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

Project Groundbreaking

On August 3 2017, Michigan Broadway LLC along with State and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Nash Lofts Project at the corner of Michigan and Broadway in the city of Buffalo. 

Plans include turning this trio of buildings along the so-called Dallenbach Block into a mixed-use development anchored by 18 apartments, a restaurant, and office space for the local NAACP.

In case you missed it, read up on thoughts and best wishes from the attendees courtesy of Governor Andrew Cuomo here

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

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Historic Preservation Month: Redevelopment

A LOOK INSIDE THE REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS

In Buffalo, our historic architecture speaks to the growth of our industries, the impact it has had on our residential stock, and the eventual fall from that perch. The opportunity to resurrect that culture in a current time of growth and confidence in our city sets preservation as a top priority and becomes top of mind, especially during the month of May which is recognized nationally as Historic Preservation Month. 

In order to find a balance between past and present structural importance, one must understand that Preservation is an all-encompassing term that is improperly used for any project dealing with a building older than twenty-five years, but preservation projects can range anywhere from restoration to renovation to reconstruction type developments. 

Although new structures may seem simpler to design and implement, redeveloping historic structures allows us to create a result that is both charming and unique. 

Why is preservation important?

  • Economic incentives spur development of otherwise typically undevelopable buildings 
  • Job creation and spin off investment
  • Further understanding of the lineage of a location or building and the impact on society
  • Opportunity for the architect to engage in a design that interacts with history
  • Opportunity to regain confidence in our city

When first approaching a historic preservation development, if it is identified as a possible project, it is critical to determine if it is eligible for National Registry and therefore tax incentives. It is also important to consider how to make the project viable by inspecting the surroundings to determine what made the building deteriorate, deciding who should be the caretaker or developer of the building, and breaking down the building’s condition and character. 

What are the greatest challenges of preservation?

  • Perception: negative stereotypes of the approach as one that prevents change and growth can be hard to overcome 
  • Dependent on the project, problems could arise based on financing or the building’s stability
  • Architecturally speaking, it is difficult to establish a new paradigm in a building that was not designed for that purpose while maintaining a high level of preservation standards

What are the greatest outcomes?

  • Seeing a building left for demolition restored and brought back to operation
  • Seeing business thriving and the public enjoying the project 

With the right team in place, you can likely find a solution that manages all interests and results in the project being created. The Historic Tax Credit programs at the State and Federal level are to thank for the restoration of major commercial buildings. It is important to maintain these tax credits, as many historic projects are being completed by individuals who are investing without much help. The passion and commitment that many have for preserving our region’s buildings is irreplaceable and the rebirth of our city hinges on our ability to support these individuals. To learn more about the Historic Preservation efforts throughout Buffalo, or to find out how you can get involved, visit: The Preservation League of NYS at www.preservenys.org or The Landmark Society of WNY at www.landmarksociety.org


About the author: Steven Carmina is a Partner with Carmina Wood Morris, DPC an Architecture Engineering and Interior Design firm, and has been a Buffalo Niagara Partnership member for two years. Steve’s experience spans more than thirty years of planning, design, and project implementation for a diverse range of projects. An AIA member, Steve is also an active board member of Buffalo Place, March of Dimes, Buffalo Hearing & Speech, and Traffic on Main Street.

Buffalo City Mission

 
Buffalo City Mission

Project In Progress

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.

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.

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 

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! 

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JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER

JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER


PROJECT IN PROGRESS: Elmwood Forest Gateway

Our team has been working tirelessly on this new development in the Elmwood Village. Our approach to this 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.


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Hyatt Place at 310 Rainbow Boulevard

From rendering to real life - the Hyatt Place at 310 Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls has had its ground breaking ceremony and is now under construction! 


OUR FACES: Meet The CWM Team!

Jessica Muehlbauer, Interiors

Favorite Hobby: Gardening & Kayaking

Who is your hero or person of influence? Bobby Kennedy

What do you listen to at your desk? Indie

Who would you most like to have dinner with? Jon Stewart


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Downtown Buffalo

Progress on the corner of Genesee Street continues as paint was removed from the facade of 9 Gen., finishing up the renovation of the circa-1845 structure!


LET THEM EAT CAKE

Happy Birthday to Bob Kroon [Financial Director], Joe Dorobiala [Architecture], Shari Servillon [Architecture], and Lee Schlatterer [Senior Designer, Interiors]!


COMING SOON: Restaurant To Join Crescendo Lofts

Work on 1502 Niagara continues, with plans for a 5,000SF restaurant owned and operated by Chef Martin Danilowicz, dubbed "Roost" to open by September! Formerly the Bison Storage Building box factory, 1502 Niagara Street is being developed into 41 one and two bedroom loft apartments known as 'The Crescendo'.


NOW LEASING: The Phoenix Brewery

Don't miss out on your chance to be a part of Downtown Buffalo's resurgence! The Phoenix Brewery Lofts are now leasing; schedule a tour to appreciate this new standard in adaptive reuse, with solid surface flooring, exposed bricks, and historic details!


NEWSLETTER FOOTNOTE

Thanks again for taking a moment to catch up with all things CWM! We hope you learned something new and can go out and spread the BUFFALOVE!