Firm Profile

CBLH Design is a proven leader in architecture, planning and interior design. For over 45 years, our firm has established successful partnerships with Healthcare, Library and Higher Education clients. Principals Marc Bittinger, Mike Liezert and Jeff Valus see each project as unique. We enjoy the process – providing knowledge, experience and assisting the client in every phase of the design process.

CBLH Design is committed to the client. We incorporate a solid team philosophy that involves building trust between the owner, architect, engineers and contractors. Our architectural success is based on our hands-on approach to design and is showcased by our personal commitment to service and innovation. This approach not only leads to more effective design concepts, it builds the foundation for strong, long-term relationships.

History

Founded in 1971 by Hal Braun and Don Spice as Braun and Spice and later named Spice Costantino Architects, our mission is to provide personalized architectural service emphasizing commitment, innovation and integrity. Over the years we have accumulated a substantial and distinctive portfolio of projects, holding strong to our commitment to balance creative passion and client service.

Our team, is now led by Principals Marc Bittinger, Mike Liezert, and Jeff Valus, see each project as unique.

What We Do

CBLH Design is committed to the client. We incorporate a solid team philosophy that involves building trust between the owner, architect, engineers and contractors. Our architectural success is based on our hands-on approach to design and is showcased by our personal commitment to service and innovation. This approach not only leads to more effective design concepts, it builds the foundation for strong, long-term relationships.

We Listen

The Owner plays a key role in determining needs and evaluating alternatives presented by the design team. Listening to what the owner wants is essential. We work together to make decisions that are in the best interest of the project. We strive to respond to the desires of each key stakeholder of every project and create designs that maximize return on investments. The process will be driven by a pre-determined schedule of meetings, frequent re-evaluation of budgets and schedules, and design team sign-offs at critical junctures so that the owner is making informed decisions at all times. Surveying staff and user groups along with the investigation of the existing conditions assists in the refinement of program needs.

 

We Plan

When designing projects, we work closely with the owners because we feel it is extremely beneficial to the success of the project. The design process explores various possible solutions that are reviewed with the design team and the owner. Enhancement of selected directions is prompt and clearly delineated. To reinforce the understanding of each design concept when needed, we provide scale models, create computer-generated renderings, and supply exterior and interior material samples. Creative solutions are realized through detailed construction documents developed by our qualified staff. These staff members keep abreast of current trends and technology through seminars, trade periodicals and continuing education programs.

 

We Deliver

Prior to the bidding process, we advise the owner of the different methods of project delivery that would best suit their needs. The uses of a single general contractor, separate prime contractors or a construction manager concept are typically discussed. After bidding, we also assist the owner in the evaluation of bids and contractors. Once the project is underway, we visit the project site on a regular basis to address specific issues that may arise. At these scheduled visits, a job meeting is conducted and attended by the owner, architect and contractor. All field visits and meetings are documented with a written report. The role of our construction administrator is to determine that the intent of the design documents is being carried out. It is our responsibility to establish that the work being performed by the contractors is in the best interest of the owner.


CBLH Design is committed to you, the client, and we will continually strive to provide ultimate design solutions that are essential to the ever-changing needs of your future.

listen.  plan.  deliver.