AE Works at 15

May 12, 2022


May 14, 2022 we will hit a milestone. 15 years.

Those years and what we have been able to accomplish is only possible because of our team - a team of visionaries, strategists, learners, futurists, and leaders shaping the future. 

Below are highlighted stories along those 15 years of our team building impact here at AE Works and beyond.

Mary McCarty Collier - Client Development Adviser

"We have worked on big projects - the PA Turnpike Southern Beltway Maintenance Facility, Master Plans for large healthcare systems, and a new laboratory for ALCOSAN to name a few. But we also have projects from clients who don’t do a lot of work like churches.

I met someone who goes to Saint Kilian Parish in Cranberry Township and she shared how beautiful she thinks their new church is that we designed. To have someone who just uses the space think how great it is, that hit home. Hundreds of people interact with the spaces we design."

Beth Kassahun, PE - Senior Electrical Engineer

"I am especially proud of working on the design of a new substation and infrastructure for the Department of Veterans Affairs.   This new critical power project will power the first Hadron therapy facility in the United States. We worked closely with the City of Palo Alto, Stanford and VA Palo Alto to determine the best infrastructure solution to power this highly unique facility, which is expected to increase cancer cure rates. The scale and intricacies, number of stakeholders, and so much more made it a great challenge. It was a cool project to be a part of and it stretched me."

Tony Cillo, EIT - Mechanical Engineer EIT

"The PA Turnpike Southern Beltway Maintenance Facility  is a very visible project in our hometown. We are able to showcase what we can do and that has resulted in repeat work with the same client. And it is so awesome that there is a plaque with our name in the building."

Tiffany Haile, AICP, LEED AP BD+C - Manager, Planning

"Our first project at National Institutes of Health was an important project that helped the company grow and open up a new, larger DC office. The project involved understanding the client’s culture, how they work, and focus groups with staff. The end result will support their culture now and in the future with an eye-opening design that is all about the details."

Beverly Shelby, NCIDQ - Senior Interior Designer

"The restoration of the Edgeworth Club Historic Rotunda required creative design and planning to keep the facility operational throughout construction. Being able to respond quickly was key to this project that progressed quickly."

Rich Crawford - IT Manager

"One of the pivotal moments I think back to is the decision to go into the cloud years ago (2015 before it was cool). That allowed us to scale as needed, and be flexible in terms of where staff work (on-site, in the office, virtually). This long-term planning and vision  enabled our work in the field and seamless transition during the pandemic to set us up for success.  We don’t function like a traditional A/E firm. We’re not afraid to be an early adopter of new things."

Steve Bucha - Architectural Designer

"On a personal level, I never thought I would be a person who would enjoy change so much. I always thought change is bad, but I’ve learned that that isn’t the case.

And because of that change, we’ve evolved as a team. Our first big job was in 2012, a Boiler Plant Replacement.  Now, $10M construction isn’t a big job for us. We've been fortunate to work with so many great clients like PA Turnpike, National Institutes of Health, Armed Forces Retirement Home and so many more, on a range of projects."

JoAnn Rizzo - Executive Operations and LMS Administrator

"I’m most proud of being a B Corp and that those values are baked into how we operate and engage with our clients, partners and one another."