Winter 2011 CEO’s Message President’s Message by Gary W. Passero, PE, REM, F.ASCE by Wayne F. Wegman, PE I am looking forward to this year with excitement and This is an exciting time to be a part of enthusiasm for the opportunities that lie before us. You Passero Associates. As part of our ongoing will hear more about these opportunities soon. I would Firmwide Strategic Planning, our leadership like all of us to be mindful that “many are the plans in and management team met recently to a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails,” complete the Corporate Goals for our 2011 Prov19:21. Therefore, “commit to the Lord whatever you Strategic Plan. These goals are centered do and He will establish your plans.” Prov16:3. around supporting our critical success Gary Passero, PE, Although 2010 was not a banner year for us, we were factors — our four Cornerstones — which REM, F.ASCE blessed to end the year in the black. TYLJ. In addition, are focused on: Our People; Client Service; CEO I’m proud to report that we met our commitment to give Growth & Profitability; and Outstanding greater than 10% of our profits back to our community. Results. We have refined our vision and mission statements as We need your input now to finalize the Plan. part of our efforts to be a GREAT company. As our Your Department Leader will be meeting President, Wayne Wegman, has mentioned, for our with you shortly to develop action plans company to be GREAT, we must live, practice, and identifying what is needed to support your communicate our Core Values, which are our guiding growth and success and how you can help us principles for how we perform our work and for how we accomplish our corporate goals. treat each other. These values support the factors which When creating these action plans, remember are critical to our success — our four Cornerstones. If our ultimate Goal — to achieve our Vision: we focus our efforts on our People, our Client Service, Wayne Wegman, PE To be an Exceptional, President providing Outstanding Solutions and being Profitable, we will be a GREAT company. Values-Driven, Professional Services Provider In the coming months, we will see more initiatives to help us address and better communicate our core values, that is an including Integrity, Passion for Excellence, and Respect. Employer of Choice Therefore, let all of us examine our business practices to And please keep in mind what we are ensure they are in line with our core values. about — what our Mission is — what we I am confident that if Passero Associates continues to do to consistently provide our internal and operate within the guidelines of our Core Values and external clients with: Cornerstones, God will remain faithful to “supply all our Exceptional Service, needs according to HIS riches in Christ JESUS.” (Phil 4:19) Thank you to everyone for all your efforts. Outstanding Solutions, Sustainable Results Passero Associates What’s Inside... Be sure to consider our Core Values as we Rochester, NY collectively work to achieve our Vision — Saratoga Springs, NY Awards ........................ 1-3,11-12 we will act as one firm, working as a team, Jacksonville, FL Department News ............ 3-7,9-10 treating each other with respect, practice St. Augustine, FL servant leadership, conduct ourselves with In the Spotlight ....................8 the highest integrity, and exhibit a passion Events .............................. 11 for excellence. Milestones ......................... 12 Thank you all for your part in creating a GREAT company. Canstruction Supplement Winter 2011 1 Cornerstone Awards forms, all of which place Passero in a very positive light. Dan’s performance in the field and his by Kim Kulik attention to the needs of clients and residents has Do you know of a significant accomplishment had a direct impact on Passero’s reputation and by one of your colleagues that has had a positive our ability to obtain new work. impact? Nominate that person for a Cornerstone Award! Canstruction Team – Neal Pavone (Captain), Jared Miller, Award Recipients July - December Chris Frank, Lisa Cheung, Dave Cox, Tim Harris Justin Vollenweider, Carole Harvey, Tim developed a lead that led to Passero conducting Pam Johnson, Kim Perry, Beth Turof, a Feasibility Study for the Chili Fire Department. Kim Kulik Tim’s business development efforts have positively For demonstrating the Core Values of our contributed to the firm, through the study and Firm, this team of 11 were recognized for through the opportunity it creates to perform their participation in the 2010 Canstruction additional design services for this valued client. competition to benefit Foodlink. For their talent David Cox and creativity in constructing “We’re Not in Can- Dave put in extremely long hours to oversee sas” anymore, the team took top honors receiving all active projects, respond to client needs and the “Jurors’ Favorite” award. cover town meetings. Dave also prepared a large Beth Turof submission that included drawings, calculations, Beth was recognized for taking a leadership role reports and applications for the Town of Webster. in completing the outstanding Passero entry in Dave’s efforts allowed PA to meet tight deadlines the ACEC Awards for the use of Robotic Survey with favorable results for a valued Technology at Mill Seat Landfill. client. “Recognizing Susan Bennett personnel who Tim Harris Susan was recognized for her and Matt have demonstrated outstanding efforts in producing Nissen a large number of environmental an exceptional Tim and Matt reports and deliverables against commitment to one were recognized very tight deadlines. Sue’s or more of Passero’s for their dedication and commitment to dedication quality is appreciated by our Cornerstones and and focus on clients. whose performance/ efficiency. Their actions have had a hard work and long hours convey to our clients Christina McCrone that we are dedicated to supplying a proactive Chris was recognized for expanding the breadth consistent, positive of her responsibilities and providing exceptional approach to effective communication, reliable and and measurable service at every turn. Whether assisting with quality deliverables, and to meeting their expected impact on the success timeframes/deadlines! recruiting visits, orchestrating student shadow visits, coordinating AED/CPR training or lending of our firm.” Jess Sudol and Dave Cox support to various Admin/HR initiatives, Chris Jess and Dave were recognized for their due always delivers with a positive attitude and her diligence in the City of Rochester Port Marina best effort. project. Their efforts in enhancement and revision of plans exceeded expectations and went above and Shawn Bray beyond the call of duty, resulting in a very positive Shawn’s knowledge, talent and superior client presentation. management skills allow PA to maintain strong relationships with our current clients and to Lisa Cheung develop new ones with prospective clients. His Lisa successfully passed the professional exam management skills positively impact PA’s ability to achieve the designation of LEED® Green to remain a leader in Airport Engineering in the Associate. Lisa is the first member of the Passero Northeast. LEED Study Group to take and pass the exam, which is the first step toward becoming a LEED Fran Brigham Accredited Professional. Fran was recognized for her diligence in organizing grant reimbursement files associated Dan Passero with a new PA client who changed consulting Dan’s commitment to client