Buffalo City Mission

Following the standards of the newly-enacted Green Code, the plans for a new home for Buffalo City Mission are underway! Buffalo Business First details, here.  "At 74,000-square-feet, the building is nearly double the size of the City Mission’s current 38,318-square-foot home base that sits on the same parcel. The larger size serves as a reflection of the Buffalo City Mission’s growing customer base and demands on the agency.

Buffalo City Mission

Hoops Buff

March Madness is once again upon us, but for those NCAA fans who haven't been to Buffalo in a while, things may seem quite different! The city's resurgence is ever continuing, and downtown is full of new places to see, things to do, and places to eat (and drink)! The Buffalo News details information about Canalside and hotel options here, while Visit Buffalo Niagara compiled a list of new restaurants, breweries, and distilleries here.  

Are you a part of a bracket? We have an in-office competition each year here at CWM! Who are you rooting for to win?! Let us know in the comments below! 

We're looking for a talented individual to join our engineering team!

Carmina Wood Morris, DPC, a full service civil engineering and architectural consulting firm has an immediate opening for an experienced Civil Engineer in our Buffalo, NY office. The successful candidate will be part of a team that provides site planning, design and engineering services for a wide variety of clients both local and statewide. The position involves all aspects of design for land development projects including single family subdivisions, multi-family apartment projects and commercial site plans. The individual would be responsible for taking projects from concept through design, municipal approvals and permits. It is preferred that the individual have hands on design experience in the areas of site layout/code compliance, grading, storm drainage design and utility layout. Engineering tasks will include preparation of drawings using ACAD Civil 3D, developing supporting calculations, preparation of SWPPP documents, report writing and interaction with clients/municipalities.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from an accredited college or university
  • 4-6 years of experience in a full time civil engineering design position with emphasis on experience in site layout, including grading, stormwater management, utility design, erosion control, regulatory approvals and code compliance.
  • Extensive experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D required
  • Experience with civil engineering software including HydroCAD is preferred
  • An E.I.T. certificate is required. A Professional Engineer's license is preferred
  • Self-motivated, organized and able to work independently; someone with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

CWM offers a generous benefits package and a competitive wage that will be commensurate with your experience.

Please contact Christopher Wood, PE for further information at cwood@cwm-ae.com or 716-842-3165, ext 103.

Greater As One

This year instead of giving gifts to one another, our staff gathered a donation (which the partners generously matched) which we chose to share with our friends at Journey's End today! 

Pictured Left To Right: JERS Director of Finance, Jeff Knapp; Steven Carmina, Partner; Karen Andolina Scott; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, Partner. 

Pictured Left To Right: JERS Director of Finance, Jeff Knapp; Steven Carmina, Partner; Karen Andolina Scott; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, Partner. 

Journey's End is an immigration legal services program in Buffalo, "Where home beings again." From family reunification to permanent residence services, the team at JERS welcomes refugees without regard to ethnic origin or creed and assists them to become healthy, independent, contributing members of the Buffalo community. They even conduct the only free legal walk-in clinic in the Buffalo area that services refugees, immigrants, and U.S. citizens with their immigration needs and language support in 32 languages! 

We are happy to support their work! 

Sweet Sixteen

Today Carmina Wood Morris (CWM) celebrates our 16th year of designing & restoring Buffalo! We want to sincerely thank our entire team and amazing clients for helping us do what we love for so long! Sixteen truly couldn't be any sweeter. 

A leader in local historic preservation efforts, we have spearheaded the restoration of numerous buildings throughout the city of Buffalo, with several projects currently in progress. We are a full-service firm that also specializes in distinctive residential, adaptive re-use, commercial, health care, corporate, and education designs, with licenses to practice in the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and South Carolina. CWM is also LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and we also create handicapped-accessible structures for numerous projects. 

Our firm had an especially eventful year in 2016, with many celebrations and announcements: 

•    We reached a milestone anniversary, celebrating fifteen years as a firm.

•    CWM promoted Michael R. Bray, AIA to partner!

•    Completed the renovation of the Phoenix Brewery into loft apartments, which was then recognized as Buffalo Spree’s “Best Preservation Project in WNY 2016.”

•    Our work on the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC) Lofts was featured in a National Trust For Historic Preservation editorial. That project also won “Outstanding Project” in the 2016 Preservation Buffalo Niagara Preservation Awards!

•    Completed the construction of the Salvatore’s new boutique hotel, The Delavan.

•    CWM was honored as a Buffalo Business First “Best Places To Work.”

•    Promoted Paul Lang, AIA to an Associate!

•    Hired four new employees, and two interns.

