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.

Brick x Brick Awards

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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

CWM Wins 6th NYS Preservation Award

Phoenix Brewery Apartments Wins NYS Preservation Award

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The Preservation League of New York State has selected the Phoenix Brewery Apartments in Buffalo to receive an award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The League's statewide awards program honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing New York State's irreplaceable architectural heritage. This is the 6th time CWM has won this prestigious award for their work.

"Built in 1888 as a brewery, this building has already risen from the ashes once, when a fire destroyed more than half the structure and it earned its moniker 'Phoenix Brewery'," said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. "This project has transformed a vacant building and is the first market-rate residential development in the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus neighborhood. Meticulous restoration of the building's brick and sandstone masonry, replacement of the lost central "crown" of the structure's cornice, and sensitive interior work earned the approval of the National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office, facilitating the use of Historic Preservation Tax Credits."

The project team included Jonathan Morris and Joseph Dorobiala of Carmina Wood Morris; Nick Sinatra, Matt Connors, Cole Hatley, and Tim Spitler of Sinatra and Company Real Estate; Donald Guize, IBC Engineering PC; and Lauri Traynor, Studio T3 Engineering.. The project used State and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

In 2014, Sinatra and Company Real Estate announced plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the Phoenix Brewery. The building's rebirth includes 3,000 square feet of commercial space and thirty-one unique, luxury loft apartments with exposed brick accents, tall ceilings, polished concrete floors and high-end finishes. Containing 15 one-bedroom and 16 two-bedroom units ranging in size from 714 square feet to 1,314 square feet, each has a unique layout and several have second level loft areas. Carmina Wood Morris, DPC was retained by Sinatra & Co. to design the structure's reconstruction and restoration, securing Historic Preservation Tax Credits necessary to fund the project's implementation. Sinatra is donating ten percent of project profits to Say YES Buffalo, a community education collaborative aimed at increasing high school and post-secondary completion rates.

"This recognition is so rewarding because we had several specific challenges to overcome," said Joe Dorobiala of Carmina Wood Morris. "We're proud to work with enlightened development partners who allow us to bring forth our special expertise to keep Buffalo's historic past alive."

The awards will be presented at the Preservation League's Awards Ceremony in New York City at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10th at the historic New York Yacht Club, 37 West 44th Street.

The complete list of award winners is: Phoenix Brewery Apartments, Buffalo; Beekman Hotel and Residences/Temple Court, New York City; A. Philip Randolph Houses, Phase One, New York City; South Street Seaport Museum: the 1885 sailing ship Wavertree, New York City; Rouge Tomate Chelsea, New York City; Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly Hotel Syracuse); Pickens Hall & Opera House, Heuvelton; Argos Inn, Ithaca. Ruth Pierpont, the former Deputy Commissioner for Historic Preservation and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, will be honored for decades of service to the cause of historic preservation in New York State.

"With our annual awards program, the Preservation League explores not just the present, but the future of historic preservation. Many of the 2017 award winners provide valuable examples for others by incorporating energy efficiency techniques, adaptive reuse strategies and use of Federal and State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits," said DiLorenzo. "Each year, we are impressed by the number and variety of laudable nominations, and this year was no exception. We are delighted to celebrate the rebirth of the historic Phoenix Brewery as the Phoenix Brewery Apartments, and to commend all members of the project team for their leadership and vision."

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!

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!! 

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

Brick By Brick Awards 2015

 
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Last night was the 12th annual Buffalo Business First Brick by Brick awards, honoring the best of the best in Real Estate, Construction, and Development. Carmina Wood Morris was a finalist in nine different categories, and ended up winning five of those categories! Congrats to all! Let's continue to make Buffalo a better place. 

 

Winner:

-Best Restoration, 10 Lafayette (Tishman)

-Best New Construction, Compass East

-Best Retail, Cabela's (engineering)

-Best Education, Charter School for Applied Technologies 

-Best Sports Complex, Ralph Wilson Stadium

Finalist:

-Best Medical, BMG

-Best Green Project, Compass East

-Best Multi-Residential, LAPC

-Best Retail, Chez Ann

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CWM: Where Leaders Are Made

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Danielle Johnson on passing her licensing exams this month! In addition, two of our interns are interns no longer - Shari Servillon is now a full-time member of our Architecture Department and Jessica Muehlbauer has joined our Interior Design Department! Well done you three, we couldn't be prouder! 

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PRESERVATION LEAGUE OF NEW YORK STATE TO HONOR CARMINA WOOD MORRIS DPC

 
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.”

New Faces In Our Office

 

CWM would like to introduce the two newest members of the staff, Darra Kubera and Stephanie Lutz! Darra is our Marketing Coordinator, taking over for Erin who took a position with Buffalo Place this month, while Stephanie will be our new Administrative Assistant. Stay tuned for their bios in the “Our Faces” section of our website.