November 22, 2013

BPA Designers Take Home AIA Cleveland Awards!

Our firm congratulates two of our youngest designers, Jill Christoff and Theodore Ferringer, for taking home AIA Associate Awards at the 2013 Cleveland Design Awards last week. The annual awards honor the next generation of designers and professional leaders in both practice and in the community.

The 2013 AIA Design Awards held at the newly opened Cleveland Convention Center.
Photo by Ally McCarley Photography

Jill Christoff is awarded the Emerging Practitioner Award at this year's AIA Cleveland Design Awards!

Jill Christoff is awarded the Emerging Practitioner Award at this year's AIA Cleveland Design Awards!
Photo by Ally McCarley Photography

Jill Christoff received the 2013 Emerging Practitioner Award, for shattering the myth of a single specialty. Jill is the rare story of successfully melding interior design (B.A. Interior Design Kent State University, c/o 2004) and architecture (Master of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, c/o 2009) into her professional identity. She has been recognized in both fields, earning the title of AIA Associate, and being NCIDQ Certified. As an enthusiastic Adjunct Professor, and an engaging Practitioner, Jill successfully devotes considerate time to both her students at KSU and the firm’s interns. In fact, Jill has always been a leader of the firm’s internal mentorship program, and has recently pioneered changes to improve the program’s impact and longevity. Additionally, Jill’s exceptional hand-drawing (often thought to be a skill lost in her generation) was on display at the AIA “Art of Architects” exhibit at the at Intown Club (October – November 2013) alongside the work of Richard Fleischman.

Theodore Ferringer was awarded the Activism Award for exciting Clevelanders about their city.
Photo by Ally McCarley Photography

Theodore Ferringer (Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design CUDC c/o 2008) has received the 2013 Activism Award for his pledge to enrich Cleveland which has empowered the young designer to advocate, educate and excite its residents, architects and stakeholders about their city. His enthusiastic activism, creativity in the industry and continuous volunteerism/involvement in the region has earned Theodore several prestigious leadership positions. Theodore, having served on the AIA Cleveland board since 2011, is currently shadowing as the Associate Director Elect for 2013 for the AIA Ohio Valley Region (OVR), to serve a term in 2014-15 as Regional Associate Director to represent all AIA Associate (unlicensed) members in the region on the AIA National Associates Committee (NAC). Theodore is a champion at Bialosky + Partners in their regional pro bono work, including collaboration with Bike Cleveland for a safe and vibrant cycling culture in a rigorous planning proposal calling for a separated cycletrack network, The Midway, that re-uses right of ways of former street car lines to be installed throughout Cleveland.

November 19, 2013

LCCC Culinary Arts Design Receives AIA Honorable Mention Award

Bialosky + Partners Architects received a 2013 Honorable Mention Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for Achievement of Excellence in Architectural Design for the Lorain County Community College Ben & Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center in Elyria, Ohio.  Our thanks goes out to the college, the construction team, our consultants, and our photographers as well as our colleagues and the prestigious jury for this great honor. The following images and project brief were included in the award submittal: [slideshow_deploy id='2236'] LCCC Ben and Jane Norton Culinary Arts Center Culinary Theater The project, sited between existing campus buildings with complex access and service issues, combines two unrelated programs: the college’s relocated TV studio and the new culinary school. By employing twelve access points from the adjacent buildings and eight level shifts on the ground floor as a mechanism for carving and shaping the final form and program areas, we created an experience of culinary arts instruction akin to a public theatrical production. The west façade, acting as the formal building entry, is a proscenium-like frame of metal and wood around a wall of glass that allows views into and out of the kitchens on the lower and upper levels. The entry plaza is an outdoor living room with shaded multi-level seating encouraging viewers to watch the interior activity.  A rotated vestibule with a grand stair cuts across the front of the building and acts as the main pathway between the three buildings and allows viewers a close look into the teaching kitchens. Like the exterior, the demonstration kitchen and lecture room exhibit a series of overhead wood frames that spill out light, reminiscent of a stage. The kitchen and lecture room relationship is orchestrated as a culinary theater between the demonstrator and student. The space is an interactive distance-learning center that encourages audience participation. The three additional teaching kitchens feature state of the art video cameras and viewing screens including a two-way floating glass screen that can be simultaneously viewed inside and outside the kitchens.  The TV studio takes on a similar process where the studio itself is on display to the passerby, but so is the control room and the video technology room where all the participants in the process are “on the air” to the public. The exterior materials are related to the adjacent buildings with blended brick, light buff concrete, and dark bronze metal.  The interior pulls the exterior materials inward, transitioning to a crisp, clean palette centered on stainless steel, medium grey metal, blue tile, and a warm wood. The project is pursuing LEED Certification with high efficiency kitchen equipment, low-volume cooking hoods, reduced-flow plumbing fixtures, and LED lighting throughout.