•    Completed the redevelopment of the Bosche Lofts at 916-918 Main Street, Buffalo.

•    Partner Jon Morris was honored as a Business First C-Level Executive, which recognizes WNY’s most effective business leaders.

•    We completed the renovation of the sixth floor of our office in downtown Buffalo, and began work on the fifth floor reception area.

The principals of CWM: Steven J. Carmina, AIA; R. Christopher Wood, PE; Jonathan H. Morris, AIA; Pamela Timby-Straitiff, CID IIDA; and Michael R. Bray, AIA; credit the success of their firm to the attention to detail, aesthetics, and service given to each project and client. They are a dynamic team collaborating to achieve innovative solutions, grounded in core values, respected in their profession and community. Again, thank you for these sixteen years. Cheers to sixteen more!

Project In Progress: Emerson School

Buffalo Rising released the news today of our partnership with Rocco Termini and Uniland Development proposing a $70 million mixed-use development on Ellicott Street. We look forward to sharing our proposal with the school district! 

January 2017 Newsletter

 
JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER

CONSTRUCTION WATCH:

Michigan & Broadway

This $6M, 40,000SF mixed-use project at the southeast corner of Michigan and Broadway is being led by Partner Steve Carmina in partnership with developer Roger Trettel, with RP Oak Hill as construction manager. The buildings at 163-167 Broadway and 64 Nash (circa 1820's and 1880's), will be redeveloped into 18 new apartments and 9,052 SF of commercial space, complete with indoor parking, a restaurant, and 2,000SF donated to a local nonprofit cultural organization, the NAACP. Located in the heart of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor, this is a very important corner; the potential for this building and the surrounding area is quite substantial, with Steve stating "it will be a beacon for people visiting the city to learn about African-American culture, the Underground Railroad, and why the street and city are important." 

 


LET THEM EAT CAKE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DANIELLE JOHNSON & GIONA PAOLERCIO 


CELEBRATE: Surprise Sprinkle for JESSICA MUEHLBAUER and her soon-to-be bundle of joy! Thanks to Hearth+Press for a delicious lunch! 


GRAND OPENING: WELCOME SPOT COFFEE TO KENMORE!

Our work renovating the former George Washington Elementary School at 1 Delaware Road into a mixed-use building is almost complete! In addition to the 21 luxury apartments and daycare center, this building also now has a SPoT Coffee, which celebrated their grand opening on January 6th! We can smell the cappuccino now... 

 


SOCIAL MEDIA: YOU LIKE US, YOU REALLY LIKE US! 

At the end of last year, we reached 400 followers on Facebook! Needless to say, we were ecstatic and can't thank you - our loyal fans - enough! We'd love to hear your thoughts on how we're doing, or any suggestions you have on what you'd like to see more of. Simply email our Marketing Coordinator, Darra, at dkubera@cwm-ae.com 

If TV Characters Were Architects

It's January in Buffalo, which means most of us take the rare gift of a snow-day and use that time to binge watch a show or movie on Netflix. I'm personally guilty of a binge-session or two, but watching this myriad of shows got me thinking- some of our favorite TV characters would make great architects!

Take Sherlock Holmes (from the show Sherlock, a series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories) for example. Sherlock's exceptional intellect and remarkable powers of observation would enable him to create architectural masterpieces that transcend conventional design techniques. 

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Another character that would make an interesting architect is Dr. Derek Shepherd, from Grey's Anatomy. Not only did he design his own house on the show, but think of all the intricite architectural creations he could come up with using his immense knowledge of the inner workings of the human brain! 

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Call me crazy, but I could even see Spongebob Squarepants making a name for himself in the architecture world! I mean who wouldn't want to live in a pineapple under the sea?!

 
 

Don't think we've forgotten about our female characters! Imagine if Leslie Knope from Parks And Recreation were an architect! Her determination and spunk alone would serve her well in the design world. Her desire to pursue a life of public service could certainly be served in the architecture field, perhaps in the historic preservation sector?! If all else fails I'm certain she'd design an excellent waffle house. 

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What if you could take one of YOUR favorite television characters and make them an architect? Who would you choose? Let us know in the comments below! 

Newsletter .19


HOLIDAY 2016 Newsletter

HOLIDAY 2016 Newsletter


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Lofts at University Heights

We joined CB Emmanuel Realty to celebrate the groundbreaking of the transformation of the former Buffalo Public School 63 into the Lofts at University Heights!


THE SEASON OF GIVING: CANstruction

We brought the Buffalo Silo's to life at a local Tops Friendly Markets at the annual CANstruction event! All of the non-perishable food used in the display (10,000 cans!) gets donated to the Food Bank of WNY!


