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Reinventing Hayes Large Architects

Partners announce plans to retool practice to reach 100th Anniversary and beyond. In a message distributed to clients and colleagues, Hayes Large partners Dwight Knouse AIA LEED AP and Randy Hudson AIA LEED AP discuss how they have reorganized the 93 year-old architectural firm following the Chapter 11 filing in October 2014. They continue to serve clients as they rebuild for a stronger future, and anticipate that the firm will emerge from bankruptcy in late 2015. Read more about their plans for the future.


Hayes Large Partner Dwight Knouse AIA Advocates for PA School Construction Funding

Speaks at Capitol Press Conference in support of pending legislation. Hayes Large Executive Partner Dwight Knouse II AIA was asked to speak on behalf of the AIA to make the case for passage of Senate Bill 694 and House Bill 210 sponsored by State Senator Eichelberger, Senator Folmer, Representative Saylor and Representative Grove. These bills provide much needed funding for school construction in Pennsylvania and seek to reform the current PlanCon approval system. The press conference included statements from School Board members, District Administrators, PSBA and PASBO representatives to provide first-hand accounts of the negative impact of the recent moratorium, unfunded promised reimbursements and an antiquated regulatory system. Dwight also highlighted the positive impact that an investment, primarily in renovating aging schools, would have on the state’s economy and employment outlook.


Hayes Large and Norwin SD Unveil New STEM Innovation Center

Re-envisioned plan creates new opportunities at Norwin High School. Hayes Large partners Randy Hudson and Dwight Knouse shared the results of the recent STEM Innovation Center study, unveiling the design concept developed with educators that creates several additions and reconfigures existing space within Norwin High School to support new STEM programs and encourage business-education partnerships. Planned improvements also enhance Norwin’s strong arts curriculum and address other programmatic needs. The new design plan helps Norwin achieve its goal of re-inventing public education to better prepare students for a knowledge and technology-based economy.


Sheetz Shwellness Center Earns LEED Gold

Celebration kicks-off Earth Day festivities. During its annual Earth Day celebration, Sheetz formally accepted LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for its new Shwellness Center, an 11,000 square foot employee health and wellness facility designed by Hayes Large. Mike Schiller, Executive Director of the Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh chapter of the USGBC, joined Joe Sheetz, President/CEO, for a ceremony marking the certification and Sheetz’s commitment to environmental stewardship. The new center is the first LEED facility for Sheetz, and the first in Blair County.


Stanmyre+Noel Architects Now a Hayes Large Company

Reston, Virginia team expands service to Mid-Atlantic clients. Hayes Large is pleased to announce the acquisition of Stanmyre+Noel Architects of Reston, Virginia. For more than 35 years, Stanmyre+Noel has provided exceptional design services for public schools, government agencies and private institutions. “This is an excellent team of professionals with an outstanding reputation for quality work,” notes Hayes Large Partner, Randy Hudson AIA LEEDAP. “We are excited to have them join our staff and extend our ability to serve clients throughout the region.”


STEM Innovation Center Study Kicks-off at Norwin School District

Diverse committee begins planning proccess for unique facility to foster Business-Education partnerships. More than 50 business, community and education leaders participated in a Visioning Session to begin the planning process for the new Norwin STEM Innovation Center for Teaching & Learning. The Center is being designed to help Norwin students meet the fast-growing demand for STEM related knowledge, skills, and abilities through internships and mentorships on campus. This first Steering Committee meeting focused on "big picture" issues, such as developing the programmatic vision for Center, setting goals, and exploring the many ways that the facility could be used to further STEM education at Norwin. The group also discussed other factors that will influence the design of the facility and its location on campus. The Committee will reconvene in several weeks to explore design options during the next phase of the study.


