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."

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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.

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."


New York State Award Ticket

Carmina Wood Morris, DPC is proud to announce that we have been honored with three (out of eight total) NYS Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards for our work on 10 Lafayette (The Tishman Building), LAPC Lofts, and the Remington Lofts on the Canal! This will be CWM's third, fourth, and fifth time winning this prestigious award. We want to thank and congratulate everyone involved on these outstanding projects!

10 Lafayette

10 Lafayette

LAPC Lofts

LAPC Lofts

Remington Lofts

Remington Lofts

The Buffalo News picked up on our accomplishments, and featured one of our partners, Steve Carmina, saying "This recognition is so rewarding because we had three different projects with three different sets of challenges. We have been working with enlightened development partners that allow us to bring forth our special expertise to keep Buffalo’s historic past alive.”

In addition, VISIT BUFFALO NIAGARA PRESIDENT AND CEO PATRICK KALER SAID: "A spirit of preservation and restoration is helping to transform Buffalo into one of America’s great 21st century comeback cities. Buffalo’s renaissance is being realized through the hard work of firms like Carmina Wood Morris. The Preservation League's recognition of their work is a tribute to its excellence and the renewed energy and activity that can be found throughout Buffalo.”