ABOUT

Healthy Design. Honest Collaboration. Hard Work.

These are the principles around which we’ve built our firm.

Alloy5 was founded by Michael Metzger and Randy Galiotto, two licensed architects who believe great things are possible when people work together. Our team of architects and designers is cross-trained in business information modeling and graphic design.

The team assigned to your project is hand-selected to match the experience and skillsets which best meet your needs. Your team remains attached to your project from job kick-off meeting to ribbon-cutting.

Let’s do great things together.

Meet the Team
President

Michael Metzger, AIA, LEED AP

Michael is a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania and is a founding member of Alloy5. He has 25 years of experience in the profession and previously worked as an associate at Spillman Farmer Architects, where he helped design the iconic ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Michael is a past president of the Eastern PA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves as a state director. He is an advocate for green buildings and earned accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Michael also serves on the facilities committee for his alma mater Bethlehem Catholic High School, where he was recently on the board of directors and previously coached volleyball.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University

Principal

Randy Galiotto, AIA

Randy is a registered architect in the state of Pennsylvania and is a founding member of Alloy5 Architecture. He was formerly an associate at Spillman Farmer Architects where he worked for 15 years. Randy is a member of Pennsylvania’s Professional Selections Committee for the Department of General Services and is a trustee at Northampton Community College. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. Randy also serves on the Occupational Advisory Committee for the Career Institute of Technology. He has served on the board of directors for the Greater Easton Development Partnership and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bethlehem. Randy was named one of Eastern Pennsylvania’s “20 Under 40” by the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal for his track record of achievement and leadership in business and the community.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University

Senior Designer / Graphic Design Principal

Chris Connors

Chris has over ten years of professional experience working on a variety of both base building and interior projects. He has been highly involved in all phases of design and construction with a heavy focus on the production of graphic and construction document standards. The majority of his projects have been completed with two highly-reputable firms in the Washington DC area – Lehman Smith McLeish (LSM) and Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK). Prior to joining Alloy5 he helped form HYL Architecture, a small startup which opened its doors in late 2014. In addition to his architectural background, Chris is versed in various areas of graphic design and has also had product design experience with Knoll, a notable furniture manufacturer. His typical responsibilities include: programming, space planning, design development, consultant coordination, construction documentation and administration.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

Business Manager

Erika Galiotto

Erika received her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA where she received the PICPA outstanding accounting student award. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA where she graduated Magna Cum Lauda. She has 10 years of experience working as a corporate staff accountant and also has experience working as an assistant business manager for a local public institution. Her typical responsibilities include accounts receivable, accounts payable, invoicing, payroll, bank reconciliations, journal entries, financial report preparation and analysis. Erika also tracks complete project costs for Alloy5 projects and helps with reconciling project estimates and budgeting.

Education

Bachelor of Accounting and Business Administration, Muhlenberg College

Marketing Coordinator

Bekah Rusnock

Bekah Rusnock is an internationally-published, award-winning writer with a background in journalism. She is an expert in social media and specializes in creating engaging content that spreads virally. Rusnock operates the popular Instagram account IGbethlehem, which features photographs and videos captured exclusively on an iPhone. The account has more than 21,000 followers.

Bekah’s work has been featured on Buzzfeed, where it was viewed over 150,000 times. She was
featured in Fig magazine and has lectured at events hosted by Historic Bethlehem Partnership, Lehigh
University and Penn State. While employed by the City of Bethlehem, Rusnock used her media experience to improve the City’s reputation and develop its brand as a home for young, talented and creative entrepreneurs, a campaign which was integral to the city’s economic development.

Bekah also implemented the City’s Enterprise Zone program and managed a $1 million revolving loan fund. She oversaw development of Pi: Partnership for Innovation, an adaptive reuse project which created a technology center in a 100-year-old silk mill.