Sheetz Celebrates Grand Opening of New Shwellness Center

First LEED Certified facility in the region receives glowing reviews. The new 11,000 sf Shwellness Center designed by Hayes Large provides Sheetz employees and their dependents with a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor track facility, group exercise room, clinical spaces and a learning center. Sheetz is partnering with Marathon Health to offer on-site health screenings and acute care, along with health and wellness coaching. Located next to the Sheetz Distribution Center, this unique facility is the first LEED Certified building in Blair County. During the opening festivities, Hayes Large Executive Partner Dwight Knouse, AIA, LEEDAP, presented Sheetz with the 2012 Building Wellness Award to honor the company's commitment to both employee well-being and sustainable design practices.


Brookville Celebrates New Beginning for Hickory Grove Elementary

1970s open-plan school reorganized and renewed for 6% under budget.  Brookville Area School District rededicated its Hickory Grove Elementary School following extensive renovations designed by Hayes Large. “We are proud of our new building and are confident that you will be too,” remarked Principal Edward Dombroski as he welcomed more than 200 guests on hand to see the transformation.  The new plan improves circulation, brings daylight into formerly windowless classrooms, creates space for District administration, and provides new infrastructure. This marks the 24th project Hayes Large has collaborated with Brookville Area School District on since 1939, including the original Hickory Grove Elementary School.



Mike Zanin AIA Named to VEFP Board

Veteran School Architect pleased to join fellow Directors in their mission to improve places where children learn.  The Virginia Council of Educational Facility Planners (VEFP) recently asked Hayes Large Principal Michael A. Zanin AIA to join its Board of Directors.  Mike leads the firm’s Leesburg office and brings more than 30 years of school design experience to his new role. Committed to supporting public education, he volunteers time working with students, and is an active member of the Loudoun County Technical Education Foundation. VEFP is a state chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International.


Carmen Wyckoff AIA LEEDAP Leads Workshop on Healthy Schools

VSBA Attendees learn how school design can improve student and staff wellness.
Carmen met with Educators and School Board Members at the Virginia School Board Association's Governor's Conference on Education to discuss how simple changes in school environments can reduce the spread of germs, improve indoor air quality, promote physical activity and even steer kids toward healthier food choices! Special thanks to V.S. America Inc. for providing sample school furniture that stimulates brain activity and encourages productive movement by students. Contact Carmen at to learn more about how simple changes to school facilities can impact student achievement.


PGCPS Breaks Ground for New Ferguson Elementary

Hayes Large designs new LEED Gold Elementary for the Accokeek Academy.
Project Manager Mike Zanin AIA and Director of Landscape Architecture Mark Shrift ASLA recently attended a heart-warming groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ferguson Elementary School now under construction at Prince George's County Public Schools in Accokeek, Maryland. Hayes Large is currently designing renovations to the adjacent Burroughs Middle School to complete the transformation of this PreK-8 campus that will feature many innovative sustainable and educational design elements. "This is the beginning of the implementation of the Prince George’s County School Board’s vision to create a contemporary unified facility for the Accokeek Academy," remarked Mike Zanin. "The new Henry G. Ferguson ES is the first stage in the complete regeneration of the schools on this site."


Bald Eagle Area Honored for Green Efforts

School system receives 2012 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
Long-time Hayes Large client Bald Eagle Area School District was recognized by the State of Pennsylvania for its sustainability and energy conservation initiatives, including its new geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels and environmental education center. Hayes Large designed the geothermal system during the recent renovation to the K-12 complex, and helped the District to secure an Energy Harvest Grant to offset the installation cost. 

Hayes Large Partners Deliver Message to PA State Legislators

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Makes Strong Case for School Construction Funding.
Randy Hudson, Dwight Knouse, Jim Thompson, and fellow AIA members met with lawmakers at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on Architect’s Day, April 3, 2012 to discuss the impact of anticipated cuts in school construction funding. The AIA is working with school business organizations to suggest alternatives to the state’s proposed moratorium on new projects, and ensure timely payments to school districts for current construction projects.

