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

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!

We Need Your Votes!

The Preservation Buffalo Niagara selection committee is hard at work selecting the winners of the 2016 Preservation Awards, but they're looking for YOUR favorite Outstanding Project! PLEASE VOTE by September 1 for either of our projects that are nominated: the Tishman Building at 10 Lafayette OR the Lafayette Lofts in Elmwood Village! Help us showcase these amazing projects!!

Vote here!

^10 Lafayette, The Tishman Building

LAPC Lofts

Why You Should Forget The Elevator

If you think you wanted to go all "Jetsons" on us and only ride some high-tech elevators, just wait until you see these staircases! Originally featured on Architizer, these innovative yet functional pieces of architecture will have you stepping up your stair game. 

Thanks to Hofman Dujardin Architects, this staircase became the centerpiece in the atrium of a renowned law firm near the Dutch Parliament. Click the photo for the full article showcasing the entire project.

Thanks to Hofman Dujardin Architects, this staircase became the centerpiece in the atrium of a renowned law firm near the Dutch Parliament. Click the photo for the full article showcasing the entire project.

Further research led us to the Travel section of the New York Times, where the staircase featured in the film "Midnight in Paris" caught our eye. We can't help but dream of the beautiful interior of the Church of Saint Etienne du Mont in the Latin Quarter.

This colorful creation, brought to you by Jeff Kahane + Associates, is only surpassed by its views of St. Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline. Again, click the image for the full project story!

This colorful creation, brought to you by Jeff Kahane + Associates, is only surpassed by its views of St. Paul's Cathedral and the London skyline. Again, click the image for the full project story!

Buzzfeed has us perusing the latest addition to my wish-list, a combo staircase-aquarium! 

These are just a few of the masterpieces that caught our eye, but we bet just this snapshot will have you thinking twice about taking the elevator!