RPA Design Welcomes John Foley, AIA, LEED AP to the Team

John Foley Senior Associate Architect RPA Design

Please join us in welcoming John Foley, AIA, LEED AP to the RPA Design team! John has practiced in the Triangle area for more than 30 years in the area of educational, institutional, healthcare, and cultural architecture. He served as Senior Project Manager for the recently opened National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC, and the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina with his previous firm.* 

John will be engaged in the establishment of RPA Design’s new Triangle based office and the extension of their Healthcare and Senior Living practice to Raleigh and points east. He brings a passion for great design and client satisfaction through the use of collaborative and creative problem solving.

Welcome John! 


RPA Design Selected as Architect for New Affinity Health Center

RPA Design Selected Architect New Affinity Health Center

RPA Design has been selected to provide architectural services for the new Affinity Community Health Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Affinity serves the healthcare needs of the greater York County, South Carolina region by providing access to high quality care with compassion, dignity and respect. This new expansion of Affinity's services will house approximately 30,000 square feet of clinical services including family practice, pediatrics, women's care, dental, pharmacy, infectious disease testing and laboratory space, counseling, and administration. The design and construction for this new building is anticipated to be completed by late 2017.

With an expert team of planners, architects, and designers, we are committed to using our extensive knowledge and expertise in health center and clinic design to deliver a successful project for Affinity and the residents of Rock Hill, South Carolina.

VA Health Care Center Charlotte Wins Award of Merit from ENR Southeast

Veterans Affairs Charlotte Health Care Center Exterior

We are pleased to announce that the Veterans Affairs Health Care Center in Charlotte has been awarded an Award of Merit in the Healthcare division from ENR Southeast!

This annual competition recognizes the best construction and design efforts in the region. This year's judging was comprised of two independent panels of industry representatives reviewing 90 projects throughout the Southeast region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico. The judges evaluated each project based on the project team’s ability to overcome challenges, as well as the project’s construction and design quality, safety record, and contribution to the industry and community.

Veterans Affairs Health Care Center Charlotte Lobby Check-In Kiosks
Veterans Affairs Charlotte Health Care Center Concourse Corridor Waiting Room Entry

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you to our entire team including JE Dunn Construction, Childress-Klein Properties, Cambridge Healthcare Solutions, LLC, The Sheward Partnership, Caveo Consulting Engineers, Walter P Moore, Geoscience Group, TSP, Read|Thomas, and the team at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.

To learn more about this award and ENR Southeast click here.



RPA Design Gallery Crawl

Today at RPA Design we hosted our very own "Gallery Crawl" to give our staff the chance to share their artisitic talents and interests with one another. From graphics and painting, to sculptures and jewelry making, the work of our team is impressive! Take a look at the video to see out some of these amazing works of art.

Jacob D’Albora to Discuss the Booming BIM Business at the 2016 Critical Facilities Summit

RPA Pulse Technology Leader Jacob D'Albora Critical Facilities Summit

Technology Leader Jacob D'Albora is set to present on the booming BIM business and how facilities can benefit from this growing technology at this year's Critical Facilities Summit in October. Read more about this presentation, worth 0.1 CEU credits, below.


Over the last 15 years the AEC industry has adopted modern technology, advancing many of the ways that buildings are designed and constructed. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is continually developing the everyday process for designers and builders. But where do the owners stand? This presentation will walk through the reasons why standardizing this information could streamline facility operations, allowing the data to resolve issues and develop the future projects. With the correct standards in place, owners can utilize the information handed to them.

Learning Objectives:

1. Review BIM's current status and role within the industry
2. Identify what you need to know about BIM from an owner perspective
3. Learn how to effectively integrate BIM into day-to-day maintenance
4. Discuss the future of BIM and critical facilities management

Date and Time:

October 4th, 2016, 3:00 PM

The Critical Facilities Summit takes place at the Charlotte Convention Center, October 3-5, 2016.

Welcome Rob Heffner, RA

RPA Design Rob Heffner Director Operations LEAN

RPA Design is excited to introduce one of our newest team members, Rob Heffner, RA.  Rob brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare planning and architecture in a wide variety of roles ranging from Project Architect to Senior Project and Client Manager.  He is well versed in all project phases and will be a trusted adviser and partner for our clients.  Rob’s area of expertise is Lean Healthcare and Process Improvement Planning with an emphasis on eliminating system waste by designing new clinical and operational processes which then inform facility design changes that increase patient quality, value, safety and experience. 