service takes many Passero Press continued next page 2 continued from previous page firms. The client expressed their direct appreciation to Survey by Ed Freeman, PLS Fran by writing, “…her efforts have made this transition seem effortless. The support system of Passero The survey department is working hard on Associates is second to none, always there to help finishing up projects for the year. Some of whenever I have a question or concern.” these projects include Eastman Kodak, Middle Road, Ryan Homes, Mill Seat Landfill and David Harris High Acres Landfill. Dave provided exceptional construction inspection With the economy starting to have an upward “The Survey services on our first project at Williston Airport. The trend, Survey now has a backlog of work. We project was completed on-schedule, below budget Department has have been scheduling work out for about two and without contract delays. City of Williston staff weeks at a time, which is great for this time of been providing continually notes their complete confidence in Dave. year. surveys and Don Ramdass Some of the larger projects that we have Don has worked over two years in developing, tracking site plans as worked on this last year include work at the and creating a winning proposal for the City of Ormond University of Rochester, sewer projects in a donation to Beach and the Ormond Beach Municipal Airport. Webster, the new Webster Recreation Center, Habitat for Because of Don’s diligent efforts, Passero now has a Dunkirk Airport, Williamson Airport, Buffalo Humanity.” multi-year, continuing services agreement with the City Airport, Greater Rochester International and the Airport. Airport, Eastman Kodak, Ryan Homes, and Michael Churchill Waste Management. Michael was recognized for his efforts that led to PA’s This year, as in the past few years, selection as the airport engineer for Adirondack Airport. the Survey Department has been His commitment to service has been recognized and providing surveys and site plans as appreciated by our client says that, “he (Michael) has a donation to Habitat for Humanity. truly made my job so much easier, and I thank him every This donation helps families that need chance I get for that.” the extra help in getting a home of Ryan Tantalo their own. Ryan developed a Windows-based, transfer system for The Survey Department rented a the Survey Department which has reduced the time second Robotic Instrument this needed for daily downloads of information. Field crews year to work on the University of now spend considerably less time during down-loads and Rochester project. This instrument up-loads to hand-held data collectors. Because of Ryan’s allows a one man crew to complete initiative, productivity has increased significantly. almost as much work as a two Surveyor Frank man crew. With this instrument, we can Wasik, PLS, using Rob Murray accomplish more work with the same number Robotic Instrument, Through Rob’s professional networking, he submitted of staff. We are currently looking into also seen below a lead which resulted in obtaining a new client and additional work for the firm. We appreciate Rob’s work purchasing additional Robotic Instruments to referral. increase our productivity with the same staff. For the last two years, we have been bidding Lauren Monaghan and Jess Sudol on construction layout. We have had Lauren and Jess were recognized for personal and career some wins and are now doing work for milestones by successfully passing the Professional D’Agostino, a new client for us. Engineer Exam to become licensed PEs. We welcome Chris McCrone to our Sara Massey department. Chris has helped me out with Sara achieved a major, personal and professional career the budgeting of the department and is a milestone by successfully passing the Certified Member great addition. Exam with the American Association of Airport Executives. The Survey Breakfast in November was well attended and, as in past years, gives the Heidi Steins inside staff a chance to meet the outside For Heidi’s diligent work on project administration staff. On behalf of the Survey Department, matters associated with Gainesville Regional Airport. thank you to the FunRaisers Committee for Our valued client expressed appreciation for Heidi’s organizing the breakfast. positive attitude and problem solving abilities. Thank you to everyone for all your hard Congratulations one and all! work and dedication. Winter 2011 3 News from Florida Pavement and Lighting and Runway Safety Area (Phase 1) at St. Augustine; Taxiways B and E by Andrew Holesko, CM at Fernandina Beach; Ground Hub and Access Staff News Improvements in Gainesville; Apron and Drainage We are pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin in Palatka; and Runway 5-23 in Keystone. Shell, PE as Senior Project Manager. Mr. Shell Special thanks to Rich VanGelder for putting has over 35 years of experience in transportation his personal life on hold in 2010, and relocating design, specializing in transportation and traffic to Florida to manage the Runway 5-23 project engineering projects, working for the Florida in Keystone. It’s never easy (or convenient) to DOT, municipalities and other governmental temporarily relocate for a project, yet Rich put the agencies and private clients. His responsibilities company needs before his own, did an outstanding have also included project management of job, earned the trust of the client and helped project development and environmental (PD&E) us deliver an outstanding project to the Airpark studies, design and preparation of contract plans Kevin Shell, PE Authority. A sincere thank you, Rich! (final design) and design build. He also was responsible for office and project budgets, project New Projects: As soon as the FAA funding negotiations, expert witness testimony, project programs are re-authorized (which is imminent) review (quality control), cost estimating and we will be seeking funding for 2011 airport special provision preparation. improvement projects, which include: Taxiway rehabilitation at Williston Airport; Airfield lighting Mr. Shell holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and signage at Cross City Airport in Dixie County; from the University of Dayton. He is a Runway Safety Area (Phase 2) and Approach Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Lighting System in St. Augustine; Airfield Drainage Florida. He is a resident of Macclenny, Florida. in Fernandina Beach; and the Consolidated Rental We congratulate Aviation Planner/Grants Car Facility in Gainesville. We will have quite an Administrator Sara Massey on achieving active construction season for the remainder of a personal and professional milestone by 2011, with some projects continuing into 2012. successfully passing the American Association of We continue to work on a new pavement Airport Executives Exam to become a Certified rehabilitation technology at Palatka. We are Member. Sara is responsible for planning conducting material tests at this time to confirm and development of a wide range of aviation the feasibility of Hot-In-Place pavement recycling projects and grants administration at airports Sara Massey, CM for the upcoming Runway 9-27 pavement throughout Northeast Florida. She has a strong rehabilitation project. In a single pass, we propose regulatory background in aviation security, safety to heat, non-destructive mill, rejuvenate and place and environment and has over seven years of the asphalt back onto the Runway 9-27 pavement experience. