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!

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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! 

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.

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October Newsletter 2016: LAPC Lofts Interior

October Newsletter 2016: LAPC Lofts Interior


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Highland Park Apartments

In August, we featured our HCR funded project for People Inc., the Highland Park school conversion. Now, we have even more progress shots for you as this circa 1952 building transforms from an abandoned school into 38 apartments!


AND THE AWARD GOES TO: Jon Morris

This month, we celebrated Jon Morris's hard work as he was honored as a Buffalo Business First C-Level Executive! Jon has been a vital part of our firm for over 12 years and we are so proud of all his accomplishments! 


OUR FACES: Meet the CWM Team

Adam Hanley | Engineering

Hobbies: Golf in the Summer, Hockey in the Winter

What do you listen to at your desk? WGR 550 Sports Radio

Favorite thing about Buffalo? Going to Sabres games

Who would you most like to have dinner with? Carrie Underwood


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: 1225 Niagara Street

Adding to the momentum behind Niagara Street's revitalization, we're partnering with Bill Breeser on the renovation of 1225 Niagara Street!


CELEBRATE: PBN Awards Ceremony

We announced last month that our work on the LAPC Lofts in the Elmwood Village was recognized as an "Outstanding Project" by the Preservation Buffalo Niagara, but this month we officially got to celebrate! Here's a snapshot of the award ceremony!


LET THEM EAT CAKE (or cookies)

Happy Birthday to Associate Paul Lang! 


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CASUAL FRIDAYS

It was requested to be noted that on October 4th at 1:14pm, Mike Bray said Joe Dorobiala was "absolutely right." And then we turned Mike Bray into a dog... his favorite. (ha-ha).


NATIONAL BOSS'S DAY

Happy National Boss's Day to the best bunch of bosses we know!!


Restoring Buffalo And Beyond

Thanks to Buffalo News reporter, Jonathan Epstein, for this wonderful article on partner Steve Carmina and our entire firm! We're excited for the continued efforts towards Buffalo's resurgence, but we’re also moving to other cities. We’ve got projects in Utica, and we’re looking at buildings for clients in Albany. The future is bright for CWM! 

Read the full article here

The Delavan Grand Opening

It's Grand Opening Day!! Visit our friends, the Salvatore's family, at The Delavan Hotel and experience the best hospitality Buffalo has to offer!! (not to mention how beautiful it is, if we do say so ourselves!) 

The hard work that our design team has been pouring into The Delavan has finally come to completion and there is so much excitement out there about this newly renovated space that we couldn’t be happier!

THANKS for all the great press:  Business First & The Buffalo News

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WGRZ - Channel 2 News 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 are donated to the Food Bank of WNY when the display comes down; further helping those in need. This year, we broke two records: this was our largest display to date with 8,428 donated items and it was also the fastest we have ever completed it, on a Wednesday night! 

Day one construction progress

Day one construction progress

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The finished project! 

The finished project! 

Breaking The Mold: Architect Barbie

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If you're an avid follower of the CWM social media outlets, then you may have spotted our birthday celebration photo between Shark Girl and the CWM Barbie. Well that photo sparked our realization that some of you may not know that "Architect Barbie" actually originated here in Buffalo! Thanks to Despina Stratigakos and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, both architects working for University at Buffalo, Architect Barbie was taken from just an idea to the winner of the 2011 "I Can Be" doll line. According to a press release from UB, "Mattel was looking to highlight careers where women are underrepresented and 'architect' seemed to be the right fit." 

Barbie's Dream House may not be LEED certified, but this little architect certainly challenges the typical stereotype that many associate with the profession. Kelly Hayes McAlonie hoped it would create awareness of "the importance of design and the architectural profession" and "encourage architectural education in grade schools." 

I find inspiration to break the mold every day in the CWM offices, as we are fortunate to have eight talented ladies sharing their creativity with us. Coming from different backgrounds and experiences, our team is made up of the best of the best and we couldn't be more proud! I encourage you to visit the "Our Faces" section of our website to learn more about the women that make up the CWM team!

Six Standout NYS Sporting Venues

Despite the autumn-esque weather we've been having here in Buffalo, the summer season is upon us and with that comes summertime sporting events! Working in an Architecture firm has taught me to appreciate the buildings these events actually happen in, not just the events themselves. Here are my findings for the most inspiring sporting venues that our home state has to offer:

How could I not showcase the newest venue in our own backyard, the HarborCenter! Image courtesy of  The Buffalo News

How could I not showcase the newest venue in our own backyard, the HarborCenter! Image courtesy of The Buffalo News

Yankee Stadium is a newly renovated standout venue; image courtesy of  Trip Advisor

Yankee Stadium is a newly renovated standout venue; image courtesy of Trip Advisor

Meadowlands, or MetLife, Stadium is the most expensive stadium ever built; image courtesy of  Sports Grid . (This may be located in New Jersey, but I figured it was close enough to count!)

Meadowlands, or MetLife, Stadium is the most expensive stadium ever built; image courtesy of Sports Grid. (This may be located in New Jersey, but I figured it was close enough to count!)

Another Buffalo gem (and recent  Brick x Brick  Award Winner) is Ralph Wilson Stadium; image courtesy of  Buffalo Bills

Another Buffalo gem (and recent Brick x Brick Award Winner) is Ralph Wilson Stadium; image courtesy of Buffalo Bills

Brooklyn is home to the intriguing Barclays Center; image courtesy of  Pentagram  

Brooklyn is home to the intriguing Barclays Center; image courtesy of Pentagram 

Syracuse houses the Carrier Dome (also known as the Loud House); image courtesy of  Google

Syracuse houses the Carrier Dome (also known as the Loud House); image courtesy of Google

Comment below and share with us what YOUR favorite sporting venue is, or let us know a topic you think we should feature in our next blog post! 

Brick By Brick Awards 2015

 
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Last night was the 12th annual Buffalo Business First Brick by Brick awards, honoring the best of the best in Real Estate, Construction, and Development. Carmina Wood Morris was a finalist in nine different categories, and ended up winning five of those categories! Congrats to all! Let's continue to make Buffalo a better place. 

 

Winner:

-Best Restoration, 10 Lafayette (Tishman)

-Best New Construction, Compass East

-Best Retail, Cabela's (engineering)

-Best Education, Charter School for Applied Technologies 

-Best Sports Complex, Ralph Wilson Stadium

Finalist:

-Best Medical, BMG

-Best Green Project, Compass East

-Best Multi-Residential, LAPC

-Best Retail, Chez Ann

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