Brooklyn, NY Waterfront Project
December 10, 2014

BJ’s Wholesale Club (BJ’s) teamed up with SBLM Architects to create a new retail building in Brooklyn’s Bay Center. The 136,000-square-foot location includes a retail warehouse, mezzanine and breezeway in addition to a three level parking garage for 450 vehicles.

The location presented many design challenges including the store’s proximity to the Gravesend Bay and environmental conditions. In order to ensure parking, customer traffic, and store operations ran smoothly, the typical store layout was reversed. This resulted in the store’s main entry and parking garage located at the rear of the site- accessible by a two lane driveway.

In addition to the retail building, SBLM also designed extensive public walkways, landscaping, and terraced waterfront areas to enhance the site. The newly established public areas encourage use not only by customers, but the community as well.

An Interview with SBLM Director of Sustainability
Tom Lopes
December 9, 2014

What organizations are you involved in and at what capacity?

I am actively involved in a couple of local industry organizations, namely the north branch of the New Jersey Chapter of USGBC, as well as the Newark (NJ) Chapter of Architecture for Humanity.

At USGBC-NJ, I serve as a committee member helping to support sustainability in North Jersey by assisting in the development of green policies and programs. Basically, the committee provides expertise, perspective, best practices and lessons learned in the area of sustainable design and green architecture.

Architecture for Humanity (AfH) is a group of pro-bono creative professionals who provide socially responsible design advocacy for vulnerable communities, such as those hit by natural disasters. The goal of the team is to help make communities more resilient by promoting public interest design, especially to those who cannot afford the benefits of design. At AfH Newark, I am one of the founding organizers and currently act in a managing capacity as a co-director. I’m responsible for helping with the day to day management of the group, including bridging the gap with our headquarters in San Francisco, coordinating volunteers internally and developing goals for the future.

How have the organizations you’re involved with influenced your role as Director of Sustainability at SBLM?

As the manager of SBLM’s sustainability practices, I feel my role is really three-fold: to create internal standards for the firm, to assist in project specific capacities and to outreach among peers within the field as an educational part of the role. The outreach component, I feel, is very important and the organizations that I’m involved with definitely help provide a complementary perspective to my work at SBLM. Working so closely with other professionals in the industry who have varying fields of expertise within the same interest community provides a source of information that I’m able to share with my colleagues. In other words, it’s my hope and goal that my involvement with these outside organizations ultimately helps those that I work with on a day to day basis. Keeping up with USGBC and Afh allows me to be an internal resource for our firm, which I hope, benefits the overall knowledge base of our staff.

Your comments on trends in sustainability and resilient design within architecture?

While sustainability has been a trending discussion over the last decade, resiliency has recently surfaced as an equally important conversation. The goal of sustainability is to do the most with the least. The goal of resiliency is to withstand, respond and adapt. While the two terms are certainly not the same and even pull on each other sometimes, you cannot take one away from the other; a sustainable design is inherently resilient.

I recently attended Greenbuild in New Orleans. NOLA, being the model example, served as the perfect backdrop for creative professionals to re-engage in the sustainability dialogue and broaden the conversation to include resiliency. The synergy between the two concepts is no mistake, as each serve equal importance to the viability of our environment by addressing the vulnerabilities caused by our current practices.

This, to me, is a defining moment in our profession. We have a historic opportunity to not only build, but build back better and even go beyond the building to focus on the community. It’s a time where we need to be socially responsible for the environment that we’re shaping, in order to live in sync with the natural world and help mitigate future environmental shocks and stresses.

SBLM Marketing Director, Connie Luongo, Awarded 2014 Mary Findlen Professional Development Grant
May 23, 2014

Congratulations to Connie Luongo, Marketing Director, for being chosen as the recipient of the SMPS-NY 2014 Mary Findlen Professional Development Grant. This award serves to strengthen the SMPS-NY mission to promote the continued advancement of new talent within the A/E/C industry.

Connie has demonstrated her commitment to her career as an A/E/C marketer through professional development activities, participation in SMPS-NY, and the contributions she has made to SBLM Architects as Marketing Director.

