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Three decades and counting, Tinkelman Architecture has helped reshape New York’s Hudson Valley

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Three decades and counting, Tinkelman Architecture has helped reshape New York’s Hudson Valley

The full-service firm has designed more than 100 projects in this region, including several multifamily buildings currently in the works


By John Caulfield, Senior Editor | November 29, 2022
The Van Wagner Place campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Tinkelman Architecture has worked on buildings within the Van Wagner Place campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for the past decade. Image credit: Tinkelman Architecture

Tinkelman Architecture is preparing to break ground on a five-story building, located at the Van Wagner Place mixed-use campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., that will have 28 luxury apartments, commercial space on the first floor with an indoor pool that will be used by the British Swim School franchise, and a top-floor community space that opens onto a roof deck.

Tinkelman Companies, the firm’s development and property management arm, has been involved with Van Wagner Place for a decade, starting with the renovation and repurposing of four derelict buildings. The campus is now home to offices, shops, and other businesses, as well as the firm’s headquarters inside a former warehouse in Poughkeepsie’s Arlington business district.

In fact, over the 30 years it has been serving New York’s Hudson Valley, Tinkelman Architecture has been the designer on more than 100 projects within that market. Its fingerprints can be found on local banks, wineries, restaurants, retail stores, historic structures and parks, to say nothing of the numerous residential projects it has engaged.

“We like doing a lot of housing,” says Steven Tinkelman, a Poughkeepsie native and life-long Hudson Valley resident, who founded Tinkelman Architecture in 1993. Over the years, his work has contributed to this market becoming, in his words, “more sophisticated, regional, cosmopolitan.”

Tinkelman Architecture generates between $1 million and $2 million per year in revenue from its design work, and double that when development and property management are included. 

Wide-ranging projects

A graduate of Cooper Union and a modernist by training, Tinkelman also acknowledges the aesthetic influence of rustic summer camping as a child. “So there’s a blending of modern tradition with sticks and twigs,” he quips.

His 14-person firm has no signature architectural style, and he is fine with that agnostic approach because he believes it opens portals to pursue a diversity of projects in a market where, he says, other small design firms have come and gone. (While the market’s growth has attracted more civil engineering and construction firms, Tinkelman observes that there’s still a need for structural and mechanical engineers.)

One of Tinkelman Architecture’s better-known infrastructure projects was the design for the Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie, which sits under a 1.28-mile walkway across the Hudson River, which opened in 2009. The park includes an elevator to the walkway, which is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.

 

Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie, with walkway in the background
The Upper Landing Park in Poughkeepsie is one gateway to a 1.28-mile walkway over the Hudson river that is a conversion of a railroad bridge that dated back to the 19th Century.  Image: Courtesy of Tinkelman Architecture
 

Among the projects Tinkelman Architecture is currently working on are a 56-unit residential building in Fishkill, N.Y., with 5,000 sf of commercial space; and a 40- to 45-unit residential building in the urban part of Poughkeepsie that will overlook its train station. The latter project, says Tinkelman, includes the restoration of an 1860s-era building that will be used by an arts organization.

The firm has also designed a four-story, 20-unit building called The Westerly, and was recently retained by New York’s Dutchess County to design a campus for homeless housing.

Seeking expansion opportunities

Among Tinkleman’s ongoing clients is the retailer Adams Fairacre Farms, whose stores mingle a country feeling with contemporary design. Tinkelman designed this retailer’s outlets in Newburgh and Wappinger, N.Y., and the expansion of its Poughkeepsie location. The firm is currently working on Adams Faircare Farms’ 56,643-sf store in Middletown, N.Y., which is under construction, and when completed next year will include a 2,905-sf tropical greenhouse and 6,048-sf seasonal greenhouse.

 

Adams Fairacre Farms' newest store in Middletown, N.Y.
One of Tinkelman Architecture's long-time clients is Adams Fairacre Farms, whose newest store in Middletown, N.Y., Tinkelman designed.
 

Tinkleman Architecture is looking to expand beyond the region with which it has become synonymous. It currently has active projects in Ulster and Orange counties (the latter is where the Middletown store will be located), and has been looking for opportunities in Westchester County and nearby Connecticut. But Tinkelman, who lives with his wife Rachel in Pleasant Valley, N.Y., says he still gets a kick from seeing local residents course through buildings and spaces in the mid-Hudson Valley his firm helped create.

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