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RLPS Promotes Four Employees

We are excited to announce the promotions of Stacy Hollinger, Rich Dropik and Chris Linkey to Partner and Brent Stebbins to Senior Designer. All of these individuals have worked with RLPS for a number of years and are familiar to many of our clients and business associates so we’ve asked each of them a few questions about their career path and personal inspiration. 

Stacy Hollinger, IIDA

24 years of Experience / 17 Years at RLPS

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My favorite times these days are watching and cheering for my two kids from the sidelines.  I also am a member of the Building Council at my church.

How did you decide you wanted to be an interior designer at RLPS? 

When my mother-in-law was one of the first residents to be moved into “The Heritage” memory care house at Landis Homes, I knew that I wanted to work at RLPS (who had designed the facility).

What was your first part-time job?   

I had many jobs.  I was a model, but those jobs were few and far between.  One summer I worked at Y&S Candies on the assembly line.  Both of those jobs made me appreciate the necessary steps it took to get a job done, as well as the opportunity to get a higher education.

Are there any unique client quotes or job experiences you can share?

I recently completed a project where I overheard a resident say that the space and colors made her happy.  It can’t get much better than that.

Do you have a favorite quote or role model? 

A favorite quote of mine is “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.”  My late husband, who recently won his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), will forever be my role model.

Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science in Human Resources, Interior Design / University of Delaware, 1992
    • Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
    • Member, International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    • IIDA PA/NJ/DE Board Secretary 2002 – 2004
    • IIDA PA/NJ/DE Board Treasurer 2004 – 2006
    • Served as Adjunct Professor, Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Lancaster

    Rich Dropik, P.E., CSS, CSI, LEED AP

    26 Years of Experience / 15 Years at RLPS

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    My favorites are golfing, backpacking and fishing.

    How did you end up being the lone engineer working at an architectural firm?

    I could answer with the typical engineer response that someone has to make sure what the architects draw can be built.  But seriously, I just enjoy having the opportunity to use my technical knowledge and skills on projects.

    What was your first part-time job?

    McDonalds – the golden arches!

    Do you have a favorite quote?

    It’s by Thomas Edison, “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always try just one more time.”

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Science in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology / Pennsylvania State University, 1989
    • Professional Engineer
    • Certified Construction Specifier, CCS, CSI
    • Member, Construction Specification Institute
    • Member, United States Green Building Council

    Chris Linkey, AIA

    25 Years of Experience / 18 Years at RLPS

    How do you spend your spare time?

    I love the outdoors so camping, backpacking and biking.  I ride my bike to the beach (Sea Isle City, New Jersey) once a year for the family vacation.

    When did you decide you wanted to be an architect?

    I took my first architectural class in 8th grade.  I fell in love with it right away.  I knew I wanted to be architect ever since then.

    What was your first part-time job?

    I baked cookies for The Great American Chocolate Chip Company at the Park City Mall in Lancaster, PA.

    Do you have a favorite quote or is there an architect whose work you admire?

    My favorite quote is “be happy, be yourself,” and my favorite architect is Alvar Aalto.  He was a modern architect who also humanized architecture.

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Masters of Architecture / Savannah College of Art & Design, 1990
    • Registered Architect
    • Member, American Institute of Architects
    • Member, AIA Committee on Architectural Education
    • LANCODE Board of Directors

     

    Brent Stebbins, AIA

    23 Years of Experience / 16 Years at RLPS

    What do you like to do in your spare time?

    I have no time – between my job and children. But when I do, I love visiting noteworthy architectural sites and also enjoy hiking/walking (mostly), history, vacations with my family, church and exercise.  (I’ve become boring.)

    When did you decide you wanted to be an architect?

    It became official in high school drafting class, but my interest in building and creating started much earlier with LEGOS, wooden blocks, Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys. Growing up (on and off) on a farm also had a very strong influence, leading to my love of nature and outdoor connections.

    What was your first part-time job?

    I started helping out on a farm at age 5, but my first job on my own was as a bag boy at Acme Markets.

    Are there any unique quotes or job experiences you can share?

    A loose quote from Architect Peter Bohlin:  “Architecture is much like people’s faces.  It’s the unique differences, the quirks, that make it interesting, maybe even beautiful.”

    Do you have a favorite architect or role model? 

    I have many favorite architects for varied reasons.  A good architect builds on the shoulders of giants.  You study all the greats and then morph them into your thoughts to develop something uniquely your own.  Frank Lloyd Wright for example, was strongly influenced by H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Japanese Architecture and many others.

