Celebrating our Long-Term Clients
Teitsch-Kent-Fay Architects, P.C. has been providing professional design services for over fifty years. In that time we have been extremely fortunate to have had long term relationships with a number of clients.
These relationships, deepened over many years of collaboration have been both professionally and personally rewarding.
As the new year begins, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight several of these old friends, and thank them for their kindness and continued support. The following is a list, in no particular order, of some of these clients, and the work we have been able to do together.
Sharon Springs Central School District: We began working with Sharon Springs back in 1998 when we were hired to assist in the re-design of their previously approved Capital Improvements Referendum. This work resulted in two major projects: the first was the Classroom and Gymnasium addition completed in 1999 and the second was the second story classroom and Auditorium addition, completed in 2001. Subsequently, we have assisted the District with a variety of projects of varying sizes and scopes. These range from simple $100K Capital Outlay Projects, to an Emergency Reconstruction project after a flood, to a variety of EXCEL and other improvement projects All of the Board Members, Administration, Faculty and Staff have been wonderful to work with, however, we would be remiss if we did not acknowledge Mr. Tony DiPace, Business Administrator, who has been a part of our journey with Sharon Springs from the very beginning. We have shared a lot of history over these many years and are forever grateful for his kindness, his humor, and his dedication to the District.
Teitsch-Kent-Fay has had a relationship with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse since the firm was founded in 1966. That relationship, extending through the tenures of seven Bishops, has been a fundamental part of our firm. Projects completed for the Diocese have ranged from entirely new Parish Facilities, to simple maintenance projects, and everything in between. New Church Buildings started back in the 1960’s and 70’s with projects such as St. James of Cazenovia, and St. John’s of Clay; and have continued into the new millenia with new Church Buildings for Our Lady of Sorrows in Vestal and Divine Mercy Parish in Central Square. Along the way we have had the joy to get to know many of the Priests and Parish Administrators of the Diocese, as well as many of the wonderful Diocesean Administrators and Staff. Throughout this journey, and for at least the last 25 years, we have had the great good fortune to get to work with Mr. Edward King, Manager of the Diocese Facilities / Construction Office. Ed’s patience, generosity, kindness and friendship remain one of the greatest blessings for everyone in our office.
Mr. Schawn Bezner has been a friend and client for more than fifteen years. Our relationship began when he was the Physical Plant Manager for Marquardt Switches in Cazenovia. We had the opportunity to assist Schawn with several expansion projects at Marquardt and thoroughly enjoyed the collaborative experience. When Schawn accepted his current position with TTM Technologies Inc., we had the opportunity to work with him once again, and this relationship continues to grow and deepen. Schawn’s ability to coordinate and multitask as he prepares and constructs very complicated and sensitive projects is virtually unique in our experience, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue to assist him.
Cazenovia Public Library has been a client since the 1970’s when Jack Teitsch provided some study and analysis work. Our relationship really took off in 1992 when Bob Kent designed the Library Addition which essentially houses the main collection, and allowed the existing historic building to “quiet down” and be converted into museum, study, and support spaces. Since this major addition, Teitsch-Kent-Fay Architects has been fortunate to assist with a variety of projects, including several projects to reconstruct the historic barn structure, and convert it into a bookstore function, as well as projects to restore historic elements on the original building. Since the time of the major addition project the guiding force for the Cazenovia Public Library has been Library Director Betsy Kennedy. Betsy has been a wonderful friend for many years, and we have truly enjoyed working with her. As she is currently preparing for her well deserved retirement we would like to take the opportunity to thank her for all her support over the years, and wish her well.
Cazenovia College and Teitsch-Kent-Fay have worked together since the 1980’s, with our firm providing analysis services such as Campus Wide Building Condition Survey, Carbon Monoxide Surveys for the College’s buildings. Major construction projects have included: Handicapped Access Improvements with Elevator installations in the Seminary Street suite of buildings, and the complete reconstruction and addition project for Jephson Campus Building A. During our time with the College, we have been privileged to assist three College Presidents, several College Administrators and members of the College Board. In addition, we have been able to develop long term relationships with two facilities managers, Mr. Chris Heberle (retired) and Mr. Jeff Slocum. Both Chris and Jeff have become both professional and personal friends and we are extremely pleased to continue to provide consultation services for issues such as: Code Review of Existing Buildings for potential change of occupancy, Accessibility projects, Structural Review of existing conditions.