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Scott Neal, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Design at Wendel, participated in the Every Place Counts Design Challenge workshop in St. Paul, MN on July 18-19. This federally-funded initiative seeks to raise awareness and identify innovative community design solutions that bridge the infrastructure divide and reconnect people to opportunities. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is assisting the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) with the design challenge.
The St. Paul-Minneapolis workshop focused on the following (according to USDOT website): The construction of I-94 divided the Rondo, a historically African American community in the Minneapolis metro area, and as the city has grown more diverse, ethnic enclaves are still clustered on either side of the highway, now including Asian Americans and Native Americans as well. The community would like to develop exemplary models of community design and engagement to guide future corridor planning efforts.
The community team worked through two separate issues affiliated with the I-94 corridor being constructed in the 1960s. The first being the new bridge on Dale Street that has the opportunity to help augment the Rondo community, which was decimated by the construction that went right through the center of the community. The second project involved Prospect Park, where the team worked on getting connections to the Midtown Greenway bike system.
The NYS Public Service Commission approved requests from the City of Poughkeepsie and City of Beacon to purchase utility-owned streetlights. This allows the municipalities to take control of their own street lighting, converting to environmentally-friendly LED technology that will reduce costs to taxpayers. Wendel is working with the City of Poughkeepsie and City of Beacon on these projects. View the full press release here. Wendel worked with the Village of Horseheads as well, also mentioned in the above press release.
We’re excited to announce the recent acquisition of Evolve Architecture, a leader in interior design in Virginia, to enhance its offering to include interior design, space programming and planning, and move management services.
United by a common culture, we share a commitment of customer service and first class communication. Together we have delivered excellence in the fields of architecture, design and construction for over 100 years.
The regional expansion in Richmond, VA represents Wendel’s commitment to the mid-Atlantic region and surrounding communities. Joining the Wendel team are 14 professionals, including co-founders RoseMarie Bundy, CID, IIDA, expert in interior design, Randy Blankenship, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP.
“We are truly excited about the growth Wendel is experiencing nation-wide,” said Stewart Haney, President & CEO. “Acquiring Evolve Architecture increases our capabilities in the strategic areas that align with our current and future growth plans. Evolve greatly complements Wendel—we are able to provide our clients a greater depth of services by joining the two.”