This month, our friends at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership invited us to be their Member Spotlight! Below is the finished article written by Martin Haumesser:
Since its founding in 2001, Buffalo Niagara Partnership member, Carmina Wood Morris DPC, has made its mark across Western New York as a leading architecture, engineering and interior design firm. The firm’s talent and creativity can be seen across the region in a variety of award-winning projects from luxury lofts in historic Lafayette Square to renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“Carmina Wood Morris has earned a distinct reputation for our design and technical skills, specializing in historic preservation, adaptive re-use, multi- and single-family housing, and commercial work, “explains Darra Kubera, Marketing Coordinator at the firm. “We offer a comprehensive scope of services with full capabilities to take a project from concept through design to completion.”
With headquarters in downtown Buffalo, Carmina Wood Morris is home to a dynamic team of 23 professionals including architects, engineers and interior designers who collaborate to deliver unique, innovative results for their clients. The firm’s name is associated with countless projects that shine as examples of the resurgence underway in the Buffalo Niagara region.
Building the community
The Hotel Lafayette. Seneca Street Lofts. The Phoenix Brewery Apartments. Those are just a few of the projects that demonstrate the firm’s philosophy of doing great work that help to make our community better.
It is a company culture instilled by firm principals Steven J. Carmina, AIA; R. Christopher Wood, PE; Jonathan H. Morris, AIA; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, CID, IIDA, and shared by every member of their team.
“We believe in making a difference, in our work and in what we can do to support the community, from volunteering to getting involved with organizations such as the Partnership,” says Steve Carmina.
Carmina himself has been called one of downtown Buffalo’s biggest boosters, evidenced not only in the firm’s work, but also by the fact that he makes his residence in a restored historic building on Genesee Street.
The Partnership in the plans
Carmina Wood Morris became a member of the Partnership more than two years ago, citing the networking opportunities as a major reason for joining. As the firm has become more familiar with the Partnership, they recognized all that their membership has to offer, and firm associates continue to get more involved. Partner Pamela Timby-Straitiff is a member of the Partnership’s Executive Exchange Commitee and a number of associates are part of the Partnership’s BN360 program for young professionals.
In fact, firm architect Paul Lang was recently named as a 2015 BN360 Spotlight Professional, an annual BN360 program that highlights individuals in our area who exemplify today’s rising, young leaders. Paul recently wrote an article for the BN360 Spotlight Series that centers on re-envisioning Buffalo’s East Side neighborhoods. Read the article HERE.
Obviously, revitalization efforts and new development in the Buffalo Niagara region has resulted in an increased demand for services provided by Carmina Wood Morris. The firm currently has several positions open in its engineering department and it recently recruited a young architectural intern to Buffalo from Florida. Darra Kubera notes that all the exciting things going on in Western New York were added incentive for the emerging professional to make the move here.
While projects in downtown Buffalo have garnered plenty of attention, the firm is finding success throughout the region. Work currently underway includes interior design for Courtyard by Marriott in a signature building in Niagara Falls; design work at Crescendo apartments in a circa 1911 former Bison Storage and Warehouse complex on Niagara Street; and design work at the Delevan, a 60-room boutique hotel that will adjoin Salvatore’s Restaurant in Lancaster.
As Carmina Wood Morris continues to grow, Darra Kubera sees the firm’s involvement with the Partnership growing as well. “We are pleased to be a part of the Partnership and have found them very responsive any time we’ve had a question or needed assistance,” she concludes.