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August 1, 2013

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Phinney Design Group wins AIAENY Interiors Merit Award

February 23, 2015

Phinney Design Group wins AIAENY Interiors Merit Award


Saratoga Springs, NY- Phinney Design Group, a multi-disciplinary Architecture and Interior Design Firm in Saratoga Springs, was presented with the AIAENY Interiors Merit Award, presented by meteorologist Jason Gough on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at The Arts Center in Troy. Phinney Design Group was recognized for their interior design work on Informz, Inc. on Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs. “Playful, Fun, Funky and Engaging” are just a few of the words the American Institute of Architects Eastern New York (AIAENY) Jury used to describe this space. The Jury also noted that the space promotes team building and thought that there was “nice attention to branding integration” done by Phinney Design Group.

Phinney Design Group was approached by Joe Tyler of Informz, Incorporated, a Digital Marketing Solutions company, to design the interiors of their new corporate headquarters. The design included space for eight different departments, integrating private and open offices, meeting areas, collaboration and support spaces, and access to a green roof for outdoor work and recreation. Many spaces were integrated throughout the departments where staff can break-out into teams, brainstorm or lounge between projects. The green roof and break room/lounge were also designed so that team members could sit with a laptop and work away from their desks with Wi-Fi or Ethernet access. The design for the project utilized Informz’s logo colors: Charcoal, Parakeet Green, and Indigo throughout the materials used including a mix of carpet tiles, accent paint colors and furnishings to unify the different departments and common spaces. Weathered grey ash wood plank accents were used at the entry reception canopy and main gathering space for employee break and meetings. Stainless steel and dark grey industrial style lighting was mixed with conventional 2×2 and 2×4 acoustical suspended ceiling fluorescent lighting. Warm cork flooring was used at the employee lounge, which also multitasks as a meeting room.

Green roof design was completed by LA Group and construction was provided by Bonacio Construction, both of Saratoga Springs.

Further information on these projects and others by Phinney Design Group can be found at

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Michael Phinney please contact

Kristy Klein @ Phinney Design Group, 518.587.7120 x 10

Excellence in Building Design Competition

December 30, 2014

So proud our Bio Building took first place in the Excellence in Building Design Competition at the Adirondack Park Local Government Day Conference, April 25, 2013!

Saratoga Architects Reinterpreting The Past— Putting Their Stamp On The Future

April 15, 2014

“We’re known for a lot of our buildings being sustainable, and responding to the environment when designing houses,” Phinney says. “That’s something we carefully consider in the
Northeast.” Natural ventilation, passive heating and cooling, and placement of glass are all taken into consideration.  Read the full article. 


Green Living: Saratoga Springs Family Loves their Energy Efficient Home

April 2, 2014

When Katie Capelli was a girl, she always lived in an old house. And she grew up
in Round Lake and Saratoga Springs, places where homes are revered for their history
and architecture. When Capelli and her husband Richard Frank decided to build a new house on the East Side of Saratoga Springs, they knew exactly what they wanted.

Read the full story, published in Saratoga Living magazine’s Spring 2014 edition.

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PDG sponsoring first annual “Build a Greener Adirondacks” Conference

January 8, 2014

Phinney Design Group is sponsoring the First Annual “Build a Greener Adirondacks” conference in Tupper Lake, New York on January 29-30.

To find out more about the conference, view the flyer here or visit the event website.


2014 BAGA Poster

Whitney Viewing Stand article

August 14, 2013

Whitney Viewing Stand Unveiled – Saratoga Business Journal
NYRA and the Saratoga 150 Committee unveiled on Aug 1 a new landmark designed to reinstate public access to the Oklahoma Training Track as well as to celebrate the legacy of one of Saratoga’s most philanthropic families.

Phinney Design featured in Local ADK Magazine

July 22, 2013

When Mike Phinney started his own architecture firm in 2003, he had no idea that ten years later, he would have a staff of 16, work in a landmark building of his own design, and be catering to some of the most exclusive resorts in the Northeast. His primary goal when forming Phinney Design Group was to introduce more people to “green building” when few people knew what that meant.

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Phinney Design Group Project wins Preservation Award

June 12, 2013

Phinney Design Group, a multi-disciplinary Architecture and Interior Design Firm in Saratoga Springs, designed a home that was presented with a Preservation Recognition Award from the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation. These awards, designated every May as a celebration of National Preservation Month, were presented by Mayor Scott Johnson on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Spring Street Gallery.

