Architect Preserving Buffalo

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Business First.

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Business First.

This weekend, our own Paul Lang, AIA LEED AP BD+C, was featured in Buffalo Business First! Thanks for recognizing and appreciating the talents of Paul Lang as much as we do! This is a great read about an even greater architect, and we couldn't be prouder to have him on our team. Read the full article here.

Greater As One

This year instead of giving gifts to one another, our staff gathered a donation (which the partners generously matched) which we chose to share with our friends at Journey's End today! 

Pictured Left To Right: JERS Director of Finance, Jeff Knapp; Steven Carmina, Partner; Karen Andolina Scott; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, Partner. 

Pictured Left To Right: JERS Director of Finance, Jeff Knapp; Steven Carmina, Partner; Karen Andolina Scott; and Pamela Timby-Straitiff, Partner. 

Journey's End is an immigration legal services program in Buffalo, "Where home beings again." From family reunification to permanent residence services, the team at JERS welcomes refugees without regard to ethnic origin or creed and assists them to become healthy, independent, contributing members of the Buffalo community. They even conduct the only free legal walk-in clinic in the Buffalo area that services refugees, immigrants, and U.S. citizens with their immigration needs and language support in 32 languages! 

We are happy to support their work! 

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!

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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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MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER

MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER


GRAND OPENING: Salvatore's The Delavan

The CWM family is excited to join the Salvatore family in the grand opening of The Delavan. It was an honor to be their partner in the creation of this fantastic boutique hotel. At CWM, we believe in the vision of our clients. Their ideas give us the inspiration to be innovative, using our imagination and planning skills to devise one-of-a-kind concepts. 


CONSTRUCTION WATCH: IBM Coming To Key Tower

From rendering to real life- Key Tower's newest addition, IBM, is contributing to the ever developing downtown workforce! We're working on completing IBM's interior design for the top seven floors of the tower. 


OUR FACES: Meet the CWM Team!

Todd Piotrowski, Interior Design

  • Who would you most like to have dinner with? Walt Disney
  • Who is your hero / person of influence? Mom & Dad
  • Favorite Quote: "Keep Calm & Carry On"

NYS PRESERVATION CONFERENCE 

This month, a few of our team members travelled to Albany for the NYS Preservation Conference, celebrating their 50th year anniversary! Paul was one of the speakers; discussing the preservation of religious architecture. 


GIVE BACK: "Women In Construction"

Wendy Ferrie from our Architecture department paid a visit to McKinley High School to help educate and inspire young girls on what it takes to be a design professional! Discussing how she got started in her career and what her day-to-day activities look like, Wendy shared her story with these girls in the hopes they will consider pursuing a similar career. 


WHERE'S WALDO...we mean, Kyle!

Happy Birthday (if you can find him!) to Kyle from our Engineering Department!


YOU'RE HIRED: New Faces to CWM Team

We've been fortunate this month to find three new CWM employees! Patrick Sheedy in Engineering, Michael Lautner in Architecture, and (promoted from intern) Elizabeth Decker in Interiors. We are also welcoming newcomer Bradley Everdyke as a Historic Preservation Architecture intern and bringing back Architecture intern, Joe Troia! Welcome to the family!


PROFESSIONAL SPOTLIGHT: NYREJ

Partner Pam Timby-Straitiff was selected as a feature in this month's New York Real Estate Journal. Take a look at the full profile here: 


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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

CANstruction2015

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

DayOneProgress
CANstruction
The finished project! 

The finished project! 

Local Design Firm Mentors Buffalo State Students

 

Carmina Wood Morris, DPC has been mentoring Interior Design students from Buffalo State College. Tasked with completing a semester-long project, CWM rendered their services to help these young designers gain an understanding of the buildings that make up the heart of downtown Buffalo while they create housing solutions through a variety of media. Mr. Carmina conducted a site walkthrough, describing the history of the buildings and giving advice to the students.

Steve Introducing Students to Project
Desk Critiques for Buff State Students
 

Desk critiques to aid the students in the process were performed by Mr. Carmina, Mr. Morris, and Mrs. Timby-Straitiff, three of our partners. Danielle Johnson in our Architecture department then participated in a portfolio review and mock interviews, giving the students a unique opportunity to prepare for the field. The final critique and IIDA event are scheduled for mid-May.

 

“We are proud to support this project again this year,” said Pam Timby-Straitiff. “Engaging the students in the true resurgence of this block ignites the passion for their work to a new level.”

Going into further detail about the project, Assistant Professor Eric Dolph for the Department of Interior Design at SUNY Buffalo State stated: "In the 500 Collectors project, students are asked to combine a large number of restrictions to arrive at a creative solution for a penthouse atop the buildings of the 500 block of Main Street. They investigate a hypothetical collector of a unique artifact and draw inspiration from that collection. They're also asked to consider how their design will address the historic character of the existing building and how to make a space accessible for all users, including those with mobility impairments. They prepare a full conceptual project including finishes and furniture proposals within a span of 6 weeks. Carmina Wood Morris has been an enthusiastic and invaluable partner in this project."

March for Babies 2015

 

Team Carmina Wood Morris accepted the challenge yet again and participated in the March for Babies event that was held at Canalside this Sunday. We had a great time supporting this cause, and are so grateful to all who donated and helped us make $7,495!! Mr. Carmina would like to personally add his appreciation to everyone who supported our team and helped us finish second to the UAW team!! 

CWM Team at march for babies
Danielle Johnson and Wendy Ferrie at March For Babies
Steve Carmina and team at March for Babies