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Wilkes University Honors Borton-Lawson As Its Business Partner of the Year

Wilkes University honored Wilkes-Barre architectural and engineering firm Borton-Lawson as its 2015 Business Partner of the Year.  The firm was among five finalists for the honor.  The award was established to recognize partner organizations that demonstrate outstanding quality, value and service to Wilkes University. 

Borton-Lawson was honored for a number of engineering and design projects at Wilkes, including its design work on new space for the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership and for the Passan School of Nursing.  In recognizing the firm, University President Patrick F. Leahy noted that Borton Lawson has been an integral part of many projects in the last 12 months that are changing the Wilkes campus.

“We are pleased to recognize Borton-Lawson as our 2015 Business Partner of the Year. Campus improvements are a strategic initiative at Wilkes University, and Borton Lawson has played a significant role in helping us to achieve our goals,” Leahy said. “Our most important and transformational projects, including our new campus Gateway and many others, have benefited from the firm’s excellence and professionalism.”

In accepting the award, Borton-Lawson vice president Patrick Endler said, “Borton-Lawson is proud to be recognized by Wilkes University.  As a true partner, Borton-Lawson is pleased to work with the University not only on design projects, but also on initiatives including regional economic development, engineering and industrial workforce preparedness, and student job placement.  Our institutions’ common core values – like ‘commitment to community’ – form the foundation for this partnership.”

Borton-Lawson has provided design work for the University’s new Media Center, which will be the new home of the Communication Studies Department, as well as for a new home for the Sordoni Art Gallery, which will be housed in the same building at 141 S. Main St.  Both projects are slated for completion in 2016. The firm also supplied engineering support for the new home of the University’s ROTC detachment and the design for a new information technology center in the Farley Library. During the last year, Borton Lawson also continued its work developing plans for new state-of-the-art laboratories for the engineering division of the College of Science and Engineering.

Loren Prescott, University vice president for finance and chief counsel, said that the quality of Borton-Lawson’s work and the firm’s responsiveness earned them the Business Partner accolade.

“Their work is always exceptional, even on projects which are truly ‘rush jobs,’ ” Prescott says. “Borton-Lawson exceeds expectations on every project.”

Other finalists for the honor were HotChalk, a California firm which markets online degree programs for colleges and universities; the Westmoreland Club of Wilkes-Barre; Sordoni Construction Services of Forty-Fort, Pa.; and Delta Development Group, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., which offers consulting services for community planning, funding and IT strategies.  All of the companies were recognized at an event at the University on Nov. 18.

Barton-Lawson Group Photo

Pictured, from left: Lucinda Boardwine, marketing manager, Borton-Lawson; Lou Spaciano, Borton-Lawson; A.J. Speicher, Borton-Lawson; Loren Prescott, vice president and general counsel, Wilkes University; Patrick Endler, vice president, buildings business unit, Borton-Lawson; Frank Joanlanne, president, Borton-Lawson; Christopher L. Borton, CEO, Borton-Lawson; Michael Wood, special assistant to the president, Wilkes University.

About Wilkes University:
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities, and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring, and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. In addition to 41 undergraduate majors,Wilkes offers the doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees and more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu