Behind The Move – Ashwood Architectural, PC

New SpaceLookingFrontEntryYou may have heard that danceability is moving….THIS FALL! Our 2018-2019 dance year will start a few weeks later than usual, on October 1st, 2018, in our NEW space. We are moving just down the block to 2365 George Urban Boulevard in the former home of Eileen’s Floral Shoppe.

It’s a big change for our families, dancers, teachers and volunteers, so we will be offering some “behind the move” blog features to get everyone familiar with where the process is and what it will include.

Meet Jason Bennett, Founder and President of Ashwood Architectural, PC. They have been the driving force behind our architectural plans, and we asked him to give us some of the inside scoop.

Jason, can you tell us a little about yourself and your company?
We are a small WNY Architecture Practice focusing on Commercial, Residential, and Industrial Design.  The practice is at its infancy at just about 2 years old.  I have previously been a partner and worked at a few local firms in the area building my experience for the last 20 years before deciding to start Ashwood Architectural.  We are pretty easy to communicate with, and willing to work with our clients at any capacity based on their design needs.

Have you done a project like this before?
I have done several projects similar to this, but never an actual dance studio / dance instruction build out.

What is unique about this project?
The most unique thing about this project is the reinforcement required at the ceiling for some sensory instruction devices, whether it’s a swing or temporary support aid.  This will allow danceability to cater to clients with a range of needs and differences.NewSpaceLookingtoBack

What are you most excited to see come together on this build out?
As with most projects, I am excited to see the finishes come together.  Danceability has chosen finishes, like the flooring, which are popular in today’s current design trends, to create a comfortable and satisfying atmosphere.

How did you come up with the idea for the design?
I must say, this design was mostly “choreographed” by Robin Bishop, the Facility Director, and their board.  I worked with Robin and Colby Development to fine tune the design to meet current Building Code requirements, while still achieving their vision of the space.

What was the hardest part of coming up with the design?
The hardest part in this, and really any design, is getting the floor plan to work within the existing building or space constraints (if applicable), owner vision or requirements, and finally getting all of that to cooperate with the building code.

How big is the team that will be working on the build out?
The project will be released soon for pricing, so the size of the construction team is to be determined at the moment.  We are currently in the review process with the town to get a building permit.

You can see Jason and his team’s work all around WNY. Some of their latest projects include The Wurlitzer Building in North Tonawanda and Stanley G. Falk School in Buffalo.

We will be posting the blueprint for the new space in the coming days. Keep an eye on the progress on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and check back to the blog for more “Behind The Move” features over the next month!




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