Known for his Texas charm along with his considerable administrative skills, technical expertise, and design talent, Jon Lavy has been crucial to the firm’s ongoing work at Quinnipiac University on all three of its campuses. He has overseen such major projects there as the TD Bank Sports Center; the new Health Science Center; the Frank H. Netter, M.D. School of Medicine; a 2,000-bed residence hall complex; a dining hall expansion; and two new student centers. He has also developed a master plan for sustainability for the newly developed York Hill Campus, which features an innovative wind terrace, a geothermal cooling system, photovoltaic collectors and a co-generation heat plant.
A colleague likened him to the conductor of an orchestra who keeps all the elements of a project in sync, communicating with and inspiring each section toward a common goal of excellence. Lavy has worked on buildings that have won 14 design awards, most notably the Neuroscience Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a leading biomedical research facility and a Centerbrook client since 1974. He was at Centerbrook when the firm was honored by the national AIA with its prestigious Firm Award in 1998.
Lavy joined Centerbrook in 1987 and, in addition to his responsibilities at Quinnipiac, has worked on the Wolf Law School at the University of Colorado, buildings at Yale University and Dartmouth College, and commercial projects for companies such as Nortel Networks and MicroGeneSys, Inc.
A native of Texas and graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Architecture, Lavy has overseen all of Centerbrook’s work for Quinnipiac University since 2003 for Partner-in-Charge Jefferson Riley, who has been the university’s architect for more than 30 years. Lavy was named a Principal in the firm in 2010. He is an active volunteer in the community, serving since 2003 on his hometown planning and zoning commission while coaching his son’s baseball and football teams.