WHITE PLAINS – For 50 years, the architectural firm founded by James Lothrop Sr. has contributed to the look and feel of Westchester County by designing some of its most significant institutions.
Westchester County Airport, Westchester Medical Center, and White Plains Hospital’s Flanzer Pavilion and many other signature structures in the County bear the brushstrokes of Lothrop Associates of White Plains, a firm that has grown from five employees in 1967 to 50 over the last half century. In many ways, the firm’s steady expansion mirrors that of Westchester, a County that has seen remarkable growth over the same period.
County Executive Robert P. Astorino recently acknowledged these and numerous other contributions to the County’s growth with a proclamation citing Lothrop’s half-century of excellence and leadrship in its field. “For 50 years, Lothrop Associates has been a leader in architectural and interior design,” Astorino said. “The company’s award-winning projects can be found throughout Westchester and beyond, and they are a prime example of a company that understands that the County is a great place to own and operate a business. I congratulate the partners and employees at Lothrop and wish them continued success.”
The founder’s son, James Lothrop Jr., has been with the firm since the beginning, and a partner for over 40 years. His father recognized the region’s growth potential while working for a Chicago-based architectural company shortly after World War II. “That firm saw the market potential for public schools, so they established an office in White Plains. Dad moved here in 1950,” Lothrop Jr. said.
Lothrop Sr. remained with the Chicago firm until 1966 when he decided to open his own firm in White Plains the following year. The firm continued to design schools and soon expanded its portfolio to include municipal, corporate/commercial, and recreational facilities. Lothrop Associates has been evolving and growing ever since.
A key to the firm’s success is its ability to embrace various architectural specialties. “One of the things that’s most enjoyable about working at this firm is that we all have different specialties,” says Lothrop Jr. That diversity has enabled Lothrop Associates to design projects for corporate giants such as IBM and PepsiCo.
Expanding into the healthcare market, the firm's first project came in the early 1970's with the design of the new Westchester Medical Center, formerly Grasslands Hospital. This marked the beginning of a 40-year relationship that flourished and continues today with dozens of projects throughout the campus. Healthcare continues to be a strong market for the firm as they have designed hundreds of facilities throughout region and beyond.
With growth came design recognition for many of the firm's commissions. One of the notable, award-winning projects was the major modernization and addition of the Westchester County Airport in the 1980's. Lothrop Jr. said the airport project was both challenging and rewarding. “The airport was operating out of Quonset hut, and we worked with a consulting firm to develop initial plans for the terminal building and parking lots,” he said. “It was a real chess match trying to develop the site and end up with a terminal that made sense.” The airport now serves as one of the most active aviation facilities in the nation.
Building on their rich history of swimming pool and recreation projects for a wide variety of clients, the firm expanded in 2013 with the addition of Trace Pool Design. Lothrop’s Trace Pool division is also the premier aquatic design firm for many of New York City's high-rise residential properties.
Most of Lothrop Associates' projects are located in the Hudson Valley and the greater tri-state area. Yet, without boundaries the firm continues to expand and service clients throughout the United States and internationally. Recently, Lothrop Associates won a design award for the National Microfinance Bank in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
As the firm embarks on the next 50 years, the partners say they’re confident they will continue to be a significant contributor to the economic growth of the region.
The Partners of Lothrop Associates recently received a proclamation from Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino acknowledging Lothrop’s 50 years excellence in the field of architecture and interior design.
Lothrop Associates Continues To Grow
Lothrop Associates welcomes William Nathans, AIA. Formerly with NBBJ, Bill joins our firm an Associate and Assistant Director of Healthcare. His passion for serving the healthcare industry is a definite asset to our firm and our clients. In this role, Bill will collaborate with Phil Cerniglia, AIA, Director of Healthcare to lead the firm's Healthcare team.
