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

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


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.

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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HOLIDAY 2016 Newsletter

HOLIDAY 2016 Newsletter

CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Lofts at University Heights

We joined CB Emmanuel Realty to celebrate the groundbreaking of the transformation of the former Buffalo Public School 63 into the Lofts at University Heights!


We brought the Buffalo Silo's to life at a local Tops Friendly Markets at the annual CANstruction event! All of the non-perishable food used in the display (10,000 cans!) gets donated to the Food Bank of WNY!

OUR FACES: Meet The CWM Team


Favorite place to visit: The Ocean

What do you consider your hidden talent? Party Dancing

Who is your hero or person of influence? Oprah

How do you overcome challenges at work? I google it or ask for help

NOW OPEN: Seneca One Stop

We're so excited to announce the Seneca One Stop in Niagara Falls is now open! Thanks to project manager Wendy Ferrie, RA for all her hard work! 

GIVE BACK: City Of Light

Each holiday season, members of B Team Buffalo organize a grassroots event called City Of Light. The goal of the initiative is to decorate a neighborhood in the city so that it shines for the holidays. A few of our team members went and volunteered their time, decorating the streets near the Buffalo Central Terminal and adding a sparkling touch to houses in the neighborhood!


We're proudly partnering with The Kissling Interests, LLC to renovate the 11-story structure at 298 Main Street into a mix of office space on the six lower floors and twenty-six apartments on the five upper floors. Happy to welcome tenant Campus Labs to this great space in downtown Buffalo!

LET THEM EAT CAKE (or cookies)

Happy Birthday to Wendy Ferrie and Joe Palumbo! 


Our interiors department did an amazing job recreating Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water House out of gingerbread for the Millington Lockwood competition!! Make sure you check out our Facebook for even more photos and videos!! 


Happy Holidays from the entire Carmina Wood Morris team! We decided to forgo our annual bowling party and instead created a murder-mystery event for our entire staff to enjoy. Some of our staff seriouslyyyyyy got into character, which certainly created an afternoon of laughter! 

Recreating The Falling Water House

Our interiors department did an amazing job recreating Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water house out of gingerbread for the Millington Lockwood competition!! 

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October Newsletter 2016: LAPC Lofts Interior

October Newsletter 2016: LAPC Lofts Interior

CONSTRUCTION WATCH: Highland Park Apartments

In August, we featured our HCR funded project for People Inc., the Highland Park school conversion. Now, we have even more progress shots for you as this circa 1952 building transforms from an abandoned school into 38 apartments!


This month, we celebrated Jon Morris's hard work as he was honored as a Buffalo Business First C-Level Executive! Jon has been a vital part of our firm for over 12 years and we are so proud of all his accomplishments! 

OUR FACES: Meet the CWM Team

Adam Hanley | Engineering

Hobbies: Golf in the Summer, Hockey in the Winter

What do you listen to at your desk? WGR 550 Sports Radio

Favorite thing about Buffalo? Going to Sabres games

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

CONSTRUCTION WATCH: 1225 Niagara Street

Adding to the momentum behind Niagara Street's revitalization, we're partnering with Bill Breeser on the renovation of 1225 Niagara Street!

CELEBRATE: PBN Awards Ceremony

We announced last month that our work on the LAPC Lofts in the Elmwood Village was recognized as an "Outstanding Project" by the Preservation Buffalo Niagara, but this month we officially got to celebrate! Here's a snapshot of the award ceremony!

LET THEM EAT CAKE (or cookies)

Happy Birthday to Associate Paul Lang! 



It was requested to be noted that on October 4th at 1:14pm, Mike Bray said Joe Dorobiala was "absolutely right." And then we turned Mike Bray into a dog... his favorite. (ha-ha).


Happy National Boss's Day to the best bunch of bosses we know!!

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

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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


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!


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!


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!

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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. 


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"


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!


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: 

The Delavan Grand Opening

It's Grand Opening Day!! Visit our friends, the Salvatore's family, at The Delavan Hotel and experience the best hospitality Buffalo has to offer!! (not to mention how beautiful it is, if we do say so ourselves!) 

The hard work that our design team has been pouring into The Delavan has finally come to completion and there is so much excitement out there about this newly renovated space that we couldn’t be happier!

THANKS for all the great press:  Business First & The Buffalo News