Phases 1, 2, and 4 of the interior rehabilitation and restoration of the elaborate patterned slate roof at St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles are nearing completion. The projects, based on a Master Plan we developed with the parish over a two year process, include rehabilitation of the basement gathering space and chapel, HVAC and mechanical system upgrades, substantial rehabilitation of the nave and sanctuary including a new entry, new flooring, decorative scheme, and expanded altar and chancel space. The roofing replacement work, Phase 1 of the Master Plan, includes full restoration of the main slate roof and elaborate sheet metal work (stamped dentils, shaped copings and cornices).
We are grateful for all of the hard work of our collaborative project teams of St. James Episcopal Parish, Hayner Hoyt Construction, Easton Specialties, and Bero Architecture PLLC thus far which will guide these two large and complicated projects to their successful completion before the end of the year.
Bero Architecture assisted The United Church of Canandaigua with the rehabilitation of their altar, chancel, blower room, and pipe chambers. Original paneled doors, railing and wainscot details present in other areas of the church were used as inspiration for the rehabilitation of the chancel and new altar space. A new three manual and pedal forty rank organ for the church was designed and installed by Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. It is always a pleasure to work with Ric Parsons and his talented crew, and is an especially rare privilege to work with them on a completely new organ project.
When we visited the church at the end of last month, the pipe chambers were nearing completion. They were to begin installation of the pipes within the following week. The custom console and pipe facades were meticulously fabricated and finished in Parson’s shop and were on site awaiting installation. Details adapted from the existing roof beams and decorative stenciling allow the organ to appear as if it had always been part of the church.
We look forward to seeing and hearing the finished organ in May!
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. Although their retirement has been expected, we had not been sure when until mid-December. John established the firm in 1976 and managed it with Cheryl’s help until 2008. John dedicated his architectural career to thorough, meticulous, and meaningful preservation of historic structures (not to mention good grammar!). 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. We wish John and Cheryl all the best for a happy and fulfilling retirement.
John Page, Virginia Searl, Richard Osgood, Jennifer Ahrens, Mary Mitchell, Lindsay Yoder, Katie Comeau, Chris Brandt
John’s official letter of retirement can be read below:
We are pleased that the New York State AIA has announced that the Boynton House Rehabilitation was selected to receive a 2014 Citation for Design Award.
Award Recipients for the 2014 New York State AIA Design Awards were chosen from a pool of three-hundred submissions by a jury of national architectural practitioners and educators. We are excited to be this year’s only upstate architectural firm to receive a NYS AIA design award. The awards ceremony and NYS AIA annual meeting and gala will be held in Saratoga Springs October 9th through 11th.
Phase 1 – Towers Roofing Replacement at Most Holy Trinity roman Catholic Church in Webster is nearing completion. The project included interior and exterior masonry repairs, repair and refinishing of exterior woodwork, and repairs to stained glass windows in addition to full replacement of the slate roofing system and sheet metal finials. The finials were fabricated, gilded and installed from a lift by the team at Easton Specialties. We were able to document the finial installation and photograph the completed towers from the lift at completion.
The two-and-a-half hour event included a guided tour of the garden landscaping and lily pond, the pergola and garage additions, the first floor and restored veranda, and the basement including interpretive displays. As the tour progressed through the house, guests were treated to the history of each space and a brief synopsis of the difficulties that were faced during the renovation process. While not on the tour, guests were treated to refreshments in the garden courtyard.
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. The survey and condition report are being funded by a grant through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation through Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1983.
Winners of the AIA Rochester’s annual Design Excellence Awards are chosen by a jury of national architectural professionals, who review presentations submitted by are architecture firms nominating their recent projects. These awards, along with photography, scholarship and the Mayor’s award are announced at a special reception, held this year on April 25th.
The Palmyra Community Library is featured on the Landmark Society of Westerns New York’s website as a “Success Story.” To read the post please follow this link.
For more information on the Library renovation also see: Palmyra Community Library Renovation Part 1
Exterior and interior renovations were recently completed at the Genesee Country Village and Museum’s Wehle Gallery. The program included a new entrance, interior finishes, conversion of two galleries into state of the art collections storage, and a complete retrofit of the electrical system including new LED gallery lighting. The buildling’s heating and cooling system was replaced by a geothermal heat pump system with 20 wells to the north of the building that extend 166 feet below grade. Both the addition and existing portions of the building are clad in cedar siding. The entrance addition is stained a muted red to help call attention to the entrance and main portion of the building. The rooftop cupola was restored during the project, and the new collection storage room walls were grouted solid and super-insulated to create an ideal environment for artifact preservation.