John and Cheryl Bero have officially announced their retirement. John’s retirement took effect at the end of the year and Cheryl will fully retire at the end of February. John dedicated his architectural career to thorough, meticulous, and meaningful preservation of historic structures. His time and talent has left an indelible mark on the historic fabric of the built environment in the greater Rochester region and beyond. We are grateful for the privilege to have learned from and worked together with John and Cheryl over the past 38 years.
Bero Architecture PLLC is proud to have assisted Mark IV Enterprises with the design, construction, and federal/state tax credits for the substantial rehabilitation of the former Alvah Strong Hall of the Rochester Theological Seminary into luxury apartments. We joined members of the Mark IV team, local dignitaries, and others in celebrating the rejuvenation of this important East End building on December 3, 2014. Read More…
We are honored to receive a 2014 AIA New York State Citation for Design in Adaptive Reuse/Historic Preservation for the Boynton House Rehabilitation. Winners of the AIA New York State annual Design Awards are chosen by a jury of national architectural professionals, who review presentations that are recommended by local AIA chapters. The Rochester Chapter of the AIA nominated the Boynton House Rehabilitation for state award consideration after bestowing the AIA Rochester Grand Honor Award for Design Excellence on the project earlier this year.
Bero Architecture PLLC has been awarded the contract for a survey and condition report on the George Eastman House and Garden Structures. The condition report will prioritize areas of critical repairs, long-term maintenance and suggested improvements to this National Historic Landmark building and grounds. Read more…
Bero Architecture assisted the Rochester Zen Center in master planning, site selection, programming and the development of schematic designs, construction documents, and administration during construction for a new retreat center outside of Batavia, NY. A particular challenge was sensitively design the large building complex within the delicate wetland wilderness and while satisfying the unique design challenges of a Zen Buddhist retreat and meditation center. Read More…
The modern corporate slogan for sustainability advocates is “green”; your historic building is a “green” goldmine. Rehabilitating and preserving historic buildings is a great way to help save our natural environment while preserving our built environment. The greenest building is the one that is already built. Reusing an existing building benefits sustainability several ways…
We've distilled our experiences, advice and frequently asked questions on important architectural and preservation topics into a series of articles we call "Thoughts". Here are three examples:
Our work is guided by a common set of principles, standards, and technical guidelines. We've collected some of our favorite resources here to help you plan your project.
We are a Rochester, New York architecture practice, founded in 1976. We have earned a state-wide reputation and a number of awards for the quality of our new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation projects.
Architecture is a service industry. We help clients with planning, design, review, and rehabilitation or construction for existing and new buildings.
We provide traditional architectural services including master planning, design, and construction administration, as well as technical services including code and feasibility studies and evaluation reports.
Preservation is not "freezing" a building to prevent all change. It's ensuring appropriate reuse and care so we leave the best of our heritage to future generations.
The process starts with careful preservation planning. We provide a full range of preservation services including historic resource surveys, condition reports and historic structure reports, National Register and local landmark nominations, and more.
Our Firm Resume of Representative History Projects describes some of our preservation planning work.
Nearly half of American greenhouse gas emissions are produced by the construction and operation of buildings. We believe it makes sense to be as conscientious about recycling well-built old buildings as we all are about recycling cans and newspapers.
We've helped our clients recycle and improve the performance of their existing buildings as a way to protect our natural environment while preserving our built environment.