Acacia Network Opens Youth Residential
Treatment Center, Bronx, NY
May 22, 2014

SBLM Architects is excited to announce the ribbon cutting for a rehabilitation center located in Bronx, New York. This facility offers a unique, comprehensive, innovative, family-oriented program designed for young men in need of treatment. SBLM designed the 34,000-square-foot facility, which includes five resident suites, counseling rooms, classrooms, fitness center, dining room, and an outdoor recreation area. Open floor plans, light and bright colors, and flexible spaces create a welcoming environment where residents can help each other heal.

Congratulations to all from SBLM who were involved with the project!
David Nicholson, AIA - Principal-in-Charge
Anthony Koehler, AIA - Director of Design
Racquel DeOcampo, AIA - Project Manager
Elizabeth Santana - Job Captain

Click Here to view the article.

SBLM Architects Wins SMPS NY Marketing Award for 2014 Holiday Card
May 7, 2014

In conjunction with eight other firms, SBLM Architects has been selected as a winner for the SMPS NY 2014 Marketing Communication & Leadership Awards! We have been chosen for "Honorable Mention" for our 2014 New Years Holiday Card. We are pleased to be in the company of such wonderful firms in the A/E/C industry. These awards are "granted to A/E/C firms whose materials and campaigns most compellingly achieve their firms’ marketing goals, and individuals whose exceptional accomplishments make us all proud."

Click Here to view the Winning Submission!

Michael LeFande, AIA, LEED AP Presents At The 2014 SPECS Conference
March 13, 2014

SBLM Principal, Michael LeFande, AIA, LEED AP, attended and presented at the 2014 SPECS Conference in Grapevine, TX. His session, Remodel Roulette, took place on Tuesday, March 11th, and was an interactive event that touched on the topic of "Roll Out Programs". The session involved other attendees, and challenged their knowledge and skills regarding the topic.

SBLM’s David Nicholson AIA, LEED AP, O&M, featured in ICSC Spotlight
December 2, 2013

In advance of the ICSC New York National Conference, SBLM Architects’ Principal David Nicholson shares his development expertise and conference insights with the NYREJ.

Continue to New York Real Estate Journal: Nicholson of SBLM: Opening offices in expanding markets for more information.

SBLM Architects Wins CANstruction Awards!
November 18, 2013

The public has voted and SBLM has been declared the favorite - beating out five other design teams to achieve the people’s choice award!

In addition, SBLM’s CANstruction team also picked up the Honorable Mention award!

Congratulations to the CANstruction team from Long Island and everyone who supported this effort! The event raised over 30,000 cans!

Michael LeFande, AIA, LEED AP Awarded Long Island Business News Around 50 Award
October 10, 2013

SBLM Architects Principal Michael LeFande has been awarded a Long Island Business News Around 50 Award. An Awards ceremony was held on September 19th to honor the recipients.

Continue to Long Island Business News Around 50 Awards for more information.

SBLM Joins Canstruction to Fight Hunger
August 23, 2013

SBLM Architects has joined the Canstruction Long Island design competition. This non-profit supports the fight against hunger. We will Demolish Hunger and Restore Hope!

To make an online tax-deductible donation:

  1. Visit: Canstruction Donation Page
  2. Select "Donate to the SBLM Team"

For more information on SBLM Architects Canstruction Team and how you can donate:

Canstruction Flyer

SBLM Architect's Summer Newsletter
July 31, 2013

Adaptive Reuse in Times Square
SBLM is working with a major developer on feasibility studies of an historic building located in midtown Manhattan. Design opportunities being explored include transforming the building into a Class A office building.

New Fifth Avenue Luxury Flagship
SBLM is designing a new flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan for a luxury retailer. The prominent location will feature a welcoming double height space filled with custom designed dimensional artwork, lighting and fixtures.

Read the full Summer Newsletter

SBLM Architects PS 133K on Exhibit at NYCSA
July 02, 2013

SBLM Architects new school project PS 133K in Brooklyn, NY is on exhibit at the NYCSCA. The display is located in the entrance of the SCA offices at 30-30 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY. PS 133K is a new 116,000-square-foot building which accommodates 950 students. The new 133K replaces and honors an historic C.B. Snyder school by reusing salvaged ornate stone elements from the original school which could no longer serve the growing population of students. The design meets the NYCSCA’s Green School Guidelines and incorporates a community garden.

