VCU New Kent Emergency Center Construction Timelapse

Time lapse video provided by CK Bosworth Construction, LLC

Time lapse video provided by CK Bosworth Construction, LLC

The VCU New Kent Emergency Center recently broke ground. Click on image to see a time lapse of construction progression to date. As you can see, construction is well underway!

Don’t forget to check back on the progress in a few weeks!

*fun fact: one photo is taken every ten minutes to create this time lapse video

Interior Designers attend 7 Cities Design Expo


Happiness is having great colleagues who work hard together but also know how to have fun together!

This fun-loving group of interior designers recently attended the 7 Cities Design Expo in Virginia Beach which featured products and sneak peeks of new interior finish products.

CHKD Pediatric Behavioral Health Tower BREAKS GROUND!

Take a virtual tour of the new CHKD Mental Health Hospital, opening in 2022. For more information, please visit
Tuna Baklan from CHKD, the CHKD Healthy Bear, and  Jonathan Hiser, Project Architect

Tuna Baklan from CHKD, the CHKD Healthy Bear, and
Jonathan Hiser, Project Architect

Sara, Jonathan, Hannah, Brittany, and Mandy with CHKD’s Healthy Bear proudly representing PF&A!

Sara, Jonathan, Hannah, Brittany, and Mandy with CHKD’s Healthy Bear proudly representing PF&A!

Posted September 17, 2019, by Nick Bovkin WTKR 3

Tuesday was a big day in the City of Norfolk and for the state of Virginia, as many celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for CHKD's mental health hospital.

Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new mental health hospital. Many -- including Gov. Ralph Northam, CHKD's President and CEO Jim D. Dahling, the Mayor of Norfolk and parents who lost one of their children to suicide -- shared how much this hospital will benefit the area.

State and city leaders say the 60 bed, 14-story building mental health care center will have everything from outpatient therapy to even partial hospitalization.

Many community leaders and hospital leaders said the $224 million investment by CHKD will play a pivotal role statewide by addressing the mental health challenges children face today, including, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and even thoughts of suicide.

Every patient room will be private and will provide sleeping accommodations for parents.

The mental health hospital is expected to be finished and open to the public by 2022.

We are proud to be a part of the design team helping to bring this very important program to our community!

Project Collaborators:

Array Architects
Cerami Associates
Healthcare Building Solutions
O’Donnell & Naccarato
PF&A Design
Smith Seckman & Reid
TLC / PACE Collaborative
VHB, Inc.
WM Jordan Company
Zipf Associates

Sara Heppe Receives ACHA Board Certificate!


The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has announced that Sara Heppe, Associate at PF&A Design has earned her Board Certificate in healthcare architecture.

Ms. Heppe 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 Sara!

Oh Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!


A successful little lunchtime surprise celebration for the mom to be! We can’t wait to meet the new bundle of joy!

Special shout out to Kristen Horst for baking the delicious cupcakes!

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.


  • Licensed Architect with 8 years minimum

  • Diverse knowledge of architecture principles and practices

  • Uses advanced techniques and has responsibility for finished plans, specifications, and material approval

  • May supervise small staff of architects and designers

  • Revit experience

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.


  • Licensed Architect with 10+ years’ experience

  • Plans and develops medium to large scope projects with many complexities, executes and coordinates projects and oversees staff

  • Manages project fees, budget, and project schedules

  • Proven management skills from past experience must be shown

  • Excellent communication skills inherent of the position for managing staff, clients, and consultants

  • Revit experience

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.


New Kent, VCU Break Ground on New Emergency Center

Robb Johnson Photo - New Kent . Charles City Chronicle

Robb Johnson Photo - New Kent . Charles City Chronicle


Local and state dignitaries, along with representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University and PF&A Design, attended the press conference and groundbreaking at 2495 Pocahontas Trail in Quinton, the site of the new facility.

The $16 million facility will consist of a 17,000- square foot building will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and feature 12 treatment rooms, advance imaging services, CT scans, digital x-rays, ultrasounds, and a helipad.

Among the Giants

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Building Design + Construction magazine is a leading industry publication reporting on news, projects, awards, and trends in the AEC industry. The annual Giants 300 report is its feature piece which ranks architecture, engineering, and construction firms’ annual revenue across more than 20 building sectors and specialty services.

In the 42nd annual Giants 300 report, PF&A Design was named #140 overall Architectural Firm in the nation across all sectors and #10 firm in the nation serving the Department of Veterans Affairs.

PF&A also appeared in the rankings for healthcare facilities (#65), all government (#90), and reconstruction (#139).

Annoucing Newly Licensed Architect: Stella Collinsworth

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PF&A Design is proud to announce that Stella Collinsworth, Assoc. AIA, LEED Green Assoc., successfully completed her 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.

Stella joined PF&A in 2018 and is an integral part of the firm and our architecture practice. Stella earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of South Florida. Her experience includes all phases of design through construction management. She has worked on several large projects including a 32,000SF Interventional Radiology Suite for VCU Health and an MRI addition in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Congratulations Stella!

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:

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

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.