Firm Resume

Firm Profile

Bero Architecture PLLC is a full-service architecture firm with expertise in the treatment of existing buildings.  Founded in 1976 , the firm has developed a local, state, and regional reputation for excellence in master planning, building evaluations, adaptive re-use, compatible additions, restoration, and preservation planning.  The firm provides professional services for new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation projects for residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal clients.  Bero Architecture PLLC prepares code studies, condition reports, historic structure reports, feasibility studies, preservation reports, National Register submissions, and historic resource surveys.  Bero Architecture is a New York State Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE), effective November 19, 2015.

Building Rehabilitation, Renovations, and Compatible Additions

We believe it is important to understand a building’s historical context and physical evolution before undertaking major rehabilitation work. The firm has extensive experience documenting and analyzing existing buildings, including many that are National Register-listed and/or designated local landmarks.

We are well versed in the federal, state and local codes regulating general architectural design and historic preservation projects. Two of our staff have Code Enforcement Certification from the State of New York. Our experience includes numerous rehabilitation and restoration projects subject to review by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Since passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, our firm has provided studies, cost estimates, designs, and construction documents to help owners comply with the requirements of the Act.

Preservation and Sustainability

Bero Architecture assists in re-cycling historic buildings as part of our sustainability strategy:  We refit historic buildings with modern technology to augment their environmental value.  Demolition requires expenditure of energy, discards embodied energy — energy expended by our ancestors in the production, transport, and assembly of our historic buildings—and burdens landfills.  Reusing existing buildings preserves their embodied energy and is Bero Architecture’s principal contribution to saving the natural environment while preserving our built environment.

Certifications

Staff members have received Code Enforcement Certification from the State of New York and LEED® AP certification.

Personnel

Total Staff: 8

Principals:

VirginiaG. Searl:  License No. 025944

John E. Page: License No. 019113

Architects:

Jennifer Ahrens,  LEED Green Associate: License No. 026882

Lindsay Yoder,  LEED AP: License No. 035895

Architectural Interns:

Richard N. Osgood, Jr.

Christopher Brandt

Architectural Historian:

Katherine Eggers Comeau

Administration:

Mary Mitchell

Awards

Award: Citation for Design, AIA New York State, 2014, Boynton House Rehabilitation, Rochester, NY.

Award for Design Excellence, Grand Honor Award, Rochester chapter AIA 2014, Residential, Boynton House Rehabilitation, Rochester, NY.

Excellence in Historic Preservation Award, Preservation League of New York State, 2013, Central Trust Building, 44 Exchange Boulevard, Rochester, NY (rehabilitation).

Barber Conable Award, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2013, Academy Building, Rochester, NY (rehabilitation).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2013, Central Trust Building, Rochester, NY (rehabilitation).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2013, Christ Church, Rochester, NY (roofing and masonry restoration).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2011, Waterloo Library and Historical Society, Waterloo, NY (rehabilitation).

Award for Design Excellence, Merit Award, Rochester chapter AIA 2011, New Residence, Rochester, NY(new construction).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2010, First Presbyterian Church, 5605 East Avon Lima Road, East Avon, NY (restoration).

Barber Conable Award, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2010, Avon Opera Block, 23 Genesee Street, Avon, NY (adaptive reuse).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2009, Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1040 East Avenue, Rochester, NY (addition and renovation).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2008, First Presbyterian Church of Albion, Albion, NY (rehabilitation).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2006, Pittsford Village Hall, 21 North Main Street, Pittsford, NY (rehabilitation).

Special Citation Award, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2006, First Presbyterian Church, 21 Church Street, Pittsford, NY (reconstruction after a catastrophic lightning strike and fire).

Preservation League of New York State, Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, 2005, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Rochester, NY. (church preservation and restoration).

Craftsmanship Award, Builders Exchange of Rochester, 2003, Monroe Community Hospital- Nurses’ Dormitory Building, West Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY (plaster and decorative finishes restoration).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2002, Robach Community Center (Ontario Beach Bath House), Beach Avenue, Rochester, NY (adaptive reuse).

Special Award, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2001, High Falls Building and City Festival Site, Brown’s Race, Rochester, NY (historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse).

Parks Commissioner’s Award, 1998, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Maplewood Historic District National/State Registers of Historic Places submission, Rochester, NY

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2000, Highland Park Boundary Markers, Mt. Hope, South, & Reservoir Avenues, & Robinson Drive, Rochester, NY (restoration).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 2000, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 1124 Hudson Avenue, Rochester, NY (restoration of tower).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 1998, St. Luke & St. Cyrene Episcopal Church, 17 Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY (restoration of tower).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 1999, Peirce Block, 2-14 West Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY (facade restoration and historic rehabilitation).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 1995, Rowley-Keefe Homestead, 421 Victor-Egypt Road, Victor, NY (adaptive reuse of historic cobblestone house).

Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation, Preservation League of New York State, 1992, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. (museum restoration)

Citation of Merit, Rochester Chapter AIA, 1992, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY (museum restoration).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 1992, 458-466 West Main Street, Rochester, NY (rehabilitation).

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 1991, Clifton Springs Library, Clifton Springs, NY (adaptive reuse).

Commissioner’s Award, 1988, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Historic Pittsford Homeowner Consultation Program, Pittsford, NY.

Award of Merit, Landmark Society of Western New York, 1986, Alumni House, 75 College Street, Brockport, NY (exterior restoration)

Citation of Merit, Rochester Chapter AIA, 1986, Fassino-Valenti Residence, Irondequoit, NY (adaptive re-use).

Design for City Living Award, City of Rochester, New York, 1985 (restoration).

Ansonia Award for Restoration and Preservation, 1983, 275 South Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY (adaptive re-use).

 


[1] Bero Architecture PLLC, established in 2008, is the successor firm to Bero Architecture P.C., and to Bero Associates Architects.

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