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"We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us"

Winston Churchill

About Us

Frank Ross Architects is an established architectural firm licensed in numerous states. We are dedicated to our clients and have been serving many of same clients for nearly two decades.  At its inception, nearly twenty five years ago, F.A. Ross Architects was a concept, an idea for a different type of firm. It was the a conceptual plan for a firm that could better address the changing economic environment, at a time when the world was being introduced to the computer age. While still an architectural student studying in Rome, the idea occurred to Frank  to form a new, sleeker, architectural practice that  would take advantage of the coming micro era. The profession was evolving and the styles were under going the most radical changes since the inception of International Style. The way people live and transacted business was also in transition. Soon clients would need more services, in less time. During this time of transition, the profession, despite massive changes in styles, was largely unchanged. This was insufficient, as the new demands on the profession could no longer be addressed without the introduction of new technologies. The advancements created new opportunities. What was once considered futuristic, was now available to the public. To borrow a famous quote “the future is today”, clearly now is the time to implement new ideologies and think outside of the box. This concept was applicable in the mid 1980s, and remains valid today.

Awards & Recognition

Human Services Center

New Castle, PA

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Frank Ross Architects offers not only the latest technology, but presents  its clients with a variety of tools to analyze their projects and design.  The variety of services offered are  Autocad drawings, Photoshop 2d renderings, Google 3d Sketchup, and photorealistic renderings of interior spa​ces and exterior facades, site layouts, presentations, flow charts, budgets on projects, time utilization and spreadsheets. The 3d renderings help the clients visualize their project in a unique way. Many times, a client proposes a certain defined layout, but when they can see a 3d rendering of the spaces, they often realize that they didn't visualize what the space would appear in real life. The renderings help us in relating and responding to the needs of our clients and effectively design what they ultimately wish in their project.

VISUALIZATION IS THE BEST TOOL FOR ILLUSTRATING CONCEPTS AND PROGRAMMATIC DESIGNS

Renovations to preserve historical buildings


"If we don't care about our past, we cannot hope for the future..I care desperately about saving old buildings" Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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Preserving our most historical buildings is one of the most important attributes of an architect.  Frank Ross Architects has been very fortunate to have worked on numerous historical preservations.  It's one of most rewarding experiences of the firm.

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SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Sustainable buildings

require special considerations. Architects, contractors and owners are compelled to conserve our natural resources. Today’s buildings must meet the new challenges of ecofriendly design, while still meet the old challenges building program, function and aesthetics. The green movement recognizes our limited of natural resources and directs design professionals to be good stewards to our planet earth.

“...not every building can be Leed Certified; but every building can employ a level of sustainability…”

- Tanya Natale Ross

BETTER SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

This project endeavored to change the way such structures were designed and patients were treated. Two goals were set in place:

1) develop an open living area conducive to learning

                    2) introduce animals into the therapy, as many young patients  emotionally connect to animals, and through therapy the connection with animals could be used to create an avenue to later connect with peer groups.


The second goal was not easily satisfied. A separate facility needed to be designed and constructed to accommodate the animals. The site was designed to create a small campus feel, encompassing the existing barn facility, the new Animal Facility and the Treatment and Residential Facility. The unique nature of the project, drew a wide range of interest, and benefactors. The project received financial support and funding from the United States Department of Agriculture.


CARITAS was designed for more then just a unique living and treatment experience, it was designed and detailed to meet the standards of accessible architecture. The building features several unique green strategies. It is another project in a series of green buildings, intended for real life use and educational purposes.

Natural light was a theme throughout the Caritas facility. Studies have determined that natural light is conducive in a therapeutic setting. The light flows through the building creating a bright and calming experience.

Sustainable design:

Cotton jeans insulation in walls

Energy Efficient glazing

Energy efficient appliances

Dual system of hydronic heating in-floor and air handlers

Low volatile paints

Locally harvested woods, certified lumba​r by forest stewardship council

Fly Ash in concrete

Recycled carpet tiles

Recycled wood for furniture

Incorporated an existing building into project

Hot water runs off floor heat

Rain water for plants and landscaping

Reduced heat island effect with indigenous plants


Front of Animal care facility which is a part of the Caritas Adolescent Treatment

Studies have shown that animals tend to have calming effect on children with disabilities

IMPORTANCE OF ACCESSIBILITY

We have taken great strides in achieving accessibility with existing buildings that do not easily lend to meeting the newest standards. Many projects in western PA are located on extreme grade changes, and we have managed to meet the most feasible standards. In many areas, we have even exceeded the latest requirements. When possible, we like to exceed the code requirements because the code define the minimum standards and if the project; for example, in someone's living unit, we like to exceed the standard to meet their special needs and give the most comfort since they are spending most of their time there.



The largest renovations to this structure entailed the total redesign of the building mechanical system, and

the installation of a chiller

to deliver conditioned air to each apartment.

In 2007-08 12 units were demolished to yield 6 newly constructed new UFAS compliant units.

This project endeavored to create open barrier free spaces, exceeding the requirements for space and turning as defined by UFAS, ADAAG and ANSI 117.1


case study for elementary school

Case studies are important not only for the project at hand but for educational purposes as they are essential study of building type or product system type


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TrueNorth Corp offices, Brecksville, OH

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TrueNorth Corp. offices, Brecksville, OH

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Dr. Moses dental clinic, New Castle, PA

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McGrath Manor

Extensive Interior renovations

this project was for Window Replacement for

Housing Authority of County

of Lawrence

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Renderings for Rooftop garden

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Sustainable Green Rooftop

*significantly reduces storm water runoff

                  * reflects heat and reduces cooling loads

 *reduces  microclimate heat island

living wall & indigenous plant pallets 


Skills

The most important skill is to able to consult with clients

and graphically illustrate their concepts in a realistic programmatic manner.  Communication is everything.

Listening

Illustrating concepts

Conceptual renderings

and drawings

Project everyone can

be proud of

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(724) 856 1992 Frank Ross cell

(724) 856 1993 Tanya Ross cell