RPA Pulse & Enscape – Space Planning

RPA Pulse functions as a client-focused BIM-to-FM consultant. We enhance our client’s ability to manage and implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) into deliverables for everyday facility management (FM). With valid information located in a three dimensional environment, the BIM to FM experience can increase the efficiency of facility management tasks.

RPA Pulse offers services in three categories: Model Management, Information Management and Facility Management.

RPA Pulse & Enscape – Material Selection

RPA Pulse functions as a client-focused BIM-to-FM consultant. We enhance our client’s ability to manage and implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) into deliverables for everyday facility management (FM). With valid information located in a three dimensional environment, the BIM to FM experience can increase the efficiency of facility management tasks.

RPA Pulse offers services in three categories: Model Management, Information Management and Facility Management.

Canned Food Drive Competition

RPA Design Charity Food Drive Sharknado
RPA Design Charity Food Drive Lighthouse

RPA Design held our 1st Annual Food Drive Competition this summer. Teams competed in two categories:  Most Food Collected and Best Display.  The teams worked hard to create designs inspired by Sharknado and a Lighthouse.  And best of all, almost 1,000 food items were collected for donation to Charlotte Loaves and Fishes.  Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s competition! 

Sport a Shirt – Share a Night Fundraiser

Sport a Shirt Share a Night 2015 Fundraiser RPA Design Ronald McDonald House

We enjoyed supporting the 2015 Sport a Shirt – Share a Night fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte on April 25th!  Each shirt purchased provided a one-night stay for a family at the Ronald McDonald House.

Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital Grand Opening

On March 6th, Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital celebrated the grand opening of their new 180,000 square foot facility, which was designed by RPA Design, P.C.  The new 41-bed hospital includes a 16-bed Emergency Department, two operating rooms, nine observation beds, intensive care unit and four birthing suites.  RPA Design was proud to partner with Cape Fear Valley Health System and Criterion Healthcare, LLC to bring the first full service hospital to Hoke County, North Carolina.  The hospital  began accepting patients on March 7, 2015.

The Health Pavilion, which was the first phase of this new 60-acre health campus opened in 2013, offering outpatient and clinical services.

Video view of the new facility may be seen in the Channel 14 News story at the following link:


RPA Design Supports Cape Fear Valley Hospital Foundation

RPA Design was proud to support Cape Fear Valley Health System by attending the recent Cape Fear Valley Foundation Friends of Children Gala.  Rick Peterson, President of RPA, and Lucinda Ziehm, Interior Designer, attended with our friends from Criterion Healthcare, LLC. 



Dublin Clinic Groundbreaking

Construction is beginning for a new primary care Clinic of Cape Fear Valley Bladen Healthcare in Dublin, NC.  This high-value, low-cost building will double the previous number of exam rooms as part of Cape Fear Valley's commitment to providing high-level care in its communities.  


Sarah Peterson receives NCIDQ certification

Sarah Peterson completed her certification with the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications.  RPA Design now has five interior designers with NCIDQ certification.


Aramark Healthcare Technology & Innovation Center Ribbon Cutting

The ARAMARK Healthcare Technology and Innovation Center ribbon cutting ceremony was held on October 8, 2014. The new facility was built to help create more efficient ways for hospitals to manage clinical equipment assets. The construction took place in three phases: Phase I renovated 31,000 SF customer service center; Phase II included a 105,000 SF warehouse upfit including simulated patient care suites with 32 individual CT scan imaging systems, cath labs and X-ray systems; and Phase III included an addition of two fully functional MRI rooms.

Charlotte Observer - http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/article9199697.html#.VEF2YhauoV2http://

Pictured left to right: Chad Murray, ARAMARK Facilities Manager; Gerard Reid, Executive Vice President Shelco; Doug Sweeney, Structural Engineer McVeigh and Magnum, Inc.; Larry Hertzler, Vice President ARAMARK; Ken Sandifer, President of ARAMARK Healthcare Technologies; Eric Krempa, RPA Design; Ed Reid, Assistant Project Manager Shelco; Dennis Fridrich, ARAMARK Technologies.

VA Health Care Center Groundbreaking in Charlotte

RPA Design is excited to be the architect for the  new Veteran Affairs Health Care Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which broke ground on March 28, 2014.   The new 295,000 net square foot  Health Care Center is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2016 and will provide a full array of outpatient services to area Veterans.  The facility is being developed by Childress Klein-Cambridge Healthcare Solutions, LLC and is being designed to achieve a minimum Silver rating certification under the USBGC LEED® for healthcare standards. The Sheward Partnership of Philadelphia worked in collaboration with RPA Design to provide LEED® and exterior design services for the project.