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Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying  awardBrick by Brick 2017

Foit-Albert's Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Houses #2 and #3 project was recognized as a 2017 Brick by Brick Award Finalist for Best Historic Preservation.

Foit-Albert President Greg Carballada is joined by Dave Swarts and Erin Grajek from the Botanical Gardens and AJ Petrilli from Petrilli Structural Engineering at the awards ceremony.



Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying Urban Land Institute awardUrban Land Institute 2017 Awards

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's Kaleidoscope at the Connecting Terminal project was recognized as a 2017 Urban Land Institute Finalist for Excellence in Civic Space Development. Foit-Albert's team attended the ULI Award Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City, April 2017.

Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying Urban Land Institute award

Video of the nominated projects. View the Kaleidoscope at 2:07!


Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying participates in  Advocacy DayAdvocacy Day 2017

Foit-Albert representatives were proud to be part of the more than 700 who participated in "Advocacy Day" in Albany on Wednesday, March 8. The yearly gathering brings County and Town Highway Officials together to campaign for increased State funding for local roads, culverts and bridges.






Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying  Jerry Sentz NITTECNITTEC Salutes Engineers

Foit-Albert's Vice President of Engineering, Jerry Sentz, was featured in a promotional video for "NITTEC Salutes Engineers." The group, Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition, is a coalition of agencies developed to help get you where you are going more safely and efficiently.

Link to the Video


Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying participates in  food driveAIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals

The AIA Buffalo Emerging Professionals' annual Food Drive was a huge success, and Foit-Albert Associates' contribution was greater than ever! The food drive collected 1,353 pounds of food and $390 cash donation. Benefitting the Food Bank of Western New York, the food donation alone will provide over 2,060 meals in our community.



Foit-Albert Associates Announces New Hires

Mark Hugaboom, PE, joined our Engineering Team as a Project Manager. Mark has over 23 years of structural engineering experience specializing in bridge and culvert replacement/rehab projects. He is an alumnus of Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam.

David Henneberger, Project Surveyor, has 17 years of land surveying experience. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and has worked on a variety of transportation and gas and oil pipeline projects.

Burt Moran, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Superintendent, joins Foit-Albert's staff on the construction site the the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SOM) building. He has over 34 years of experience in the HVAC/Refrigeration industry as journeyman, steamfitter, foreman, estimator and technician.

Russ Phillipson, Construction Superintendent, is also on site at the SOM building project. He has 40 years of experience in the construction industry as a superintendent and project manager. He has been a site representative for numerous SUNY Buffalo projects over the past 10 years.

Dean Messing fills a new role as Foit-Albert's Senior Emergency Manager. Dean served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Emergency Services for nearly 15 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology at Erie Community College.

AIA Award for Grain Elevator IlluminationAIA Award

Foit-Albert Associates was selected by The Buffalo Architecture Center to receive the local AIA design award for the Kaleidoscope at the Connecting Terminal project.

President Greg Carballada and Project Manager Jennifer Kensy received the award at the gala. The project was designed in association with Ambiances Design Productions. Vice President of Architecture Gwen Howard and Senior Project Manager Bryce Bixby join in for the celebrations.

Botanical Gardens Ribbon Cutting Foit-Albert







Botanical Gardens Houses 2 & 3 Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Houses 2 & 3. Foit-Albert's architectural group, led by Project Manager Bryce Bixby, RA, and Jennifer Kensy, provided services for the partial demolition, abatement and reconstruction of the historical greenhouse buildings. The buildings are now ready for the installation of two new exhibits, the Aquatic Garden which will include a new water feature, refurbished koi pond, a new bridge and many plants native to Asia, and the Asian Rainforest which will contain a decorative tea house, a moon gate, a redesigned waterfall, orchids, bamboo, a bonsai collection and more.

Pictured: Elected officials and Botancial Gardens Board Members. Foit-Albert's Bryce Bixby and Jennifer Kensy.

Mayor Byron Brown opening The Pitch competitionFoit-Albert Associates Sponsors The Pitch

Foit-Albert was proud to be a sponsor of The Pitch, a minority/woman owned business competition that took place at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Three finalists competed. Congratulations to Karibu News who won top prize of $10,000.

Pictured: Mayor Byron Brown opening The Pitch competition.



Foit-Albert Associates Amberleigh Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting - The Amberleigh

Officials, dignitaries, residents and our own Project Manager, Shawn Cowe, AIA, help open the doors to the new Amberleigh Assisted Living and Memory Care facility at a Ribbon Cutting.

