CSArch Celebrates 25 Years!
CSArch is celebrating its 25th anniversary amid one of the firm’s most successful years in business. With the largest backlog volume in its history, CSArch experienced impressive growth over the past year.
“Our involvement in several major, game-changing education projects across the region have added to our growth,” said Randolph Collins, the firm’s president.
A few of those notable projects include the new Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen, the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Albany, and the Albany High School redesign. CSArch also completed the interior-fit up of the new Pioneer Bank corporate headquarters earlier this year.
“We love what we do and are honored to be involved in design work and strategic partnerships that fosters student success in school and ultimately in our regional workforce,” said Collins.
As a result of the firm’s continued success and growth, our staff has grown by 40 percent in the last year, doubling our Newburgh office staff, increasing our engineering department to 14 employees, and bringing interior design back in house. To best manage our firm’s capacity, we locally source select work to consulting architects and engineers to help us meet client demand and support other local professionals in our industry.
Critical to our region’s healthy, growing economy, we expanded our student internship program to support a strong talent pipeline locally. Over the past year, our program has included students from City School District of Albany in our high school internship program. This summer, we employed interns from RPI and other colleges. Most recently, two of our college interns became full-time employees upon graduation. The firm expects more interns returning to work full time in the future.
We value the growth and career paths of our staff and developed a mentoring program we call ARCH, or Achieving Rewarding Career Heights. The comprehensive program is designed to allow engagement of staff at all levels to set and achieve career goals alongside their peers and experienced senior staff.
As part of our strategic plan developed in 2015, we identified a need to nurture the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of younger staff and engage in design projects outside of daily work. We created an internal group that participates in national and international design competitions. The group will also identify local opportunities that align with our profession and the common goal of improving the built environment locally. We are using the Albany 2030 plan as a guide to identify ongoing initiatives in Albany and how our design talent can support this.
Our success and growth has been recognized in Albany Business Review’s Top Architecture List and other industry publications, including ranking on Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architecture Firms and earning a top spot on Engineering News Record New York/New Jersey Top Design Firms.