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science in section. This specific method has not been allowed Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle (or applied) to a runway surface in the United Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, States to-date. It has been successful in Canada, Florida. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida. and been used as a base material for airfield Project Engineer Lauren Monaghan has also pavement. More to come on this process as it achieved a personal and professional milestone moves forward. by successfully passing the Professional Engineer As always, thanks to so many in each of our Lauren Monaghan, PE Exam to become a licensed Professional Engineer offices, for your continued support of Passero’s in the State of new York, with Florida registration operations down south. pending. Lauren is a civil engineer in the airport engineering group. She works on a variety of projects at airports throughout Northeast Florida. She has approximately six years of experience and Administration holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering by Kim Kulik from State University of New York at Buffalo. We welcome T. J. Knauf as an Accounting/ She lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Finance Assistant. A recent graduate of SUNY Project News Geneseo, T. J. has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Underway: It’s been a productive Business Administration. He has also completed winter construction season in Florida. Projects internships with two highly regarded Rochester underway, or completed, include: New General companies -- Paychex and Financial Architects/ T.J. Knauf Mass Mutual. We look forward to his contributions Aviation Terminal at Lake City; Runway 13-31 Passero Press to our Administration team. 4 Capital District as their Design Engineer for a new 7,500 sf Highway Garage. The Town had previously by Michael Churchill, PE completed a feasibility study for a new facility to 2010 was a very rewarding year in which we expanded upgrade their existing 5,000 sf garage, and our client base, concluded several significant aviation at the conclusion of the proposal review construction projects, and continued to solidify our process and interview, the Town elected to already strong relationships with our valued clients. contract with Passero Associates to oversee Without the support and cooperation of these clients, this project. Many thanks to Pete Wehner our success would not have been possible, and we and the Architectural staff in our Rochester must start out this update with a big “thank you” for Office who provided the support necessary entrusting your projects in our hands. to obtain this project. The Perth Highway We have been extremely busy with our most recent Garage represents our entry into a new aviation client, the Adirondack Regional Airport, market sector in the Capital District area, and in upstate New York. For the past nine months we are eager to identify other municipal clients we have been simultaneously working through the where we can provide similar building design transition from the previous consultant to Passero, services. Preliminary design was completed in and undertaking two new projects. As part of this January, and once approvals are complete, we transition, we have been processing paperwork on anticipate construction by this fall. over a dozen open FAA and NYSDOT grants, and As always, we want to express a special thanks to to date have been able to close out most of the all of our clients, both old and new. We cannot older grants. We are hopeful that by spring of 2011 be successful without your support. At Passero all but the most recent grants will be closed, and in we strive to be a true partner with our clients, and the process we will have obtained over $50,000 in we thank you for the faith that you have shown in overdue reimbursements for our client. Our grants our capabilities. We look forward to even greater administrator Fran Brigham has spent countless achievements in 2011 as we work together. hours sorting through paperwork and helping walk the Town of Harrietstown through the grants process. Thank you, Fran, for all your hard work. Remembering Your Besides grants paperwork, we have been working Co-worker…………. on an Airport-wide drainage master plan which by Don Ramdass we anticipate being completed in early 2011, and a Given our tight schedules, client requirements Wildlife Management Assessment Study. 2011 is and workloads, it is easy to forget to say “thank shaping up to be a very busy year, as we anticipate you” to a co-worker for a job well done. We need construction of Phase I of the Aircraft Rescue and to remember to do so, as it motivates us as team Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility Expansion, and the players to work efficiently and effectively. start of an Airport Master Plan Update. At Passero Associates, there are two excellent Our office has been overseeing a number of ways to thank someone for doing a good job; construction projects at every one of our eastern Thumbs Up and Cornerstone Awards. They New York Airports. We completed the construction are both very easy to give. Get a Thumbs Up of the site work for a new maintenance hangar at form and describe why the person deserves the the South Albany Airport; an obstruction removal Thumbs Up. When completed, submit to Kim project at the Kingston-Ulster Airport; a Security Kulik. The person will be given a small token of Improvement project at the JY Resnick Airport; an appreciation. Access Control and Security Improvements Project The Cornerstone Award is a step above the at the Sullivan County International Airport; and Thumbs Up, and ties the person’s good work have just begun a Security Fencing and Access to one or more of the company’s cornerstones. Control project at the Wurtsboro Airport. Not the sidewalk cornerstone I slipped on in the On the design end of our business, we will be Rochester winter! Nominate a person by writing completing two major projects for the Sullivan how their specific achievement met the company’s County Airport this winter – a $1.1 million water cornerstones on the Intranet form, and submit supply and distribution system, and a $1.2 million the completed award to Kim Kulik. She will share new ARFF Building. We anticipate another busy this nomination with the Partners, who then will construction year next summer as we undertake make the award determination. these very important projects. So my dear company family members, let’s make Finally, we are excited to announce that in December 2011 full of recognition for our fellow employees! of 2010 we were selected by the Town of Perth Winter 2011 5 Municipal Engineering: several renovations and upgrades to the existing campus, with the primary goal of providing a by Dan Savage, Carl Pilletteri, PE, Neal Pavone and Tim Harris more comfortable and modern living environment Project News for the VA’s current and future residents, more Livingston County Jail efficient and accommodating services to the VA The Livingston County Jail Expansion, which began staff, and state of the art medical technology for Passero in 2007, was officially completed at and facilities for both permanent residents and the beginning of November, with a ribbon cutting temporary outpatient residents. The residents ceremony held at the entrance to the new building. are comprised of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Many