The project involved the renovation and expansion to offer fifty assisted living and seventeen memory care apartments. In addition, the dining rooms, kitchens, hydrotherapy spas, activity rooms and external grounds and gardens all received updates and upgrades.

Foit-Albert Associates Amberleigh Ribbon Cutting Dining and Spa







Foit-Albert Associates 43North The Pitch



Foit-Albert Associates is a proud sponsor of "The Pitch" a minority and women owned business plan competition in the Buffalo area presented by 43North.

Are you a female or minority business owner located in Erie County who has been in business for at least one year? We hope you will apply to The Pitch! 43North has $20,000 to give away to three local Buffalo businesses led by women and minorities. See the link below for details and the application.


Event: Three finalists will present their business plans on the evening of October 20th at the Buffalo Museum of Science for The Pitch: A collaborative MWBE Business Plan Competition presented by Mayor Byron Brown, 43North and ECIDA, and sponsored by Foit-Albert Associates, the New York Business Development Corporation and Excelsior Growth Fund.

John J. Robson, PEFoit-Albert Associates Executive Vice President Named to ACEC Executive Committee

Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying, P.C., is proud to announce the appointment of John (Jack) Robson, PE, Executive Vice President, to the executive committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York).

Mr. Robson has accepted the position of First Vice Chair, for a term beginning July 1. ACEC New York is a proactive coalition of 290 firms representing every discipline of engineering related to the built environment—civil, structural, mechanical, electrical environmental, geotechnical—and affiliated companies. Their shared goals are to further the business interests of their membership, enhance the quality and safety of the environment we live and work in, and help ensure the vitality of our communities.

Brick by Brick Award Buffalo Zoo Arctic Edge






Brick by Brick Award

The Buffalo Zoo, Foit-Albert Associates, and partners were honored with Business First's 2016 Brick by Brick Award for "Best Green Construction / Rehab" for the Garman Family Arctic Edge. Tiffany Vanderwerf, Curator of Education at the Zoo and Gwen Howard, Project Architect/Manager at Foit-Albert accept the award.Later, Todd Geise, Marketing Director and Steve Mead, Director of Facilities and Horticulture at the zoo, join for Jack Connors (Business First) for a celebratory photo.

Brick by Brick Award Grain Elevator Illumination Also, our Grain Elevator Illumination Project for Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation was recognized as a "Best Historic Restoration" finalist. Jennifer Kensy, Project Manager and Greg Carballada, President at Foit-Albert, join Kaitlin McGee Chmura (ECIDA) and Frank Pagel (Frey Electric).



Jeremy SmithFoit-Albert Associates Announces New Hires

Jeremy Smith joined Foit-Albert Associates as a Survey Party Chief. Mr. Smith has 8 years of field and office experience with instrument person, crew chief, data processing and drafting responsibilities. Mr. Smith will add his expertise in the preparation of ALTA/ACSM Land Title surveys, as well as boundary, topographic and construction surveys. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Surveying Engineering Technology from Alfred State College and an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Hudson Valley Community College.

Otis Boatwright Otis L. Boatwright, Jr. joined Foit-Albert Associates as a CADD Designer in the Engineering Group. Mr. Boatwright has 18 years of experience in computer aided drafting and design for federal, state and local clients within the transportation sector. He attended Erie County Community College for Survey and Mapping.



Todd Day

Todd Day joined Foit-Albert Associates as an Assistant Team Leader in the Engineering Group. Mr. Day, a certified NICET II, has been working on bridge inspection contracts for 13 years. He is a graduate of the Construction Management Engineering Technology program at Erie County Community College.




Kate Waterman-KulpaFoit-Albert Associates Announces Additions to Architectural Group

Kate Waterman-Kulpa, LEED AP, has 12 years of professional experience in planning and design, historic preservation and code review for municipal, institutional, K-12, senior living, outpatient care, restaurant, and municipal housing clients. She is a Village of Williamsville Architecture and Planning Review Board member, Village of Williamsville Historic Preservation Commission Vice-Chair and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Waterman-Kulpa, a certified LEED AP, earned both a Bachelor of Professional Studies and a Master of Architecture from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

Dylan Burns Dylan N. Burns is currently a candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree with a minor in Environmental Design from the State Univeristy of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.




Dana ZendanoFoit-Albert Associates Announces Addition to Survey Group

Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying, P.C., is pleased to welcome Dana M. Zendano who has joined the firm as Senior CADD Technician in the Survey Department.