Bekah is an excellent written and oral communicator and is proficient in the AP Stylebook used by major media outlets around the world.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Susquehanna University

Senior Project Manager

Joseph Balsamo

Joe brings his talents to Alloy5 after being with Spillman Farmer Architects since 2004. As Senior Project Manager, Joe is responsible for overseeing a project through design and development, construction documentation and construction administration. His previous experience includes every aspect of the architectural process. Joe brings a particular set of skills dealing with building information modeling (BIM) technologies, including Revit, and he has established a reputation for service and attention to detail among his clients in higher education, healthcare, and commercial enterprise. Joe has extensive experience implementing (BIM) into the construction process from pre design through construction.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University

Interior Architectural Designer

Danielle Di Leone

As an undergraduate, Danielle was treasurer of the School of Architecture student council, vice president of Student IIDA, member of Women in Architecture and a founder of Alpha Sigma Psi, a local service sorority. She was awarded a Future Voices Jury Honor Award for her unique furniture design in May 2015. Her architecture interests are technically focused, and she enjoys 3-D printing as well as product and furniture design. Danielle previously served as an intern at Fancy Parsley Architecture + Design in Scranton, PA. Her specialties include BIM software, renderings, space planning and material selections. She currently lives in the Poconos and is in the process of earning her NCIDQ certification.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design, Marywood University

Master of Art in Studio Art with concentration in Interior Architecture,  Marywood University

Construction Administration Superintendent

Rich Takacs

Rich has had a long working relationship with Michael and Randy. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in every phase of the architectural process with K-12 schools. During his career, Rich had been the champion of many projects across multiple school districts. He brings a strong technical eye to the project team with a tenacity for designing building structures with safety and budget in mind. Rich has over 30 years of onsite construction administration experience for K-12 public projects with multi-million dollar prime contracts.

Education

Architectural Drafting, The Bethlehem Area Vocational- Technical School

Project Manager / Architectural Designer

Richard Mercado, LEED AP

With more than 10 years’ experience in architecture, Rich brings a diverse design background to the Alloy5 team. At his previous firm, Rich was integral in the design of several higher education projects, including Pilarz & Montrone Halls and the Center for Rehabilitation Education at the University of Scranton and Marywood University’s Learning Commons. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Hartford and previously served as guest architectural critic for Lafayette College.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Hartford

Interior Architectural Designer

Michelle Calabrese

Michelle’s professional career has been concentrated on renovating and collaborating corporate campuses and educational interiors through all phases of design and construction. She has also worked site on surveys, space planning, detailing and assisting with coordination and management on projects. She has focused on organizing and maintaining the firm’s materials library while networking with manufacturer representatives. Michelle has started the process for NCIDQ certification while continuing to work in the professional field.

Education

Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Marywood University

Architectural Designer

Jack Rogers

Jack joins our team from Philadelphia University where he acquired his Bachelor of Architecture degree. During his time there, he completed multiple internships with Alloy5 as a junior designer, gaining valuable experience in the design and construction process. He is highly skilled with Revit, our BIM software engine, and also has experience with multiple 3D programs. His daily responsibilities include space planning, schematic design, construction documentation, and graphic presentation materials. Jack is a native of the Lehigh Valley and has strong ties to the local area.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Philadelphia University

Project Manager / Architectural Designer

Mark Long

Mark brings over ten years of experience that includes project management and design leadership roles on several projects in the Lehigh Valley. He has had an integral role in all phases of design and construction through the coordination of commercial, institutional and hospitality projects. These projects range in scale from 600 SF to 135,000 SF. In addition, Mark utilizes BIM software and 3D digital rendering abilities to present design concepts to clients and to create detailed and comprehensive construction documents.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

Visual and Interactive Designer

Angela Kilburg

A native of Pittsburgh, Angela brings creative energy and a balanced sense of graphics to both print and digital work. Her experience includes website design, app development, organic social content creation and ad campaigns. As a college sophomore, Angela placed first in the Society of Publication Designers prestigious Student Design Competition. Angela was the director of Studio South, Moravian College’s in-house student design firm, where she previously worked as a graphic designer. She interned with Alloy5 as well as at Gatesman and LeadersNow International, both in Pittsburgh, and Bloomberg Businessweek in New York City. She is a graduate of Moravian College where she studied graphic and interactive design with a focus in marketing.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic & Interactive Design, Management Minor in Marketing, Moravian College

Architectural Designer

Bruce Brumbaugh

A soon to be Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) graduate, Bruce is a master of architectural modelling and visualization. While in school, Bruce has held a leadership role in AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) and was awarded the Tau Sigma Delta Honor in Architecture and the Allied Arts in 2018. He has previously earned an Associates in Applied Sciences degree in Architecture from Northampton Community College. With three years of professional work, Bruce is brought in on all phases of the design process- from concept to construction. His attention to detail and artistic interests in painting, drawing, and illustration are perfect complements to architectural design.  Bruce is inspired by the relationship between technical elements, spatial creation, artistic expression, and how people engage the combination. He hopes to continue his architectural education and pursue a career in teaching.

