SEI Design Group specializes in designing renovations that are intended to give classic buildings a new lease on life.
Their work includes the renovation of various school buildings throughout New York State, many of which are in the Rochester area, such as the James P.B. Duffy School 12 on South Avenue.
Another good example is SEI’s own home base.
For the last 11 years, the company has been housed at the old Parry Building, located on Mill Street in the High Falls district of downtown.
The building is so named because it’s the former manufacturing facility of the Parry Company. While the building itself had many tenants dating back to the 1870s, Parry was its longest-serving tenant and the name stuck.
With that history in mind, SEI’s plan was always to keep significant details and components of the original building as they renovated it to keep up to date as a 21st century company.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2007, the principals of the firm spoke about wanting to be downtown, in High Falls and in offices that were “very cool!” Their current location fits those requirements perfectly.