Brick x Brick Awards

And the award goes to... 

It's that time of year again! Buffalo Business First held their annual Brick x Brick award ceremony (this year at the splendid Lexus Club in Key Bank Center). We are honored to share that we won two out of four total finalist nominations! 

Best Historic Preservation went to the Phoenix Brewery Apartments and Best New Retail went to The Delavan, while the Bosche Lofts were a finalist for Best Green Rehab and the Crescendo was a finalist for Best Multi-Residential. Congratulations to all the nominees and the entire project teams that made these outstanding developments happen! See the entire list of winners online, here

Carmina Wood Morris Retained for 79 Perry Project

CARMINA WOOD MORRIS CHOSEN TO PARTNER WITH PSE IN COBBLESTONE PROJECT

79 Perry Street Project Architect Retained

 Pegula Sports and Entertainment has retained Carmina Wood Morris, DPC to provide Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Interior Design services for the development of the Hi-Temp Fabrication/Peerless Fabrication building at 79 Perry Street. Specializing in historic preservation, the firm recognizes the importance of this century-old landmark.

“We are extremely honored and excited to partner with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, McGuire Development, and Labatt USA,” said Steve Carmina, AIA. “This is a vital project for the Cobblestone district and we’re thrilled to bring PSE’s vision to life.”

Mixed-use development plans for the 79,030 square-foot building include the Labatt USA headquarters and brew house/restaurant, commercial office space, and residential units. A leader in historic adaptive re-use, CWM has spearheaded the restoration of numerous buildings throughout the city, including the Hotel Lafayette and the AP Lofts.

“PSE is extremely passionate about redeveloping this historic property,” said Frank Cravotta, Pegula Sports and Entertainment’s EVP of creative services. “We have studied the past use of this building and properties similar to it, and are creating a plan that will protect its historical significance and tell the story of Labatt and our region. CWM has a vision to accomplish our unique objectives, and we are proud to partner with them."


Carmina Wood Morris, DPC...

Carmina Wood Morris has developed a distinct reputation for their design and technical skills over the last sixteen years. The principals of CWM: Steven J. Carmina, AIA; R. Christopher Wood, PE; Jonathan H. Morris, AIA; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, CID IIDA; 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.

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!

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AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER- Salvatore's The Delavan

AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER- Salvatore's The Delavan


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Highland Park Apartments

Project in Progress- An HCR funded project for People Inc., consisting of 38 one and two bedroom units. Classrooms from the Highland Park school are being converted into residential units maintaining the existing corridors and a majority of the walls, minimizing demolition. The original building was built in 1952, with an addition in 1983.


MONSTERS ON MAIN STREET: ChalkFest Buffalo 2016

Downtown Buffalo's annual event, Chalkfest Buffalo, was a scary good time! We're honored to sponsor such a wonderful event every year. This year our own Marketing Coordinator, Darra Kubera, designed the tee shirt and flyer artwork, pictured to the right:


OUR FACES: Meet the CWM Team!

Paul Lang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Associate

Hobbies: Home brewing, Volleyball, Following Local & Collegiate Sports

Person you most admire (outside of family): Winston Churchill

Favorite Novel: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Keys to Success: Hardwork and balance to life. "Take care of the little things, and the big things will take care of themselves."


PHOTO OP: Throwback Thursday

How's this for a throwback?! All of our current partners (plus Fred) at our 10th anniversary party in 2011! 


CONGRATS: Registered Architect

Congratulations to Joe Dorobiala, who passed all seven sections of the Architect Registration exam!


CELEBRATE: Delavan Hosts Grand Opening Party

We would once again like to thank and congratulate the Salvatore family on a successful partnership that resulted in the fabulous Delavan Hotel, which had their grand opening celebration party this month!


PARTNER NAMED TOP EXECUTIVE

Thank you Buffalo Rising for naming Partner Jon Morris an honoree on this year's C-Level Executives List! The fifth annual awards honor Western New York's most effective business leaders.


LET THEM EAT CAKE

Happy Birthday to two of our Engineers: Partner Chris Wood and Adam Hanley!


NEWSLETTER FOOTNOTE

We hope everyone has had a safe and happy summer! Thanks for taking some time away from the sunshine to read our newsletter. As always, email our Marketing Coordinator at dkubera@cwm-ae.com with suggestions for our next edition!