Education

Associates in Applied Sciences – Architecture, Northampton Community College

Bachelors of Architecture,  Jefferson- graduation, May 2019

Architectural Intern

Victoria Martine

Victoria joins our team from Northampton Community College. Originally pursuing a degree in chemistry, Victoria applies her knowledge of material function, features, and performance to architecture. This background gives her a unique understanding of projects. She is interested in research and has refined her skills in understanding the documentation of facility studies. Victoria enjoys designing in Sketchup and Revit. Her research background helps her take all aspects of the project into account during the design process. Victoria will continue her education at Jefferson University in the fall where she will study Architecture.

Education

Bachelors of Architecture, Jefferson University-graduation, May 2022

Architectural Intern

Zachary Hawk

A Bethlehem native and recent grad from Temple University, Zach is an energetic and creative force to the Alloy5 team. While at Temple, he was diligent in promoting lecture series within the architecture departments where he not only sought out speakers but also created promotional materials. Zach was the editor of the Philadelphia Chapter Architecture Lobby’s Newsletter where he implemented a redesign of their booklets, giving the publication a more streamlined design template. His architectural design work was featured twice in the Philadelphia AIA Center for Architecture between 2014 and 2018. While in school, Zach had the opportunity to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan where he fell in love with the architecture, design, and food of the region. Zach will be continuing his education in the fall at the Pratt Institute where he will pursue his Masters of Architecture. He hopes to concentrate his studies around architectural research with a focus on robotics.

Education

Bachelors of Sciences – Architecture, Temple University

Masters of Architecture, Pratt Institute- graduation, May 2021

Architectural Intern

Josh Soares

Currently a third year student at The Catholic University of America, Josh brings a creative and tech-savvy architectural approach to Alloy5. Josh studies Architecture as well as basic studies in engineering with a specialty in Civil Engineering. While in school, Josh is a member of the Honors College, Engineers WIthout Borders, American Society of Civil Engineers, AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students), and Habitat for Humanity. He has previously worked with Pennoni as an Engineering Intern specializing in AutoCad Civil 3D to create and edit the topography of multiple site designs. Josh is a master of 3D flythrough presentations as well as virtual reality applications to bring a client into their new architectural space.

Education

Bachelors of Science in Architecture, Catholic University of America, graduation- May 2019

We set out to build a team. We look for talent that understands how to work together.”
Randy Galiotto, AIA
The New Approach
FIVE Guide

The success of a project hinges on good communication. As architects, we use drawings to communicate, but we understand that floor plans aren’t always easy to read. To better communicate with our clients, Alloy5 has created the Full Installment of Visual Elements project reference book.

We call it the FIVE Guide.

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ORGANIZED

The FIVE Guide serves as a record of a project from concept to completion. It includes all five stages of design and every change along the process. The FIVE Guide is updated during bi-monthly project meetings. It is user-friendly and easy to follow.

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INCLUSIVE

All team members – from designers, engineers and facility operators to small business owners, superintendents and project managers – receive the same information in the same order at the same time.

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VISUAL

Each FIVE Guide includes floor plans with layout options, elevations, 3D views, renderings and interior finishes. Together, this paints a realistic and accurate picture of a project before construction even starts.

Value Management

Architects and accountants often exist on opposite ends of a project, but the team at Alloy5 sees spreadsheets as equally as important as schematics. We know that every inch on our drawings represents dollars in your budget, and we work to ensure clients receive maximum value from basement to rooftop.

Value management is our thoughtful process that blends design solutions with cost estimating. We review cost deficiencies, compare alterations, additions and new construction and review how each option impacts the operating budget on a line-by-line basis. We seek to identify ways a facility can earn money by creating flexible, shared spaces with potential for multiple uses.

Our goal is to keep a project simple, economical and focused on completion. We provide designs that make sense functionally, economically and aesthetically.

Our space showcases who we are as a firm. Collaboration is inherent to our work.”
Michael Metzger, AIA
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The Drafthouse

Our building was purchased in 2016 after it sat vacant and boarded for several years. Our team was quick to assess the needs of the existing structure and began planning its rebirth.

Exteriors were repaired, and windows were replaced. Our floorplan complements our team philosophy with large spaces for frequent collaboration. Alloy5’s brand is carried in subtle details like our signature green accents and geometric patterns covering the floor and front windows.

Today, the Drafthouse stands strong in the community while representing exactly who we are: mature, detailed-oriented planners and executers of clean, modern design.

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