Bell & Spina Tapped by NYS for State Office Building Rehab

The Utica State Office Building is the center for state government operations in the Mohawk Valley. Constructed in 1971, the building hosts numerous community events in downtown Utica. The building's West Plaza and East Park are important outdoor gathering areas and are enjoyed by nearby workers and visitors alike. The rehabilitation of these outdoor spaces ensures their safety and functionality for years to come.
  • Design Consultant: Bell & Spina Architects

Project & Contractor Team

  • Regional Supervisor: James Carter
  • Business Unit Leader: Dana Dostie
  • Area Supervisor: Patrick Szabo
  • Team Leader: Justin Brennan
  • Engineer-in-Charge: James Bailey
  • Project Manager: Justin Brennan
  • C-Contractor: Patterson - Stevens, Inc.
  • E-Contractor: JR. & J Electric LLC
  • H-Contractor: Emil H. Streeter dba Leatherstocking Professional Services

For more information, visit the news release from NYS OGS here:

Bell & Spina Architects-Planners, PC Announces Change in Ownership

Bell & Spina Architects-Planners, PC is announcing the transition of ownership from Dennis Spina, a founding partner, to Neil W. Garry, Vice President and Douglas K. Arena who will assume the responsibilities of President.

Dennis’ 40-year career was indeed enriched and rewarded by having the privilege of working with so many distinguished clients, on exciting projects and with some of the best professionals in New York.

A few notable projects completed by Bell & Spina during Dennis’s tenure included: Roof and Skylight Replacement at the Everson Museum of Art (I.M. PEI building), Exterior Rehabilitation at McEwen Hall (I.M. PEI building) on the SUNY Fredonia campus, Roof Replacement at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Historic Preservation and Restoration of the Onondaga County Courthouse Roof, Roof Replacement at The Egg: Center for the Performing Arts at Empire Plaza, and Roof Replacements at Steele Hall and Bird Library on the Syracuse University campus.

Neil Garry, Vice President at Bell & Spina said, “We are grateful for Dennis’s leadership through the years, he has been a great mentor to all of us. Fortunately, Dennis has agreed to remain involved in a consulting capacity.”

Please join us in congratulating Dennis on a noteworthy career, and in wishing him all the best while starting a new chapter in his life.

Neil W. Garry, PE joined Bell & Spina in 2010 and is the Principal-In-Charge of the Rochester Office. Much of his 25-year professional career has focused on the technical aspects of building envelope systems. He is a licensed Structural Engineer (PE), Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE), IIBEC Registered Roof Consultant (RRC), Registered Exterior Wall Consultant (REWC) and Thermal / Infrared Thermography – Buildings & Roofs Specific. Neil is a member of ASTM International Technical Committee DO8, Roofing and Waterproofing, and Committee E06, Performance of Buildings.

Douglas K. Arena, AIA, joined Bell & Spina in 2012 and became a Partner in 2017. Douglas is a New York State registered Architect and has training and certifications in various building performance tests and standards including infrared thermography, hygrothermal analysis (WUFI) and building envelope heat transfer analysis (THERM). He is active with the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (iiBEC), ASTM Technical Committee E06, and has published and presented seminars on building enclosure systems. He is a CNY 40 under Forty recipient and a 2018 graduate of the U.S. Small Business Administration “Emerging Leaders Program.”

Bell & Spina, Architects-Planners, PC is a consulting firm that specializes in the design and rehabilitation of building enclosures, with over 35 years of experience in building envelope design, forensics and historic rehabilitation. With offices in Syracuse and Rochester, New York, the firm works mainly across the State and, more widely, in the Northeast.