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Hayes Design Group Architects Hired by Peters Twp. School District to Design New High School
July 13, 2017

PITTSBURGH (July 13, 2017) – The Hayes Design Group – Architects (HDG) has been selected to design a new high school building for the Peters Township School District.

At a special Board meeting this week, the Board authorized an Agreement with the architects to provide architectural and engineering services for the schematic design through the construction administration phases of the project. The Peters Township School District previously hired HDG in April 2016 to perform a feasibility study to determine the viability of renovating the existing high school versus building a new high school.

Based on the feasibility study, the School District decided a new high school made more sense for the taxpayers of the District. “While Hayes Design Group showed that a renovation of the existing high school was possible to meet the District’s educational needs, the cost to do so was not the best return on investment for our community,” said District Superintendent Dr. Jeannine French.

In addition to the feasibility study, Hayes was commissioned by the School Board to assess the other facilities in the District as part of a strategic plan for capital expenditures over the next 10-15 years.

According to Dr. French, “Once the District had the opportunity to review the conditions of our facilities, and assess the financial impact for our community, the Board decided the best long-term decision for students and taxpayers was to build a new high school. We are eager to begin this process and look forward to a continued relationship with Hayes Design Group.”

Mark Duane, a principal at the Hayes Design Group and also a resident of Peters Township, said he is excited to work on the project. “It is a life-long dream to be able to design a high school for the District I grew up in and live in currently. This is a chance to contribute to the future of Peters Township and to help sustain it as one of the premier communities in which to live in southwestern Pennsylvania.”

A new high school has the potential to accelerate the educational strides Peters Township has made in the past decade. Kevin Hayes, principal and founder of HDG said, “The School District is a leader in education across our region. Over the past 16 months we have gotten to know this dedicated Board and administration, as well as members of the talented teaching staff. Our goal is to provide them with a new high school that will help them challenge and empower their students in new and exciting ways.”

Design activities will continue through the summer and fall. Input from stakeholder groups such as taxpayers, teachers, students, administrators, and Board members will be sought as the design is refined. Once an approved design is established, construction documents will take another three to four months, with the project construction expected to be bid in the spring of 2018. Construction will commence as soon as possible after bids are received, reviewed and contracts are awarded.

The Hayes Design Group Holds Second Annual Adopt-a-Landmark Program
April 27, 2017

On Friday, April 21, the associates at The Hayes Design Group - Architects held its second annual “Adopt-a-Landmark program.” During the day the firm volunteered at the Woodville Plantation in Bridgeville, PA.

 Throughout the day, the firm’s associates worked with the Plantation’s Facilities Manager to plant, weed and clean-up the landscapes surrounding the Plantation and also replace railroad ties and colonial-style snake fencing.

 The firm’s Adopt-a-Landmark program is focused on the important role that the architectural profession can play in honoring local Historical Landmarks to ensure their upkeep and maintenance so everyone can continue to enjoy the rich local history and culture they provide.

“There are many examples of landmarks in our area that are in critical need of volunteers to help with the upkeep,” stated Kevin Hayes, Principal, The Hayes Design Group. “As architects, our focus is on designing and building strong communities and we have a great opportunity to showcase our profession and skills through helping to keep these important landmarks maintained and looking good.”

"The very existence of Woodville helps people in this region re-connect with Western Pennsylvania life in the eighteenth century," said Arthur Ziegler, President of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF). Over the years, PHLF was able to raise funds to restore the house by setting priorities and phasing the work in affordable stages. We are grateful that Hayes Design Group is contributing its knowledge and expertise to assist in the ongoing restoration of Woodville. We encourage people throughout the region to volunteer their time to care for and promote the historic landmarks in their neighborhoods."

Woodville is one of the most significant architectural landmarks in this region––and it has been saved and opened to the public through a partnership of volunteers and nonprofit organizations.  After serving as a family home for two centuries, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) acquired the Virginian vernacular house––so it would not be demolished for a gas station––and helped form a volunteer association in 1976 to care for and open the house to the public. That volunteer association, The Neville House Associates, now owns and operates the National Historic Landmark and PHLF retains a preservation easement on the house, grounds, and ancillary building and continues to provide funds for the basic operation of the house. The Allegheny County Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America has been instrumental in acquiring furniture for the house and providing restoration guidance.

The Woodville Plantation had a total of 2,500 visitors in the year 2016.

The Hayes Design- Group
March 03, 2017

The Hayes Design Group – Architects (HDG) recently celebrated its new office space with a Chinese New Year themed Open House.  According to the Chinese zodiac forecasters, 2017 is the year of the rooster, which is centered on moving forward.

"We were thrilled to celebrate our firm's new chapter and moving forward in a new office space with our clients at the Open House," stated Kevin Hayes, Principal and Founder. "Our clients are an integral part of our success and it was great to celebrate our good fortune with the extended HDG family." 

In addition to Chinese themed food and decorations, the new office received blessings from Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Father Mike Salvagna of St. Paul of the Cross Monastery, who were in attendance at the event.

Construction of the new HDG office space started in August 2016 and was completed in December of 2016. The scope of the work included, demolition of an existing 4,800 SF space and constructing a new office layout with spacious open workstations, multiple enclosed offices, conference rooms, kitchen, and a central multipurpose area for receptions, lunches, seminars and informal gatherings.

The design focused on the maximization of natural daylighting and views to the outside into the forested setting of the building. Energy efficiency was also a focus through establishment of multiple heating/cooling zones, use of LED fixtures and solar shades. The design also included several special AV features such as large screen monitors throughout to encourage a collaborative design thinking process. The end result of the design is the creation of a serene environment that will better serve the employees to be inspired, creative and relaxed. 

The new space will accommodate recent staff additions and the future growth of the firm.  In 2016, the firm added three new staff members and was recently awarded several new projects, including construction of the Robinson Township Municipal Complex and a new water treatment plant in North Fayette County in partnership with Senate Engineering.

The Hayes Design Group – Architects Wins Contract for New Robinson Township Municipal Complex
January 11, 2017

The Hayes Design Group- Architects (Pittsburgh, PA) in partnership with Weber Murphy Fox (Erie, PA) was recently awarded the architecture services contract for the construction of the Robinson Township Municipal Complex, following a RFP process. Phase One of the project, the creation of design concepts and programming began in December for the proposed site, a 10-14 acre plot, adjacent to the Mall at Robinson.

The scope of the contract will include preparation of construction documents, mechanical and contract administration for the proposed 35,000 SF. building.

Upon completion the building will house the municipal administrative offices, police department, library, tax office, along with ancillary township offices, creating the convenience of having Municipal services in one building.

“We are pleased to work with the Township of Robinson on this exciting project to create a state-of-the-art building to serve the growing needs of the Township,” stated Mark Duane, Project Principal. “Our design team will work over the next year to create building design options that incorporate flexibility for growth and new technology, security and sustainability features that align with current trends in Municipal Buildings.”

The project is expected to be bid in early 2018 and completed in the Fall of 2019.

The combined project team brings over fifty years of municipal design experience, including the completion of recent projects for Ross Township Municipal Building, The Northland Community Library, and Independence Township Municipal Building in Washington, PA.