Jan. 20, 2013 @ 02:14 PM

Xero Flor America retains public relations professional
DURHAM – David Aquilina, strategic storyteller, announced that he has been retained by Durham-based Xero Flor America to provide public relations and media relations services to the green roof system manufacturer.
Aquilina is a Minneapolis-based, independent corporate communications professional. Headquartered in Durham, XFA is the official and exclusive distributor in the U.S. of Xero Flor Green Roof Systems for XeroFlor Green Solutions.
Green roofs are meant to moderate the volume and velocity of stormwater run-off as well as to filter air pollutants, sequester carbon dioxide, moderate the urban heat-island effect, shade and insulate rooftops to improve buildings’ thermal performance, according to a news release.
Freelon Group announces awards
DURHAM – The National Organization of Minority Architects awarded The Freelon Group Architects two awards for design excellence at its 40th Annual Design Awards Presentation and Reception in Detroit, Mich.
The Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., was recognized with a Design Excellence Honor Award, according to a news release from the firm.
The library was designed by the Freelon Group in association with R. McGhee Associates, and is certified at the LEED Gold level by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
In addition, the University of North Carolina/Elizabeth City State University School of Pharmacy was recognized with a Design Excellence Citation. The recently completed School of Pharmacy houses the new Doctor of Pharmacy Partnership Program. Due to a need for more pharmacists in eastern North Carolina, the General Assembly created a new pharmacy program at ECSU, which is taught in conjunction with faculty located at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Freelon Group is a 60-person architecture firm founded by Philip G. Freelon in 1990. The firm’s design portfolio centers on higher education, science/technology, libraries and museum and cultural center projects.
Sew Fine II announces interior designer
DURHAM – Sew Fine II has announced the addition of Janice Guarino, a licensed interior designer, to the interior design firm’s staff. 
She will be assisting clients with selections of window treatments, wall coverings, bed coverings, carpeting and area rugs, furniture and accessories at the business’ decorated design studio at 5850 Fayetteville Road.
In addition, she will meet with vendors and help select the products that the business will sell.
Sew Fine II is an interior design firm serving the Triangle area of North Carolina for 25 years, and a Hunter Douglas Gallery Dealer.
The decorated showroom is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Architecture firm announces associate achievement
DURHAM – O’Brien/Atkins Associates PA announced that Steven B. Harris has passed the architectural registration exam and is a licensed architect in North Carolina.
He is currently serving on the N.C. State University Broughton Hall Chemistry research building addition/renovation and NetApp Global Dynamic Lab 2 project teams.
He recently completed work on the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Green Square Complex that encompasses the department’s headquarters and the Nature Research Center, located in downtown Raleigh. 
A graduate N.C. State University, Harris joined O’Brien/Atkins in 2008. 
O’Brien/Atkins Associates PA is a 60-person design services firm that provides architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning, and mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineering services to science and technology, corporate and public clients. 
K&L Gates names 47 new partners

PITTSBURGH – The partners of global law firm K&L Gates LLP elected 47 lawyers to the firm’s partnership effective March 1.
In Orange County, Joshua Lane was named a partner in K&L Gates’ corporate practice. Lane represents public and private companies on a wide range of corporate and securities law.
In the Research Triangle Park, Angela Cottrell was named a partner. Cottrell focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, joint ventures, and general corporate and securities law.
K&L Gates practices out of 46 offices in the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America and represents global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants, and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations, and individuals.
For more information about K&L Gates or its locations, practices, and registrations, go to the website