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BL Companies Named Best Place to Work in PA

Camp Hill, PA — September 30, 2013

BL Companies is honored to announce that it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2013. BL Companies is an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm providing services to public and private clients.

Companies from across Pennsylvania entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The evaluation and selection process was based on workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics, as well as a heavily weighted employee survey to measure the employee experience. Best Companies Group managed the overall nomination and survey process and determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“To have been selected as a best place to work truly reflects the commitment of our employee-owners to serve our clients,” remarked Mark Koellner, Director of Environmental Sciences. Mike Lozanoff, Director of Engineering, Mid-Atlantic Region, added, “It is this continued dedication and enthusiasm which is reinforced throughout a supportive workplace environment that sets BL apart.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of our employee-owners throughout the company and especially pleased to win this recognition in Pennsylvania,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

BL Companies will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA awards banquet on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Rankings will be revealed at the ceremony.

BL Companies Opens Bridgeport Office – Receives Bridgeport In Bloom Award

Bridgeport, CT — September 26, 2013

BL Companies has opened a new office in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The new office positions BL closer to clients to respond to project needs in the Fairfield County area.

“In line with our growth strategy, we opened a new office in what we believe to be one of the key economic hubs in the New England region,” said Derek Kohl, Director of Engineering, Northeast Region. “Having been involved in many revitalization, architectural and infrastructure projects within the City of Bridgeport, this new BL office further enhances our network allowing us to be close to key clients and projects.”

In recognition of BL Companies commitment to grow in Bridgeport, BL was honored on September 11th, 2013 by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce and the Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) as a 2013 Bridgeport Business in Bloom award recipient. “We are excited about our new office in the heart of the City and to support the economic development in Bridgeport. We were delighted to be honored at the event,” said Sam Haydock, Director, Business Development and Client Care, who accepted the award on behalf of the employee-owners of BL Companies.

BL Companies, Inc. Named to The Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firm List

Meriden, CT — August 08, 2013

BL Companies, Inc. proudly announced today that it has made The Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firm List. The Zweig Letter Hot Firm List is a great accomplishment for firms that have achieved success in the architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting industry. In an industry comprised of over 100,000 firms, placement on the list is based on firm’s percentage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over a three-year period compared to the other entrants.

Ranked number 82, BL Companies is the only Connecticut based firm that has been recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing in 2013, and thrived at a time when many have struggled.

“We are truly honored to be named to the Zweig Letter 2013 Hot Firm List,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “To have made this prestigious list is an incredible accomplishment and reflects the commitment of our extraordinary employee owners who have driven our growth by their dedication to serving our clients.”
BL Companies will be formally recognized at The Zweig Letter Hot Firm Conference October 24-25, 2013, in Miami Beach, FL.

BL Companies Announces New Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications

Meriden, CT — July 29, 2013

BL Companies, Inc. announced today that Heather Halotek has joined the company as Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications. BL Companies, Inc. is an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying firm providing services to public and private clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
As Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Heather will oversee and direct the company’s marketing, communications, advertising and public relations as well as competitive intelligence and client-focused market positioning.

Prior to joining BL Companies, Inc., Heather worked at UIL Holdings Corporation, parent company of United Illuminating, Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas, where she had been since 1995. During that time she was the manager of marketing and public affairs, a key member of their top management team and led the repositioning and rebranding of their product offerings throughout various mergers and utility expansion cycles.

“Heather emerged as the leading candidate with strong experience in marketing and communication strategy,” said Carolyn Stanworth, BL Companies President and Chief Executive Officer. “She has a wealth of knowledge and a tremendous amount of energy. Her talents are sure to be a tremendous asset to BL Companies as we continue to grow and expand our geographic presence to serve our clients’ needs.”

Heather received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College and is an alumnus of The Hartford Business Journals 2007 class of 40 under 40 recognized professionals.

BL Companies, Inc. Recognized for its Work – Storrs Center Project Honored

Meriden, CT — July 22, 2013

BL Companies, Inc., a professional design firm based in Meriden, Connecticut, has been honored with several awards for its work on the Storrs Center project in Mansfield, CT.

On April 12, 2013, CREW CT – The Real Estate Exchange, honored ten projects exemplifying the best of Connecticut developments and transactions completed in 2012. Winning the BLUE RIBBON and Peoples’ Choice Award, the Storrs Center in Mansfield, Connecticut took the top prize.