OUR FACES: Meet The CWM Team

ELIZABETH DECKER | Interiors

Favorite place to visit: The Ocean

What do you consider your hidden talent? Party Dancing

Who is your hero or person of influence? Oprah

How do you overcome challenges at work? I google it or ask for help


NOW OPEN: Seneca One Stop

We're so excited to announce the Seneca One Stop in Niagara Falls is now open! Thanks to project manager Wendy Ferrie, RA for all her hard work! 


GIVE BACK: City Of Light

Each holiday season, members of B Team Buffalo organize a grassroots event called City Of Light. The goal of the initiative is to decorate a neighborhood in the city so that it shines for the holidays. A few of our team members went and volunteered their time, decorating the streets near the Buffalo Central Terminal and adding a sparkling touch to houses in the neighborhood!


COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

We're proudly partnering with The Kissling Interests, LLC to renovate the 11-story structure at 298 Main Street into a mix of office space on the six lower floors and twenty-six apartments on the five upper floors. Happy to welcome tenant Campus Labs to this great space in downtown Buffalo!


LET THEM EAT CAKE (or cookies)

Happy Birthday to Wendy Ferrie and Joe Palumbo! 


GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION 

Our interiors department did an amazing job recreating Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water House out of gingerbread for the Millington Lockwood competition!! Make sure you check out our Facebook for even more photos and videos!! 


CWM HOLIDAY PARTY

Happy Holidays from the entire Carmina Wood Morris team! We decided to forgo our annual bowling party and instead created a murder-mystery event for our entire staff to enjoy. Some of our staff seriouslyyyyyy got into character, which certainly created an afternoon of laughter! 

Recreating The Falling Water House

Our interiors department did an amazing job recreating Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water house out of gingerbread for the Millington Lockwood competition!! 

Project In Progress: Elmwood Forest Gateway

Our approach to this $30M project is to make it look to the pedestrian like a three-story building, and not a five-story building, by setting the top two floors back from the street and incorporating quality materials, classic architectural detailing, sufficient parking, green space, and environmental sustainability. The current plan is to create 57 high-end townhouse condominiums with ground-floor retail and parking hidden from view on the southeast block of Elmwood Ave, south of Forest Ave. 

From The Buffalo News: "'The intent of this project is to bring people and vibrancy to an area of my neighborhood that has been sorely lacking for some time,' said Steven J. Ricca, a land use attorney at Bond Schoeneck & King, who represents Chason and also lives in the Elmwood Village. 'We're here to meet a demand that is undeniable.'"

Watch this video to hear why the Elmwood Village needs this project! 

CANstruction 2016: The Season of Giving

WGRZ tells the story of how our CANstruction creations come to life! Made possible by a $10,000 donation from Tops Friendly Markets, all 8,000 cans used to create the display are donated to the Food Bank of WNY when the display comes down; helping those in need in an event called Food2Families. This year, we broke one of last year's records, completing the project in just two and a half days! This is our eighth year participating in CANstruction and we couldn't be happier to present this replica Silo City, complete with Barbie kayakers! There were so many donations the silo is literally pouring over with food! 

Day 1 of construction!

Day 1 of construction!

Day 2 of construction!

Day 2 of construction!

Silo's overflowing with donations to Food Bank of WNY

Silo's overflowing with donations to Food Bank of WNY

Silo City

Silo City

Canalside Kayakers 

Canalside Kayakers 

Chatting with Mix96 about our inspiration for our replica Silo City CANstruction display!

Chatting with Mix96 about our inspiration for our replica Silo City CANstruction display!

Shop Small, Shop Local

Shop Small, Shop Local, & Shop Downtown!

By shopping and eating locally you show your support of the Downtown Buffalo Small Business Community and directly contribute to their success. The wide array of restaurants and retail venues offer something for everyone this holiday season! 

All of the shops and restaurants are listed in the Buffalo Place guide book and can be found at their website here

The fun downtown doesn't end there! Special Holiday Events include:

-Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26th from Noon-4pm

-Main Street Blitz, Nov. 28th - Dec. 2nd. Keeping the Shop Local momentum going, the downtown retailers are offering a variety of holiday shopping specials!

-Pre-Tree Lighting Activities, Dec. 3rd from 10am-5pm. Come down before the Tree Lighting and make a day of it! Many shops downtown will have special activities and sales to get you in the holiday spirit!

-Tree Lighting Celebration at Fountain Plaza, Dec 3rd from 5pm-8pm. Kick off the holiday season with Buffalo Place at this family friendly and free to the public event.