    Professional Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Architecture with Honors and Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture with Honors / North Carolina State University, 1994 and 1995
    • Associate Degree in Architectural Technology with Honors / Pennsylvania College of Technology
    • NCARB Registered Architect
    • Member, American Institute of Architects

     

     

    Introducing the RLPS Interiors Website

    We recently launched a new RLPS Interiors website that provides  insights from our interior design team and information regarding the services they provide.  You can click on the link at the bottom of the home page on this site or go directly to http://www.rlpsinteriors.com/ any time.  

    To see this month’s blog post, which highlights the benefits of “going gray” when it comes to your interior spaces, CLICK HERE.

    LEADINGAGE EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT – Reinvention Trends in Design

    In these challenging times of fluctuating financial conditions, rising operating costs, stringent regulations and demanding consumers, it is too easy to accept tradition at face value. To do so is a disservice to the people we serve: residents, care providers and families. Opportunities for a more fulfilling life experience should not be overlooked due to complacency.

     

    Link to article on LeadingAge website

     

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    AUGUST DESIGN INTERVENTION – Celebrating the Design of the Diner

    The diner is one of America’s most recognizable icons.  Dotting the landscape of our cities and countrysides for more than 100 years, this precursor to the fast food industry is an architectural style unto itself.  The home of bottomless cups of coffee, hamburgers, french fries, milkshakes, hot dogs, fried egg sandwiches, bacon, pancakes, waffles, fried chicken, homemade cakes and pies, the diner is particularly well known for its blue plate specials.

    It all started in 1872 when a young Rhode Island newspaper entrepreneur by the name of Walter Scott capitalized on the opportunity to serve homemade sandwiches and fresh brewed coffee to his fellow workers from a horse-drawn  lunch wagon.  To read more of this article, visit Lancaster Newspapers on-line.

    Photo Credit:  Wikipedia Commons

    JULY DESIGN INTERVENTION – Shedding Light on Shoreline Sentinels

    What possible connection could there be between the Battle of Gettysburg and lighthouses?  July 1 – 3, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the battle referred to by many historians as “the turning point of the American Civil War.”  Concurrently, July ushers in the traditions of summer including maritime activities and references to nautical architecture.   Lighthouses represent a unique building type in our American heritage and can be discovered along all of our coast lines and freshwater lakes in styles that represent the period of their construction and regional vernacular.  The connection between lighthouses and Gettysburg is fascinating.  Union General George Gordon Meade, as a young lieutenant with the United States Army Corp of Engineers, oversaw the construction of numerous lighthouses along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts including Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Island Beach, New Jersey.

     

    The first North American lighthouse was in St. Augustine, Florida, followed by the Boston Harbor lighthouse located on Little Brewster Island in Massachusetts.  To read more of this article, visit Lancaster Newspapers online

     Photo Credits:  Istockphoto.com; Wikipedia Commons

    JUNE DESIGN INTERVENTION – In-Spired: Steeples and Spires Define a Skyline

    Every village, town and city has a skyline of building silhouettes that define its personality, place in history and priorities.  Historically church spires and steeples were the tallest and most identifiable building types in a skyline, and they still are today when historic communities impose strict height restrictions on new development.  The spear-like profile of the spire is the unique form that identifies the building’s use. 

     

    Spires and steeples—what is the difference between the two?  More at Lancaster Newspapers on-line.

    MAY DESIGN INTERVENTION – Carving History Into Architecture

    The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is just eight weeks away, on June 30th. The three-day Gettysburg Battle is considered by many historians to be the turning point of the Civil War.  The four-year conflict between the North and South, from1861 to 1865, has been memorialized by hundreds of small towns, villages and cities across the country through the commissioning, construction and dedication of soldier and sailor monuments.   Lancaster City was no exception, and on July 4th, 1874, dedicated its own Soldiers and Sailors Monument.   Standing 43-feet tall, the Gothic Revival design utilizes fine-grained Rhode Island granite for the pillar and pedestal, and occupies the exact location where the original Lancaster County Courthouse stood from 1739 to about 1859.   Read more at Lancaster Newspapers On-line

    APRIL DESIGN INTERVENTION – Art Underfoot: Manhole Covers

    It’s not often that we can legally walk on or drive over works of art; but we have been doing it every day for hundreds of years!  Under our feet and under our nose is utility turned art! 

     

    Decorative cast iron cover plates provide access to sanitary and storm water systems, water meters and electrical vaults. The Romans were the first civilization to place lids over trenches and underground conveyance systems located below their streets.  Pre-dating the advent of cast iron, the Romans used carved stone caps and wood that could be removed for easy access.  More at Lancaster Newspapers on-line.