dignitaries were present for the ceremony, conflicts; including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, including the Sheriffs of surrounding counties, state the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others. senators and representatives. They were on hand to Passero Associates has partnered with SWBR take part in the ceremony, which included a blessing Architects on this project as part of a design team from Jail Chaplains and the unveiling of a memorial consisting of engineers of several disciplines, dedicated to those police officers and Sheriff ’s architects, master planners, security consultants deputies who had served Livingston County. and sustainability experts. Internal projects The Sheriff and Livingston County officials were comprising this major renovation include ecstatic about the new building, and the many significant modifications and upgrades to the features that were installed, including the separate Outpatient Medical Clinic, Community Living cells for segregation of juveniles, men and women, Center and Domiciliary. Several energy, utility and and the ability to control jail operations from a stormwater collection and management system computer system at the main desk. The ribbon upgrades are proposed to enhance and modernize cutting ceremony concluded with guided tours the campus. A major effort to upgrade the overall of the new facility by Sheriff John York, and the campus security is underway to increase safety for Sheriff ’s office jail transition team, who worked the residents, visitors, and staff. closely with the Pike Company, which served as Livingston County Passero Associates is in the process of analyzing the construction manager for the project. Passero Jail Opening existing parking, traffic, pedestrian, loading, Associates provided site design and survey stakeout Ceremony mass transit, utility, and drainage conditions, services for Kimball Associates, a and is assisting the VA, architectural and master Pennsylvania based firm, who was the planning consultants in the development of lead architect on the project. multiple options and alternatives for the overall Canandaigua VA site renovation. Our survey department has been The Canandaigua VA Major working diligently to perform the necessary field Renovation Project, located at 400 work, and to research, review and incorporate Fort Hill Avenue in Canandaigua, NY, available record mapping to provide the VA and had its official kickoff meeting on their design team with a strong foundation upon October 27, 2010. The project entails which to provide the proposed design options. Upon approval of the options by the VA, Passero Associates will analyze the proposed impacts and necessary redesigns related to the aforementioned site and surrounding conditions. The project is currently in the conceptual phase. From there, and upon selection of one of the conceptual design alternatives by the VA, it will undergo two schematic design phases, two design development phases, and a construction document phase. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2013 or 2014 with an anticipated construction duration of approximately five years. RGRTA Mortimer Street Bus Terminal An average of 129,000 travelers use the Amtrak train every year and have access to a terminal. An average of 2.7 million travelers use the airport every year and have access to a terminal. Livingston County Jail During Construction But 17 million RGRTA riders use the bus every Passero Press continued next page 6 year and are asked to stand out in the elements the summer. As a result, they contracted with (wind, heat of summer, rain, sleet and snow). Passero Associates to perform a drainage study Rochester’s Mayor and City Council are on board of a swale on the western edge of their property. with the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation The study will analyze the extent of the flooding, Authority’s plan to build a bus terminal on Mortimer possible solutions for rectifying the flooding, Street between North Clinton Ave. and Saint Paul St. permitting that may be required to perform the work as required by the NYSDEC and USACE It is a very high profile project that would take the (Army Corps of Engineers) and potential costs buses off Main Street, open it up to pedestrian for construction. Currently Passero Associates traffic, increase on-street parking opportunities has completed the survey work and wetland and make downtown more desirable for future delineation, and is in the process of analyzing development. The project has been under tight flooding conditions and recommending solutions. public scrutiny. Thank you to everyone for your contributions. RGRTA has more than $50 million in federal and State funds set aside for a bus terminal. Passero Associates’ role includes: Environmental by Kimberly Clarke, LEP and Peter Morton, CPG • Preparation of an Official Map Amendment for the City to reduce the width of Mortimer Street Project News We are completing a major Brownfield Cleanup and make it one way. Project at 1440 Empire Boulevard. Once finished, • Conduct a complete assessment and analysis of this site at the south end of Irondequoit Bay all the existing utilities that may be impacted by will be prepared for a high visibility location for the construction, then prepare construction plans Passero Spoleta Design Build, to showcase their for all utility revisions or relocations (water, gas, talents. Challenges that we encountered during electric, communications and storm) field work included Elizabeth being 1) shot at by • Complete a comprehensive vehicular traffic study hunters (in her words) and 2) being attacked by to review the current and future impacts on traffic a bat. In the bat’s defense, it was trying to sleep flow and weigh the pros and cons of possibly when she rousted it! converting North Clinton Ave and St. Paul Street to two-way traffic. Staff News Kimberly Clarke, LEP has been hired as Director • Pedestrian traffic study: completed a detailed field of Environmental Services. Ms. Clarke has over survey to count riders getting on and off buses and 17 years of environmental consulting experience. passengers waiting at bus stops. This survey was She is a Licensed Environmental Professional the first of its kind in Rochester to accurately track (LEP), a CT Licensed Asbestos Inspector and a passenger movements with the intent of creating a CT Certified Lead Inspector. Throughout her computerized model with animation career, Ms. Clarke has been directly responsible for that simulates passenger and bus movements in the planning, management, and implementation of and around the terminal. environmental investigations and remediation of • Develop construction plans for the relocation or numerous commercial, industrial, and municipal reconfiguration of all of the surrounding traffic properties. She has significant experience in the signal control devices, pavement markings and Kimberly Clarke, LEP completion of Phase I, II, and III Environmental signs. Site Assessments (ESAs); underground Once the project receives all approvals, construction storage tank closure and removal; detailed site could begin as early as this fall and be completed in investigations of soil, groundwater, surface water the fall of 2013. and sediment in an array of environmental settings; Harris Drainage Study remedial alternative evaluations; and interim Passero Associates has been working with SWBR and final remedy design and implementation Architects and LeChase