A Strong Neighborhood

The removal of a portion of an expressway, the Inner Loop, in downtown Rochester New York afforded the city and a cultural anchor, the Strong National Museum of Play, with a unique opportunity to weave the existing Museum into the fabric of the city, and create new connections between the Center City District, the Museum, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

CJS Architects was selected to develop the master plan for this overall project, and provide all subsequent architectural services for the resulting mixed use development including:

  • Public Realm including new connecting streets and a POP (Privately Owned Public Space) at the center of the neighborhood
  • Mixed Use Buildings with two-hundred fifty units of affordable and market rate housing, and twenty thousand square feet of retail/commercial space
  • Museum Expansion including new public entrance, exhibit and collections space, totaling one hundred thousand square feet
  • Parking Structure for one-thousand cars
  • Hotel, with one-hundred and twenty rooms

The consultant team assembled and managed by CJS Architects included:

  • CJS Architects – Architecture and Master Planning
  • Urban Design Associates – Master Planning
  • Mikyoung Kim Design – Landscape Visioning
  • LaBella Associates – Civil Engineering
  • BME Engineering – Landscape Architecture
  • M/E Engineering – MEP/FP Engineering
  • Jensen/BRV Engineering – Structural Engineering
  • Carl Walker/WGI – Structural Engineering
The Strong National Museum of Play Rochester, NY
Collaborators Indus Hospitality Group  
Konar Properties  
The Strong  
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A dragon. Butterflies. Donkey Kong. Here's a sneak peek of the Museum of Play's $65M expansion April 17, 2023