September 26, 2016

Bialosky Receives National Marketing Excellence Award

Firms from all corners of America came to represent their firms at the Arizona Biltmore, Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Industry leaders from all corners of America came to represent their firms at the Arizona Biltmore, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Over the weekend, Marketing Director, Hallie DelVillan and Graphic Designer, Chelsey Finnimore accepted the 2016 Zweig Group Marketing Excellence Award at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on behalf of Bialosky Cleveland. Bialosky placed 3rd nationally in the Integrated Marketing category for our refreshed  branding and marketing strategy.

Winners in our category include:

  1. Hickok Cole Architects
  2. WGI
  3. Bialosky Cleveland
  4. EAPC
  5. JLG Architects
Bialosky's integrated marketing, including branding, environmental graphics, vision and values, and digital presence, garnered a national award from the AEC industry.

Bialosky's integrated marketing, including branding, environmental graphics, vision and values, and digital presence, garnered a national award from the AEC industry.

It is an honor to be recognized by our peers for the hard-work and dedication our people have put forth in creating an outward persona that truly reflects the values our firm was founded on.

What the judges had to say:

"We were impressed by the quality of the overall submittal package. The custom binding, high quality printing and paper, mirrored the high quality of their integrated marketing campaign. High marks were given due to the level of detail in the graphic standards, creativity of the environmental graphics, and achieved results."

Take a peak inside our 2016 submission:
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May 5, 2016

Bialosky Cleveland Receives Honorable Mention in 2016 COLDSCAPES Competition!

COLDSCAPES//Adapt is a multidisciplinary design competition seeking innovative responses to volatile weather conditions in winter cities organized by Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC).

Bialosky Cleveland received an Honorable Mention for their submission of HALO 22.  The project concept was inspired by the phenomenon from nature known as a 22˚ halo, an illusion caused by ice crystals refracting light in the atmosphere, forming a circular glow around the source. From this idea, the concept of HALO 22 was born, providing a critical step in survival for the homeless while beautifying the urban realm in the process.

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In Northeast Ohio there are 21 homeless shelters where people seek refuge from the elements. On freezing cold nights, the shelters overflow with people needing protection from the harsh conditions, and many are turned away due to the lack of space. With no resources to survive, HALO 22 provides those who were sent away with temporary shelter, food, water, first aid, and information.

Inspired by the 22˚ halo, circular light installations are attached to existing networks of infrastructure (such as bus signs and bus shelters). The halos appear suspended in a crystalline container that holds the supplies. In milder conditions, they appear as works of art, bringing light and interest to a space. However, in freezing, dangerous conditions, HALO 22 installations become beacons of hope, signaling help to those who need it the most.

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The competition team included Jeff Jasinski, Julie Roberts, Sai Sinbondit, Jeremy Smith, and Brad Valtman, with David Craun and Ted Ferringer serving as team advisors.

This year’s Coldscapes Competition was the second installment of an international competition hosted by the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. For more information, please visit the Coldscapes competition website at

November 26, 2015

Project Spotlight: Marshberry Corporation

At this year’s AIA / IIDA Cleveland Design Awards, Bialosky earned a 2015 IIDA Design Award for the recently completed project, Marshberry Corporation. Karen Miller, Senior Associate, Senior Interior Designer of NBBJ (Columbus) chaired the jury for this year’s interior design projects, and said of the project: “Marshberry exercised a well-edited interiors pallet, allowing a small gesture to have a large impact.”


Entry to Marshberry’s new corporate headquarters in Beachwood, OH.

With a bold and fresh new brand, Marshberry Corporation sought an office space that would embrace its new messaging, attract and retain new talent, and encourage a culture of collaboration. Previously disconnected by multiple floors with challenging interior spaces, Marshberry aimed to not only unify their team and enhance the experience of their clients, but also to add spatial flexibility and versatility to their working environment.

I sat down with one of our primary designers of the space, Mandisa Gosa, for a few Q&A’s.


What were the biggest challenges to overcome in the project? 

MG: Space planning was very important. Marshberry predicted to only need 75% of their new floorplate immediately, so space planning for the present as well as the future was critical to get right. Another huge factor of success relied on the aesthetic leap from their current offices, set in a Jeffersonian building, to a modern work environment, and have the employees be comfortable and feel “at home” as the Marshberry brand was changing.

Lobby, with a pop of color at the end of the corridor.

Can you describe the philosophy behind using neutrals vs. color?

MG: The design balances a vivid, yet minimalist palette, with clean neutrals and measured pops of color & texture. Bright white surfaces were used throughout to celebrate the fresh new space and enhance the natural light while also serving as a backdrop for key design features. Brilliant yellow was used to highlight key areas, such as the acrylic panels cloaking the reception desk and adjoining wall of the kitchen and dining area.

How did you encourage interaction in the space? How is the space flexible?

MG: The strategic use of glass was key; completely transparent glass signals an open line of communication. It’s a value Marshberry looked to promote in their new space. Private offices are built with clear glass, allowing managers to be more accessible, and to simply wave someone in or motion “just one second”. It’s much more welcoming. The multipurpose space is a great example of a flexible work environment. With movable walls, easy to move furniture, pin-up surfaces, the space can easily transform from Conference to Cafe.

November 24, 2015

Project Spotlight: The Midway Cleveland Conceptual Planning

Bialosky + Partners Architects recently earned a Merit Award at the 2015 AIA/IIDA Cleveland Design Awards, for conceptual planning and design of The Midway Bicycle Network for a stakeholder group led by Bike Cleveland. Thanks to all involved, in particular, Bike Cleveland Executive Director Jacob Van Sickle, Board Member Barb Clint, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, and Ohio City Inc.


Conceptual Midway Network Plan

The Midway seeks to re-utilize the historic infrastructure of Cleveland’s former streetcar network and leverages excess vehicular lane capacities to create an 80+ mile protected cycle track network. Protected cycle tracks provide continuous physical protection to cyclists while still being a part of the curb-to-curb street right of way. While the application of this typology to Cleveland is wholly unique, protected (or separated) cycle tracks are common throughout the world and are proven to make streets safe and comfortable for “all users from 8 to 80”. This infrastructure provides significant economic benefits and significantly increases the mode share of cyclists. Learn more about this vision at Follow the project on Facebook

November 19, 2015

Ingenuity Festival Cleveland – The [switch] Box

Editor’s Note: The Bialosky team was proud to have Chris Persons be part of our team for a summer internship this past year. Chris is currently pursuing his Masters of Architecture at Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. This is a recap of an installation at this year’s Ingenuity Festival Cleveland that Chris and colleagues collaboratively designed, fabricated, and installed. 

The design team for this piece included myself  Adam Prtenjak, Greg Stroh; electronics and arduinos (an open-source electronics platform) by John Popple and myself; budget and grant acquisition by Greg Stroh and Nick Young; and construction was completed by Michael Carnessali, Adam Prtenjak, myself, and Nick Young.

Our original position was this:

Our original position was this:

The [switch] box is intended to be a low-resolution speculation on future architectural possibilities when digital technologies disrupt traditional built environments. Digital technologies< i.e. sensors, big data, smart cities > have the embodied potential to mediate spaces in a manner with no comparable historical precedent. In this case, the line drawn between user and observer of space in the form of a wall is blurred. Exterior passersby [observer] trigger, through an arduino-linked sensor, a binary color change of a specific interior module, thus informing the construct’s occupants [user] of ambiguous yet located activity outside. This tactic can not only be scaled up indefinitely; it can be implemented through digitally complex mechanisms to fundamentally alter the relationships between users, observers, architecture, and digital technologies.