Construction on the building on numerous projects and for a wide variety of and site renovations to the property at 1350 Jefferson contaminated media. Road for Harris Communications, including survey Ms. Clarke holds a Master of Science in and site design services, permitting and obtaining Environmental Science/Geoscience from the Town approvals. Harris purchased the property University of New Haven, and Bachelor of from Xerox, and since September 1st has been full Science in Environmental Science/Individualized speed ahead on renovating the building. Studies from Charter Oak State College, and an Facilities personnel from Harris noticed that one Associate of Science in Biology from Monroe of their parking lots had been flooding during Community College. She is a resident of Mendon, one of the many rain events that took place over Winter 2011 New York. 7 Spotlight: Justin was involved from start to finish and had the opportunity to get involved in every aspect of the Justin Vollenweider project throughout the design and construction by Kim Perry documents phases. He says, “I learned more on this Justin Vollenweider is a gifted young architectural project than any other.” designer who has been with Passero for nearly four As he has gained experience, Justin has been years. He is very dedicated to his work and is a working more directly with clients on most of his pleasure to get to know. projects, and this has been a benefit for everyone How did you get into this field? involved. “It’s a good learning experience for me, Justin can’t remember a time when he didn’t want and it also gives me a better understanding of to be an architect. “When I was little, I would what the client is looking for and allows for better make drawings and models of everything, from communication between our team,” he says. Justin my room to whole buildings, and experiment with also enjoys creating 3D renderings of projects, different layouts.” enabling clients to see more clearly how a finished Justin project will look. In high school, Justin took classes in CAD and Vollenweider design. He also studied art, including ceramics With his background in construction, both as a and sculpture. The math involved in architecture professional and from his experience doing his was never a problem for Justin, and he completed own home renovations, Justin really appreciates the college-level calculus while still in high school. opportunity to see his projects develop from design through completion. A successfully completed Justin graduated from Alfred State University project is something he can be proud of, and he’s with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and is glad to work with a great team at Passero to make currently working on completing the requirements that happen. for his AIA license. While in college, Justin did framing work on construction sites, gaining a good What’s your family like? understanding of the process of completing a Justin is the oldest of three boys, his brothers are project. 21 and 18, and are both studying Environmental Engineering. His father has been a manager at How did you come to Passero? several companies, including FedEx, Home Depot Passero actively participates in the recruiting and Canandaigua Wine. His mother is a nurse, process at Alfred State, and Justin applied for a job. currently with the Ontario Arc. “Each project He liked the size of Passero, and the variety of brings its projects he would have the opportunity to work on. Justin was born in Orlando, Florida and the family own unique He was very happy to be called in for an interview. moved to Texas and Pennsylvania before building their dream log cabin home in Canandaigua, New challenges, Justin’s interview at Passero was the first time he York. Justin’s parents are from Elmira, NY and had even been to Rochester, and he managed to get Lancaster, PA, and the family always enjoyed ranging from lost - not a difficult task in downtown Rochester! vacations in the Finger Lakes. While building their design issues to The one-way streets led him out onto Hudson house, the family lived in a cottage on the lake in time constraints, Avenue, where Justin asked a construction worker neighboring Honeoye, and Justin’s mother drove and I have for directions, but it was his first day in the city, him to Canandaigua for school each day so that he too! wouldn’t have to switch schools too often. He says, enjoyed working Luckily, Justin had left Alfred early and still made “I got to school an hour early every day, so I always on all of them.” the interview in plenty of time. “My dad taught me had time to get any last-minute homework done!” to be early for everything,” Justin says. Excellent advice! His interview went very well, and Justin How do you spend your free time? Justin has always enjoyed sports, and was a wrestler, was very pleased to be offered the job the next day. swimmer and cross country runner in high school. He says, “I started a month before my supervisor, He’s taken up golfing and is enjoying it. “I finally Pete Wehner, so I like to kid him that I have broke 100 - I scored a 97 - but no one believes seniority.” me,” he says. He also spends a lot of time working What projects do you enjoy working on his parent’s house, most recently putting in on? hardwood floors. A big Pittsburgh Steelers fan, “Each project brings its own unique challenges, Justin was proud to see them in the Superbowl this ranging from design issues to time constraints, year! and I have enjoyed working on all of them,” Justin Thank you Justin, for sharing with us. Your says. For example, while working on the Aircraft enthusiasm and conscientious work are a valued Passero Press Rescue Fire Fighting building in Sullivan County, contribution to Passero. 8 Architecture high-level community college conferences in New York and Florida and will continue to do so. By Mark D. Passero, PE, PMP and Peter Wehner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB Our latest project win at Jamestown comes as a direct result of over two years of preparation and Project News developing relationships. As we continue to provide Our valued client, Rochester Tech Park, needed services for residence halls at these colleges, we hope a project for The Sutherland Group completed to expand our project experience into additional very quickly in order to accommodate their projects at these colleges. growing workforce of over 700 employees. Thank you to everyone in Architecture for all your Extensive renovations were required in their hard work. newly acquired 65,000 square feet of space in the Rochester Technology Park on Elmgrove Road in Gates, New York. Passero Architects, along with Airport by Shawn Bray, PE LeChase Construction, completed the project in six weeks, including design and construction, Staff News meeting the client’s schedule. The project Congratulations to Airport Planner Lisa Cheung continues with Phase 2 for 400 more employees, on achieving a personal and professional milestone and Phase 3 which includes a new data center for by successfully passing the Leadership in Energy their worldwide operations. and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Associate Exam to become a LEED® Green Community College Campus Living Associate. Lisa provides an important role to the Community colleges have seen a growing Passero team as an Airport Planning and Aviation demand for on-campus housing, as students seek Management Specialist. She earned her MBA from a traditional college