Groundbreaking for Albany Medical Center's Pediatric Building
Designed by the HHA team, Albany Medical Center’s new 70,000 square foot pediatric emergency center will be the first in the area and offer a safe environment for children in the area to get the care they need.

We are Growing Again and Looking for Architectural Designers
We have an opening for an Entry Level Architectural Designer to join our growing team in Albany, New York. Our basic requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, able to write and communicate with clients in a professional manner, proficient in AutoCAD and Revit (Adobe Photoshop is a plus). You will assist in all phases of a project from Schematic Design through to Construction Administration. We are a fun, fast-paced design team with a great mentoring culture. We offer flexible hours and a competitive compensation/benefits package including health insurance, retirement plan, health savings, and profit sharing. Send your letter of interest, resume and selective portfolio to

About Tana Horton
Hyman Hayes Associates recently welcomed Tana Horton to our team of professionals. With over ten years of experience Ms. Horton is a problem solver. Her emphasis will be on design implementation, construction document preparation, consultant coordination and construction phase services. “Tana is a genuine project manager who meticulously resolves complex issues with resourcefulness and speed. She is an indispensable team member”. Michael Dobereiner, A.I.A., LEED AP, Senior Associate

About Javier Portocarrero Roa
The Team at HHA would like to welcome Mr. Portocarrero Roa. With over twenty-one years of experience within the public and private sectors he is a great addition to our project management team. Javier’s experience includes commercial, institutional and governmental projects. Javier will be responsible for the management of design, client interaction, project scheduling and budgeting to produce high quality construction documents and efficient construction administration. We are very thrilled to have him.

St. Peter's Health Partners
Project Coordinator Rabia Shinaishin and Principal Architect Myles Hyman attended St. Peter’s Health Partners, new medical campus opening ceremony last week. Hyman Hayes started working on a master plan for this project back in 2012. The project involved the renovation and 5,200sf expansion to the existing Seaton Health building on Tallowood Drive in Clifton Park. The medical campus offers imaging, urgent care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, and specialty physicians. SPHP CEO Dr. James Reed says the $7.5-million expansion was a long vision of theirs to help fulfill the many promises they made when they first merged with Northeast Health and Seton Health.

STS Steel tour
The HHA team celebrates National Steel Day with a tour of STS Steel at their historic fabrication plant in Schenectady. The tour included a peak at a pedestrian bridge in fabrication. The bridge will span over the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York City.

HHA Golf Tournament
The 2016 HHA golf tournament, held at Stadium golf course on Friday the 9th, was a fun time for all eight HHA participants. The weather was excellent and the quality of play wasn’t too shabby either – two birdies were sunk during the day!

Whitney Young Health Center ribbon cutting ceremony
Mike Dobereiner, Associate, attended the Whitney Young Health Center open house and ribbon cutting ceremony along with Congressman Paul Tonko. What a great way to celebrate National Health Center Week, with a new Hyman Hayes designed health center offering primary care and dental services to the community.

A Positive Distraction for Patients at the new Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center
New York Certified Interior Designer Tara Bania explains how patterns and color in the healthcare market can provide a positive distraction for patients and help put them at ease. The new Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center serving Watervliet, New York was designed so that the pallet, textures and furnishings would appeal to all ages of the community.

Light Up the Night
The HHA team attended the annual “Light Up the Night” event at Saratoga National Golf Course. This event celebrates the thousands of lives saved each year at Albany Med’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

AMC Medical Education Entrance Renovation
Our structural engineering and architectural design team is designing the new entry space for Albany Medical College’s Medical Education/Library entrance. The entrance will feature a cantilevered roof that folds upward, a new exterior stair and ramp, which will lead into the vestibule and lounge spaces.

Eating Healthy
The 2016 CSA Season began last week and HHA recieved the first delivery. Each year HHA employees purchase shares in Dension Farm’s certified organic CSA season. All part of our culture to eat healthy and support local agriculture.

Masters in the Mountains Golf Tournament
Jen Robillard won the women’s longest drive at the Masters in the Mountains Golf Tournament last week. HHA has been a proud sponsor of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care tournament for over 10 years. The golf benefit raises money for the healthcare community in Bennington County, VT.

Liberty Foundation Golf Tournament
Dave Loucks and Myles Hyman participated in the Liberty Foundation Golf Tournament. The tournament helps individuals maintain employment in the community by underwriting the cost of things like transportation and specialized training.

About Justin Pechar
Justin Pechar, P.E., S.E.
Associate & Director of Structural Engineering
B.S. (Union College) | M.S. (Penn State University)

Mr. Pechar has approximately twenty years of expertise in design and detailing of steel and masonry buildings, forensic structural investigation and troubleshooting of existing structures providing design and project management services for projects big and small all over the northeast and is registered as a professional engineer in six states including: NY, GA, ME, RI, IL, and VA. Justin is passionate about promoting the field of structural engineering and the innovation thereof, through practice, teaching and presentation opportunities, and collaborating on several articles.