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Phinney Design Group enters Marvin Windows’ Architect’s Challenge

June 4, 2013

Phinney Design Group has entered two of our projects into the Marvin Windows and Doors Architect’s Challenge and we need your help in the Showdown.

You can vote for one project every day, with the first round ending on June 29. Please click on your favorite photo & vote for PDG!

Beekman Street Multi-Use Building Private Residence, Lake Luzerne
Beekman Street Multi-Use Building Private Residence, Lake Luzerne

Phinney Design Group wins Adirondack Park Excellence in Design award

April 24, 2013

Phinney Design Group, a multi-disciplinary Architecture and Interior Design Firm based in Saratoga Springs, will be presented with the Adirondack Park Excellence in Design award for the design of the Bio Building at The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, NY.

“It is an honor that the Bio Building is being recognized for its innovative design, green technologies, and fit into the landscape,” says Michael Phinney, Principal Architect of Phinney Design Group. “We are happy to be a part of the team that made the project a reality.”

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Mike Phinney to Speak at USGBC Event: Green Homes for All, Jan 17

December 31, 2012

How can any home become green? Why does the general public think that LEED is expensive and out-of-reach? How do we view first costs, design costs, and operational costs? Join us for an exceptional panel presentation on LEED Homes in all price ranges on January 17, 2013 at Saratoga National Golf Club.

Find out more and register here.

Phinney Design Group Receives LEED Silver Certification

October 12, 2012

Saratoga Springs, NY – A private residence in Malta, NY has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The private, custom-built home is the fourth LEED certified project designed by Phinney Design Group, a multi-disciplinary Architecture, Interior Design and Green Building Consulting Firm in Saratoga Springs.
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Groundbreaking Ceremony at Tech Meadows – June 15th

June 14, 2012


Please join Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond, the Glens Falls Economic Development Group and Members of the Local Union 773 Plumbers and Steamfitters at the inaugural Tech Meadows Local 773 Training Center Ground Breaking Ceremony for construction of the new regional, state-of-the art job training facility, designed by Phinney Design Group of Saratoga Springs. This is the first building to be built at the Tech Meadows Campus – a 40 acre manufacturing and industrial park in Queensbury, NY.
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LEED Architects: The changing face of green

June 14, 2012

The Business Review’s latest special report focuses on the state of green building and architecture, specifically the LEED rating system. LEED—the acronym stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—was created by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage sustainable design.
In this report, we asked four LEED-accredited architects—including PDG Principal Mike Phinney—to weigh in on various issues related to LEED.

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The Business Review | May 25, 2012 | by Michael DeMasi, Reporter

Plumbers union to build Glens Falls cleanroom training center

May 10, 2012

U.A. Local 773 Plumbers and Steamfitters are projected to move into a new high efficiency building  in March 2013 designed by Phinney Design Group.

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May opening eyed for year-round PJ’s Bar-B-QSA on Route 9

May 9, 2012

Phinney Design Group, the architects in charge of PJ’s Bar-B-QSA’s new look, are excited for this local favorite to be opening year-round.

Read about PJ’s Bar-B-QSA

Planning From Start To Finish Is Critical To Success Of Your Next Construction Project

April 24, 2012

“Long before the dozer or the hammer are part of the scene at the construction site, the project begins in conversations, in meetings, in research, and in relationships established between the client, the architect, the landscape developer, any involved engineers and the general contractor. ”
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By Babara Brewer La Mere – Saratoga Business Journal

Form Follows Function; Green is Just Another Word for Well-Built at Phinney Design Group

March 29, 2012

Eco Local Living’s Spring 2012 Green Building Issue Featuring an Interview with Mike Phinney, Principal at Phinney Design Group.

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Open House for the new AIM Services, Inc. Building 2/1/12

February 1, 2012

You are Invited to Join Phinney Design Group TODAY at an Open House for the new AIM Services, Inc. Building!

Phinney Design Group, Bonacio Construction and the LA Group were hired by AIM Services, Inc. for design and construction services as part of a Design Build team for their new headquarters in Saratoga Springs, New York. AIM Services is a local agency, comprised of seven varied departments who together manage a wide operational base of over 100 employees, accommodating those with special needs.
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Michael Phinney – Forty under Forty

June 16, 2011

This May Michael Phinney received the honor of being chosen as one of Business Review’s 40 under 40 honorees.

