The Design Process
Gorsline Building: Site Plan
At Bero Architecture, creating a design is a cooperative act between the client and the designer. There are multiple acceptable solutions to every design problem. Our process involves looking at alternatives to discover a design that best serves the needs of the client.
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.
Working With Committees
Albion Presbyterian: Restored Sanctuary
Bero Architecture has developed appropriate strategies for working successfully with small and large building committees. We have the capability to team with interested members in a collaboration to help ensure thorough consideration of all thoughtful contributions. We distill complex information into understandable program criteria to help all committee members feel comfortable with the process.
Greene and Greene Inspired Home: Clinker Brick and Stone Detail
In addition to traditional architectural services described above, Bero Architecture provides many building conservation services including:
- * 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.
Town of Avon: preparing for elevator
Our preservation planning services include, but are not limited to the following:
* 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).
Cultural Resource Surveys
Bero Architecture prepares reconnaissance-level and intensive-level cultural resource surveys following state and federal standards. Surveys are important planning tools designed to achieve the following goals:
Greene and Greene Inspired Home: Joint Detail
1. To identify, evaluate, and document historic resources potentially eligible for local designation and/or the State and National Registers;
2. To serve as a planning tool for local and state governments;
3. To expedite OPRHP review of federal and state-assisted projects (through Section 106 and State law 14.09);
4. To raise community awareness and pride;
5. To serve as an incentive for revitalization of historic resources;
6. To serve as a database of information for academic purposes; and
7. To promote historic tourism.
Municipalities and nonprofit organizations are eligible for grants to help fund survey projects.
Resume of Representative History Projects
National Register Nominations
Pittsford Presbyterian Church: rear of nave after restoration
The State and National Registers of Historic Places are honorary lists of buildings and other properties that are important in local, state, or national history.
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.
Review and Compliance
Waterloo Library: Roof Cresting Before
Under state and federal law, municipal project approvals often require analysis of the project’s effects on cultural resources. Bero Architecture is experienced at advising project teams throughout the review process to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
Our services include:
- 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.
Clifton Springs Library: Entrance Interior
Owners of certain properties listed in or eligible for the National Register may take advantage of tax credits to help with rehabilitation projects. Credits are available at the federal level for rehabilitation of income-producing properties, and at the state level for both commercial properties and private homes. (The state credit is only available in certain census tracts.) The rehabilitation work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
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.
The Preservation of Museum Collections
Aldersgate UMC: Fellowship Hall
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
Chapin Mill: Interior Lower Level
In accordance with 36 CFR Part 61, projects that have state and federal support generally require consultants to meet professional qualifications standards. Bero Architecture is one of only a few upstate architectural firms with staff who meet the standards for Architectural History, Architecture, History, and Historic Architecture.