M. J. C H O J N I C K I , A R C H I T E C T , P. C.
453 Dessecker Road Livingston Manor, NY 12758 PH: 845-887-4181
MICHAEL J. CHOJNICKI, Principal
Professional Experience: I am owner of an architecture, planning and design office offering a diverse spectrum of services. The majority of commissions are residential new construction, renovations, and restorations. My architectural practice has been active in the Catskill Region and Pennsylvania since 1987, commissioning over 200 projects. I have also been a consultant for other architectural firms, Town governments, communities, etc. to assisting them in the development and production of their projects. For five years I was employed at Rothzeid, Kaiserman, Thompson & Bee, a mid-sized architectural firm in NYC, working as a project manager/architect or job captain on numerous projects.
I have always designed with an eye towards energy conservation design and passive solar principles. My focus and direction has intensified over the past few years on sustainable design, renewable energy, barn conversions/reuse, and adapting/retrofitting existing structures. Additionally I design custom interior spaces, built-in millwork cabinetry, working as an owner representative advising in the design and implementation of projects, and acting as a liaison between the client and contractor. I believe in an interactive design process with the client, creating a unique, quality structure with consideration to budget. My design direction begins with a clear understanding of the client’s needs, aesthetic, budget, the home site, and creative inspiration.
Education: Bachelors of Architecture; University of Cincinnati, 1980.
Continuing Education, Columbia University.
Professional Registration: New York, 1986; Pennsylvania, 1990.
Private Architectural Practice, 1988.
Numerous Sustainable Design and Renewable Energy Workshops.
Awards: Sullivan County Architectural Awards: 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007. Organizations: Callicoon Creek Park Association (CCPA), President.
Town of Delaware Planning Board, Member.
Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development (SASD), President.
Sullivan County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Architect.
Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS), Member/Volunteer.
International Code Council (ICC), Member.
National Council of Architects Registration Board, Member, 1988.
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) Accredited Installer.
North East Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), member/conference participant.
Depending on the scope of the project, my responsibility commences with in-depth client meetings to develop a clear understanding of the project’s needs. This initial interaction creates a databank from which design direction and decisions are drawn. Should the project be a commercial, institutional, recreational, or any other that interacts with the public, I can conduct a profile study to determine its appropriateness.
In the interest of design quality, when necessary I work with a small team of experienced associated architects and designers who assist in developing each phase of a project. Based on need, consultants are retained to fulfill a project specialty as required. My studio is equipped with the latest technology needed to effectively and efficiently communicate and transfer information to clients, architects, and contractors worldwide. As requested, I will schedule and oversee the construction of projects that were designed by my studio. Additionally I have designed and developed a small custom home sub-division coordinating the construction of drives, road, underground utilities, etc.
The majority of projects produced by my studio have been single-family residential. The size of the new houses has been extremely varied, from 960 sq. ft. to over 12,000 sq. ft. Regardless of the residences size, the same attention to detail and design is taken. I will supply specific residential references and project details upon request.
The following are commercial projects designed and produced by my studio.
The First National Bank of Jeffersonville
Main Branch – Lobby renovation, office space redesign and exterior
Liberty – Exterior envelope re-design
Monticello – Addition and lower level renovation
Narrowsburg – Adaptive reuse of existing log structure into a bank branch
Callicoon – Bank branch relocation design in an existing structure
Fat Lady Café Kauneonga Lake, New York
New waterfront contemporary restaurant
1906 Restaurant Callicoon, New York
Addition and renovation to a brick, turn-of-the-century restaurant building
G-Mart Grocery Store Eldred, New York
Addition and renovation to a masonry and steel frame retail structure
Wurtsboro Shopping Plaza Wurtsboro, New York
45,000 square feet non-combustible construction, retail building designed for two
phase construction schedule
Boyce Products, LTD. Damascus, Pennsylvania
Steel framed addition and redesign of a manufacturing plant and offices
Hospicare, Inc. Liberty, New York
Renovation of existing structure into retail and office space
Consulting with Boyce Products, a local mill working operation located in Damascus, PA, I have designed many interior woodworking, architectural millwork and office space layout plans. The following are a brief listing:
Loughlin/Rhulen Residence Lake Louise Marie, New York
Arts and crafts style interior design with beamed ceilings, stairs, railings, built-in seats, etc.
Genirs Residence Woodloch Pines, Pennsylvania
Cherry, raised panel library, oak bar/cabinets, sweeping staircase, & media center unit
Metro Transit Authority of NY and NJ Brooklyn, New York
Layout and design of office furniture to house the computer system at the MTA command center
Frontier Insurance Rock Hill, New York
Space planning layout of office furniture and design of specialized projects.
DBL&W Law Offices Garden City, New York
Office space planning and architectural interior renovation
I have been retained as an owner representative to advise and assist in the program development, design and construction of a 3,500 square foot, multi-use, recreational structure.
Camp Homeward Bound Recreation Building Harriman, New York
Coalition for the Homeless, New York
Listed below are projects on which I served as Project Manager or Job Captain while employed at RKT&B Architects in New York City. Tasks included zoning analysis, field surveying/inspection, designing, and production of construction documents, trade drawing coordination, shop drawing review and field observation.
Manhattan Theater Club - Construction of a drama theater, lobby and support spaces.
City Center Dance Theater - Theater expansion and major renovation.
Memphis Downtown - A 22 story, 85,000 sq. ft. condominium project.
Riverose, Battery Park City - Apartment building, 15 stories, 240,000 sq. ft.