See the PS 133K interactive model on our website

Whole Foods Market Opens in Danbury, CT
Jun 18, 2013

SBLM Architects newest Whole Foods opened on May 18th in Danbury, CT. “The store will be featuring several unique aspects, including the Burger and Shake bar, which is an homage to the Burger Bar that had been at the location when it was Marcus Dairy.”

Coverage on Danbury Daily Voice

SBLM Principal, Phil Magnuson shares his retail expertise with The Wharton School
Jun 17, 2013
Are Pop-up Stores Here to Stay?

Excerpt: When stores are designed right, in an already-vibrant urban context, pop-up can add a frisson to the streetscape. "If it's a thoughtful gesture and it's got some engagement behind it, I think it's great," Magnuson says. "I think in a secondary location, if you were looking for a place to put a store and, say, there are two pop-ups on the street and some other empty stores, you would not be encouraged to open a business there. I think the neighborhood would be discouraged, and it only adds insult to injury."

Read the full article here

Petco facility opens in Cranbury
Jun 14, 2013

SBLM Architects attended the Grand Opening celebration of the new Petco Distribution Center in Cranbury, NJ. SBLM designed the 700,000 sf facility which has the option to expand up to a million sf in the future. The facility employs over 300 people. It is Petco’s largest distribution center and serves most of the stores on the East Coast. They will soon be adding e-commerce order fulfillment to their services.

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SBLM Architects wins two SMPS-NY
Communications Awards
Jun 12, 2013

SBLM Architects is pleased to announce they were honored with two SMPS-NY (Society for Marketing Professional Services, New York Chapter) Communications & Industry Leadership Awards. SBLM won the Brand Identity Award for a new website and firm brochures. Attendees at the Awards Gala voted for their favorite Communications Award submission and SBLM Architects was declared the People's Choice winner. Carrie Snyder, Associate, Director of Marketing accepted the awards on behalf of SBLM. The SMPS-NY awards recognize outstanding achievements and commitment to the industry made by AEC professionals.

Every single element of SBLM’s new website and brochures from drawings to photography, graphic illustrations, and design code were created by SBLM’s Marketing and Graphic Design staff.

  • SBLM Team Members
  • Simon Cherry: Photographer
  • Lewis Evans: Web Designer
  • Connie Luongo: Senior Marketing Coordinator
  • Jessica Schrader: Graphic Designer
  • Carrie Snyder: Art Direction

"Our team worked very hard to create unique and compelling pieces that reflect the expertise of SBLM. We are proud to have been selected by our peers for the Brand Identity and People’s Choice Awards," said Carrie Snyder.

Download our award winning brochures

Firm Capabilities Brochure

Warehouse Brochure

Download our official Press Release

Download official Press Release

Download photographs

SBLM Attends the AREW 35th Anniversary Gala
May 15, 2013

SBLM Architects attended the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW) 35th Anniversary Gala at the stunning Gotham Hall. Tony Malkin and Council woman Christine Quinn were among the honorees.

Grand Opening for Whole Foods Market in North Miami
May 8, 2013

SBLM Architects newest project in Florida has opened.

A Whole Foods Market in North Miami held its grand opening celebration.

Media coverage on Local 10.

SBLM Architects at ICSC RECON
April 23, 2013

SBLM Architects will be attending ICSC RECON 2013 in Las Vegas, May 19-22. We are looking forward to connecting with our clients and learning about innovations and trends in the retail industry. We would love to meet with you at the convention, please contact to schedule a meeting.

SBLM Supports NY Cares
April 18, 2013

SBLM will be joining SMPS-NY’s team for New York Cares on Saturday, April 20th. Each spring, New York Cares and thousands of volunteers work together to help revitalize parks, gardens, and other green spaces. New York Cares Day Spring is a great way for coworkers, friends, alumni groups, civic associations, and nature enthusiasts of all kinds to get together and get dirty to clean it up.

New York Cares SMPS-NY Team Page

Nassau Community College Project Kick Off
April 10, 2013

SBLM’s newest higher education project kicked off in April. The Physical Sciences building will be completely renovated to offer NCC students and faculty a state-of-the-art learning and research environment.

