LEADERSHIP

Leadership

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JOSEPH H. TROST, AIA, ACHA, NCARB

PRINCIPAL, Board Certified Healthcare Architect

Mr. Trost joined PF&A in 1990 as a project architect and was promoted to Principal in 2001. A graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Architecture, Mr. Trost has over 35 years of experience in architecture.

A national Architecture design award winner, his experience is diversified with strong emphasis in the healthcare, dental and commercial sectors. Project construction budgets under his management or involvement as a team member have ranged up to 30 million dollars. He has served as project architect and planner on numerous complex projects for federal government, state and local agencies. He has been responsible for client contact, programming, schematic design, design development, working drawings, bidding, construction administration and project closeout. Mr. Trost is very familiar with the guidelines and regulations of the VA, Joint Commission, NFPA 101, NFPA 99, ADA and Life Safety Code.

Mr. Trost is proficient in AutoCAD, Revit and BIM Modeling. He has recently earned his Board Certificate in healthcare architecture to become PF&A’s second in-house American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Board Certified Healthcare Architect.


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SHARON L. SZALAI, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, SEGD, NCARB

PRINCIPAL

Ms. Sharon L. Szalai, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, SEGD joined PF&A in 2003 as a Project Architect and was promoted to Principal in 2006. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Architecture and minor studies in Interior Architecture including studies abroad at Darmstadt University in Germany, Ms. Szalai has over 30 years of experience in architecture. 

Sharon’s diversified background and project experience provided the springboard to become a national Architecture and Interior Architecture design award winner.  Additionally, Sharon was honored with the “Woman of The Year Award” from Inside Business Magazine for her vision and talent. “My inspiration comes from my clients….their goals are my goals. Together we create inspirational design. My ‘aha’ moments for design solutions simply come while listening to the users, or driving from the office to my house, or as a morning thought when I wake…always ready with a sketchbook nearby.”
 
Creating patient-centered, team-based care models that foster a collaborative work environment is a design goal for every project. The most important quality as a designer is to listen, listen, and listen more…..then to “problem solve” that exceed the clients’ expectations.  Transparency and honesty go a long way. Everyone solves problems differently, bringing their own life experiences to the process.  Problem-solving is never simply one way, black or white; rather, it’s a collaborative, iterative process toward a successful solution.
 
During a project, Sharon takes the client through the steps of design, from schematics through construction.  Planning, feasibility cost analysis and “hands-on” involvement create success! At PF&A, we embrace our dialogue with clients…expressing our ideas in real-time hand-sketches or through virtual reality. Serving clients, the users, and the community through design is the driver of Sharon’s creativity.
 
Away from the office, she spends time sailing, boating, paddle boarding, entertaining…. and enjoying life with her three dogs and many friends!


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KIMBERLY J. BERNHEIMER, CHID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C

ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL

A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Senior Interior Designer Kim Bernheimer, CID, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, brings eighteen plus years of experience in interior design and has recently been named Associate Principal. 

As an interior designer, she is professionally trained to create functional and quality interior environments. Ms. Bernheimer’s experience includes creating illustrations and renderings, developing documents and specifications relative to interior spaces in compliance with applicable building and safety codes, and selecting and specifying fixtures, furnishings, products, materials and colors. She is an excellent communicator and has sustained proficiency in Revit/Bim. 

Along with her award winning interior design skills, Ms. Bernheimer has honed her knowledge in the use of complex materials, special equipment coordination/layout and proper spatial configuration. She also serves as project coordinator on multiple projects. 

Ms. Bernheimer recently passed the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) Examination and earned the prestigious CHID Certificate.


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LYNNE B. MANNING

ASSOCIATE

Lynne B. Manning recently joined PF&A as an Associate and is managing PF&A's secondary location in Gloucester, VA. Ms. Manning offers 30 years of professional interior design experience in the institutional, healthcare and corporate markets and holds a B.S. in Interior Design/Textiles from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Prior to joining PF&A, Ms. Manning was associated with several national architectural firms in the capacity of Principal and Director of Interior Design.
Ms. Manning has held positions as project designer, project manager and lead designer on numerous projects ranging from small renovation projects to multi-million dollar healthcare projects comprising all new stand-alone construction.

Ms. Manning’s experience includes developing documents and specifications relative to interior spaces in compliance with applicable building and safety codes, and selecting and specifying fixtures, furnishings, products, materials and colors.

Ms. Manning values a collaborative team approach to delivering quality design.