Ms. Zendano brings extensive experience in Microstation, AutoCAD and other areas of engineering and architectural support. She holds an Associates Degree in Mechanical Technology from Erie Community College and was most recently Senior CADD Designer with ATSI, Inc.


Polar BearBuffalo Zoo Unveils New Polar Bear Exhibit

The Buffalo Zoo opened the much-anticipated Arctic Edge exhibit, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, to the public in September 2015. Foit-Albert Associates provided design and construction administration.

The Western New York community had been anticipating this moment ever since the Zoo broke ground for the new exhibit in February 2014. Zoo visitors can explore the 1.5 acre exhibit and see Luna the polar bear in her hew home. Luna's mother, Anana, will return to the Zoo to live in the new polar bear habitat, which features natrualistic landscaping and underwater viewing opportunities. In addition to Buffalo's beloved polar bears, Arctic Edge will also be home to Eurasian lynx, American blad eagles and Arctic wolves.

"It's been a long time in the making," said Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna Fernandes. "We know the community is looking forward to finally seeing the exhibit, but no one is more excited for the opening of Arctic Edge than we are."




Botanical GardensBotanical Gardens Update

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz gave an update on the $3 million renovation project at buildings 2 & 3 on the grounds of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. The project includes partial demolition, abatement and reconstruction of two of the historical greenhouse buildings on the grounds. Foit-Albert Associates is overseeing this work.





Andrew CoucheFoit-Albert Associates Announces Additions to Engineering Group

Andrew Couche has joined Foit-Albert Associates as a Junior Engineer. Mr. Couche recently received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His first assignment will be engineering support for the Erie County Sheriff's Office Shooting Range.


Carl P. Dimmig, Jr, PECarl P. Dimmig, Jr, PE, has also joined the Engineering Group at Foit-Albert Associates. Mr. Dimmig was most recently with the Erie County Department of Public Works and served as Senior Civil Engineer, Permit Engineer, Bridge Engineer, and Dam Safety Engineer. He brings over 40 years of experience and will provide engineering support. Mr. Dimmig holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, and an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Technology from Erie County Technical Institute.


William O'HeronWilliam O'Heron has joined Foit-Albert Associates as an Engineering Technician. Mr. O'Heron has over 20 years of experience in preparing design and detail drawings using AutoCAD and Revit, and performing estimating and field measuring and surveying. He is currently working on the SUNY Delhi Retaining Wall project and the Erie County Sheriff's Office Shooting Range. Mr. O'Heron earned an Associate Degree in Drafting with specialization in Process Piping and Model Building from Alfred State College School of Vocational Studies.


UB School of Medicine Progress

Things are starting to take shape on the new 628,000 square foot University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building at Main and High Streets in Buffalo, NY. Here are photos of the construction progress for field reports that Foit-Albert is preparing on the project.

UB School of Medicine Progress


Photo credit: Robert Kirkham, Buffalo NewsNew York State Parks Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo annouced that 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects, totaling $71.7 million, will be completed at 60 State parks and historic sites... including Foit-Albert's Niagara Falls State Park project, the new comfort station and ticketing building, as well as our work at Allegany State Park. Link to Buffalo News article.


Photo credit: Robert Kirkham, Buffalo News.

Erie Zoo Ribbon Cutting







Erie Zoo Ribbon Cutting

Erie Zoo officials and community leaders held an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11 to unveil the zoo's new $1.6 million cat exhibit. Foit-Albert Associates assisted with the renovation of the existing polar bear and lion exhibit into a new 3,600 square foot home for the zoo's Amur leopards and a pair of Canadian lynxes. Foit-Albert's Vice President of Architecture, Gwen A. Howard, RA, LEED AP, and David Marcoux, RA, provided design and construction administration for the project.

Jerry SentzGerard Sentz receives Distinguished Service Award

The Erie County Sheriff's Badge & Shield Club has awarded Foit-Albert's Gerard J. Sentz, PE, a Distinguished Service Award for his hard work and dedication with the Sheriff's Office Scientific Staff. Jerry volunteers for many civic duties including representing the ECSO at the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and coordinating the Scientific Staff with Child IDs at many events. Jerry's largest contribution is with the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post sponsored by the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Working with youth ages 14 to 21, he coordinates a program which involves cadets in community activities, teaches them the essentials of good citizenship, and gives them an introduction to potential careers in law enforcement. In the three years Jerry has been the Lead Advisor, the Boy Scouts have given the Post a Platinum rating and in competitions with other Posts, Post 505 has taken many awards including overall first place in 2014 in Western New York.