Fresh ideas about design
Five new people in the Pittsburgh office have been blinding us with their talents. Back in July, Diana Weidner joined us as Office Administrator. Diana came to us after 20+ years of working at PPG Industries, a giant in the coatings and specialty products industry. Her proactive work ethic and positive outlook were immediately apparent, and recently we were delighted to learn that she is honing her skills as a percussionist in her spare time. Diana sits at the front desk, so please introduce yourself when you visit.
Von Argyle joined Strada this summer as our new Controller. He has worked for locally-based, widely-respected companies such as PNC Bank, Bayer, and one of our own clients, Giant Eagle, gaining over 20 years of experience with accounting, forecasting, debt management, human resources, and international banking. Von has readily comprehended Strada’s accounting processes and he is embracing the joys of being part of a small, creative business.
In August, Melissa Estrada began as a Student Intern. Melissa has been active in a number of area organizations, including the Green Building Alliance and the Urban League of Young Professionals. In 2012, she won the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Green Central Design Competition, a call to re-envision a corridor of the City-County Building as a space connecting residents to sustainable resources. Melissa is in hot pursuit of her Master’s of Interior Architecture at Chatham University, and she is maintaining Strada’s design library while contributing to interior design projects.
Mark Hensler joined Strada last month as an Intern Architect. Mark brings seven years of experience in the profession with time spent at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Springboard Design. From his work on higher education and office projects around the country to the locally-significant Frick Park Environmental Center, he has mastered BIM coordination, detailing, and material research. At Strada, he has been working on downtown renovations as well as a pastoral camp in rural West Virginia.
Joe Colarusso also began at Strada as an Intern Architect in September. Joe is a recent graduate of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked as a technician and teacher in the digital fabrication shop. Earlier this year, he held an internship at Rossetti Architects in Detroit, and previously he worked on the construction side of the industry with both a stadium seating company and a roofing subcontractor. Joe is diving in as part of the design team for a new 250,000-sf complex at a major university.
The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.
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