April 17, 2020

In Memory of
Jack Alan Bialosky, Sr.

It’s with a heavy heart we share that Jack Alan Bialosky, Sr. passed away Tuesday evening at his home at Judson Manor. He was 94 years young.

“Mr. B” founded this practice in 1951, then in his mid-twenties, in his small Shaker Square apartment. He was a daring architect, a brilliant painter, and a great storyteller. He prioritized family above all else, which continues to be a tenet of our firm today. We would not be together if not for him.

He would sometimes say “During the war I traveled the world, but no city is better than Cleveland”. He was right. Always keep home in your heart.

Mr. B’s story, in his own words, was recorded as part of the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Whether you knew him well or did not have the chance to, this interview will give us all a reason to smile.

Jack and his wife, Marilyn Bartow Bialosky z”l

JACK ALAN BIALOSKY, SR. MILESTONE PROJECTS
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Suburban Temple, 1954

 

Kendis Residence, 1955

 

The May Company, 1957

 

Goulder Residence, 1959

 

Progressive Insurance, 1976

 

Miller Residence, 1985

 

 

 

Obituary: Jack Alan Bialosky, Sr. (1925–2020)

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Share your favorite stories, memories, and quotes from Jack, Sr.

Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to
Suburban Temple-Kol Ami
22401 Chagrin Boulevard
Beachwood OH 44122
suburbantemple.org

January 7, 2020

Culture Video: Always By Design

When we say “Always By Design”, we mean more than buildings. While the phrase is new, it resounds Bialosky’s long-held belief that everything, including growth, process, and culture, is created with intention. It is never incidental.

Last year, we welcomed many new faces and more are joining our team in 2020. Today, we release a video that captures our people, and what unifies and inspires us: design.

View our January Newsletter here:
https://mailchi.mp/bialosky/culture-video-always-by-design?e=dde104782d

April 1, 2019

Graffiti: How a Vibrant Facade Came to Bring a Sense of Place

Constraints often create the best opportunities for design. When the owners of Graffiti and Legend asked us to re-design their Midtown storefront, the constraints were fairly evident. Some were typical, like budget and constructability, while others were more unique, like providing daylight to a retail store that requires a high level of security. Ultimately, these constraints drove the design and allowed us to create a unique storefront that brings a vibrant flash to the Midtown neighborhood while remaining true to the identity of its owners.

An Opportunity for Design

Existing Physical Conditions

The façade consisted of original brick masonry partially covered over as part of a renovation made up of tile and fiber-reinforced panels done in the 1980s. These renovated materials would be difficult to remove without potentially destroying the underlying brickwork, so we made the decision to simply leave them in place and paint all existing materials a single color to help unite them. We then covered them further with a perforated metal panel supported by an aluminum frame. The form is thus directly influenced by the existing constraints.

In Process South Elevation

Property Lines

The storefront sits directly adjacent to the city-owned sidewalk, meaning the aluminum support frame for the metal panel cannot engage the ground since it would cause potential issues for sidewalk replacement and plowing. Because of the existing facade materials, the frame had to be light enough to carry the new additional weight. The solution was to create smaller individual frames that could be installed independently and tied together laterally. The majority of these frames ended up being four feet wide, which precisely matched the dimensions of the perforated metal panels, meaning less material had to be wasted which is always a bonus.

Frame Attachment Detail:  A. Overview  B. Frame to Existing Wall  C. Frame to Frame

Security

Prior to our design, motorized grilles covered all of the windows and were rarely opened up during the day, meaning minimal daylight was reaching the offices and showroom. The perforated panels offer a unique solution as they cover the windows completely, allowing the security grilles can remain open at all times, while the perforations are sized in a way that permits ample daylight to fill the interior. Tamper-proof screws add an additional level of security, ensuring the panels can’t be removed without specialized tools.

Visual Interest

Physical conditions, property lines, and security concerns are contributing factors to the design process, but the aesthetic of the finished product must still stand out and support the vibrant brands. After all, the name of the business is Graffiti!

 

In Process South Elevation with Metal Frame Detail

The concept was to integrate a city-themed graphic that would evoke the very heart of the business’s ethos: provide great product and service, right here in Cleveland.

We considered several options for painting or coating the metal panels. Printing directly onto the metal was an early idea, but the process proved too difficult as the perforations and size of the panels would make it hard to achieve a clean finished product that can withstand weather and time. We ultimately decided it would be interesting to treat the perforations as pixels and layer something colorful and vibrant behind the metal panel. We printed a graphic onto a vinyl material that was then wrapped over a thin aluminum composite panel. Prior to being wrapped, the aluminum panel was CNC routed to match the shape of our choice, the Cleveland skyline. These colorful panels were then “sandwiched” between the perforated metal panels and the aluminum frame, holding them in place. This method ensures longevity compared to printing directly onto the perforated metal panel while the layering provides further protection from UV light.

 

A Vibrant Solution

The solution to our constraints ended up providing more than we could have hoped for, as it allows the appearance of the façade to change as light hits the surface. At times, the grittiness of the metal panel stands out, while at others the graphic shines brighter.

Small projects can be challenging to find design inspiration, but by listening to the client’s needs, and understanding the design constraints, we realized that simple solutions have a huge impact.

For more information about the project, visit the project page.

February 11, 2019

Future Offices – Winter Event Recap From NYC

A few weeks ago I visited New York City while attending the Future Offices Winter Event to learn about the drivers influencing the workplace.  We know that workplace design matters and can positively impact the level of engagement employees exhibit through my article in Smart Business Magazine. Through my few days there, a number of common themes arose.

Panel Discussion Hosted During the Event.

Employee Experience:

The word, “experience” is all the buzz across a variety of sectors. Retailers are focusing on how to create a memorable experience for shoppers, to incentivize them to shop in store rather than online. Universities are focusing on enhancing the college experience to attract students. The modern office is no different. Understanding the value of human capital when it comes to the costs of doing business, employers are focusing on improving the experiences of their employees in order to attract and retain the top talent. Employers are prioritizing food offerings, wellness activities, training, and professional development.  Additionally, companies are looking for ways other than amenities to engage employees.

Internet of Things:

With the evolution of connected devices in our homes, employees now expect to see these products at work too. Mobile phone apps will remind us when to adjust sit-to-stand desks. Automated package delivery systems will send messages when packages arrive, minimizing or eliminating the need for a staffer to deliver packages to your desk. Meeting rooms will be assigned based on appointment criteria, rather than scouring our calendars for open rooms. Plants will notify us when they need water with sensors. The possibilities are endless with the goal of minimizing administrative work allowing us to do our jobs more efficiently.

Coworking vs. Flexible Office Space:

Coworking space started out as a way for solo entrepreneurs and start-ups to have a professional environment to work and meet. While this need still exists, flexible office space has entered the market from traditional coworking providers and new providers. Flexible office space is personalized and branded within a building with shared amenities, facilities management, and shorter lease terms.

While this type of space is becoming the norm in larger cities for both small organizations and as an enterprise solution, it’s unclear to me at this time how prevalent it might become in the Cleveland market. If you have experience with this model, I’d love to talk to you for a future blog/article I am writing.

Brooklyn Bridge - New York, NY

Oculus at the World Trade Center - New York, NY

The event was thought-provoking and inspiring in many ways.  As was the city of New York itself.  I extended my visit for a short retreat with my husband and was awed once again by this amazing city! My favorite new stops were the Oculus and One World Trade Center as well as walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

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