AP Lofts in Larkinville to Break Ground

There's beauty in community history, and we're honored to be a part of the team that's re-imagining and redesigning Larkinville one brick at a time! To celebrate the construction of the new AP Lofts at 545 Swan Street, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony on September 6th. 

The AP Lofts is a mixed-use historic adaptive re-use project, delivering modern loft style apartments at the site of the former Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company warehouse that was built in 1910. 

Partnering with KCG Development and RP Oak Hill Development, we're creating 147 apartments with two stories of interior mezzanine parking within the existing envelope of this historic property. 

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AP Lofts in Larkinville

Project Groundbreaking September 2017

Technology And Design

In case you haven't heard, Apple recently released a new technology called ARKit, allowing users to create "unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad...to interact with the real world in entirely new ways." Playing off of this new technology is a fun new tool for all the architects out there- an accurate, augmented reality virtual ruler! Using your phones camera, you can now throw away that heavy, bulky contraption known as a tape ruler and calculate distances in 3D. ArchDaily reported on this fun new tool, and even shared some video of what users can expect to see when the app is officially available. 

Another new technology I've become very interested in is reality capture. This uses scanning, digital photography, and drones. Coming from a marketing and business development perspective, these tools would clearly enhance our models, allowing us to include construction progress and analysis, and overall give a better perspective of the design world and how it unfolds. Can you say #winning?! 

Last but not least, I think it's important to note that architecture is evolving to include smart house technological advances. Amazon created "Alexa" and the Echo system, while Apple has "Siri" and these "bots" are now entering our homes, challenging architects to make these devices invisible when including them in the design. Even here at the CWM offices we operate with a Nest Learning Thermostat system! We love seeing the progress of integrating technology and the space is occupies in design, and wholeheartedly accept these game-changing challenges! 

Heard of a new technology changing the architecture world that we didn't mention here? Share it with us in the comments below! 


About the author: Darra is our Marketing Coordinator, and although she's not an architect herself she still finds the developments fascinating. She brings plenty of organization to the team, paired with an annoying obsession for turning things in on time (aka early), and a lot of loud laughter. 

Cobblestone District Plans Continue

We're thrilled to be partnering with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, McGuire Development, and Labatt USA to bring the redevelopment of 79 Perry Street Hi-Temp building to life in Buffalo's Cobblestone District! This circa 1920 building previously served as a warehouse for the Flickinger Co., a local supermarket operator. Plans call for Labatt USA's corporate headquarters and restaurant/brewery on the first two floors, corporate offices for the third and fourth floors, and apartments for the sixth floor. We are seeking state and federal historic tax credits to help finance the project. This project serves as a major key development bridge between Canalside and Cobblestone Districts! Buffalo Business First details here

79 Perry St

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!

An Architect's Dictionary (according to CWM)

Arch Daily ended 2015 by posting an article, "150 Weird Words Defined: Your Guide to the Language of Architecture," which got me thinking about some of the stranger things I've heard around the CWM office. The English language is a fickle thing, with several words having multiple interpretations. Some more typical architectural terms I've heard our team use include:

  • Aesthetic (adjective): The way something looks; to designate a particular style.
  • Charette (noun): An intensive design event in which architects get even less sleep than usual and encourage each other into ever more insane, we mean creative, ideas.
  • Facade (noun): The face (exterior) of a building.
  • Sustainability (noun): Go green! To minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space.
  • Space (noun): The architect's canvas, otherwise known as the total built environment. 
  • Motif (noun): A repeated figure or element of the design. 
  • Inspiration (noun): Although not always easy to come by, these great ideas start the process of planning, designing, and constructing cultural works of art.

As the Marketing person at the firm, I've definitely had to do some research after listening to our designers discuss project details! Architects truly have their own language, and after delving further into the varied concepts of design, I have certainly gained an appreciation for this second-language my co-workers speak. 

We know this is a pretty small list; do you have a favorite architecture-related word or phrase? Share it with us in the comments below!


About the Author: Darra is our Marketing Coordinator. Armed with her Bachelors in Marketing, she brings plenty of organization to the team, paired with an annoying obsession for turning things in on time (aka early), and a lot of loud laughter.