places and are owned by the National Parks Service. Williams Pipeline is using the interior space to house a natural gas regulating station. In exchange, they agreed to restore the buildings to their original condition.  Although the buildings hangars were on the verge of collapse BL Companies undertook design of the restoration.  They have been faithfully restored in strict compliance with the Secretary of the Interior Standards.

Earlier this year, the project has also received the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York City Landmarks Conservancy.

The State Historic Preservation Office selected this project from all of the many historic preservation projects that the office reviewed last year, which is truly remarkable.

BL Companies Expands Hartford, Connecticut Office

Carolyn Stanworth (BL's President & CEO) cuts the ribbon with the assistance of Mayor of Hartford, Luke Bronin

BL Companies (BL), an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm has expanded its Hartford, Connecticut office. The larger office space, occupies the entire 10th floor of 100 Constitution Plaza and will employ over fifty BL Companies’ engineering, architectural and environmental professionals.  The expanded office positions BL to complete and provide exceptional responsiveness for our clients and projects in the Greater Hartford area.

“We have strategically expanded our Hartford office in what we believe to be one of the important economic corridors and hubs in the New England region,” said Derek Kohl, Director of Engineering. “Having been involved in many public revitalization and infrastructure projects as well as retail/commercial development within the Hartford/Springfield corridor, this larger office further enhances our capacity while allowing us to be close to our key clients and projects.”

Over the last few years, BL Companies has been recognized for both its Workforce Practices and as a Business Champion by the MetroHartford Alliance. “Our decision to expand the Hartford office confirms our commitment to grow in the heart of the capitol city and to further support the economic development in the area,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President & CEO.

This expansion was celebrated on October 12th with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by members of the Hartford business community and Mayor Luke Bronin.