It was such an honor to be part of the ribbon cutting for Highland School Apartments. Thank you People Inc, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Mayor of Tonawanda Rick Davis, and Chris Jacobs for letting us be a part in this ceremony. Speaking with the new tenants was something we will never forget. When you make plans for a building you don't always realize how much of an impact it will have on peoples lives. When you get to hear how safe and at home people feel in a space you had a hand in designing, it reaffirms our love of architecture and our belief that it can truly make a difference. We would like to congratulate our own Wendy Ferrie, Fred Kubus, and Lee Schlatterer on their hard work and dedication to this project.
Have you ever been to our office? If your answer is yes then you might have taken our elevator where you pinched your fingers on the gate, slammed the door, or just stared at it because you weren't really sure what to do. Well we have some good news, we are getting a new elevator! But that means for the next few weeks if you do come visit us again you will have to take the stairs. We like to think of it as our new work out program before the holidays! Check out our video and see how many of us we jammed into it one last time!
There's beauty in community history, and we're honored to be a part of the team that's re-imagining and redesigning Larkinville one brick at a time! To celebrate the construction of the new AP Lofts at 545 Swan Street, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony on September 6th.
The AP Lofts is a mixed-use historic adaptive re-use project, delivering modern loft style apartments at the site of the former Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company warehouse that was built in 1910.
Partnering with KCG Development and RP Oak Hill Development, we're creating 147 apartments with two stories of interior mezzanine parking within the existing envelope of this historic property.
AP Lofts in Larkinville
Project Groundbreaking September 2017
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!
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.
In case you haven't heard, Apple recently released a new technology called ARKit, allowing users to create "unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad...to interact with the real world in entirely new ways." Playing off of this new technology is a fun new tool for all the architects out there- an accurate, augmented reality virtual ruler! Using your phones camera, you can now throw away that heavy, bulky contraption known as a tape ruler and calculate distances in 3D. ArchDaily reported on this fun new tool, and even shared some video of what users can expect to see when the app is officially available.
Another new technology I've become very interested in is reality capture. This uses scanning, digital photography, and drones. Coming from a marketing and business development perspective, these tools would clearly enhance our models, allowing us to include construction progress and analysis, and overall give a better perspective of the design world and how it unfolds. Can you say #winning?!
Last but not least, I think it's important to note that architecture is evolving to include smart house technological advances. Amazon created "Alexa" and the Echo system, while Apple has "Siri" and these "bots" are now entering our homes, challenging architects to make these devices invisible when including them in the design. Even here at the CWM offices we operate with a Nest Learning Thermostat system! We love seeing the progress of integrating technology and the space is occupies in design, and wholeheartedly accept these game-changing challenges!
Heard of a new technology changing the architecture world that we didn't mention here? Share it with us in the comments below!
About the author: Darra is our Marketing Coordinator, and although she's not an architect herself she still finds the developments fascinating. She brings plenty of organization to the team, paired with an annoying obsession for turning things in on time (aka early), and a lot of loud laughter.
We're thrilled to be partnering with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, McGuire Development, and Labatt USA to bring the redevelopment of 79 Perry Street Hi-Temp building to life in Buffalo's Cobblestone District! This circa 1920 building previously served as a warehouse for the Flickinger Co., a local supermarket operator. Plans call for Labatt USA's corporate headquarters and restaurant/brewery on the first two floors, corporate offices for the third and fourth floors, and apartments for the sixth floor. We are seeking state and federal historic tax credits to help finance the project. This project serves as a major key development bridge between Canalside and Cobblestone Districts! Buffalo Business First details here.
When you can go to the beach all summer, why not try something new and more meaningful on Independence Day? Architectural Digest came up with 18 of the most beautiful US Landmarks, and although they forgot to mention Buffalo on the list, we still think you should take a look! Here are some of our favorites from their list:
1. St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia
"In this historic building, Patrick Henry gave a speech that would spark the revolution leading to the United States’ independence from Great Britain. To really feel the power of "Give me liberty or give me death," reserve a seat in the church on July 4th for a full reenactment of Henry's inspiring words."
2. 1 World Trade Center and 9/11 Museum, New York City
"Standing a significant 1,776 feet tall and housing Condé Nast (and AD), 1 World Trade Center is the crown jewel of the New York City skyline and a beacon of resilience to Americans after the tragedies of 9/11. Visit the moving 9/11 Museum and the reflecting pools that stand in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, encircled by the names of those who lost their lives in the attacks."
