Founded in 1976 by John Bero, Bero Architecture has earned a state-wide reputation and a number of awards for the quality of our new construction, rehabilitation, and preservation projects. In addition to design and construction services, we provide a full range of preservation planning services to help you prepare for future projects, prioritize maintenance, obtain recognition for your historic property, and apply for grants. In 2008, longtime employees Virginia Searl and John Page took over ownership, retaining John Bero as a senior preservation architect until his retirement at the end of 2014. The firm has maintained its high-quality architectural and preservation services while incorporating appropriate sustainability practices with LEED-certified staff.
Typically, we start with a program of the owner’s needs and examine existing site conditions. After understanding the programmatic and physical context, we sketch alternative solutions that will satisfy the program. We will meet to discuss the implications of these designs and get your ideas and suggestions for additional alternatives. After getting your comments on the sketches, we develop a schematic design and estimate that will be the master plan for your work.
The process described above can be as brief as described, or it can require multiple iterations of sketch, meeting, comment, and revision; the number of revisions depends on the complexity of the design issues as well as the nature of the client.
+ Measured drawing preparation for existing buildings
+ Building surveys to determine their condition and preparation of reports and other documents. (Please refer to Some Thoughts on Building Surveys for more information on this subject.)
+ Assistance with grant applications
+ Technical advice regarding conservation techniques required for the preservation of historic materials
+ Preparation of contract documents, assistance with bidding negotiation, and contract administration of contracts for the repair and conservation of historic materials.
+ Architectural Assessment Reports
+ Comparative Analysis Reports
+ Condition Reports
+ Feasibility Reports
+ Historic Resources Reports
+ Historic Structure Reports (see link below)
+ National/State Register and Local Landmark Nominations
+ Cultural Resource Surveys (Reconnaissance-Level and Intensive-Level)
+ Streetscape Studies
Learn more about Historic Structure Reports in Preservation Brief No. 43 (The Preparation and Use of Historic Structure Reports).
+ To identify, evaluate, and document historic resources potentially eligible for local designation and/or the State and National Registers
+ To serve as a planning tool for local and state governments
+ To expedite OPRHP review of federal and state-assisted projects (Section 106 and NYS law 14.09)
+ To raise community awareness and pride
+ To serve as an incentive for revitalization of historic resources
+ To serve as a database of information for academic purposes
+ To promote historic tourism.
Municipalities and nonprofit organizations are eligible for grants to help fund survey projects.
Bero Architecture has assisted clients with research, writing, and editing National Register nominations for a variety of resource types in accordance with state and federal standards. Clients include municipalities, non-profit organizations, and private individuals. We have given public presentations in conjunction with OPRHP staff to explain the benefits of listing properties on the National Register. We have a thorough understanding of the role the National Register plays as a preservation planning and resource management tool at local, state, and national levels.
+ Documenting and evaluating existing historic resources
+ Assessing the effects of proposed projects
+ Developing design criteria to avoid and/or mitigate adverse impacts
+ Determining unavoidable impact
+ Suggesting potential mitigation measures
+ Writing the Historic Resources section for environmental impact statements
We can help you determine whether your property qualifies for the credits, and help you plan a project that meets the Standards. We are also experienced with the administrative processes required to claim the credit.
Bero Architecture has provided architectural services to many museums, most of which are located in historic buildings. The difficulties of maintaining collections in historic building are many; often proper care of existing buildings is at odds with proper care of collections. Bero Architecture has consulted with many museums with funding provided by Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), administered by Heritage Preservation. This experience, together with the understanding that sophisticated environmental control systems are expensive to install, operate, and maintain, and sometimes detrimental to historic buildings, has led to a special interest in low-tech solutions to difficult collection care problems in historic buildings.
View our Resume of Museum Consultations