Architects Conference and Expo & Excellence in Design Awards

AIA Central Pennsylvania’s annual event held in conjunction with the chapter’s Design Awards presentation will be held at The Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, PA. Built in 1928-29, the Zembo Shrine was designed in the Moorish Revival style, with flourishes of Art Deco, by noted local architect Charles Howard Lloyd. The Shriners selected Lloyd’s design following a heated competition involving some of Harrisburg’s best-known architects. A cavernous stone-and-masonry building, its unique design features include rooms full of dazzling, imported tiles, a large auditorium, and a 120-foot minaret. The day’s agenda features two (2) continuing education learning sessions, A tour of the Zembo Shrine, and a vendor exhibit; wrapping up with our Design Awards Presentation in the evening. Please keep a lookout for event updates and more information to follow in the coming months!

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It’s that time of year again for the annual AIA Central Pennsylvania Expo and Design Awards. We will be planning around the same format as last year’s event. Please check out the schedule below. Updates to the CEU sessions will be provided when available.

12pm – 12:30pm:      Guest arrival and lunch

12:30pm-1:30pm:     CEU#1 (1 CEU)- Personal Reputation Management in the A/E/C Industry Presented by Scott Butcher

2pm-3pm:                    Zembro Shrine Tour (1 CEU)

3pm-4pm:                    CEU #2 (1 CEU)- “Evolution of Construction Technology: Present and Future” presented by Travis Fischer

3pm-4pm                     Vendor Setup

4pm– 7pm:                  Vendor Exhibit & Happy Hour(s)

7pm–8pm:                   Keynote Speaker (1 CEU)- Adam Porter

8pm–9pm:                   Design Awards


Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the Conference, Expo and Design Awards? Learn more and sign up here

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CORE Design Group relocates downtown York HQ

By Emily Thurlow

Architectural firm CORE Design Group is consolidating its two downtown York offices into a newly redesigned space.

The firm’s new location is at 155 W. Market St. in 2016. Purchased by parent company Core Holdings  Co., the space was formerly housed a Sears Roebuck store, and most recently, a thrift store and CoWork155, York’s first coworking site.

After making some extensive renovations to the new space, CORE is moving its existing operations there from 37 N. Queen St. and 303 E. Market St. 

Established in 2005, CORE has 25 employees. The new location keeps CORE in the city’s central business district, said Teen Vebares, principal at CORE.

“We have a commitment to our communities to implement sustainable building practices and designs,” he said. “Our firm believes minimizing our negative impact on the environment is of utmost importance.” Click here to read more



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