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Construction to begin on new outdoor events center at Buffalo's Outer Harbor

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-12 12:50:26-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Construction is set to begin this fall on a new outdoor events center at Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) announced the authorization of construction contracts totaling $13 million for the Terminal B renovations project Tuesday. With the contracts authorized work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Officials said the project will include a new outdoor events center with surrounding open space by rehabilitating a vacant structure and utilizing existing parking. Seven acres of contaminated property will also be reclaimed to open additional public access with lake views and there will be new trees, shrubs and meadow areas.

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“The creative and adaptive reuse of the long-abandoned Terminal B site will open up this part of our scenic waterfront to the public with both passive and active recreation amenities,” said ECHDC Chairman Robert Gioia. “This project, which takes up only 5% of the 200-acre property, is just one part of a comprehensive plan developed over five years with the community and stakeholders. We are thrilled to move forward with the first phase of construction.”

As part of the project the warehouse known as Terminal B, which has been utilized as a storage facility since 1967 and is currently inaccessible to the public, will be renovated to remove the existing exterior walls and roof and a portion of the deck will be transformed into a performance stage.

The following construction contracts were authorized and funding is being provided by Empire State Development (ESD):

  • Javen Construction Company, Inc. for general construction services with a total contract amount not to exceed $7,365,000. Javen Construction’s scope of services will include select building demolition, new steel framing, steel framing preparation and painting, building enclosures, interior finishes and select site work adjacent to the existing concrete platform. 
  • Union Concrete and Construction Corporation for sitework services with a total contract amount not to exceed $3,964,400. Union Concrete’s scope of work will include clearing the existing paved site surfaces, establishing the site parameters, excavating for site utilities, installation of landscape and fence materials, new surface walkways and drives, and site enclosures. 
  • Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc. for electrical services with a total contract not to exceed $1,440,600. Frey Electric’s scope of services will include demolition of all existing electrical and communication systems, routing the new electric service from Fuhrmann Boulevard to the Terminal B site, distribution of electric service within the Terminal B site, exterior lighting and miscellaneous electric connections for equipment installed by other contractors. 
  • M.K.S. Plumbing Corporation for mechanical services with a total contract not to exceed $230,000.  M.K.S. Plumbing’s scope of services will include demolition of existing plumbing systems, routing the new mechanical and plumbing services from Fuhrmann Boulevard to the Terminal B site, distribution of gas and water lines within the Terminal B site, installation of mechanical systems within enclosed buildings, and installation of all plumbing fixtures