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APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER


NEWS BROADCAST: AP Lofts at 545 Swan Street

In case you missed it, the CWM team was fortunate to be featured on Ch2-WGRZ, where we got to discuss the project in progress at 545 Swan Street! This historic warehouse is a mixed income project targeted to the diverse workforce in Larkinville and Downtown Buffalo. Make sure you watch the video here: 


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Tours of Projects in Progress

From rendering to real life- the Crescendo Lofts project at 1502 Niagara is moving right along! Steve Carmina recently paired up with Preservation Buffalo Niagara and our partners, Natale Builders, to give a Hard hat Tour of the property!

From rendering to real life- the Crescendo Lofts project at 1502 Niagara is moving right along! Steve Carmina recently paired up with Preservation Buffalo Niagara and our partners, Natale Builders, to give a Hard hat Tour of the property!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara's second Hard Hat Tour this month was of the Phoenix Brewery Lofts in downtown Buffalo! Partnering with Sinatra Realty, we're bringing back life to this abandoned building!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara's second Hard Hat Tour this month was of the Phoenix Brewery Lofts in downtown Buffalo! Partnering with Sinatra Realty, we're bringing back life to this abandoned building!


OUR FACES: Meet the CWM Team!

Kyle Blackall, Engineering

If you could do any other job what would it be? Airplane Pilot

Who is your hero / person of influence? My Dad

Favorite Hobby? Are video games a hobby? 


BN360: Game Changers

Paul was invited to be a speaker at Buffalo Niagara 360's "Game Changers" event, where people came to meet the movers and shakers who are preserving our local architecture, while also looking to create something new and exciting. Attendees were able to learn why the balance of evolution and preservation is so imperative to the region and where Buffalo is headed next!


GIVE BACK: 500 Block Student Project

Once again, we are partnering with Buffalo State and the 500 Block Association to provide the Sophomore Interior Design students with a unique class project. This month, partners Steve and Pam provided a mid-design critique to help the student's progress. 


SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

We've reached over 300 followers on Facebook! Make sure you're following us too at CarminaWoodMorris


LET THEM EAT CAKE

Happy Birthday to our Interiors Department Intern, Elizabeth!


NYSETA Conference

Steve was invited to discuss the importance of downtown developments and give a general look into the redevelopment process. This presentation inspired and educated, with the hopes of better explaining the different challenges of the wide scopes these projects bring about, along with what it means to be involved in our city's resurgence. 


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Paul Lang, RA was recently promoted to an Associate! We're honored to have such a talented and dedicated individual as a part of our team! Congratulations Paul!


NEWSLETTER FOOTNOTE

Hey reader, thanks for joining us! Did you know next month is Historic Preservation Month?! Make sure you catch our next newsletter to hear about all the great work happening in Buffalo!

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February 2016 was a big month for CWM, as we celebrated our FIFTEENTH year anniversary! WHOA! Thanks again to our entire staff, partners, and clients- without whom this achievement would not be possible. Take a look at our newsletter to see what else we were up to all month: 

FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: CWM CELEBRATES 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

This February marked CWM's fifteenth year of business in the Architecture Engineering and Interior Design industry. We had an especially memorable year in 2015, where we were presented with three of eight awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation from the Preservation League of New York State, marking the firm's third, fourth, and fifth time winning the prestigious award. One of our young architects, Paul Lang, was named a Buffalo Niagara Partnership Spotlight Professional for the year, featuring a personal highlight throughout the month of October. In addition, CWM received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the AIA Buffalo/WNY Design Awards for our work on the First Trinity Lutheran Church. We truly believe in Buffalo's new slogan, "One Buffalo." Without all the pieces of the redevelopment puzzle coming together, we wouldn't be where we are today. Buffalo has a bright future ahead and we thank you all for being a part of it with us!


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Salvatore's The Delavan

From rendering to real life! Salvatore's boutique hotel, The Delavan, is moving right along!


OUR FACES: Meet the CWM Team!

Danielle Johnson, Architecture

What is your favorite lunchtime place? Salsarita's Fresh Cantina

Favorite Building / Architect? Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas

If you could do any other job what would it be? Singer!

Who would you most like to have dinner with? My girlfriends!


NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK

"Much of what we do, see, consume, and experience on a daily basis is the product of an engineer's ability to imagine and actualize dynamic, real-world solutions for everyday life." -DiscoverE


GIVE BACK: Career Day

Todd from our Interiors department presented for Catholic School's Week Career Day at Christ the King School in Amherst, helping to educate 6th 7th and 8th graders! 


LET THEM EAT CAKE (or muffins posing as cake)

Happy Birthday to Steve Carmina & Jon Barniak!

Steve's favorite birthday treat is carrot cake... aka a muffin.

Steve's favorite birthday treat is carrot cake... aka a muffin.

The CWM Birthday Crown just gets better over time, don't you think Jon?!

The CWM Birthday Crown just gets better over time, don't you think Jon?!


CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: Proposals Revealed

We're very proud and excited to be part of the Sinatra & Co Real Estate team with our friends at Wendel! Share your opinion on the presented proposals by visiting the link here: 


WORKING FOR DOWNTOWN

Thanks to Working for Downtown for inviting Steve to give a lecture at the Library this month! We had a great discussion on all the development that's happening right in downtown's core!


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Our newest partner, Michael Bray, was featured in Business First's "How I" section, where he discussed supporting Buffalo's revitalization. Reporter Jane Schmitt covered everything from our firm's move to Main Street to how we practice what we preach in terms of preservation and reuse. Use the link below to read the full article!


A&P WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT

We're partnering with KCG Development to turn the former A&P Warehouse on Swan Street into market-rate apartments. Currently, we're working on securing historic tax credits to help with the project's financing!


NEWSLETTER FOOTNOTE

Hey reader, thanks for joining us! Tune in next month for even more CWM News and don't forget to send your thoughts or suggestions to dkubera@cwm-ae.com

National Engineers Week

It may not be as widespread as National Pizza Day, but to us here at CWM, National Engineers Week is much more important. Celebrated from Feb. 21- Feb. 27th, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a future engineering workforce by increasing awareness and interest in engineering and technology careers.

Buffalo Business First posted an article challenging us to start thinking of engineering, even before EWeek commenced, where female engineers posted photos of themselves using the hashtag "#ilooklikeanengineer" to break stereotypes generally associated with female engineers  and other technological careers. Here at CWM, we may not currently have a female engineer on our team, but we're continuously partnering with WBE firms and are advocates for the national movement to improve outreach to females in the engineering world. (Plus, we're currently conducting interviews for a civil engineer. So if you can get past our modest self plug, email info@cwm-ae.com with qualifications!). 

One way YOU can help out this EWeek is by logging on to social media on 2/24 for Global Day of the Engineer and partaking in the thunderclap! What's a thunderclap you ask? It takes the idea of a flash mob and helps spread the word by posting the same message at the same time! What are you waiting for?! Help out now by visiting: Thunderclap

As you may have recently read in the New York Real Estate Journal, CWM just celebrated our fifteenth anniversary of designing Buffalo! We couldn't have gotten this far without our outstanding Engineering Department, so let's get to know the team a little better, shall we? 

R. Christopher Wood, PE Partner  Favorite Hobby: Running  What do you listen to at your desk? A little bit of everything.

R. Christopher Wood, PE Partner

Favorite Hobby: Running

What do you listen to at your desk? A little bit of everything.

Kyle Blackall  Favorite Hobby: "Are video games a hobby?"  Who is your hero? "My dad."

Kyle Blackall

Favorite Hobby: "Are video games a hobby?"

Who is your hero? "My dad."

Joseph Palumbo  Who would you most like to have dinner with? Darth Vader  Favorite thing about Buffalo? Canada.

Joseph Palumbo

Who would you most like to have dinner with? Darth Vader

Favorite thing about Buffalo? Canada.

Jonathan Barniak  Who is your hero: Anthony Bourdain  What do you listen to at your desk? "Just the 'Random Thought of the day' by Kyle Blackall".

Jonathan Barniak

Who is your hero: Anthony Bourdain

What do you listen to at your desk? "Just the 'Random Thought of the day' by Kyle Blackall".

Adam Hanley  Favorite Hobby: Golf or Hockey  Who would you most like to have dinner with? Carrie Underwood

Adam Hanley

Favorite Hobby: Golf or Hockey

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

If you'd like to learn more about EWeek events, or are interested in becoming involved, visit the National Society of Professional Engineers

BNP Member Spotlight

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: 

Imagination Unlocked

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.

Going forward

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.