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Karen Welsh, R.A.
Tom Harley, R.A.
Architectural Staff:
Barry Beatty
Nick Costantino
Sam Hollopeter
Tim Morris
John Pershing
Jessica Riffer
John Shaffer
John Springer
Barbara Hauge
Engineering Staff:
Bob Long, P.E.
Front Office Staff:
Sherrie Shannon-Barton
Janet Wikstrom
Staff Bios:
Karen L. Welsh, R.A., President.

As president of UpStreet Architects, Inc. (previously Welsh + Harley Architects) of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Karen Welsh is focused on designing affordable family, elderly and special needs housing, as well as related community and service facilities. Of special concern is the design of buildings that are efficient. She strives to utilize new technologies and allocate resources effectively to lower maintenance and operating costs.
There is a special teamwork attitude required for the affordable housing industry. Ms. Welsh enjoys the details of the financing applications, the nuances of client preferences and ensuring the constructability of the final design. While involved in all aspects of the project, she is also responsible for the firm's business management.

Ms. Welsh is involved with several professional organizations. She is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders, Pennsylvania Housing Research Center, U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. She is also a NAHB National Green Building Program Verifier.

Ms. Welsh earned her bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Since then she has continued her education with classes and seminars in housing opportunities, historic preservation and technology, green building techniques and small business management.
Thomas R. Harley, R.A.

Architect with UpStreet Architects (formerly Welsh + Harley),Mr. Harley has designed a wide variety of projects and building types throughout Western Pennsylvania and Indiana County. He is experienced in providing design and construction services for low income, elderly and family residents in single building, townhouse and walk-up apartment construction. He also has a special interest and expertise in the area of historic preservation. Click to continue...
Barry V. Beatty, Senior Project Manager

Barry returned to his home area to join UpStreet Architects, Inc. as Senior Project Manager in 2002. He brought more than 17 years of experience in Project Management, Geology/ Hydrogeology, Environmental & Site Engineering Design, Geotechnical Investigation, and Material Testing/ Construction Inspection to the firm. Previously, Mr. Beatty was head of the Construction Management Department of Dewberry & Davis, LLC, Engineers and Architects in Baltimore, Maryland, where he managed a staff of eight Construction Managers.
He has worked in all phases of the construction process from proposal, to feasibility studies, to design development, to contract document development, through the construction phase and remediation.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in Johnstown, Pennsylvania with a Geology/Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree. He also held the following certificates: WACEL Soil Technician I & II and Concrete Technician; FEMA Disaster Housing Inspector; Troxler Gauge Certification. He is also a NAHB National Green Building Program Verifier.

Since coming to our firm, he has worked with various clients and project teams as the Project Manager for various Architectural projects from Application stage through the design, construction, and warranty phases. He has also attended various ICC code training courses. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has acted as the LEED project manager for LEED projects for submission to USGBC He is also a NAHB National Green Building Program Verifier.
Nicholas S. Costantino, R.A., R.L.A.,
Senior Architect

Nicholas serves the staff as Senior Architect. Mr. Costantino is a registered architect and landscape architect with over 30 years of experience, including 14 years as an owner/operator of his own architectural firm. He has extensive background in all phases of the building construction trades as well as design experience in several types of facilities.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Architecture from Penn State University.
He is the recipient of numerous civic, engineering and architectural professional awards. Nick serves on the Board of The Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County, is a retired Pennsylvania Army National Guard Engineer Officer, and had previously served as a committee member for the Windber Revitalization Committee.
Sam Hollopeter, Drafter

Samuel joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. as an intern drafter in 1998 during his junior year at Indiana Senior High School. He works on the preparation of construction documents for commercial and residential structures. He studied computer aided drafting and design at the Indiana County Technology Center, and is adept at working with both Macintosh and Windows based platforms, VectorWorks and AutoCAD software.
Samuel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College with an Associates Degree in Production Industries Technology. He is also part owner of InHouse Architects, LLC.
Timothy L. Morris, Drafting Manager

Tim is the Drafting Manager for UpStreet Architects, Inc. He has been involved in architectural drafting, construction, project management,and planning since the late 1980s. Tim graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University in Indiana, Pennsylvania with a B.A. degree in geography and regional planning. As a student, he received the Departmental Academic Award for superior scholarship and professional interest in Geography and Regional Planning. He is actively involved with community revitalization projects and has a strong interest in history of the built environment. When Tim is not at the office helping clients achieve their goals, he enjoys an active lifestyle with his wife and children.
John Pershing, Senior Drafter

John joined UpStreet Architects in 1995. He is experienced in project management as well as in the preparation of construction documents for commercial and residential structures. He holds the following ICC Certifications: 1 & 2 Family General; 1 & 2 Family Plumbing; and 1 & 2 Family Mechanical. He earned an associate degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from Triangle Tech in Dubois, Pennsylvania.