On April 23, 2013, the Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter honored the Storrs Center project with the 2013 Building Project of the Year Award/New Construction at its 19th Annual Awards Luncheon.

On June 18, 2013, the Connecticut Building Congress (CBC) honored the Storrs Center project with the 2013 Award of Merit – New Construction at its 17th Annual Project Team Awards Banquet.

Storrs Center is a mixed-use village at the crossroads of picturesque Mansfield, Connecticut and the UCONN campus. Based on LEED guidelines, this 45-acre ‘green’ project includes 1,000,000 SF of new building construction and creates an inviting Main Street experience featuring a mix of restaurants, cafes, retail shops, a town green, office space, housing and open space. The goal achieved was to create a vibrant walkable and sustainable gathering place for residents, the university community and neighbors from the surrounding region.

BL Companies’ work in the Master Plan development and as the Architect and Engineer of Record included the preparation of municipal development plan documents, building design, local, state and federal permitting, plaza and park design, underground storm water management design, traffic analysis, roadway and streetscape improvement design.
According to Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO of BL Companies, “BL Companies is proud to be a part of one of the most exciting developments being built in Connecticut today. Storrs Center will profoundly change the Town of Mansfield and the UCONN campus by creating a sense of place that will forever identify the intersection where the two meet.”

BL Companies Wins Hartford Business Champions Workforce Award

Meriden, CT — June 06, 2013

BL Companies, Inc. is very pleased to announce its Hartford Business Champions Award in the Workforce category for 2013. The Hartford Business Champions awards are given by the Hartford Business Journal and the Metro Hartford Alliance and celebrate the achievements of privately-held companies in the Hartford Region.

BL Companies was chosen from among sixty-six nominees by an independent panel of judges. The nominees represented a diverse group of businesses from around the region. BL was recognized for its workforce practices that include a three-pronged professional development program in the areas of leadership development, project management and technical skills, a year-long Orientation Program and its transparent communications with employees.

“The Workforce award is especially meaningful to us,” said Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO, in her acceptance speech. “It is important to have workforce practices that are consistent with being a 100% employee-owned company and fostering engaged employees.”

BL Companies and its employee owners would like to thank the Hartford Business Journal and the Metro Hartford Alliance for the honor of receiving the Workforce award.

GSA Contracting Capability

Meriden, CT —

BL Companies is pleased to announce we were awarded a five-year GSA Federal Supply Schedule contract #GS-10F-0040W for Environmental Planning, Waste Management, GIS, and Remediation Services.

Our services are available to all federal agencies in the continental U.S. and abroad in an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity Contract format. This award makes it easy for approved federal contractors and federal agencies to obtain a wide variety of professional, technical and managerial services from BL in a streamlined approach.

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BL Companies Charity Challenge a Huge Success

All Offices — December 20, 2011

BL Companies, a multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering and environmental firm, donated one TON of food (2,000 pounds) to local food banks demonstrating our commitment to the communities we serve.

“BL Companies’ generous donation of more than 2,000 pounds of food helps our network of soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters continue to meet increasing demand during the holiday season,” said Connecticut Food Bank President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington. “It is through this generosity that we continue our work to alleviate hunger for the thousands of families in Connecticut who struggle to keep food on the table each and every day.”

For our 2011 Charity Challenge, BL Companies employees split up into eight teams, developed team names, and strategized over what to bring … the competition was on! Thirteen days later, more than one ton of food was collected with the winning team, The Fat Belly Brigade, bringing in 497 pounds of food.

The Meriden office donations headed to the Connecticut Food Bank in East Haven, CT with the Hartford office donations going to the Food Share program in Hartford, CT. The Camp Hill, PA and King of Prussia, PA offices made donations to Channels Food Rescue and the Chester County Food Bank.

“BL employees are known for their generosity and we have a rich history of giving back to the communities in which we work and live”, says Carolyn Stanworth, President and CEO.

About BL Companies, Inc.
BL Companies, an employee-owned firm, is a leader in delivering high-quality, integrated architecture, engineering and environmental services to public and private clients for land development, building design, and infrastructure projects. Our multi-discipline approach allows us to provide creative, sustainable solutions to each client’s specific project needs. Founded in 1986, BL Companies has offices in Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania. For more information, visit