CSArch Announces Retirement of Founding Principal/President Randolph Collins; Current Executive Principals to Co-Lead
CSArch announced today the retirement of Randolph J. Collins AIA, the firm’s president and founding principal. His retirement will take effect April 1, 2017. The current members of the firm’s Board of Directors, Daniel Woodside, AIA LEED AP, Richard Peckham, AIA, and Thomas Ritzenthaler, AIA, will co-lead the business moving forward.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to work alongside some of the most talented people in our industry and to collaborate with many long-term clients who are dedicated to making an impact,” said Collins.
Since co-founding the firm in 1991 with Paul Scoville, Collins has led the strategic planning, marketing, and business development efforts of the firm and has been responsible for human resources and the construction management division. His vision has been instrumental in bringing innovative project delivery methods to public school clients and opening the door for alternative energy solutions to take root on campuses and in communities. He has also served for several years on local, state, and national boards of the American Institute of Architects.
Today the firm employs more than 80 professionals with an impressive portfolio of significant education, corporate, and civic projects. This past November marked the firm’s 25TH year in business, a milestone anniversary celebrated during one of the firm’s most successful years in its history.
“The timing is right,” said Collins. “The firm is really flourishing. We have a healthy project volume with some very exciting work on the boards and in the pipeline. We have a breadth of talented and capable staff in place, and I am confident CSArch will continue to provide the excellent service and high quality built environments our clients have come to expect.”
Woodside, Peckham, and Ritzenthaler have each been leaders at the firm for well over 10 years and have longstanding relationships with company clients and employees. They will continue to remain involved in projects and maintain their responsibilities in the firm’s human resources, financial management, and marketing and business development efforts.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Randy over the past 20 years, and I look forward to seeing what his next chapter brings,” said Woodside, referencing Collins’ plans to pursue his personal passion for organic farming. “Randy’s unwavering commitment to CSArch and our clients have positioned us well for future success in the years to come.”
Daniel Woodside has been with the firm since 1996 and will continue his role as an executive principal with leadership responsibilities in business operations, strategic planning, marketing and human resources. Woodside is based in the Albany office.
Richard Peckham joined CSArch in 1995 and will continue in his role as an executive principal in the Albany office responsible for the firm’s project management, finance, and technical support services.
Thomas Ritzenthaler joined CSArch in 2005 as the principal in charge of the firm’s Newburgh office. He will continue in this role and will also take on a greater firm-wide business development role in collaboration with Daniel Woodside.