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2015 in Review: Bernardon Continues to Dream, Design, and Succeed

2015 in Review: Bernardon Continues to Dream, Design, and Succeed
December 28, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, Bernardon is celebrating a year of tremendous achievements. Along with the recent change in name and leadership structure, the firm has exceeded expectations in growing our client base, increasing our local presence, and cementing our place as one of the top design firms in the region. 

Talent (DREAM)

The Bernardon design team has grown substantially since the beginning of 2015, adding fourteen individuals including three registered architects and three interior designers.

New Employees at Bernardon

The firm’s most recent additions are (from left to right): Matthew Foley, Keri Morton, Christina Salvitti, Katherine Comly Liss, and Kenneth Ngome (not pictured: Douglas Eriksen, Joseph Gallagher).

Veteran members of the Bernardon team also had several professional achievements in 2015:

Principal Douglas C. Hertsenberg was named to the board of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, a nonprofit entity whose mission is to develop and implement strategies that will increase the economic, educational, cultural, and social reputation of Downtown Wilmington.

Associate Principal Michael S. McCloskey has been elected to the board of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance, an initiative of more than 200 government, private sector, and non-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region.

Joseph Pavoni, AIA, received accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate. His achievement brings the firm total to 12 LEED professionals.

Projects (DESIGN)

With all of our achievements, the distinguished design team at Bernardon remains hard at work creating the best design solutions for clients all over the region. High-profile projects completed this year include Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s North American Headquarters, two new brewpubs for Victory Brewing Company in Kennett Square and Parkesburg, and renovations for Kendal-Crosslands Communities.

Several new projects have also been recently announced, including AVE King of Prussia – a multifamily collaboration with Korman Communities and Cornerstone Communities, a new hotel project in West Chester, and renovations to Ruby Jones Hall for West Chester University. More of the firm’s current projects can be viewed on the Bernardon website.

Awards and Achievements (SUCCEED)

The Bernardon team and our projects have continued to be recognized for excellence in 2015. The Copeland Maritime Center at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard was recognized for Excellence in Construction by both the Associated Builders and Contractors Delaware Chapter and the Delaware Contractors Association. Additionally, the East Whiteland Township Volunteer Fire Association was recognized as a notable project by Firehouse Magazine in their annual Station Design Awards program.

Most recently, Bernardon was also made a “Superstar in Business” by the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce in their annual 2015 Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business awards program.

There are also several indications that the new year will be just as successful. A few notable projects that have made headlines this year are currently under construction with expected completions in 2016. A spectacular, 6,000 SF waterfront custom home in Rehoboth Beach, DE will be completed in early Spring, while Bryn Mawr Village, a 47,000 SF retail and office development in Bryn Mawr, PA is expected to be completed in late Spring. Also, Chestnut Square, the much-anticipated 205-unit multifamily development in West Chester, will be completed in June.

However, what we rely on most for our continued success are the great relationships that the Bernardon team has cultivated and maintained over the last 42 years.

“It has been a red-letter year for our firm,” said Kerry R. Haber, President of the firm. “Our sincere thanks goes out to all of our clients and partners who helped to make this year such a success. We are looking forward to another great year.”


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