SBLM Architects designs Warehouses
March 29, 2013

SBLM Architects works closely with retailers and commercial clients to create state-of-the-art warehouse facilities to enhance their operations.

SBLM’s expertise also involves the design of supporting offices into the high volume industrial spaces.
SBLM also coordinates integral building systems including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, sprinklers and fire alarms.

Our projects include a LEED Certified facility for Office Depot. The project included various energy and water reduction systems, recycled material construction, and a comprehensive recycling program for operational waste.

Download Warehouse Brochure

The Woolworth Building at 100
March 29, 2013

SBLM Architects has been honored to have worked on renovations at the Woolworth Building. 2013 marks the 100th birthday celebration for the iconic tower.

The Woolworth Building @ 100 Exhibition, taking place at the Skyscraper Museum in New York City until July 14, 2013... Read More

SBLM support Everybody Wins!
March 22, 2013

SBLM participated in Everybody Wins Strikes Spare and Splits. The event raised over $40,000 for children’s literacy and mentoring programs. SBLM also picked up a trophy for the best team name “Too legit to split!” We are proud to support the public school children of New York.

SBLM Architects New Walgreens Flagship Opens in the Empire State Building
March 27, 2013

Walgreen Co. has opened its second “Well Experience” flagship store in New York City, at the Empire State Building. Walgreen’s “Well Experience” store format was rolled out in 2011 in select cities with the goal of expanding its products and services beyond a usual drugstore...Read More

SBLM Announces New Firm Associates
March 8, 2013

New York, New York, March 7, 2013 - SBLM Architects is pleased to announce the advancement of Nicholas Formickella and Thomas Lopes to the position of Associate.

Nicholas Formickella, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP is a Project Manager at SBLM with expertise in private and public projects. He is responsible for multiple LEED Gold Certified projects with Whole Foods Market including the recently opened 57th Street location in Manhattan. He was responsible for a major renovation to The August Aichhorn Center for Adolescent Residential Care, a 35,000 square foot non-profit youth intake facility funded by the NYS Office of Mental Health. He has also worked on numerous educational and civic projects for DASNY.

Thomas Lopes, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP is a Project Manager at SBLM with experience in retail developments and sustainability across multiple project types. He is responsible for numerous national retail programs including Kohl’s, Petco, and Aldo. He also works locally with developers through SBLM’s tenant coordination services. He is responsible for numerous tenant fit-out projects for Sky View Center in Flushing, NY and handles all lease administration for the 800,000 square foot shopping center. Mr. Lopes serves as the firm’s Director of Sustainability and works closely with the USGBC on LEED programs.

Firm Description
SBLM Architects is a 100-person, client responsive, innovative, architectural firm with expertise in a wide-range of building types, including: Retail, Office Interiors, Education, Mixed-use & Multi-family Residential, and Healthcare and Wellness. The firm designed the first ever LEED-NC Retail certified building under the USGBC’s Volume Certification pilot program. Headquartered in New York City, SBLM has additional offices in Long Island, New York, Miami, Florida, Dallas, Texas and Dublin, Ireland. For more information, please visit

Press Contact
Connie Luongo
Associate, Marketing Director
SBLM Architects PC
T 212 995 5600

Bowling in Support of Everybody Wins NY!
March 8, 2013

SBLM Architects will be participating in Everybody Wins NY Strikes, Spares & Splits taking place on March 21, 2013. This event is raising funds to support children’s literacy and mentoring programs. SBLM Architects is well known for our K-12 school expertise and is proud to support Everybody Wins!

PS 188K school project wins award
January 29, 2013

Brooklyn, NY SBLM Architects' public school project PS 188K Gymnasium Building has been awarded a design excellence award from the Queens and Bronx Building Association. Edward Bredow, associate principal, and Carrie Snyder, marketing director of SBLM, attended the awards gala to accept the award.

Working with the New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA), SBLM designed a 7,000 s/f stand-alone ground-up gymnasium building which features a regulation basketball court with bleachers and locker facilities for 378 students which will also allow for community use.

The existing PS 188K school located in Coney Island, was built and operating without accommodating a formal gymnasium for student sports and recreational activities... Read More

SBLM Architects has moved!
January 28, 2013

Our New York City Office has a new address:

545 West 45th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10036
T 212 995 5600
F 212 675 4228