Bill has 30 years of experience dedicated to healthcare. He is versatile and brings unique experience as a planner, project manager and architect to our team. Bill's rich project history and in-depth experience of completing more than two million square feet of healthcare gives him a unique comprehensive look at the design process. "With the ever-changing dynamics of healthcare, Bill will be a great resource providing state-of-the-art functional facilities with unprecedented healthcare design services" agrees the partnership.
The New Milford Public Library Design Begins
The New Milford Public Library addition and renovation budget has been approved! One of the highlights of this exciting project is the planned expansion to meet the needs of young adults and children of this growing community.
Lothrop Associates is proud to recognize two valuable team players who have contributed significantly to our firm's growth. Robert Gabalski, AIA and Glen Ferguson have recently been promoted to Firm Associates. As key team members and long term dedication, they are devoted to the firm's leadership, experience and invaluable service to our clients.
We wish to thank all of our clients and staff who have made our successful history possible and keep inspiring us to look towards the future.
The Larchmont Public Libary Re-Opens
Lothrop Associates welcomes the re-opening of the Larchmont Public Library. Lothrop Associates designed and oversaw the construction for the library upgrades. The renovation makes the libary more open and usable for today's library user. Some features include a young adult area, new technology center and with spaces for meetings and tutoring.
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Lothrop Continues to Expand
Lothrop Associates continues our expansion in 2016. We welcome Bob Gabalski, Eric Stiene, Jennifer Robbins and Preston Hennes.
Lothrop Associates Awarded 3 Design Excellence Citations
Lothrop Associates was recognized and awarded 3 citations for Architectural Excellence by the Westchester + Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Lothrop Associates projects were the Ramsey Public Library, in Ramsey, New Jersey, The Columbia County Courthouse, in Hudson, New York and the National Microfinance Bank in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
We thank the Westchester + Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and congratulate the other award winners.
Cerniglia Teams with Corcoran Real Estate
Lothrop Associates’, Phil Cerniglia and the Corcoran Real Estate Sales Group make a short promotional film for a Tribeca penthouse apartment. Phil is co-featured with Corcoran agent Tara King-Brown presenting the architectural and interior design features of the planned renovation project. Lothrop Associates is combining the two separate penthouse apartments into an extraordinary and sensational residence.
Lothrop Associates Ranks First in Architects
NMB in Tanzania Proceeds with Data Center
NMB, the second largest bank in Tanzania is proceeding with their headquarters building in Dar Es Salaam. Lothrop Assocaites is pleased to be consulting for the new state of the art Data Center, providing expanded wireless and electronic banking servcies. We are pleased to be part of this important project.
Lothrop Associates ranked in ENR top 100 Design Firms
Lothrop Associates made Engineering News Record's 2014 "Top Design Firms." We are excited about our continued growth.
Lothrop Associates Ranked in Healthcare Design Magazine
Lothrop Associates was ranked 32nd for complete healthcare projects in Healthcare Design Magazine's 2013 Corporate Ranking for Architectural and Engineering firms.
Lothrop Associates Continues to expand. Welcome to the firm Andrew Acevedo and Sophia Atiq.
Lothrop Associates starts 2 new Patient Ward Renovation in Brooklyn for the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The project will be headed by Phil Cerniglia, AIA and Mike Apple.
Lothrop Associates LLP Recognized for Design Excellence
by American Institute of Architects, Westchester/Mid-Hudson Division
North Bergen Housing Authority Facade Restoration, North Bergen, NJ
Hudson Spine and Pain Management, New York, NY
Hurricane Sandy Relief
Lothrop Associates responds to several immediate renovation/restoration needs for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Compo Beach Master Plan Selection
The Compo Beach of Westport, Connecticut Site Improvement Committee has retained Lothrop Associates to lead the development of the Master Plan.
Lothrop Associates Finishes Second Project in China
Lothrop Associates recently completed theire second Data Center project in China. The project was 275,000 square feet located in Shenzhen.
Phil Cerniglia, AIA, Director of Healthcare starts two new patient ward renovations in Brooklyn for the Department of Veterans' Affairs
Lothrop Has New Offices
Lothrop Associates moved in Headquarters office to White Plains, New York.