We are now truly a well-rounded architectural-engineering firm providing the expertise, vision and experience to solve all of your building and non-building structural design needs all under one roof.

Firm Feature - Spanning the Gap
The Latest in the Evolution of A/E Firms and Integrated Services
What project delivery is the best for a client? We catch up with Myles Hyman, Managing Principal; Justin Pechar, Director of Structural Engineering; Stan Hayes, Principal; Jen Robillard, Sr. Associate and Dave Loucks, Principal, to talk about how A/E firms are evolving and rethinking the way they do business in order to stay ahead of industry trends.

Q: “You acquired Loucks Franko Architecture in March of 2015, and now your partnership with Justin adds structural engineering. What has driven this growth?”
MH: “Our firm has a superb track record of customer retention and repeat work, and it is based on good old fashioned customer service, and putting our clients’ needs first. Customers depend on us for our expertise and to be a resource for their projects. Our recent moves bolster our technical expertise and the advice we are able to give, thus solidifying the core of our business model: to provide value.”

Q: “So why structural engineering? How does it benefit the clients?"
JP: “It makes a lot of sense for the firm to integrate services because of the synergy between these two disciplines. Not only is it immensely beneficial to collaborate from the get-go, but it provides clients with a one-stop shop. Project conditions often demand that the design team is nimble, and having the heightened technical expertise and capabilities in-house allows us to be just that."

Q: “So why not mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering?
SH: “We have found that many of our clients have MEP engineers they have done a lot of work with, who are therefore so familiar with their facilities and systems they do not necessarily seek those services from other sources. On the design-build front, the MEP subcontractors will also often take responsibility for design. We also don’t have the need to be everything to everyone. That mentality can trigger explosive and uncontrolled growth, which can put a firm in danger of becoming a ‘hire and fire’ culture as the workload fluctuates. That’s just not who we are, and not the type of firm that we want to be for our clients, consultants or employees."

Q: “You mention your employees. Has this move been well received?”
JR: “Very much so. Across the board, we have an office that has a genuine interest in learning and developing their professional expertise and Justin will be a valuable technical resource to the team. If you look around this office, we may all practice architecture, but every single person has a unique skillset beyond their architectural work that makes us a diverse and strong firm. Justin is another deliberate layer of making us that diversified firm that provides tremendous value to not only our clients, but our consultants, contractors and other project stakeholders."

Q: “Where do you think the identity of the architecture and engineering firm lies in the next 20 years?”
DL: “That is a tough question. Architects are the navigator of a project and clients will continue to demand more of us and the extent that their budgetary dollar will stretch. They will require excellent design and simultaneously the technical ability to solve the complicated building problems. With their own set of project stakeholders (users, board of directors, investors) to answer to, projects will only continue to be fast-paced and demanding, and firms must look ahead and be well equipped to be responsive.”
Hyman Hayes Associates is the 9th largest architectural firm in the Capital District, with a core focus on healthcare, science-technology, and government projects, and recent growth in the higher education and senior housing markets. Our design firm is organized around a team structure, each lead by a Senior Principal or Senior Associate concentrating on a single client’s needs and project work flow. This approach allows senior professionals to be involved and guide all the projects in the firm. Ensuring every member of the team develops a thorough understand of the client’s needs and designs real solutions to their sometimes complex spaces.

Our approach, experience and talent has resulted in many long-term relationships and multiple projects with some of the region’s best known institutions, such as Albany Medical Center, Saratoga Hospital, the State Universities of New York, Dormitory Authority of New York and Albany Molecular Research, Inc.

Cancer Treatment Center at St. Mary's Receives "Extra Mile" Award
Mike Dobereiner and Myles Hyman of Hyman Hayes Associates attended “To Life!’s” annual spring gala on Tuesday night. This event “Honoring the Women in our Lives” was held at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom in Troy, New York. Mike and Myles were in attendance to see Norman Dascher, CEO of St. Mary’s and Samaritan Hospitals, receive the “Extra Mile” award for the exceptional collaborative effort and vision which went into the design and development of the new Cancer Treatment Center located on the St. Mary’s campus in Troy. Funded solely through donations, the Center offers comprehensive medical oncology, hematology and infusion services.

The “Extra Mile” award, presented by Eileen Bird, Executive Director of, celebrated the efforts of St. Peters Health Partners and Hyman Hayes Associates. This team designed the new Cancer Treatment Center using direct feedback from patients, families and staff. A space defined as a non-clinical environment that makes treatment as easy and as pleasant as possible for patients and their families and provides access to services that transcend traditional chemotherapy. For more information on the project visit:

To Life! provides education and support services for individuals who are dealing with breast cancer. They create the conversation that leads to more informed decisions about treatment and an improved understanding of the diagnosis; to build real connections.