From Studio Project to Reality…..

Studio projects at Villa Maria College always imbed elements of reality that benefit the students’ educational experience. Interior Design Studio I has included a loft design project for many years, and a priority for faculty is to locate an appropriate building for students to utilize as their site.  In 2006 and 2007 a building at the corner of Seneca Street and Emslie Street was selected.  At that time windows were boarded up, the first floor had extensive water damage, but the bones of the building were strong, and the owner wanted to eventually design loft apartments for the second and third floors.  Since that time, the building has been renovated, the exterior has been restored, and a commercial tenant has moved in. This is an image of the building today.  Truly a gem in downtown Buffalo. Well this story has a wonderful twist.  Inspired by the work of the Villa students from several years ago, Donna Kostrzewski, Vice President for the Larkin Development Group, had decided to study Interior Design with Villa on a part time basis.  As a result of her studies she had the unique opportunity to design the actual loft apartments for the Schaefer Building.   The results could not be better.  Donna has shared that the project has met with acclaim from the many constituents that represent the client.  The project came in on time and on budget.  Finally she credits the Villa Maria College curriculum and in particular the Kitchen and Bath Design course, taught by Professor John Sisti, a certified Kitchen and Bath designer, for providing her with the skills and knowledge to bring this project to fruition.  The faculty at Villa are all extremely proud of Donna and applaud both her creative abilities and professionalism.  Images are of the newly completed lofts apartments.   The above image is the kitchen and to the right is the master bath with a view into the master bedroom.  Just goes to show…..Studio Projects can come true!  Congratulations to Donna and the lucky people who will be living in these professionally designed and beautiful lofts.