Jessica Riffer,
Intern Architect/Project Manager

Jessica Riffer joined the firm in 1995 as a Summer Intern. She continued to work summers and vacations at UpStreet Architects, Inc. throughout her college career. After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture, she joined the UpStreet staff full-time as an Intern Architect / Project Manager. She has completed the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' Intern Development Program and is preparing to take her professional registration exams.
Over the past eight years, Jessica has gained experience in many aspects of architectural practice including client interaction, programming, design, specifications, production and coordination of construction documents, submissions to code agencies, and construction management. Mrs. Riffer is also part owner of InHouse Architects, LLC.
John B. Shaffer, Jr., Project Manager

John joined UpStreet Architects, Inc. after working for a number of years with the Carpenter's Union of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has worked on a wide variety of projects, involving all stages of commercial, industrial and residential construction. His experience as the Code Official/Zoning Officer for the Cambria-Somerset Council of Governments in Johnstown, Pennsylvania makes him cognizant of the details needed to acquire all necessary permits.
He holds the following ICC certifications: 1 & 2 Family Dwelling Building Inspector; Accessibility Plan Review; Property Maintenance Inspector; and Existing Housing Inspector. John also holds state certifications as an Asbestos Inspector and for confined spaces safety.

John D. Springer, Intern Architect

John Springer joined the firm as an Intern Architect in 2003. Mr. Springer has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of architectural practice from initial client contact through construction administration. He has worked for a variety of firms in Western Pennsylvania and Massachusetts while completing his studies at Boston Architectural Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He won the Boston Society of Architects scholarship design competition for outstanding design of a community center/art school/public library complex in 2001. John is also part owner of In-House Architects.

Barbara Hauge, RLA, ASLA
Landscape Architect

Barbara Hauge came to the firm in November 2007. While with UpStreet, she has designed landscape plantings for various projects through PA. She is proficient designing by hand or using a CAD program to create the landscapes and construction documents.

She holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State and a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from The City College of New York. Before joining UpStreet Architects Ms. Hauge lived in NYC while working on private residences
with Susan Cohen Landscape Architect in Riverside, CT and public and institutional landscapes with Peter Gisolfi Associates in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. In 2010 she received her PA landscape architect’s registration.

She has taught in the Landscape Design Programs at The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, Pittsburgh, PA, in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Continuing Education program and Saint Francis University’s Summer Kids’ College. In addition, she regularly lectures for garden clubs, Friends of the Parks, our local library, and other garden related organizations.

Ms. Hauge is part owner of In-House Architects with projects including public and private landscapes. There are many organizations to which she belongs including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), PA-DE Chapter of the ASLA where she in part of the Communications Committee, PA Horticultural Society, Botanic Garden of Western PA, Indiana and Evergreen Garden Clubs, and East Pike PTA, Coordinator of Garden/Pond Committee.
Robert Long,
Senior Engineer (Structural), P.E.

Robert has extensive experience in construction management, construction/civil engineering, project management and field construction supervision for general contracting and design-build construction services. He has the ability to provide complete professional design services from the conception of the project through to its completion. Mr. Long holds of Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In addition he has studied graduate engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and business law at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buchannon, West Virginia. He holds the following Department of Army Certificates of Training: Construction Contract Negotiating; Network Analysis System; Advanced Network Analysis; Soils Inspection and Welding Application. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and Florida, and a licensed general contractor in the state of Florida.
Sherrie Shannon-Barton,
Office Manager

Updated bio to come. Sherrie has been employed with Thomas R. Harley, Architects since 1992 originally as a receptionist, secretary, administrative assistant and office manager and working for Thomas R. Harley, Architects and Welsh and Harley Architects which later became UpStreet Architects, Inc. In 1996, Sherrie started property management for three buildings Tom owned in Downtown Indiana.
In 2000 she became partners with Tom and formed a company named Dynamic Real Estate Management, LLC and now manages 10 commercial buildings.

Also in 2000, Sherrie started taking classes for her Real Estate License and became a licensed real estate agent. In January of 2004, Sherrie is scheduled to take the Broker's Exam and is looking forward to opening her own Real Estate Brokerage Office in the near future.

For fun, Sherrie also manages the Downtown Indiana Theater. This theater was closed for more than twenty years and has been re-opened for two years. Sherrie is a licensed projectionist and on any given evening can be found popping popcorn and serving customers who still can't believe they can see a movie in the Downtown Theater again and still buy popcorn for $1.00.

Janet Wikstrom

Janet joined UpStreet in 2005 as a recent resident of the Indiana area. She has twenty years of experience in the Accounting field and worked in the Pittsburgh area before joining UpStreet. Within the office, Janet handles all financial paperwork and manages accounts. She is a graduate of Robert Morris University.

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