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News & Events

In Progress: Richardson Olmsted Complex

April 4, 2016

Deborah and our design team toured our under-construction Richardson Olmsted Complex last week. The 140-year-old former psychiatric facility is well on its way to becoming a boutique hotel and the Buffalo Architectural Center. It is expected to open in 2017. Curved hallways connecting the buildings have been restored; interior walls have been restored and now painted. The 88 guestrooms are taking shape behind the light-filled corridors. Buffalo News tagged along for our recent site visit; read more about the walk-through here.

In Progress: Rockefeller Arts Center

March 24, 2016

The construction of our Rockefeller Arts Center Addition continues making great progress in Fredonia, NY. The 60,000 square foot addition is expected to be completed this year. We designed a linear addition at the west façade of an existing I.M. Pei building from 1968, allowing the former back side of the structure to become the new primary entrance for students, professors and visitors. Zinc and glass are the primary materials used; the reinforced concrete elements in our design reference the original building, which is primarily concrete, with metal and glass details. We are also renovating 40,000 square feet of the existing I.M. Pei building.


March 22, 2016

“Asylum,” is the latest art exhibit on view in our gallery. It is a show of photographs by photographer Chris Payne. Payne specializes in the documentation of America’s vanishing architecture and industrial landscape. “Asylum” will be on view by appointment through March 29th.

The exhibition is the result of a six-year exploration of America’s vast and largely abandoned state mental institutions. The Richardson Olmsted Complex, a former asylum that our office is reimagining as a boutique hotel, appears in Payne’s exhibit. MIT Press published his works in a book of the same name.

Find images of the show and learn more about Chris’s work here.