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Tom Castelein

Senior Associate, Architect

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A consistent motivator during Tom’s more than 30 years as an architect is a passion for design, a passion evidenced even when he was a young child. After a kindergarten trip to the fire station, he could only talk about the building—sitting in the fire truck just didn’t do it for him. Respecting a building’s origins and history while infusing it with something new is what excited Tom then and what continues to drive his architectural philosophy now.

Take, for example, our Warner Castle Renovations project. Tom was project manager and architectural lead, in charge of the restoration and renovation of this 1850s building that had fallen into disrepair. To prepare the building for its new role as home for the Landmark Society of Western New York, Tom combined restored original finishes and sleek, efficient 21st Century lighting technology. The resulting aesthetic blend of complementary and yet contrasting elements made this project very rewarding.

Through his ongoing leadership in New York State preservation organizations, Tom is an advocate for the cultural and economic benefits of adaptive reuse projects that infuse historic resources with new life. 

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