Pediatric Behavioral Health Tower

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The new Medical Tower for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia, which is currently in design, will support both hospital-based outpatient clinics and an inpatient pediatric behavioral health program. The current base floors serve a variety of program types including outpatient programs such as General Academic Pediatrics, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

The inpatient program is a brand-new service line that CHKD is creating to serve an historically under-served population. The concept for the building is “transformation”. All patients coming to this facility for care are on a journey. Recognizing that the journey for some patients is learning how to be the best version of themselves. Also how being different can be something that is celebrated and valued.


Array Architects
Cerami Associates
Healthcare Building Solutions
O’Donnell & Naccarato
Smith Seckman & Reid
TLC / PACE Collaborative
VHB Engineering
WM Jordan Company
Zipf Associates

Careers at PF&A


PF&A Design has immediate positions available for highly motivated individuals who are talented designers with strong verbal communication, production, design and graphic skills. The ideal candidates have the natural ability to prioritize a litany of tasks, negotiate schedules, garner trust and credibility, nurture relationships and communicate with extreme proficiency.

PF&A seeks innovative candidates in pursuit of a long established career with the firm.  We support growth towards licensure and engage the candidate as a long term investment. PF&A is a national award winning firm with recognition in architecture and interiors.

INTERIOR DESIGNERS (Entry level to Senior level)

  • Graduate from a four-year CIDA (formerly FIDER) accredited Interior Design program

    - Entry level. One to 3 years of experience a plus.
    - Mid level: Four to 7 years of experience.
    - Senior level: Eight to 10+ years of experience.

  • Skills in Revit and AutoCAD required

  • Additional presentation skills in SketchUp, Illustrator and Photoshop a plus

  • Ability to self-start and work with team in a small office environment and multi-tasking will be paramount to success

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume in PDF format, portfolio and work samples (include renderings) with references to Sharon Szalai.


  • BS/BA of Architecture or Masters of Architecture degree required

  • Proficiency with Revit required. Auto-CAD a plus

  • Skills in rendering required

  • Capability of learning quickly on the job

  • Experience in prior architectural office a plus but not mandatory

  • Experience in prior architectural offices a plus but not mandatory

  • Self-motivation and a desire to grow with the firm a plus

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter, resume in PDF format, portfolio and work samples (include renderings) with references to Sharon Szalai.

ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER (Entry level - 1 to 3+ Years)

  • Experience in prior architectural office a plus but not mandatory

  • Proficiency in Revit a must. Ability to create and manage families, templates, and central models in order to optimize project and work-sharing efficiencies required.

  • Experience with AutoCAD, Bluebeam, SketchUp a plus.

  • Experience with Architectural detailing a plus.

  • Flexibility to work both collaboratively and independently on projects of all scales and types.

  • Successful candidates should exhibit genuine interest in the A/E industry and embrace the teamwork philosophy.

Salary information dependent and commensurate with level of skill and experience

Qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume in PDF format with references to Sharon Szalai.


ACHA Certificant Spotlight: Sharon Szalai

Sharon is the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Spring 2019 issue spotlighted Certificant!

Click on image on the left, turn to page 3, and find out how what motivates her and excites her about healthcare architecture!

Happy Retirement Lynne!

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Please join us in extending best wishes to PF&A Design Associate Lynne Manning who is retiring!

Lynne has been an esteemed member of the firm for five years and she will be greatly missed by staff and clients alike. We have all benefited from her talent as an interior designer and amicability as a leader, colleague, and friend!

We know she is eager to catch up on time with her family and the community work that she loves so much. We wish Lynne well as she starts a new chapter in her interesting life!

Health Hub @25th Progress


PF&A's VCU / VCU Health collaboration project to provide health and wellness programs to Richmond's under-served East End residents is almost complete.  We had a chance to inspect the work this week.

The Arthritis Foundation: Beef . Bourbon & Blues Event


PF&A is a proud sponsor of The Arthritis Foundation!

The Arthritis Foundation is partnering with Committee Chair, Todd Rauchenberger, at Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Inc to host their inaugural Beef, Bourbon, and Blue’s event with proceeds benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. We hope you can join us on February 9th!

Click on the following link for tickets and for more information on this event:

5th Annual Soup Day


Fifth Annual Soup Day today! What an awesome way to warm our bellies on this very cold winter day in Norfolk! Terry, thank you for the delicious spread of homemade soups and corn bread. You have spoiled us once again!

A long time friend and partner of PF&A’s, Terry Umberger works as an Account Executive for Interface.

Holiday Cheer!


A few snapshots from our PF&A holiday party. Thanks to everyone there - you made our party wonderful! (Bob Ross and your Christmas squirrel too!)

A special shout-out to Norfolk’s Brick Anchor Brew House for providing us with the perfect venue, tasty food and the most clever drink menus in town!

PF&A Names New Associates!


Join us in congratulating our newest Associates, Sara Heppe, NCARB, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT and David Peronnet, NCARB, AIA! Sara and David joined PF&A as project architects in 2015 and 2016 respectively and have since, with their talent and leadership, greatly contributed to the success of the firm. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sara has more than ten years of professional experience in architecture. Along with her award winning design skills, Sara is fully committed to sustainability and high performance buildings because of their benefits to their owners, their communities, and their environments. Her experience encompasses projects for higher education facilities, labs, and a variety of healthcare spaces ranging from inpatient behavioral health to new outpatient buildings. David offers over twenty years of professional architectural experience and holds several degrees including a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. David has a diverse design background that includes graphic design work for major USA companies, design education and publishing, and architectural work that ranges from single family residences, laboratories, liturgical buildings, and healthcare facilities. Congratulations!

7th Annual SMILE 5K

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Run, Run, Run as fast as you can! During this year's SMILE Gingerbread 5K or Gingersnap 1-Mile Fun Run (for ages 12 and under) on December 1st!

On a new course, the races start and end at Hot Tuna Bar & Grill. Overall and age division awards will be presented during the Post Race Party at Hot Tuna Bar and Grill.

We hope to see you there in support of a great local non-profit that works effectively to enhance the lives of children!

Click on the following link for event details and to register for the race.

2018 Jingle Bell Run - Virginia Beach

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Get in the spirit this holiday season! Tie bells to your shoes, dress in a festive costume and raise funds to help cure arthritis.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, who face the daily challenges of the nation’s #1 cause of disability.

Jingle Bell 5k run on Sunday December 2 at 8am at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach. For more information and to register:

Pun-kins, Pop-kins, Creative-kins

‘Spooky’ by Stephanie B. is this year’s winner!

‘Spooky’ by Stephanie B. is this year’s winner!

‘You missed’ by Phil H.

‘You missed’ by Phil H.

‘Medusa’ by Betsy K.

‘Medusa’ by Betsy K.

‘Cheshire’ by Stella C.

‘Cheshire’ by Stella C.

Pun-kins, pop-kins, creative-kins abound. A 'gourd' time at PF&A's second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!

We might have a small crop this year - but it’s mighty big on creativity and talent!

'Witch' one's your favorite?

HRACRE Best Healthcare Building!

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Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE) Design Award’s mission is to identify, encourage and reward excellence in development design in the Hampton Roads MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area).

PF&A is honored to have received the Best Healthcare Building Award of Merit for the Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center (SMOC) in Chesapeake, Well done and congratulations team!