HHL Architects worked in conjunction with Wegmans and Robert Edson Swain, AIA/EDGE, LLC to develop concepts to enhance Wegman’s flagship Pittsford, NY location. The concepts were intended to evolve into a prototypical restaurant theme/venue for the store’s regional network. The Tastings Restaurant concept was under the leadership of world-renown chef and restauranteur David Bouley.
Initial ideas involved incorporating an open-kitchen operation through renovation of the existing Tastings, with a two-story addition including an indoor/outdoor terrace at the second floor, tiered terraces connecting the first floor and upper terrace, fireplaces and water features. The design evolved to include a standalone version, employing similar devices. Both concepts featured herb gardens and other natural food experiences. The original concept also included a 40,000 square foot wine store that would be connected to the Tastings Restaurant via a “wine cellar” tunnel.
HHL Architects organized and conducted a NYSERDA charrette to determine sustainable and LEED options for the project. As the architect of record, HHL Architects coordinated the initial Construction Manager-GMP agreement negotiations and held the responsibility of progressing the conceptual designs into construction documents. Due to economic and other considerations by the owner, the project did not advance beyond the Design Development stages.