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Freeport Area School District Excited for New Stadium

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The Freeport Area School District will open its new stadium on the High School campus this fall.  Read More

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Vincentian Academy Classroom Addition Approved

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An addition to Vincentian Academy was approved by McCandless Township.  The addition represents the first phase of improvements defined in a Master Plan developed by VEBH for the Academy.

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Building Project of the Year – The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center Pediatric Specialty Hospital Expansion

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The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s expansion of its Pediatric Specialty Hospital, designed by VEBH Architects, has been named the Building Project of the Year. The award was presented at the 6th Annual Pittsburgh Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon hosted by the March of Dimes – Pennsylvania Chapter.

The award, presented to Pamela Schanwald, the Center’s CEO, and Daniel Engen, AIA, VEBH Principal, recognizes the special nature of the project, the mission of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, and the design that creates an outstanding environment for care for pediatric patients and integrates family into the caring process. The project was selected from more than 100 entries and was recognized along with the Tower at PNC Plaza.

The VEBH design team was led by Mr. Engen, Thomas Stanko, AIA, ACHA, and Beverly Shelby, NCIDQ. The project was constructed by P.J. Dick.

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The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s Pediatric Specialty Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania and a significant asset for our regional healthcare market. The Pediatric Specialty Hospital provides unique, specialized transitional care for children whose ages range from birth to 21. The expansion of the Hospital included the goal of creating family-focused patient rooms like no others… rooms that allowed families to be with their child and a part of the caring process.

The two new nursing units were designed in a vertical addition over an existing one-story wing of the Hospital. Each is designed to create a positive environment for the Hospital’s pediatric patients and families. Bright colors, touchable surfaces, fun furniture, playful artwork and interesting ceilings create a fascinating world of positive distractions for the patients, parents, and siblings. The design also produces an uplifting work environment for the staff.

Making an Impact for Families
The overriding goal for the design of the new patient rooms, beyond a state-of-the-art medical infrastructure, was creating spaces that kept families close to their child during a hospital stay. Each new patient room permits parents to be with their child and to be a part of the caring process 24/7. The rooms were designed with three integrated zones; one for the patient, one for staff/clinical activities, and one that provides space with a home-like environment for the family. The overlapping zones promote family involvement which allows the nursing staff to teach parents how to care for their child when they return home.

The family zone includes furniture that can be converted for sleeping and other space that can be personalized with photos and personal effects during the hospital stay, which can be lengthy. Each private room includes a full bathroom with a shower. Outside the patient rooms are common spaces such as a kitchen/lounge and computer station that offer families an opportunity to have a pause in the care process but still be close. The common spaces offer families opportunities to interact, share their experiences, and to support each other.

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Cassandra Renninger joins VEBH Architects

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VEBH Architects is pleased to welcome Cassandra Renninger to our architectural design team.  Ms. Renninger joins VEBH with more than 18 years of planning and design experience that has accumulated working on some of the best learning environments, school buildings and facilities in Western Pennsylvania.

Ms. Renninger’s most recent work has included the planning and design for the expansion of the South Fayette High School to include a new 80,000 sf STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) wing which is beginning construction and a new Junior – Senior High School that is under construction in the Forest Hills School District.

Ms. Renninger is an accomplished educational planner, programmer and designer who works with educators to develop 21st Century learning spaces using the principals of student-centered design.  The new STEAM wing that she designed for South Fayette High School coined the “Innovation / Creativity Hub” includes a Fab Lab (Fabrication, Engineering & Manufacturing Lab), Blackbox / TV Studio, Media and Digital Arts classrooms, and collegiate inspired science labs.  Multiple Circular Design ‘KIVA’ spaces were designed for locations around the High School to support and promote student collaboration, problem solving and design in non-traditional spaces that includes floor to ceiling white boards that wrap the full perimeter.

Completed educational projects in Ms. Renninger’s portfolio include South Fayette Intermediate Elementary School, Moon Area High School, Quaker Valley’s Osborne and Edgeworth Elementary Schools, and the expansion and renovations to Pine-Richland High School and the new construction of Pine-Richland Eden Hall Upper Elementary School.  These projects were amongst those completed during her 13 years with Eckles Architecture & Engineering.

While at Eckles, Ms. Renninger worked with Daniel Engen, now a principal with VEBH, on several significant projects including Moon Area High School, the Elementary Schools for the Quaker Valley School District, and the acclaimed Eden Hall Upper Elementary School in the Pine-Richland School District.

Ms. Renninger joins VEBH as a senior associate.  She adds significant project management skills and design sensibilities.  She is a skilled designer with a strong working knowledge of Revit Architecture, a program that allows construction projects to be designed and documented three-dimensionally and in a manner that produces important visual tools and construction details.

Ms. Renninger is a LEED GA accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council with an up-to-date understanding of the most current green building practices and principles.  She earned her degree in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

VEBH Architects has a 70 year history designing education, healthcare, and other public building projects, including award-winning educational and healthcare facilities in the area.  VEBH’s most recent work includes the new Freedom Area Elementary School.  The firm is currently working with numerous school districts in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

 

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VEBH Begins Work with Plum Community

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Work with the Plum Borough School District community began with the first in a series of presentations and meetings to find solutions for Regency Park Elementary School.

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VEBH to Study Plum’s Regency Park Elementary

VEBH Architects will be working with the Plum Borough School District to develop options for Regency Park Elementary School.

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WVU Healthcare Shows Off New Nursing Unit

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WVU Healthcare’s Berkeley Medical Center opened it’s new Progressive Care Nursing Unit, showing off the facility to it’s community.

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Historic Steubenville Library Window Replacement Begins

The replacement of the windows at the historic Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has begun.  A total of 62 windows are being replaced with historically correct, energy efficient reproduction windows.

The Library and VEBH are working on defining a second phase of improvements for the

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Freeport Area Considers Athletic Fields

The Freeport Area School District is considering its options for new baseball and softball fields on its High School / Middle School campus.  Construction is underway on a new stadium facility on a site adjacent to the High School.

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Freeport Area School District Stadium Contracts Awarded

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The Freeport Area School District Board of Directors awarded contracts for the construction of a new stadium on the High School campus.  The new stadium is scheduled to be complete for the start of the 2016 football season.

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