SWBR Wins Two Awards from NAIOP

Monday, January 5, 2015

We were recently recognized with two awards from NAIOP Upstate NY Chapter for our designs at Holy Rosary Apartments and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute of Sustainability.

The NAIOP awards celebrate the high-quality and innovative achievements of regional commercial real estate projects from the Upstate New York area, covering Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse regions. There are several award categories, and each winner represents the challenge that was overcome to realize results that were economically, environmentally and/or aesthetically achieved.

Holy Rosary Apartments was recognized by NAIOP for Adaptive reuse. We served as lead architect on the $15 million project for Providence Housing Development Corporation. Holy Rosary Apartments provides 35 affordable apartments on its main campus and 25 new single-family homes. The 10,000-square-foot historic church was adapted as a community center, part of which will be leased to Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach. Our team transformed the former Holy Rosary Church rectory, convent and school buildings into apartments. The apartments are located at 26 different sites in 30 buildings, which incorporate new construction, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and historic rehabilitation.

The second project recognized was the Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology. We served as executive architect and architect of record on the project, with LeChase Construction as design-build team leader and FXFOWLE as design architect. The nearly $36 million RIT GIS project consisted of a unique 84,000-square-foot, four-story addition to the university. It houses sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach, and is a state-of-the-art showcase for green construction and design, as well as GIS master’s and Ph.D. programs in sustainability and architecture. The project was completed in March 2013. It houses one of the world’s first Ph.D. programs in sustainability.