experience with the value Dowling College in Aviation Management, with that a community college provides. The design a concentration on strategic planning, operations consultants at Passero are providing residence Lisa Cheung, management, economic, finance and management hall solutions for several community colleges in LEED Green Associate for aviation. She has over 16 years experience in the New York, with more to come. aviation arena, both from a personal and professional Our latest project will be providing design standpoint. She began her professional career as an services for new residence halls at Jamestown airport planner on Long Island and is a private pilot. Community College in Jamestown, New York. Thank you to everyone in Airport for your This Passero Spoleta Design-Build (PSDB) dedication to our clients. project features innovative design solutions that will enable the college to compete effectively with off-campus housing options and will create LEED Workshop by Wayne Wegman, PE a living and learning environment for students. Instead of the typical layout of halls of double Congratulations to Peter Wehner and Mira or triple rooms, these residence halls will feature Mejibovsky on leading a very successful LEED suites consisting of four to five single rooms Workshop series. with a common area. This layout is appealing Pete introduced this program to Passero, and he and to today’s students who want the experience Mira served as co-facilitators of the 8-week program. of college life, but wish for the privacy of their It was great to see Lisa Cheung become the own room. Construction is scheduled to be first of what I hope will be many more “LEED completed during the summer of 2012. Green Associates,” with some advancing on to join Additional community college residence hall Pete and Mira as LEED AP professionals. The projects are on the horizon, with several expected commitment of time and energy in making this to begin the proposal process within the next six program a success and supporting our “Best People” months. Currently, half of community colleges cornerstone is appreciated! in New York provide housing, and half of the I also want to thank all of the participants: Chris remaining colleges are considering doing so. Frank, Jared Miller, Dave Cox, Elizabeth Many of these projects are design-build, giving Primus, Jess Sudol, Lauren Monaghan, Lisa PSDB a competitive advantage as experts in Cheung, Matt Nissen, Matt Sinacola and Tim residence hall design and construction. Harris, for preparing and contributing to the LEED In order to provide solutions to the specific Workshop series and building your knowledge and project needs of these colleges, and to promote skills to support PA’s Sustainability Program. Thanks our services, we have been connecting with the also to Christina McCrone for her outstanding college community by sponsoring and attending administrative support throughout. Winter 2011 9 Site Engineering the project, we are using smart traffic planning that will enhance the mixed-use functionality and by John Caruso, PE, PMP and Jess Sudol, PE are designing innovative connections to existing Staff News roadways and future developments. Preliminary Congratulations to Jess Sudol on achieving design of the project is complete and final design a personal and professional milestone and is currently underway. Construction is set to begin successfully obtaining his professional engineer in the spring of 2011. license. Jess is a Project Manager/Project A new car dealer is coming to Henrietta and we Engineer with over seven years of experience. He are assisting this new employer with site design holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and survey services. West Herr Mercedes-Benz is Technology from Rochester Institute of opening a new 30,000 sf facility on West Henrietta Technology. Road, near the WHAM News station. With the Dave Cox, PE, completed the Rochester need for a maximum amount of blacktop on which Marathon on September 12th and had “a to display cars, this project presented a stormwater Jess Sudol splendidly horrible time of pain and agony.” management and design challenge. There was no Congratulations, Dave! room for a traditional retention pond on the site, Project News so we located it underground to provide effective Mixed-use projects continue to be an stormwater management while still meeting the important part of the Site Engineering client’s objectives. Final design is being completed project load. In the town of Webster, the and construction will begin in the spring of 2011. mixed-use Golf Tee development is bringing Reusing existing sites and infrastructure is an together three of our most valued clients important element of two projects currently in and partners: Morgan Management, Christa the design phase for the Salvation Army. In Clay, Construction and Conifer Realty. Working New York, we are assisting with the rezoning and together, we are utilizing a former driving conversion of an existing 25,000 sf car dealership range at Brewster’s Ice Cream on Ridge to a Salvation Army retail facility. In Fulton, New Dave Cox, PE, Road to create a vibrant community that York, the Salvation Army will be renovating one left, completing the will include senior living, market-rate apartments, of their existing facilities into a new retail store. Rochester Marathon in including some with garages, and commercial Passero is also providing architectural design 4 hours 27 minutes venues. services on both of these projects. We assisted our clients with the Town of Webster In the Rochester area, reuse is playing a major role project approvals. To meet the concerns of the on an exciting project in the heart of Irondequoit, community with regards to traffic associated with Rochester’s oldest suburb. Our client, Morgan SITE DATA: Management, is leading a revitalizing retail WEBSTER GOLF TEE development that will be in keeping with the style 1. TAX ACCT. NUMBER: 079.150-0001-006 & 008.111 2. PARCEL ADDRESS: 1039 RIDGE ROAD & 1043 RIDGE ROAD 3. TOTAL PARCEL AREA: 27.41 ACRES (1039 RIDGE ROAD) ZONING ANALYSIS (ZONE MC)-RETAIL (INCLUDING 0.95 ACRES (1043 RIDGE ROAD) #1043 RIDGE ROAD ZONING ANALYSIS (ZONE MHR)-APARTMENTS 4. ZONING: MHR-MEDIUM-HIGH RESIDENTIAL AND MC-MEDIUM-INTENSITY COMMERCIAL DISTRICT. 5. THERE IS A FEDERALLY REGULATED WETLAND ON THIS PARCEL ACCORDING TO ACOE MAPPING. 6. THERE ARE NO STATE REGULATED WETLANDS ON THIS PARCEL ACCORDING TO NYSDEC MAPPING ENGINEERING ARCHITECTURE 7. THERE IS NOT A FLOOD PLAIN ON THIS PARCEL PER FIRM MAP COMMUNITY of the neighborhood at the intersection of Titus PANEL 36055CO229G DATED 8/28/2008 8. WATER WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE MONROE COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY. 9. SANITARY SEWER WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE TOWN OF WEBSTER. MIXED USE SITE 10. STORM SEWER AND DRAINAGE FACILITIES WILL BE PRIVATE. ZONING ANALYSIS (ZONE MHR)-SENIOR TOWN OF WEBSTER, MONROE COUNTY Avenue and Cooper Road. Rather than build PN 20101159.0001 N79°39' 03"E 125.00' a traditional “big box” pharmacy surrounded N01°06'25"W 224.21' 03"E N79°39' by blacktop, CVS will be the anchor retailer for 226.00' 3"E N80°31'0 Road Ridge Route 404 State Row ) New York 66' Wide ( 335.21' N03°48'43"W a new, pedestrian-friendly plaza built using the PAD SITE 232.96' to Centerline 8,000 S.F. 735.21' 199.80' S01°06'25"E to Row existing site utilities and infrastructure. Passero is to Row 335.21' 3"E 93.00' N80°31'0 