The Webber/Smith Group celebrated National Red Nose Day in style, last week, while making a nice contribution toward ending Childhood Poverty!

The WEBBER/SMITH Group is pleased to welcome Chris Purdue to the company as Project Manager, reporting to Vice President of Project Management, Drew Blank, P.E. Chris will oversee projects related to food and beverage processing facilities, distribution centers, and warehousing on behalf of the company.

“Chris joins our team with more than 17 years of construction management experience.” said WEBBER/SMITH Vice President, Drew Blank.  “His reputation for inspiring solutions for clients will be instrumental in helping us continue providing our clients with outstanding design services.” Prior to joining The WEBBER/SMITH Group, Purdue was a Design Team Manager where he led a department of food service designers and engineers. Purdue is a graduate of Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering.


The Engineering and Architectural staff of WEBBER/SMITH experienced a presentation on the “Next Generation of Access Hardware’ presented by ASSA ABLOY, the world’s largest lock company

The marketing team is packing up and headed to Atlanta, GA for the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo. It is the world’s largest annual display of Processing & Production technology, equipment, supplies, and services. IPPE once again is featuring a full week of educational and networking opportunities with key leaders from the poultry and meat processing industries. Stop by and meet Rick Elyar and Ray Anater in Booth B5276.



We are pleased to announce that Drew Blank has recently been promoted to Vice President of Project Management after serving the past three years at WEBBER/SMITH as a Senior Project Manager. Prior to joining WEBBER/SMITH, Drew served as Engineering Manager for a food manufacturing and distribution company responsible for capital projects and day to day operations. Drew’s dedication to the food industry with over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of success will continue WEBBER/SMITH’s history of providing experienced food industry professionals capable of delivering successful projects to all of our clients.


Eric has worked in the field of architectural and the construction industry for the past 22 years in various roles including Architectural Design, Project Management and Design/Build. Eric has lived in the Lancaster all his life with a brief time of 8 years in the Philadelphia where he graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is registered in several states and would like to become a LEED Accredited Professional. Eric is a dedicated family man and enjoys history, the arts and biking the rail trails.

WEBBER/SMITH Associates is hiring: Project Architect
Project Architect who specializes in food processing, cold storage and/or industrial building design and project management. Eight – ten years of design production experience preferably in these building types and capable of producing complete construction documents while coordinating with in-house architectural and engineering staff. AutoCad and Revit proficiency experience preferred. Architectural degree and license required. Travel both project related and marketing is required. Please visit for contact information.

Are you attending the International Production & Processing Expo? It is the world’s largest annual display of technology, equipment, supplies, and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat, and poultry and those involved in feed manufacturing.

The dates are JANUARY 26-28, 2016 @ the Georgia World Congress Center

Please stop by our booth B-7320 to talk to us about how we can be of assistance to you and your business

WEBBER/SMITH welcomes Kevin McQuaig, Architectural Design Specialist

Kevin has worked in the building industry for four years in various facets of the building industry including Construction Management, Structural Steel Design, and Roofing Design. Kevin has lived in Lititz for over 20 years and attended college in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Temple University and a Minor in business. Kevin has a strong interest in Green Building design and would like to work toward becoming LEED Accredited within the next year. He is a big fan of Philadelphia sports and probably won’t disagree if you tell him the Eagles or Phillies aren’t very good.


WEBBER/SMITH has been committed to embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) since 2009 and the benefits it provides our firm as well as our clients. In a highly summarized form, WEBBER/SMITH’s corporate goals with BIM are;

  • Enhance multidiscipline design collaboration
  • Develop our projects in the manner in which designers think (focus on design)
  • Develop project implementation documentation that owners clearly understand
  • Develop project implementation documentation that contractors truly want and need
  • Achieve total project coordination of the implementation document set
  • Lowered costs, controlled costs, and reduced project duration

 Structural Benefits:

Utilizing the virtual building model environment at WEBBER/SMITH has allowed our structural design teams to eliminate many overlapping steps within the design process. Projects that utilize a common model allow our structural teams to leverage the architectural model earlier in the design process, which in turn, allows the entire design team to make faster and earlier design decisions. At the heart of the structural virtual model is the strength of parametric modeling, changes are constantly and automatically coordinated and validated throughout the design and also the implementation documents. All views, dimensions and design data are immediately updated when a change is made. This improves the efficiency of our designs through visualization, clash prevention and team communication.

Another benefit of the structural model is the fact that the benefits don’t stop at the Construction documentation phase. Quantity take-offs are a natural by-product of our designs. The structural model, which is made up of individual structural components, not lines flattened into 2D designs, contains all of the design information, not only analytical data but counts, weights and volumes

steel take-off

Building/Architecture Benefits:

Our Architects and Architectural Designers can now move directly into concept modeling, allowing them to validate and communicate designs much earlier in the design process than ever before. This allows for better design decisions to be made at the time they will have the greatest impact on design.


One of the main advantages of virtual modeling is the fact that the natural maturing of the design and model allows the design team to leverage information in the model phase to phase. A door placed in schematic design matures into the same door on the construction documents, a wall placed in a concept model, matures into a scheduled wall type on a construction document, and so on. This continuous maturity and early validation of objects and components in the virtual model ultimately leads to greater value as the project progresses through each design phase

Another huge advantage is that the virtual model is the perfect tool enabling our architectural design team to communicate not only design intent but actuality without sidetracking from the main design process. The same model moving forward in the design is the same model used to generate visual images, renderings, and walkthroughs allowing for clearer and precise communication at any stage of the project

MEP Benefits:

Our MEP Design Team leverages one single, in-house multi discipline virtual model which allows them to clearly identify and resolve interference’s and accelerates engineering designs with the embedded data rich design data that also supports sustainable design and analysis

Back in 1987, Autocad 2.5 amazed everyone with its new high tech commands; the ability to trim intersecting lines (TRIM), the ability to extend a line to another line (EXTEND), and the ability to proportionally scale objects (SCALE)


Today, our MEP design team isn’t limited by “commands”. Virtual modeling allows them to create supply returns and exhaust systems, perform energy analysis, create single and multi-circuit wiring for devices, fixtures and power, and create multiple plumbing systems including sanitary, sewer, domestic hot and cold water and grey water systems. The parametric change management allows modifications to be coordinated more consistently by leveraging one central model for all design, development, cross-discipline coordination, and implementation documents.