November 27, 2017

How the Design of Your Space Can Impact the Bottom Line

Sharing her expertise in programming and workplace strategy, Associate Principal Tracy Sciano Vajskop discusses how the design of a space can impact the bottom line, a perfect read, particularly for building owners, CEOs and anyone with a business.

Read the whole article here:
http://www.sbnonline.com/article/how-the-design-of-your-space-can-impact-the-bottom-line/

July 11, 2017

Bialosky Cleveland Announces New Associate Principal with Employee Promotions

We are excited to congratulate four Bialosky team members on their recent promotions within the firm.

Tracy Sciano Vajskop IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
Associate Principal
Tracy Sciano Vajskop, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted to Associate Principal and continues to be the firm’s Senior Interior Designer. Vajskop has been instrumental in blurring the lines between architecture and interior design within the practice. Vajskop has been critical to the success of projects such as The Roberta A. Smith University Library at Muskingum University, which garnered an IIDA Award for Best Education Project at the 2016 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards.

Jerry DeJesus
Senior Associate
Jerry DeJesus has been promoted to Senior Associate. With a career of over 30 years in the industry, DeJesus has been a leading HVAC Designer for many diverse projects such as the award-winning ASM International Headquarters and newly-completed Western Reserve Distillery. He has emerged as a pivotal team member of the firm’s strategic planning process, specifically to strengthen multidisciplinary integration.

Jon Spring RA
Associate
Jon Spring, RA has been promoted to Associate. As an exceptional designer, Spring presently serves as Project Architect for USCB’s new Hospitality Management Center and SUNY Broome’s Culinary Arts Center within Binghamton’s historic 1904 Carnegie Library. In his two years at Bialosky Cleveland, he has helped expand the firm’s technologies, including Virtual Reality.

Jeremy Smith AIA
Associate
Jeremy Smith, AIA has been promoted to Associate. As a newly registered architect, Smith has played a key role in the success of projects such as the highly-anticipated Tri-C Campus Center. Smith serves on the Outreach Council for AIA Cleveland, and is the author of the popular Cleveland Architecture Coloring Book. He was recently named to the “Top 25 Under 35” by The Cleveland 20/30 Club.

Jack Alan Bialosky, Jr., FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP remarks that “these talented individuals have strengthened our firm culture, design excellence, and technical aptitude. I applaud their extraordinary hard work and professional growth. We welcome Tracy as a deserving and personable Associate Principal and look forward to her next chapter of firm leadership.”


Image: (From Left to Right) Jeremy Smith, Jerry DeJesus, Tracy Sciano Vajskop, Jon Spring

July 6, 2017

Bialosky + Rust Belt Riders

A proud partner of Rust Belt Riders composting since 2017, we wanted to share how far we have come since then. We have diverted over 3,700 pounds of food waste from landfills and kept 3,270 pounds of harmful greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere.

This year, Bialosky Cleveland took a leap towards a more environmentally-friendly office, by separating our food waste from our landfill trash. Sustainability is an important principle at Bialosky Cleveland and we strive to act more green-minded. We focus on sustainability in our work, as many of our employees have LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications and our firm takes on many LEED projects. By adding an environmental initiative to our everyday lives, we remember the purpose behind the sustainable principles we apply to our projects.

Since mid-February, Bialosky Cleveland collected over 528 pounds of food waste. This is equivalent to keeping 464 pounds of greenhouse gasses from entering the atmosphere. When food waste goes into a landfill, it cannot break down properly and it produces large amounts of the harmful greenhouse gas, methane. By separating our organic food waste and allowing it to decompose naturally, we prevent methane from being created and keep the air a bit cleaner.

Our food waste is picked up every Friday afternoon by a Cleveland composting company called Rust Belt Riders and is transported to various local community gardens, where it is used as organic fertilizer.

 

Rust Belt Garden in downtown Cleveland, OH.

I recently toured Rust Belt Garden in downtown Cleveland with Michael Robinson, CFO of Rust Belt Riders. At this location, people in the neighborhood take care of the garden and receive fresh fruit and vegetables grown with compost in return.

Plants were grown with compost in Cleveland, OH.

The employees at Rust Belt Riders are knowledgeable about the biology and business of compost and they ensure Bialosky’s food waste is re-used in ways that best serve the community and environment. The company also services other well-known Cleveland businesses, such as University Hospitals, Spice Kitchen, and City Club of Cleveland.

Rust Belt Riders are creating compost with food waste.

We recently added an architectural touch to our composting bin – a wooden cover cut with our in-office laser cutter out of reclaimed wood. A few Bialosky architects and designers collaborated on the design and creation of the cover.

Compost cover made by Bialosky designers.

Composting our food waste keeps sustainability on the minds of Bialosky employees and reminds us to be more environmentally conscious in our professional and personal lives.