125.00' 03"E N79°39' providing site design, architectural design, survey N03°48'43"W 156.58' and traffic study services. Pending approval, 356.52' GD 7,200 S.F. N86°09'50"E GC S.F. RETAIL BUILDIN RETAIL BUILDIN GB N01°52'21"W 8,400 S.F. 7,200 GA 7,200 S.F. RETAIL BUILDIN RETAIL BUILDIN RETAIL G BUILDIN 6,400 S.F. construction is projected to begin in the fall of 92.58' 189.30' N87°56'28"E 768.64' to Centerline 2011. STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AREA (P-1) Harmony Station ROUTE 104 HARD ROAD 00 S.F. 37.86' LINE ROAD 34,0 SITE FIVE MILE N88°53'35"E FUTURECIAL PAD TE ROAD A As part of Passero’s full-service approach, we have MER PRIVA COM COMMONS BLVD E ROAD SITE WEBSTER RIDG SHOECRAFT ROAD JACKSON ROAD HARMONY APART STATION N00°34'02"W BLDG. 4 UNIT MENT 00 S.F. #9 34,0 SITE FUTURECIAL PAD TOWN OF WEBSTER continued to develop our 3D rendering services in MER COM 497.81' HARMONY STATION RD Location Map APARTMENT BLDG. #8 6 UNIT N.T.S. APA G. 4 UN EN BLD Client: FIRE LANE RTM #1 PRIVATE ROAD B IT T 4 UNIT 4 UNIT RIDGE ROAD GOLF, LLC APARTMENT APARTMENT BLDG. #11 BLDG. #10 PO BOX 1660 the engineering department. Jared Miller has been S01°06'25"E PROPOSED SENIOR HOUSING PRIVATE ROAD D Passero Associates -A 624.21' 60 UNITS 100 Liberty Pole Way (585) 325-1000 FIRE LANE Rochester, New York 14604 Fax: (585) 325-1691 Principal-in-Charge providing several clients with enhanced 3D plans APARTMENT APARTMENT BLDG. #2 75' WIDE ZONING Meas. BLDG. #7 Project Manager 6 UNIT 6 UNIT DISTRICT BUFFER 4 UNIT 4 UNIT Designed by APARTMENT APARTMENT BLDG. #12 BLDG. #13 484.68' N87°33'44"E MATCH LINE PRIVATE ROAD C N00°36'29"W to assist in their marketing and approval efforts for 4 UNIT 4 UNIT APARTMENT APARTMENT BLDG. #15 BLDG. #14 110.33' FIRE LANE 75' WIDE ZONING DISTRICT BUFFER 600.00' S89°23'35"W Revisions PROPOSED SENIOR HOUSING PRIVATE ROAD E APARTMENT No. Date By Description BLDG. #6 6 UNIT APARTMENT their projects. These deliverables are an integral 60 UNITS BLDG. #3 6 UNIT N3 8° 01 A- '23 75' WIDE ZONING "W DISTRICT BUFFER 4 UNIT 4 UNIT APARTMENT APARTMENT BLDG. #4 22 BLDG. #5 0.3 FIRE LANE 4' UNAUTHORIZED ALTERATIONS OR ADDITIONS TO THIS DRAWING IS IN Harmony VIOLATION OF STATE EDUCATION LAW ARTICLE 145 SECTION 7209 AND ( 60' c part of our commitment to provide our clients ARTICLE 147 SECTION 7307. THESE PLANS ARE COPYRIGHT PROTECTED WEBSTER GOLF TEE -A Wide MIXED USE SITE Station Row ) S89°23'35"W 860.00' OVERALL with exceptional service. MATCH LINE Town/City: County: State: Project No. 20101159.0001 PROPOSED CROSS S01°06'25"E Drawing No. Sheet No. ACCESS ROAD 1 of 1 Thank you to everyone for your hard work and Scale: 1"= 50' 416.91' N00°36'29"W 755.00' A- Date AUGUST 2009 Webster Golf Tee Mixed Use Site Plan dedication to our clients. Passero Press 10 80 Eyes on the Prize FunRaisers News by Chris Passero by Joanne Randall, CPS and Heidi Stiens The 80 Eyes on the Prize Program is an effort to The Event Committee elected two Co- get the entire organization involved in Business Chairs in 2011, Christina McCrone and Development and in looking for new opportunities. Joanne Randall, and changed the committee Employees are rewarded for identifying potential name to “FunRaisers.” Our goal is “to leads and again if the lead turns into a project. bring PA staff together and to help provide The Way It Works balance between work, family, and fun.” It’s very simple - when you are out and about at: The year started out with a Buffalo Sabres • Doctor/Dentist Office – ask questions hockey game. Wayne Wegman was able to • Family Gatherings “hustle up” a bus from a Webster restaurant to transport staff to and from the game. In March • Colleagues – Clients – ask questions there was a Happy Hour at Murphy’s Law. • Job Sites April featured a family bowling party at Empire Keep Your Eyes Open – anything you learn: Lanes, with bowling under laser lights. • Architecture, Engineering, Survey, Site – any Down in our Florida office, the group attended a building-related, site or real estate issue Jacksonville Suns baseball game in July and had a Submit your lead through email/intranet to Chris visit from the King himself, Elvis!!! Passero or your Department Manager. Deck lunches on our building roof-top were held Rewards: all summer. Our grillmaster, Ron Santovito, once • You receive an award and official recognition again proved that he is truly the “king of the for submitting a lead grill.” Thanks to everyone who contributed. • If your lead becomes a project (contract) you One hot Sunday afternoon in July found us at will earn additional rewards Frontier Field for a baseball game and picnic. The A total of 17 leads were submitted this year by Red Wings actually won the game in the last inning! 10 different employees. For 2010, the 80 Eyes The Florida Spring Picnic was a big hit this year on the Prize Program has generated $112,750 in just as last year. All kinds of good eats and fun contracts/new revenues for the firm. times and bosses getting tossed into the pool! This Thank you to the following employees for was the 2nd annual BBQ and we hope some from submitting leads in 2010: Don Ramdass, Heidi NY will be able to join us at the 3rd annual BBQ Stiens, Joanne Randall, Mark Montanari, and pool tossing! Michael Churchill, Peter Wehner, Peter In November we held our annual Survey Morton, Robert Murray, Ron Santovito and Appreciation Breakfast. We had a record turnout! Tim Harris Our thanks to our Survey crew for their many Congratulations to the following employees whose hours in the field. leads turned into projects: December featured the Rochester office holding an Michael Churchill: His lead with the Fulton in-house Holiday Party for the first time in many County Planning Department led to Passero years. Each of the floors was themed differently, providing architectural and engineering services for and we were visited by the big guy in the red suit! the Town of Perth Highway Garage Project. December for Florida was a good time at Dave Tim Harris: Tim brought in a lead for a Passero & Busters. Great food, good games, and a great feasibility study for a possible new facility for the time had by all! The Florida office had a great Chili Fire Department. time with all of the office festivities this year and Robert Murray: Robert submitted a lead for an hope some of you in New York will join us in instrument survey for a dental office property that 2011!!! Passero has completed. Thanks go out to Committee members: Marci Peter Wehner: Peter became aware of a senior Alexander, Christina Baird, Christina McCrone, living facility that was for sale and sent it to Chris Mark Montanari, David Passero, Kim Perry, Passero, who presented it to Conifer, one of Joanne Randall, Allison Russell, Bryan Savage, Passero’s clients. Conifer purchased the facility Matt Sinacola, Heidi Stiens, Beth Turof, Justin Bowling, Spring BBQ, and a real estate commission was generated for the Vollenweider, and Wayne Zian. Thanks go out to Red Wings Game, Suns firm. our Partners for their support, and to all the Passero Game, Deck Lunch, staff who participated in and attended the many Holiday Parties Great work, everyone! Let’s make 2011 even better. functions in 2010. Winter 2011 11 Student Haley Wehner, Marketing Intern and Achievement daughter of Peter and Taylor Kulik, son of Kim and Kevin Lynanne Wehner, has Kulik, and a senior at Gananda High been named to the School, scored a perfect 800 on the SAT Dean’s List at SUNY Math IIC this fall. This is the most Purchase