3. The Hoover Dam, Nevada
"Built during the Great Depression, giving thousands of jobs to out-of-work Americans, the Hoover Dam is a revolutionary structure spanning 1,244 feet across Black Canyon to control flooding of the Colorado River."
4. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida
"One small step for man, one giant leap for America! Take the day to explore the nation's pioneering advancements into space. While you’re there, grab some astronaut ice cream to get the full space experience."
Make sure you let us know if you choose any of these alternate routes for some summer fun!!
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.
A LOOK INSIDE THE REDEVELOPMENT PROCESS
In Buffalo, our historic architecture speaks to the growth of our industries, the impact it has had on our residential stock, and the eventual fall from that perch. The opportunity to resurrect that culture in a current time of growth and confidence in our city sets preservation as a top priority and becomes top of mind, especially during the month of May which is recognized nationally as Historic Preservation Month.
In order to find a balance between past and present structural importance, one must understand that Preservation is an all-encompassing term that is improperly used for any project dealing with a building older than twenty-five years, but preservation projects can range anywhere from restoration to renovation to reconstruction type developments.
Although new structures may seem simpler to design and implement, redeveloping historic structures allows us to create a result that is both charming and unique.
Why is preservation important?
- Economic incentives spur development of otherwise typically undevelopable buildings
- Job creation and spin off investment
- Further understanding of the lineage of a location or building and the impact on society
- Opportunity for the architect to engage in a design that interacts with history
- Opportunity to regain confidence in our city
When first approaching a historic preservation development, if it is identified as a possible project, it is critical to determine if it is eligible for National Registry and therefore tax incentives. It is also important to consider how to make the project viable by inspecting the surroundings to determine what made the building deteriorate, deciding who should be the caretaker or developer of the building, and breaking down the building’s condition and character.
What are the greatest challenges of preservation?
- Perception: negative stereotypes of the approach as one that prevents change and growth can be hard to overcome
- Dependent on the project, problems could arise based on financing or the building’s stability
- Architecturally speaking, it is difficult to establish a new paradigm in a building that was not designed for that purpose while maintaining a high level of preservation standards
What are the greatest outcomes?
- Seeing a building left for demolition restored and brought back to operation
- Seeing business thriving and the public enjoying the project
With the right team in place, you can likely find a solution that manages all interests and results in the project being created. The Historic Tax Credit programs at the State and Federal level are to thank for the restoration of major commercial buildings. It is important to maintain these tax credits, as many historic projects are being completed by individuals who are investing without much help. The passion and commitment that many have for preserving our region’s buildings is irreplaceable and the rebirth of our city hinges on our ability to support these individuals. To learn more about the Historic Preservation efforts throughout Buffalo, or to find out how you can get involved, visit: The Preservation League of NYS at www.preservenys.org or The Landmark Society of WNY at www.landmarksociety.org.
About the author: Steven Carmina is a Partner with Carmina Wood Morris, DPC an Architecture Engineering and Interior Design firm, and has been a Buffalo Niagara Partnership member for two years. Steve’s experience spans more than thirty years of planning, design, and project implementation for a diverse range of projects. An AIA member, Steve is also an active board member of Buffalo Place, March of Dimes, Buffalo Hearing & Speech, and Traffic on Main Street.
We were honored to partner with Natale Development on the conversion of this 100 year old warehouse into a residential space!
The Crescendo lofts has been approved by the NYS Historic Preservation Office for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places!
CARMINA WOOD MORRIS CHOSEN TO PARTNER WITH PSE IN COBBLESTONE 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.
On April 25, 2017 the team at CWM had much to celebrate! While hosting our "Sweet 16" anniversary party at Roost, Mayor Byron Brown officially declared April 25th "Carmina Wood Morris DPC" Day in the City of Buffalo! We could not be more humbled and honored. Cheers to another sixteen years of success!
Phoenix Brewery Apartments Wins NYS Preservation Award
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."
Missed us on AM Buffalo this morning? Don't worry- we have a copy of Joseph Dorobiala and Todd Piotrowski's interview for you! They'll discuss our company culture and client experiences that have made us who we are for the past 16 years!
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