June 12, 2017

Bialosky on the Runway

Last month, Bialosky Cleveland once again took to the runway in support of Providence House, a crisis nursery fighting to end child abuse and neglect, in IIDA Cleveland/Akron's biennial design competition Product Runway. The competition challenges interior designers, architects, and artists to test their creativity and technical skills by transforming interior finish materials (such as upholstery, ceramic tile, and laminates) into runway-fashion. This year's event took place during MIX at The Cleveland Museum of Art, drawing a crowd of 2,300+ people from across the community. Cleveland native, and Project Runway alum, Valeri Mayen of Yellowcake served as this year's celebrity judge.

2017 marks Bialosky's third Product Runway (see our entries from 2013 and 2015), and we showed up in a big way with two teams competing for the top prize. Our teams consisted of: Bialosky:Element: Christy Schalmo, Alan Hipps (Model), Sam Meyer,Hallie DelVillan, Chris Persons, and Courtney Bell (DL Couch) and Just A Little Cocky: Sandy Weigel, Mandisa Gosa, Emma Kurfis (Model), Bridget Hrdlicka, Miranda Hiss (Ohio Desk), and Maria Asser (Ohio Desk).

Model Alan Hipps owning the runway for team Bialosky:Element

Bialosky:Element
The design of Bialosky:Element’s outfit was an exploration of raw corrosive forces, and how they translate into garments. Materials including vinyl wall covering, and colors were chosen that call to mind patinaed copper or rusting iron. That palette was advanced through outfit elements that seemed to make materials corrode each other, dissolving into complementary colors and forms. The main article—an overcoat—expressed an asymmetry through lapel construction, a one-sided collar, and a facial prosthetic that balanced the composition. It emphasized a single line drawn across the body through the entire jacket. Beginning in front, that line terminated in a disintegrating geometric pattern on the back of the garment, completing the look.

Model Emma Kurfis doing her best rooster strut for team Just a Little Cocky

Just A Little Cocky
Inspired by the Chinese Year of the Rooster, our team designed a garment that was both bold and detailed. We created an intricate stylized feather pattern over the fitted bodice with laser cut pieces of plastic laminate that mimicked the scale and pattern of a Designtex fabric. The ‘feather’ pattern was softened by adding brightly colored pieces of drapery fabric. The accent color serves to visually connect the top with the ruffled base of the vinyl mermaid-style skirt. We completed the look with rooster-inspired hair and make-up. Special thanks to our sponsors Designtex and Coalesse and our hair and make-up team Jen Brennan and Tierra Banks!


This year's competition was steep and unfortunately, neither of our Bialosky teams took home a prize. Congratulations to this years winners and a job well done to all teams that participated. We can't wait for 2019!

The Winners Circle

Most Wearable: Team K2M, Team Luxe
Sponsors: American Interiors, Knoll, KnollTextiles

Haute Couture: Team Bostwick Design Partnership
Sponsor: Kimball Office

Best of Show: Team Progressive
Sponsors: Shaw Contract, Patcraft

Fit & Finish: Team Dichotomy by Dimit
Sponsor: Wolf Gordon

People’s Choice: Team Dichotomy by Dimit
Sponsor: Wolf Gordon

Best Use of Materials: Team GPD Couture
Sponsor: 3Form

Check out all of the looks and photos from the red carpet here!

All photos courtesy of Matthew Jenkins Photography.

February 10, 2017

The American Institute of Architects Elevates Jack Alan Bialosky, Jr. to the College of Fellows

Bialosky Cleveland congratulates Senior and Managing Principal, Jack Alan Bialosky Jr., FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP who has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ distinguished College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession and society. Jack will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, FL.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of over 90,000, approximately 3 percent are distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more nomination categories; Jack was recognized for advancing Practice at a national scale.

After graduating Yale University and working and teaching in Boston, Jack returned to Cleveland in 1986 to begin stewardship of Bialosky Cleveland, who is known for the quality of its designs, the trust of their clients, the longevity of its staff, and the diversity of its portfolio. In 2009, the firm was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as a Gold Medal Firm, the highest honor awarded by its peers, in recognition of great depth and breadth, a collaborative environment, and having a cumulative effect on the profession over a substantial period of time. His leadership of the firm has extended to the planning and design of corporate campuses for Progressive Insurance which established a national architectural brand and helped propel the company’s explosive growth. At Crocker Park, in Westlake, Ohio, Jack has led the efforts to build a downtown heart for a city that challenged the notion of “urban living” being exclusive to metropolises, and serves as a national model of vertically integrated mixed-use.

Throughout his career, Jack has earned widespread respect as a trusted community leader and facilitator, helping to found non-profits, such as The Gathering Place, a cancer support agency, and to save others, such as The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, through strategic planning and design. Jack has served under four successive mayors as a key leader and primary architectural voice on behalf of the city, shaping major development for commercial, institutional and civic projects. Presently, Jack is the Chair of the Downtown Cleveland Design Review.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.