Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. and their partner Savin Engineers, P.C. served as the owners’ representative for Erie County Medical Center (ECMC), on the $35 million lobby expansion and building envelope project, which includes the new Russel J. Salvatore Atrium. This complex project is comprised of two distinct phases, both of which include implementing significant work at occupied facilities. Phase I was comprised of the addition and expansion of the main lobby and was completed in early 2020. Phase II is comprised of significant upgrades to the building envelope and is preliminarily scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Additional Project ExperienceThe team at BCC has extensive experience delivering projects on the ECMC campus. During a seven year period the team at BCC delivered over $200 million of complex healthcare capital projects, transforming the ECMC campus.
Several highlighted projects include:
In November of 2017, Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. was hired as Construction Manager for this $26.8 million project. This 90,000 sq. ft. renovation transformed the vacant C.W. Miller Livery building into Buffalo Public Schools’ second Emerson School of Hospitality.
Scope included selective demolition, core and shell improvements, HVAC upgrades and updated plumbing and electrical systems. This project also includes a 5,000 sq. ft., two-story gymnasium addition with standard classrooms and one 600 sq. ft. apartment available for rent. The new culinary school features a public restaurant, private dining room and special events space, kitchens, a bakery and a food preparation and serving space designed to serve 500 students.
This exciting project includes the historic restoration of a unique five-story building that has stood on West Huron St. in downtown Buffalo for well over one hundred years. Construction for this project was completed in December 2019.
In 2017, Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. was hired to manage East Aurora Union Free School District’s capital improvements project. The project scope encompassed work at Parkdale Elementary, East Aurora Middle School and High School and District Offices. HVAC upgrades at Parkdale Elementary school allows for the building to be utilized by the community more frequently, especially in the summer months.
A new elevator has been installed at the Middle School to provide ADA access to one of the gymnasiums located on the basement level. Interior renovations have been completed at both the Middle School and High School, combined with a complete renovation to the high school’s athletic complex. This renovation includes a synthetic turf field, new track surface and new grandstand with press box. These upgrades and additions highlight the renovations incorporated into this district-wide project. The project was completed in October 2019.
The Lancaster Central School District Capital Plan was approved in May 2015. Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. was hired as Construction Manager on this $57.3 million project. The project included nearly $30M in building condition survey work – a new transportation facility, roofs, boilers, parking lots, utility services, etc.
The rest of the project was spread out between all district facilities, with the majority of the work at the high school. The scope included an expanded gym, a black box theater, library updates, music suite renovations, field house expansion, renovated locker rooms and athletic field upgrades.
Abraham Lincoln is part of Phase 2C of the Rochester Schools Modernization Program (RSMP). Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. served as Construction Manager for this $20 million project which included multiple additions and extensive renovations to the school.
This project included the elimination of modular classrooms, complete renovation of the existing building, a one-story classroom addition, and the expansion of the existing cafeteria and kitchen wing.
Major portions of the project scope included asbestos abatement, selective demolition, new additions, infrastructure modifications, new interior finishes, door and hardware replacements, masonry restoration, roof replacement, mechanical, electrical, plumbing system and equipment replacements, technology upgrades, and site improvements.
The Arc of Erie County is a non-profit organization providing support to children and adults with disabilities, and their families in achieving their desired quality of life by creating opportunities through comprehensive services. Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc. was selected by The Arc of Erie County to lead the construction updates and renovations of their two headquarter facilities.
Their new headquarter facility located in Williamsville, NY has been updated to include day habilitation and programmatic space in addition to administrative office space and support service space. Their location on Main St. in Buffalo, NY features a multitude of programmatic and facility upgrades, including new physical and occupational therapy units. In their role as construction manager Buffalo Construction Consultants, oversaw and coordinated all work activities, including coordination of move management dates on this multi-phase project. This $1.4 million project was completed in February 2019.
As a part of the Rochester School Modernization Program, Buffalo Construction Consultants Inc. is currently working on three schools for the district. The fourth school, John Walton Spencer School 16, is a Pre-K through 6 program that was completed in September 2018. This project included the elimination of modular classrooms and a complete renovation of the existing building that was built in 1910. This project also consisted of a 13,000 sq. ft. gymnasium addition and 2,000 sq. ft. classroom addition.
