Sharon L. Szalai Receives ACHA Board Certificate!

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The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced that Sharon L. Szalai, Principal at PF&A Design has earned her Board Certificate in healthcare architecture. Szalai recently passed an accredited examination, which assesses the knowledge and understanding of architects who practice as healthcare specialists. She joins the ranks of over 400 ACHA colleagues in the US and Canada who have received this important architectural credential.

ACHA requires its certificate holders to work towards the improvement of healthcare architecture on behalf of the public, to practice in an ethical manner and to maintain the highest standards in the specialized field of healthcare architecture.

Congratulations on your accomplishment Sharon!


CRMC Opens Advanced Wound Care Facility


A ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce took place on August 28th, 2018 for the new Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center designed by PF&A for Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

The Center uses a comprehensive approach for patients with slow and non-healing wounds.  In addition to traditional wound care, patients living in or near Elizabeth City, NC will have access to specialized hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at the new center.

Wounds need oxygen to heal properly. During the HBOT process patients lie inside a pressurized chamber that delivers 100 percent oxygen with increased atmospheric pressure. This increases the level of oxygen in the tissue, improves healing efficiency of white blood cells and stimulates the entire body’s natural healing responses.  Patients undergoing hyperbaric therapy have complete privacy in comfortable, individual chambers equipped with televisions and access to music for patient entertainment.




Announcing Newly Licensed Architect: Jonathan Hiser

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PF&A Design is proud to announce that Jonathan Hiser, Assoc. AIA successfully completed his Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and is a newly licensed architect.

The ARE is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). The ARE is designed to assess aspects of architectural practice that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building. The exam also assesses an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals.

Jonathan joined PF&A in 2016 and is an integral part of the firm and our architecture practice. Jonathan earned his Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech. His experience includes all phases of design through construction management. He has worked on several large projects including a 30,000SF Rehab, Physical Therapy and Transitional Care Unit for our local Children’s Hospital and a Cancer Center addition in Richmond, Virginia.

Congratulations Jonathan!


New Radiosurgery Equipment Treats Tumors more Efficiently


A strong medical equipment planning team [including Owner, Clinicians, Architects, Engineers] is key to a successful project outcome!

The Daily Press published a short video and article on our recently completed Varian Edge Vault project at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. Check it out!

Starting Summer Hours

PF&A will be observing summer hours beginning May 25, 2018 through Labor Day. The office will be open as follows:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. - Noon

As always, we will be accessible to answer any of your questions, if needed, during the off hours.

The Stars Were Shinning at the Eighth Annual SMILE Red Carpet Gala and Auction Event!


PF&A was proud to be the Spotlight Sponsor at this year's Samantha Makes It a Little Easier, Inc. (SMILE) Red Carpet Gala and Auction. Over 100 people gathered for a night of fun and fundraising.

SMILE’s mission is to enhance the lives of children impacted by a life-threatening condition through education, encouragement, and empowerment. For over five years, SMILE has been fulfilling its mission by providing items such hearing aids, wheelchair lifts, therapeutic tricycles, and much more. SMILE also supports programs that help enhance children’s quality of life through education and empowerment.

Potential beneficiaries can download an application at or email them directly at

CoVa Best of Business Awards - Vote Now!

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The nomination round for the CoVa Best of Business Awards 2018 is in full swing!

Have you had a positive experience with PF&A Design? Help us get to the finalist round for Best Architectural Firm by clicking on the link and posting your nomination.

Your vote means the world to us! Thank you!

Exciting news to be involved in VCU's East End Project!


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PF&A is so excited to be involved with this project for VCU!

Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health System are teaming with community partners to develop a health education and wellness center that will serve residents of Richmond’s East End.

The health education and wellness center will be located at the intersection of Nine Mile Road and 25th Street as part of a larger redevelopment initiative that will also feature a grocery store, apartments and a culinary institute operated by J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Click on the following link for complete article and more information about this project: