BELL & SPINA HONORED WITH

“The Flower City Award”

FOR OUTSTANING RENOVATION

 Neil W. Garry, PE, RRC, REWC (center) representing Bell & Spina at CSI Rochester award ceremony.   

Neil W. Garry, PE, RRC, REWC (center) representing Bell & Spina at CSI Rochester award ceremony.   

Bell & Spina Architects-Planners, PC received the “Flower City Award”, presented by the Rochester Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University - Kiln Facility, for Outstanding Renovation.

The project replaced the outdoor kiln structure Ceramics Program. The existing facility consisted of a group of several metal and wood constructed sheds with varying floor elevations within a tight footprint, bordered by a creek bank, parking lot and Harder Hall. Accommodations for existing equipment in the new facility included 6 gas-fired downdraft soda/salt kilns, a single-chamber wood-fired kiln, a double-chamber wood-fired salt kiln and a Raku gas-fired kiln with room for additional kilns.

Due to the caustic atmosphere created by the salt kilns, a heavy timber structure was designed for the new facility. A clerestory and slatted walls allow daylight to enter the building while protecting the year-round use of the kilns from harsh weather. Coiling doors allow for wood delivery and an outdoor secure, covered storage area accommodates glass cullet and surplus firebrick storage.

The campus and State University Construction Fund were pleased with the final product, with campus staff stating that the building will act as a marketing tool for the program and one of the centerpieces of the campus.

With offices in Syracuse and Rochester, New York, Bell & Spina has been providing architecture, building enclosure and planning services to the Upstate New York region for 30 years. For more information about Bell & Spina visit:www.bellandspina.com.

CSI was founded in March 1948 by the specification writers of government agencies who came together to improve the quality of construction specifications. The Institute's efforts were essential in improving construction specification quality so that it could meet the demands of the post-war construction boom. Development of specifications best practices, promulgating standards/formats, professional education, and certification were cornerstones of the Institute. For more information about the Rochester Chapter of CSI visit: www.csirochester.org.

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                                Bell & Spina                                             Receives AIA of Central New York              Citiation for Design Award

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On October 27, 2017, Bell & Spina Architects-Planners, PC received a Citation for Design award, presented by the CNY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the New York State College Ceramics at Alfred University - Kiln Facility, under the “Institutional” category. 

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The project replaced the outdoor kiln structures for the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. The existing area consisted of a group of several metal and wood constructed sheds with varying floor elevations within a tight footprint, bordered by a creek bank, parking lot and Harder Hall. Accommodations for existing equipment in the new facility included 6 gas-fired downdraft soda/salt kilns, a single-chamber wood-fired kiln, a double-chamber wood-fired salt kiln and a Raku gas-fired kiln with room for expansion

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Due to the caustic atmosphere created by the salt kilns, a heavy timber structure was designed for the new facility. A clerestory and slatted walls allow daylight to enter the building while protecting the year-round use of the kilns from harsh weather. Coiling doors allow for wood delivery and an outdoor secure, covered storage area accommodates glass cullet and surplus firebrick storage.

The campus and State University Construction Fund were pleased with the final product, with campus staff stating that the building will act as a marketing tool for the program and one of the centerpieces of the campus.


   Bell & Spina, Architects – Planners, P.C.   Receives TWO RCI Document Competition Awards

On March 13th, Bell & Spina, Architects – Planners, P.C. was the recipient of two RCI Document Competition Awards. The RCI Document Competition is an annual event created to recognize excellence in roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall construction project documentation, with awards presented at their yearly National Convention.

Bell & Spina received:

·        First Place, Document Competition Large Project Entry  - Sanford Field House at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

·        First Place, Report Competition – Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

For a complete list of awards visit: http://rci-online.org/peers-honored-rci-annual-awards-luncheon/


                                  Albany's Egg                                     is getting a new shell. 

Crews are performing precursor work this week ahead of an estimated $4.4 million roof replacement project at The Egg performing arts center at the Empire State Plaza complex. 

 The project is set to be completed next year. It’s the latest costly major infrastructure work on the architectural wonder and marks the first time the roof has been replaced since it was opened in 1978.For the complete story click here


          Bell & SPina is proud                          to be named an                        economic champion of 2016.   

SYRACUSE, NY – CenterState CEO recognized 295 companies as 2016 Economic Champions for their collective hiring of 3,163 employees, more than 1 million square feet of expansions, and over $650 million in capital investments

To read the complete story click here. 


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Update: Roof decking is almost done.  Another step closer to a beautiful building. 


    Congratulations Dennis!

  Registered Exterior Wall Observer (REWO®). Individuals certified to monitor the construction process to ensure that exterior wall systems stay in compliance with approved construction drawings, specifications, and best-practice or warranty-stipulated installation procedures.

Registered Exterior Wall Observer (REWO®). Individuals certified to monitor the construction process to ensure that exterior wall systems stay in compliance with approved construction drawings, specifications, and best-practice or warranty-stipulated installation procedures.


                      2016 Document Competition  -                     Second Place Winner, Report Writing

            NEIL W. GARRY, P.E., RRC, REWC

                        For complete story visit:  RCI, Inc.


                   Alfred University Outdoor Kiln           

This project was designed by Bell & Spina, Architects-Planners, P.C. The structure replaces a number of pre-engineered metal and wood sheds that housed the outdoor kilns. It will house wood-fired, gas and raku kilns as well as areas for setup and firing prep. It also includes storage areas for dry stacked wood for the wood-fired kilns, fire brick and pallets of glass cullet. 

For more information visit: State University Construction Fund

 Outdoor Kiln Facility at Alfred University. 

Outdoor Kiln Facility at Alfred University. 


Continuing Education Presentation:                                               “Building Enclosure Commissioning BECx and ASTM E2813-12 “           Presented by: Neil W. Gary, PE, REWC, RRC, REWC, BECxP, CxA+BE       AIANYS 2016 Saratoga Design Conference                                           October 1, 2016 • 10:15


        AMAZING!  

             Dennis & Neil walking on "The Egg"

                    "The Egg" the Empire State Plaza’s Center for the Performing Arts,                         Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY. 
              Please do not try this at home, they are trained professionals.


Continuing Education Presentation:                                                 The Essentials of a Successful Masonry Restoration Program”           Presented by: Daniel M. Jackson, AIA, LEED AP                                 Kappa Fall 2016 Conference                                                               September 22, 2016 10:40 am


Continuing Education Presentation:                                           Predictive Maintenance Programs – A Case Study”                  Presented by: Douglas Arena, AIA, RRC and Joseph Cavino, AIA     SUNY / PPAA & NYAPPA Conference, Ithaca, NY                               August 3, 2016


Bell & Spina is pleased to announce

DeAnne Martin

DeAnne has joined the team as Marketing Coordinator.  DeAnne has over 18 years’ experience in marketing working in various roles including event manager, advertising and social media communications specialist.  DeAnne holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Five Towns College.


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Bell & Spina is Pleased to Welcome

James D. Trevvett, AIA

 

 James D. Trevvett, AIA of Syracuse was hired as a Project Architect.  Jamie has 18 years of professional experience with an expertise in specialized roofing and waterproofing systems and building façade restoration.  Jamie will be working in both the Rochester and Syracuse Office on projects for the New York State Office of General Services and Higher Education Clients.

Neil W. Garry, PE Earns commissioning process certification

Neil Garry, PE, a Principal of Bell & Spina, Architects-Planners, has earned certifications for Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) and Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE)

 The University of Wisconsin-Madison developed its Commissioning Process certifications to provide in-depth training and recognition for professionals involved in the commissioning process.  The certifications emphasize the importance of building enclosure commissioning and the importance of the building enclosure as the first line of defense in protecting the contents and occupants of buildings.

Bell & Spina is pleased to welcome Alexandra M. Rose

Alexandra Rose, of Oneida, was hired as an intern architect.  Rose is a 2015 Graduate of SUNY Delhi with a degree in Architectural Design and Building.  She is working on projects for the New York State Office of General Services and Higher Education clients.


Bell & Spina Recognized at the RCI 2015 Documents Competition

Second Place - Large Project
Roofing/Waterproofing/ Exterior Wall

Onondaga County War Memorial
Syracuse, New York.

The RCI Document Competition recognizes excellence in project documents.  Bell & Spina received second place honors for Large Project Roofing/Waterproofing/Exterior Wall project documents for the Onondaga County War Memorial.  In the past ten years Bell & Spina has won 3 first place awards and a second place award in the document competition.

RCI, Inc. is an international association of professional consultants, architects and engineers who specialize in the specification and design of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems.

 

 


Bell & Spina has a project in the

AIA NYS People's Choice Awards

                         The  Bell & Spina project you want to vote for is:                                             MacDonough Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh.                 

Let your voice be heard, VOTE TODAY! 

 MacDonough Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh

MacDonough Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh


              Bell & Spina is a finalist in the                  Marvin Window Architect Challenge  

                   Its your turn to vote, in the Architects Challenge Showdown.                   Our project is listed as Douglas Arena, New York. 

Memorial Chapel, Colgate University


Bell & Spina, Architects – Planners, P.C.

Honored with AIA New York State

 

2016 Excelsior Award for Public Architecture

Syracuse, NY – On May 2, Bell & Spina, Architects – Planners, P.C. received an AIA New York State Excelsior Award for Public Architecture. The Excelsior Award program showcases remarkable projects built in the public eye, working within strict budgets and timetables. AIA New York State, in collaboration with the New York State contracting agencies, created these awards in 2014 to provide a model of excellence for future State-funded building design and professional practice and advocacy.  AIA New York State is an organization of The American Institute of Architects, serving over 8,500 members through advocacy and continuing education. For more information visit: EXCELSIOR AWARDS 2016 RECIPIENTS

The winning project: SUNY Plattsburgh – MacDonough Hall Roof Replacement

Bell & Spina collaborated with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and SUNY Plattsburgh to rehabilitate the building to its original 1949 glory.  The project included repairing ornamental architectural features, slate roofing and traditional copper flashing throughout the building. “The slate and copper roof, and restoration of MacDonough Hall’s cornice, are the pride of SUNY Plattsburgh dormitories. It’s all in the details.” - Gerald Maly- DASNY Field Rep II.  


Continuing Education Presentation:

“Building Enclosure Commissioning BECx”                                  Presented by: Neil W. Garry, PE, RRC, REWC, BECxP, CxA+BE and Daniel M. Jackson, AIA, LEED AP                                                                     Office of General Services, Albany NY                                         September 9, 2016  

Roofing 101 – Low Slope Roofs”                                                         Presented by: Dennis C. Spina, AIA, RRC, REWC                                 Office of General Services, Albany NY                                           September 9, 2016  

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Campus flooring helps prevent damage caused by extreme winter weather.

 Syracuse University Cooridor

Syracuse University Cooridor

Steeped in history, Syracuse University educates nearly 21,000 students each year. With 70 percent of students living in the school’s 22 residence halls, the team overseeing housing had their work cut out for them when tasked with finding the right flooring to cover student living spaces. The campus’s Syracuse, NY, location required flooring that could stand up to the rigors of brutal winters – including snow and salt tracked inside during winter months. 
Architect/Designer: QPK Design – Syracuse, NY; Bell and Spina Architects – Syracuse, NY; Syracuse University Department of Campus Design & Construction – Syracuse, NY

For Complete Story CLICK HERE


BELL & SPINA RECOGNIZED AT THE RCI 2016 DOCUMENTS COMPETITION

 All rights reserved by RCI, Inc.  Photo by Tony Kawashima

All rights reserved by RCI, Inc.  Photo by Tony Kawashima

First Place - Large Project Roofing/Waterproofing/ Exterior Wall

James C. Colgate Student Union Roof Replacement at Colgate University
Hamilton, New York         

Second Place - Large Project Roofing/Waterproofing/ Exterior Wall

MacDonough Hall Roof Replacement at SUNY Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, New York

Second Place - Small Project Roofing/Waterproofing/ Exterior Wall

Colgate University Memorial Chapel Window Replacement
Hamilton, New York

First Place - Report Competition

Cazenovia College Jephson Campus Roof Study
Cazenovia, New York

Second Place - Report Competition

University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital Window Assembly Review and Dewpoint Analysis
Rochester, New York


BELL & SPINA RECOGNIZED BY THE
AMERICAN CONCRETE INSTITUTE
CENTRAL NEW YORK CHAPTER

Bronze Award - Concrete Project

Bernthal Way Plaza Restoration
Onondaga County - Syracuse, New York

The Bernthal Way plaza restoration project addressed numerous site components that had fallen into disrepair. Repairs included concrete site walls and stair/ramp cheek walls, non-functional recessed light fixtures in stair cheek walls, and deteriorated concrete around the underground transformer sidewalk grillage. The design approach revitalized the plaza while retaining the original aesthetic of the larger downtown complex.  

For more information visit: http://www.cmeassociates.com/latest-news.html


Continuing Education Presentation:

The Essentials of a Successful Masonry Restoration Program”  Presented by: Daniel M. Jackson, AIA, LEED AP                                 Office of General Services, Albany NY                                                    January 8, 2016  

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