for the fall advanced Math subject test offered by the semester. Haley is a Taylor Kulik SAT, covering four years of college prep junior in the school’s highly selective Haley & Colby Wehner math, including precalculus, and Painting and Drawing BFA program. A minimum 3.75 GPA is required by highly selective is required to be on the Dean’s List. college programs. Peter and Lynanne’s son Colby, a senior at Irondequoit HS, Kim and Kevin’s daughter has won a substantial athletic scholarship to play Division I Kailee, also a senior at Gananda, lacrosse at Canisius College, beginning in the fall of 2011. won the Good Citizen Award He plans to study Sports Medicine. Colby also played on the given by the Colonel William Empire State Games Bronze Medal-Winning lacrosse team NYS Senator Mike Prescott Chapter of the National this past summer. Congratulations, Haley and Colby! Nozzolio & Kailee Society of the Daughters of the Kulik, DAR Good American Revolution. Her essay, THUMBS UP! July - Dec. Citizen Award “Our American Heritage,” won by Kim Kulik Third Place in the Good Citizen Recognizing with a well-deserved “thank you!” Drawing Scholarship Essay Contest, winners are in blue. Justin Matt Sinacola demonstrating Dependability, Service, Alan Snyder Dave Cox Vollenweider Mike Cornell Leadership, and Patriotism. Alexis Schmidt Chris McCrone Kevin Moore Neal Pavone Chris Passero Kim Kulik Taylor and Kailee will also be representing Allison Russell Kim Perry Pam Johnson Beth Turof Dan Passero Peter Wehner their graduating class as Valedictorian and Lisa Cheung Rich Celestino Carl Pilletteri Dan Sauve Salutorian, respectively. Congratulations, Carol Schweizer Debbie O’Dell Maria Kraska Robert Murray Taylor and Kailee! 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Winter 2011 Canstruction Supplement by Neal Pavone How it all started: I saw a TV evening news report on Canstruction in November of 2009 and decided to check out that year’s exhibit, so I went with two co-workers from the third floor to the B&L Wintergarden. I was impressed, and thought it might be a fun event as well as a great way to give back to the community. We sent out a firmwide email to see if we had enough interest to assemble a team and got a great response. We then contacted the organizers and asked to be included on their contact list for the 2010 competition. In September of this year, we attended the annual kick-off meeting and brought the rules, regulations and schedule back to the office. Another firmwide email went out and, with an expression of interest from 10 employees, our team was assembled. The next step was to secure backing from the partners. I gave a brief presentation to the partners, explaining what Canstruction was all about, and gained their support. With a commitment from the partners, we held our first team meeting to review the rules and formulate our plan. The team sent out a firmwide email to solicit structure and theme ideas that incorporated the word “Can.” We started with about a dozen ideas, narrowed them down to four and then two. One idea was rather “safe,” the other was more challenging. The team chose the more challenging idea by a narrow margin. “We’re Not in Can-sas Anymore” -- depicting elements from the film version of “The Wizard of OZ.” Rough sketches were developed, then plan and elevation views were created, including color. The various elements (the yellow brick road, Emerald City, the house and the tornado) were broken down into can-sized pixels to determine how many cans would be needed to complete the structure. With five awards being given, namely Honorable Mention, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity and the coveted Juror’s Favorite, we tried to put together a structure that would make us eligible to win at least one category. Little did we realize how this would pay off. continued next page Canstruction Supplement continued Next came the tedious field research. Team members visited local stores including Wegmans, Price-Rite, BJ’s, Aldi’s, etc., to measure and photograph cans (both front and back) to get sizes, colors and prices in order to assemble our “Building Blocks.” We also got prices on our allowable building materials including masonite, tape, string, etc., from Home Depot and Lowes. We had to do all the shopping and planning very well to stay within our budget. We placed orders at Price-Rite and Herrema’s Food Market and picked up over 2,000 cans of food. Herrema’s sponsored our team by providing a substantial discount on the food. Price-Rite also provided a coupon for our use. We needed over 160 cans of baked beans from Wegmans for the tan roof on the house but we learned that they considered that a seasonal item and could not get the number we needed from any one store. We had to visit seven different stores and buy whatever they had left on the shelves. Jared Miller was able to secure a central location at Advocate Custom Works where we could bring all the cans and practice build our idea to see if it would actually work. We did three practice builds after work and on a Saturday. Practice builds paid off. Several changes were made — some for appearance and some because of constructability issues. On the night before the build we had to pack up all the cans and building materials and deliver them to the B&L Wintergarden. We had about two hours to move over 2,000 cans. On build day it took about five hours to complete the structure. We were getting a lot of curious looks from our competition. Some of the competitors have been in Canstruction for five years. One team was the defending champion, and going for a “three-peat” on Juror’s Favorite. They had over 8,000 cans of food for their structure. Three of the structures had used items other than cans, in conflict with the rules, so with five awards available we felt pretty good about what we had done. When we stood back and looked at it, we were thinking that our exhibit had to be a solid contender for “Structural Ingenuity” because of our tornado. On the night of the awards banquet they announced “Best Meal” and then “Best Use of Labels,” and we had picked those two winners. We were waiting for our name to be called next for “Structural Ingenuity.” When they announced the next winner and it was not Passero Associates, we thought, “Oh, well, we got Honorable Mention — wrong again, we were awarded Juror’s Favorite. They said that not only was our structure “very recognizable” to the public but we had incorporated all of the important elements of the competition: we had a wide variety of food types, we used the labels very well and we had structural ingenuity….not to mention the eye-catching witch’s feet sticking out from under the house. The best part of the awards ceremony came as a result of an idea from Jared Miller. When we completed our structure, we were actually under our original budget that the partners had assigned to us. Jared suggested we donate the unused balance in the form of a check to Foodlink. When we accepted the award, we presented the check to a Foodlink representative and got a wonderful response from everyone in the room. With Gary and Fran Passero in attendance, that moment was the best part of the night. Thank you to the entire Canstruction Team — Jared Miller, Chris Frank, Lisa Cheung, Dave Cox, Justin Vollenweider, Carole Harvey, Pam Johnson, Kim Perry, Beth Turof, and Kim Kulik — and to the partners for your support. We look forward to next year!
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