Signs of stadium construction

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Signs of stadium construction

October 4, 2013 Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM EDT

In what may be the most visible signs of a series of renovations planned for Ralph Wilson Stadium, construction on a pair of buildings has started.

Batavia-based Manning Squires Hennig has begun construction on a 12,500-square-foot operations building and a 33,000-square-foot commissary. The operations building, which will house Bills' maintenance vehicles, is due to be completed by late January while the commissary, which will be the base for Delaware North Cos. Sportservice operations, is also expected to be completed by late January.

Both are part of a $130 million stadium renovation package announced last December as part of 10-year lease between the Buffalo Bills, New York state and Erie County.

Manning Squires Hennig, who has worked for the Bills in the past, was selected this summer to construct the two buildings. Manning Squires Hennig first worked for the Bills in 1995 when it constructed the Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse.

LPCiminelli is the construction manager for both buildings.

Manning Squires Hennig's development of the operations center includes foundation building, drilling of caissons, slab on grade and a complete pre-engineered metal building.

The firm's responsibilities on the commissary facility project involve foundations, poured walls, a metal building shell and enclosure.

"We are extremely proud to be working with the Buffalo Bills on these two important building projects," said Gary Squires, Manning Squires Hennig president.

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