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Bergmann expands expertise in workplace strategy and retail design

DATE: May 18, 2021

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In response to increased client demand and market opportunity, Bergmann has added two new senior members to its Commercial Practice team, expanding the firm’s depth of experience in workplace strategy and retail program work.

Amy Gallagher has joined Bergmann in the role of Workplace Strategist, and Aram Piligian Jr., AIA, NCARB has joined as Senior Project Manager with an emphasis on retail and grocery.

Both Amy and Aram are working out of Bergmann’s Philadelphia office locations and support projects across the firm’s national footprint.

Amy Gallagher – Workplace Strategist

Amy Gallagher joins Bergmann in the role of workplace strategist, a new position at the firm that extends and complements the existing expertise within the commercial workplace practice.

Based on gaining a deep understanding of the client’s business strategy, Amy will incorporate planning, research, data, and design to implement and manage workplace strategies that integrate people, places, and technology. In close collaboration with the client and Bergmann teams, Amy will develop tailored programs based on the intersection of real estate, facilities, interior design, architecture, and workplace culture.

“Companies are increasingly focused on making their offices more user-friendly and delivering a positive, productive employee experience that supports retention,” said Dana Reeves, AIA, NCIDQ, commercial workplace practice leader, Bergmann. “This new role brings great value to our clients because any organization with workplaces where employees interact and collaborate have a need for a workplace strategy. In this dedicated role, Amy brings specialized leadership and more bench strength to our longstanding commercial workplace group.”

Amy most recently was with NELSON. As a senior designer and workplace strategist, she has worked on many notable projects such as a 90,000 square foot facility in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and a 120,000 square foot workplace renovation including a full service cafeteria and conference training center in Hopewell, New Jersey, both for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; and a 90,000 square foot new medical office building and a medical office suite at Princeton Medical Arts Pavilion.

Aram Piligian, Jr., AIA, NCARB – Sr. Project Manager

Aram brings 38 years of experience to his role as senior project manager in Bergmann’s Atlantic Buildings Group and is working out of Bergmann’s Philadelphia office locations.

Prior to Bergmann, Aram was with Cuhachi & Peterson and previously ran his own architectural firm for more than 25 years. He brings a keen business understanding to his work, having managed architectural projects throughout the United States for many nationally recognized brands in the grocery, drug store, and restaurant sectors, including Giant, Stop & Shop, Rite Aid, and Yum! Brands. His experience also includes warehouse distribution centers, restaurant and residential.

“Aram’s specialty knowledge in retail segments deepens our bench of expertise. Our program work in commercial buildings will benefit in quality and efficacy with Aram’s oversight,” said Dana Reeves. “Based on his long tenure practicing architecture, Aram brings deep technical know-how to complex projects to ensure their buildability and improve our practice’s quality levels.”

Aram is a member of the Pennsylvania State Architects Licensure Board, the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, and the American Institute of Architects. He will share his experience and knowledge by serving as the leader of the emerging professional forum at Bergmann to assist staff in obtaining architectural licensure.