Station Medical Center Hosts Blair County Chamber Business After Hours

Renovations Receive Rave Reviews. Attendees of the March 29th Blair County Business After Hours were given the opportunity to visit the newly renovated Station Medical Center designed by Hayes Large. Once a vacant Bi-Lo grocery store, it is now a successful outpatient center for the Altoona Regional Health System. As chamber members mingled and enjoyed tours of the facility, they spoke enthusiastically about the remarkable transformation and variety of healthcare services offered at Station Medical.

Randy Hudson Presents at National Public Library Conference

"See What I Mean?" Opens Eyes of Librarians to Changing Field. On March 17, Hayes Large Design Partner Randy Hudson gave a presentation at the Public Library Association’s national conference in Philadelphia.  Entitled “See What I Mean?”, the talk covered the increasing role of images, rather than words, to convey information in education, business and entertainment. With sponsor Cathi Alloway, of Schlow Community Library, Randy discussed what this means for librarians, and how librarians and other educators can use visual technologies to keep their institutions vital. Hayes Large intends to apply these lessons in our master plan for Susquehanna University’s central library, to begin in fall 2012.

Station Medical Center Ready for Grand Opening

New Facility Provides Patients with Access to First-Rate Technology in a Convenient,
"Retail-like Environment." Altoona Regional Health System’s new $18 million Station Medical Outpatient Services Center became fully operational this month with the opening of imaging, cardiac rehab, sleep lab, HealthForce, outpatient laboratory, neurology testing and pre-anesthesia. These services join the physical medicine and rehabilitation department opened last October, providing a significant upgrade to regional health care offerings. Hayes Large designed renovations to a former Bi-Lo department store, working closely with medical staff using 3-D design tools to lay out necessary spaces and transform former retail space into a patient-centered facility.

T.C. Williams High School Minnie Howard Campus Featured in Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Article Cites Cost Savings Achieved Through Unique Geo-solar HVAC Solution. Hayes Large assisted b2E Consulting Engineers in developing a master plan for sustainable design upgrades to this 1960s school. Innovative features include a geo-solar HVAC system, a solar hot water array, and a "Greenovation Lab" to teach students the fundamentals of energy consumption. The March 2011 article, "Engineering a Sustainable School," highlights the impressive savings achieved since 2009, and provides the lifecycle cost analysis for the project. Visit to learn more.

Hayes Large Project Manager Carmen Wyckoff to Speak at National Nurses Conference

Architectural Prescriptions: Remedies for Reducing Allergies, Infections and Obesity. Carmen will conduct a discussion of healthy architectural choices at the National Association of School Nurses’ (NASN) 43rd Annual Conference in Washington, DC this June. Whether a school building is slated for a major construction project or simply due for maintenance work, the informed school nurse can have a positive impact on designing for wellness. Evidence demonstrates that school design--from inexpensive interior modifications, to changes in annual maintenance plans, to visionary new construction ideas--can affect student well-being—and therefore, learning and social outcomes. Contact Carmen at to learn more.

Springfield Township Celebrates their New Erdenheim Elementary School

Students, Staff and Community Members Join In Heartfelt Dedication. On November 8, 2010, residents of the School District of Springfield Township gathered to dedicate their new Erdenheim Elementary school designed by Hayes Large. Musical performances, a video production, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and the opening of a time capsule made for a memorable evening. Students led tours of the new building adorned with their artwork describing their feelings about their new school. "It’s like a six-hour home," remarked one young student. Congratulations to the entire community and design team!

Growing Congregation Breaks Ground for New Worship Center

Ceremony held on Church’s 45th Anniversary Brings Together Congregation, Clergy, Local Officials and Designers. The Church of the Holy Spirit, designed by Hayes Large in the 1960s, needed to expand its worship, social and outdoor space to support active programs and a growing congregation. The 13,850 square foot addition will provide a new sanctuary with seating for 700. The current sanctuary, which currently seats under 300, will become a new social hall. The $3,000,000 structure also includes a 980 square foot day chapel, a new reconciliation chapel, restroom facilities, off-street parking lots, and a multipurpose meeting room.