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The New Nature of Design

June 16, 2011

In April 2011 The Spirit of Saratoga did a feature piece on the firm’s Principal Michael Phinney – The Green Building Expert.

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Easy Being Green

October 1, 2010

Phinney Design Group was featured in the October 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens for their work with Green Building.

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Merit Award

August 1, 2010

Phinney Design Group receives the Merit Award from Eco Home Magazine for their Green Single-Family Sustainable Residence in Saratoga Springs.

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Green is the New Green

July 1, 2010

Phinney Design Group is featured in July 2010 issue of HomeStyle Magazine for their LEED Platinum Saratoga Home.

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Green House Tour a Boon for Hall Renovations

October 1, 2008

Phinney Design Group featured in The Post Star article on a Green House Tour.

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LEED Certified Buildings Focus of Phinney Design

August 1, 2008

Phinney Design Group featured in the Saratoga Business Journal for their LEED certified buildings.

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Green Growth in the Adirondacks – The Phinney Design Group

March 1, 2008

Phinney Design Group featured in Saratoga Today Newspaper for green building growth in the Adirondacks.

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Designing Out Crime

September 1, 2007

Phinney Design Group featured in Loss Prevention Magazine for their work on designs to help prevent loss prevention.

Read “Designing Out Crime,” Loss Prevention Magazine, September/October 2007

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Design in a Material World

September 1, 2007

Phinney Design Group featured in ASID – ICON for their work on designs to help prevent loss prevention.

Read “Design in a Material World,” ASID-ICON, September/October 2007


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Green Design – Mike Phinney

March 1, 2007

Mike Phinney featured in Success Magazine for Green Design.

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West Side Boost

January 20, 2006

Phinney Design Group featured in an article of The Saratogian for their on the Grand Avenue Project.

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The House that Dick and Jane Built

June 1, 2005

Phinney Design Group is featured in an article by Natural Home Magazine for their work on Richard and Jane’s Leifer’s home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Sky Radio Interview with Michael R. Phinney

May 1, 2005

Michael R. Phinney interviewed on Sky Radio on Green Building

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Home Sweet Healthy Home

March 20, 2005

A healthy home in Wilton, designed by architect Michael Phinney and built by Frank Laskey’s Capital Construction, has its garage deliberately built apart from the house, to deflect any exhaust gases from automobiles.

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Builder sees green with energy savers

March 10, 2005

Maybe it isn’t easy being green. But a Ballston Spa developer doesn’t think it’s that difficult either.
Frank Laskey, president of Capital Construction, has plans for what might be the first “green” community in the Capital Region – a cluster of 22 highly energy-efficient homes off Louden Road in Wilton to be called Louden Ridge.

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Clean and green

January 23, 2005

Common-sense building methods build good health and conservation into living quarters

Builders and architects in the Capital Region are seeing green. Not in terms of paint or dollars, but as in green building practices, basic principles of building structures that are durable, long-lasting, low-maintenance, energy-efficient and healthful for the environment and the people who live in them.
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GREENhouse: Home can be energy-saving and stylish

November 15, 2004

Home can be energy-saving and stylish

“Green” homes, according to Frank Laske of Capital Construction, can essentially be anything people want them to be — and still be environmentally friendly.

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Capital Construction goes for “green” in new home subdivision

November 11, 2004

Phinney Design Group was featured in The Business Review for their new green home subdivision.

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The Trend to Green

November 1, 2004

Phinney Design Group was featured in an article of Capitol Region Building on green building.

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Living in Harmony

May 16, 2004

To the untrained eye, the Greenfield home of Michael and Marci Phinney looks like a charming, warm dwelling nestled in a woodsy setting. Exposed timbers on the inside give it a hint of rusticity, and a large granite hearth contributes to the Adirondack feel.

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Our Town: Greenfield – Growing Pains

May 2, 2004

Officials in the largely rural town of Greenfield are confronted by several key issues ranging from a proposed large-scale mining project to the future of municipal water service. The most important challenge might be balancing the needs and wishes of a rapidly-changing population.

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Little Green Houses

April 8, 2004

Phinney Design Group was featured in Metroland’s article on Little Green Houses.

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Dome tops off DEC digs in style

October 4, 2000

It’s not the sort of frivolity one expects to find on a building for state workers.

But there it is nevertheless, now playing on the skyline in downtown Albany: a dome of green glass and steel that tops the 15-story office building that will house the state Department of Environmental Conservation starting in March. The dome’s only function: to spice up the roof with a dash of architectural curry.

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