Foit-Albert Associates


Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying award for CR 156  Culvert Jefferson County







2018 ACEC New York Engineering Excellence

Foit-Albert Associates and Jefferson County, New York, were recognized with the ACEC New York Engineering Excellence-Gold Award at their Gala on April 7 in New York City. Photo: Foit-Albert's Jack Robson and Jefferson County's Vance Carpenter accept the award.

Burrville, New York, is located about 5 miles southeast of Watertown in Jefferson County. In 2005 Jefferson County Highway Department identified the need to address the structurally deficient culvert on CR 156 over Jacobs Creek (also known as Boynton Creek). Jefferson County hired Foit-Albert Associates as their single professional engineering firm to perform a preliminary study to investigate alternatives to meet project objectives and prepare final construction documents. Foit-Albert's services also included topographic survey, LIDAR scanning, drainage design, highway design, structural design and construction administration. View the ACEC Award Board.

Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying  Gwen Howard YWCA awardJacobs School of Medicine and Biomedeical Sciences Ribbon Cutting

Officials and around 1000 others gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting on the new $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo. Foit-Albert's Joshua Gardner of the Architecture Group completed more than 9000 hours during design and 350+ hours during construction. Foit-Albert employees also contributed to architectural support, survey, LIDAR, environmental and site/civil engineering services. Foit-Albert is proud to be a part of what Governor Cuomo stated, "By moving this state-of-the-art facility downtown, we further strengthen Buffalo's economy while helping to ensure the city's growth and development continues strong."

Pictured Left to Right: Kenneth Drucker (HOK), Dean Dr. Michael Cain (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences), David Schwartz (HOK), Marisa Caban (HOK), Laura Hubbard (UB), Jim Berge (HOK), Joshua Gardner (Foit-Albert), Phillip Luse (HOK), Tak Wing Louie (HOK).

Foit-Albert Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying  Gwen Howard YWCA awardYWCA 2017 Niagara Awards - A Tribute to Women

Foit-Albert Associates congratulates all the recipients of the YWCA of The Niagara Frontier 2017 Niagara Awards, and our own Gwen Howard, who received the Management Award. Gwen's advice, "Though it is especially true that we need to support the next generation of successful women in each of our fields, we succeed most when we broaden that approach to support our whole team regardless of gender or race. Leading equitably breaks down barriers and inspires those that follow in your footsteps to lead the same way. Lead generously, placing people in positions where they can succeed. Focus on equity and not just equality, giving each person the tools needed to succeed."

Gwen thanked her many "teams" -- her family for their support, the YWCA community for their inspiration, and Foit-Albert's staff members for their dedication and making Management easy.



  Associates Architecture Engineering and Land Surveying award for Botanical Gardens Growing Houses







Preservation Buffalo Niagara 2017

Foit-Albert Associates celebrates another award for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Houses #2 and #3 project. Erin Grajek and Joe DiDomenico of the Gardens and Jennifer Kensy, Greg Carballada, and Bryce Bixby of Foit-Albert accepted the award for "Outstanding Public Building Project" at the 2017 Buffalo Niagara Preservation Awards.

Photo at ceremony by Joe Cascio.

Foit-Albert Associates is growing!

Our Engineering Team welcomes Pamela King, Construction Inspector; Carlton O'Flanagan, Construction Inspector; Mike Mercier, Construction Inspector; and Brad Fuller, Environmental Scientist.

Our Architecture Team is joined by Paul DeVoe, AIA, Architect; Michael Lautner, Architectural Technician; and Kendall Grapes, Architectural Intern.

Strengthening our Administrative Team, we welcome Adrienne Thompson, Administrative Assistant; Julia Muscarella, Administrative Assistant; Rebecca Giardino, Administrative Assistant; and Sara Thomas, Bookkeeper.

Foit-Albert Associates Welcomes New Employees

Michael Bray, AIA, joins the Architecture Team with over 15 years of experience spanning commercial, institutional and residential projects including historic restorations, adaptive re-use, apartment buildings, hotels, medical, office, and schools. Michael earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture from University at Buffalo.

James Rusiniak, Project Surveyor, has 10 years of land surveying experience. He is a graduate of Alfred State with a B.S. in Survey Engineering and has worked on a variety of heavy highway and commercial construction projects.

Eric Hammer, Engineer/Inspector. Eric has 18 years of engineering design and inspection experience. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, NY.

Micaela Barker, Architectural Technician. Micaela is completing a dual M.Arch & M.Urban Planning from University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, Fall 2017.

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.

Event: Three finalists will present their business plans on the evening of October 20, 2016, 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.