August 28, 2013

AIA Cleveland Tour of Uptown/University Circle Recap

Via their involvement with AIA Cleveland, Jill Christoff and Matt MacRaild of Bialosky + Partners recently organized a tour of University Circle that focused on Uptown Cleveland, designed by Stanley Saitowitz of Natoma Architects. Landscape design is by Field Operations, the designers of the High Line in New York City, who are also working on designs to re-imagine Public Square in downtown Cleveland. The tour, a collaboration between the AIA Cleveland Associates Committee and Urban Design Committees was a part of the Building Cleveland To Scale: S, M, L, XL tour series. Phase 1 of the project features $44 million of new construction, with new buildings on the north and south sides of Euclid Ave, between Ford Rd / Mayfield Rd and East 115th St, and multiple renovated 1970s vintage apartment buildings on the south side of the street. The project includes almost 60,000 sf of retail, and 114 new market rate apartments in the first phase. Phase 2, estimated at $21 million,  is currently under construction and contains 43 market rate apartments and housing for around 110 Cleveland Institute of Art students, with first floor retail. The tour was split into two halves:

The first half featured Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle Inc., who spoke of the history, current developments, and future plans of the greater University Circle area.

In the second portion of the tour, Ari Maron of MRN, Ltd., tells attendees the story of the development of Uptown under the shadow of Phase 2 of Uptown in the background.

Previous tours have featured the St. Luke's Hospital re-development in the Shaker-Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, the Farshid Moussavi designed MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Convention Center and Global Center for Health Innovation, a rehabilitation and renovation project to the Celebrezze Federal Tower, and The Transformer Station art gallery in Ohio City. If you're interested in staying abreast of upcoming AIA Cleveland events - sign up for their weekly email here!

August 9, 2013

AIA Associates and Urban Design Committee University Circle / Uptown tour

Join the AIA Cleveland Associates + Urban Design Committee on Tuesday, August 13th for the next tour of the “2013 S, M, L, XL: Building Cleveland To Scale” hardhat tour series! Put together by BPA's Jill Christoff & Matt MacRaild, this tour features Uptown ( and other developments taking place in greater University Circle ( to be led by Chris Roynane, President of University Circle Inc, and Ari Maron, Partner at MRN, Ltd. The tour, worth 2 CEUs, will be broken into two, one hour long sessions that will both include question and answer opportunities. Schedule: 5:30pm: Walking tour of UCI development led by Chris Ronayne. 6:30pm: Walking tour of Uptown led by Ari Maron.Euclid-NE-View Please meet in the loft space at the new Constantino’s Market in Uptown, located at 11473 Euclid Avenue! This first tour led by Chris Ronayne will end at the location where the tour with Ari Maron begins. Come learn about University Circle Inc., the development, service, and advocacy non-profit group focused on the growth of the University Circle area, hear the incredible story of how Uptown was developed, designed, and financed using unprecedented collaboration in Cleveland. Stakeholders included University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, MOCA, and the Cleveland Institute of Art coming together to create a new neighborhood at Uptown in University Circle! Pregistration is required: $5 for Associates, Students and AIA Members $10 for non-members. Register here: Hardhats are not required for attendees - do wear comfortable footwear, though!