True Green Cities/Celebrating Ten+ Years: Restoring the Buffalo Central Terminal

Celebrating Ten+ Years!  It’s been twelve years since I launched Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC and while many things have changed, my goal to work on “greening what’s already here” continues to be met, often in places I never expected. 

Announcing Two Major New Projects on Our 12th Anniversary

The Buffalo Central Terminal, Concourse & Tower, Photo by Barbara Campagna

We are happy to share that on our 12th anniversary, the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) in Buffalo, NY has announced that BAC/Architecture + Planning, PLLC has been awarded two projects at Buffalo’s iconic train station – the Buffalo Central Terminal. The Terminal opened in 1929 from the designs of Fellheimer & Wagner, the same architects who designed Grand Central Terminal.  BAC was the local preservation architect on the team led by the SmithGroup who prepared a master plan for the Terminal and a neighborhood plan for the adjacent Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood in 2021.

Excerpts from the Press Release

The CTRC has 1) launched Phase 2 of major capital improvements, 2) engaged an architecture and engineering team to oversee the project, 3) engaged a team to complete a required Historic Structures Report and Cultural Landscape Report, 4) invited finalists to submit proposals for a private development partner. Here is the full press release.

Completion of Historic Structures Report and Cultural Landscape Report

A Historic Structures Report and Cultural Landscape Report will take place this year and the final report will be completed in October, 2023. A Historic Structure Report and Cultural Landscape Report are important preservation and rehabilitation tools to guide decision-making, in our case about how to respectfully utilize and or modify historic preservation features. This work is also a foundation to obtain state and federal historic tax credits. Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC, a nationally known local preservation architect with a team of nearly all MWBE firms has been engaged to undertake this work. Additional team members are:  Design Synergies Architecture for architectural documentation; Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architecture as landscape architect; Robinson & Associates, Inc. as landscape historian; SmithGroup  as preservation peer advisor; Silman as structural engineer; Altieri Wieber Sebor, LLC as mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer; Jablonski Building Conservation as building conservationist; Nancy J. Parisi as project photographer; and Get Fresh Industries, Inc. as graphic designer and for report layout.

Phase 2 Capital Improvements

A major construction project is starting, utilizing a portion of the Regional Revitalization Partnership funding. This phase will address the highest priority safety and stabilization issues, reopen the Passenger Concourse for public access on a limited basis, and expand use of the Plaza and the Great Lawn. Work includes: addressing structural issues in the Main Terminal Building and parking plaza, including the parking deck and the Guastavino tiles in the Passenger Concourse, and repair of severely leaking roofs at the east side of the Main Terminal Building.

This second major capital phase builds on the capital work completed in 2019-2022 which focused a $5 million investment from Empire State Development on repair and replacement of the former restaurant roof – ending severe water infiltration and damage. Additional companion work included new roof drains, repair of a collapsed sewer line for drainage, asbestos abatement, masonry repairs, and repair of a portion of the barrel roof. The former restaurant area is now dry, and ready for the next phase of construction.

Engagement of an Architecture & Engineering Team

After a competitive process that began in November 2022, Quinn Evans was selected to serve as the prime architect for the Phase 2 Capital Improvements. The project will involve a multi-disciplinary team of consultants, including several local and MWBE firms, including Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning and Design Synergies Architecture.  Additional team members are: Silman as structural engineer; GHD as fire protection and life safety engineer; Tredo Engineers as civil and environmental engineer; Jablonski Building Conservation as building conservationist; and Dharam Consulting as cost estimator.

Quinn Evans, among the nation’s largest women-owned architecture and planning firms, has extensive experience in the renovation, restoration, and adaptive use of historic buildings, including our nation’s early twentieth-century, industrial train stations. The firm is currently working on the modernization of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station as well as Baltimore’s Penn Station and has completed numerous rehabilitation projects for Amtrak.

Phase 2 of construction is a $13-$16 million project that will start in April, 2023 with assessment and design, construction documents and bidding in 2023/2024 and construction in 2024/2025.