Major project scope included asbestos abatement, selective demolition, new additions, infrastructure modernization and alterations, structural remediation, new interior finishes, new windows/doors, masonry restoration, roof replacement, M/E/P systems, sprinkler system, head end equipment replacements, technology upgrades and site improvements.
Evergreen Health is a highly-regarded not-for-profit agency that offers a multitude of services to a growing client base. Within the past two decades, their staff has grown to more than 260 serving more than 1,300 clients. They are committed to their urban setting, but as they have grown beyond their initial mission as AIDS Community Services, their space demands have grown as well. Rather than move from their current location, Evergreen and its design team worked with planning and preservation boards and community and neighborhood groups to develop a plan to expand their existing healthcare and supportive services facility.
The expansion consisted of a new 5-story, 35,000 sq. ft. building in between two existing structures, one of the two being the original Evergreen office space. This new building allowed for a seamlessly easy transition between the two spaces. Construction began with digging foundations for the new structure's basement. During site work, a main gas line was found to be too old to withstand the vibrations of sheet pile installation, which needed to be replaced. In addition to coordinating with the gas utility, our team continued to coordinate with several other utilities for updates. Two months into site work, soil conditions were found to be poor and after geotechnical evaluations, compaction grouting specialists were brought in to strengthen the loose soil surrounding the adjacent foundation. It became apparent that a redesign for the new building was necessary to eliminate the proposed basement. The architect and owner reconfigured the plans moving the basement mechanicals to another location within the structure.
The completed space greets visitors with a dramatic glass atrium off their Chippewa Street entrance, allowing connectivity to the existing facility and showcasing the historic façade. The new space creates a larger waiting room and check-in areas and offers twice as many clinical spaces. Our team worked with the design team, owner and contractors during the redesign, saving time and money where possible. The project was completed in November 2016.
As Buffalo State College faced a steadily increasing demand for on-campus housing, the college decided to move forward and renovate the ten floors of Tower 1 in order to meet this demand and better serve the student population. This was the second of four towers to be renovated as suite style residences for upperclassmen.
This project included the reconfiguration of the first floor allowing for larger public spaces, resident director living quarters and office space. This reconfiguration also brought more natural light into these public areas. In addition, the building received a new entrance marked by a translucent canopy. The plaza is now more visible, accessible and useful to Towers and Moore Hall residents. All 34 suites received updated finishes, new furniture and bathrooms. The building received new windows and all new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems as well.
Located on a tight campus, logistics was a main concern throughout the duration of this project. In addition, the adjacent towers 2, 3 and 4, as well as Moore Hall were all fully occupied spaces. With this in mind, our team coordinated with the campus for several items. Our team scheduled all heavy work and loud equipment around exam weeks. The campus also had a special request for a visually impaired student who used the existing sidewalk at Moore Hall for a daily path. To accommodate the students’ needs, our team installed a temporary walk to ensure a safe route to classes.
Construction began in June 2014 and was completed in August 2015, in time for students to return in the fall. Even with the owner adding scope including the reconstruction of the plaza outside of the dormitory, the project was completed in just 13 months while remaining on budget at $12.4 million.
In December 2015, the board at Chautauqua Institution chose to move forward on the renewal project focusing on creating an iconic 81,482 sq. ft. structure for centuries to come. After significant review and planning efforts, replacing it was determined as the best next step. With some properties within 10 ft. of the site perimeter and the need to protect a $3 million organ, logistics planning was imperative. Demolition of the structure successfully took place on September 14th with accolades from neighbors.
After site work and foundations, over 800 tons of steel was erected for the expanded bowl and roof structure which was secured to bedrock. Some items varied from design documentation that had to be addressed during construction such as utility lines moved and depths of caisson for the foundation. With Chautauqua’s 2017 season only 9 months away from demolition, not only did the time-line create challenges, but so did the weather, tight site constraints, custom bench supplier and protecting the organ.
The new amp features a 5,000 seat front-of-house venue and a three-story, 75,000 sq. ft. back-of-house support facility for artists, guests and production crews. The existing two-story chamber and famous Massey Memorial Organ were preserved, protected and embedded in the heart of the new amphitheater reconstruction. The new facility also has ADA-compliant accessibility, an enlarged stage area and 100-musician orchestra pit. Our team worked 7 days a week to meet their completion goal and the amp opened on-time to record attendance in June 2017.
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