FFAE Architects was engaged as a design consultant for Burns and Roe Enterprises, Inc. The main scope of the project was to modernize the coal-fed boilers to gas operation. Subject to review by the NYS Offi ce of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the scope of this portion of the design was to document and preserve the historic character of the original 1932 heating plant designed by noted Buffalo Architect, E.B. Green.
FFAE worked collaboratively with local masonry contractors and national window manufacturers to develop design options, details and cost estimates. A complete survey of the existing masonry walls were evaluated, with deficiencies recorded and rehabilitation corrections provided.
The first stage of the restoration required the demolition of two coal silos and one ash silo which were added as necessary additions to the historical structure. All demolition of these components was deemed to have no historical value. Careful integration with the mechanicals and electrical were phased in order to mitigate impact (i.e., shutdowns, etc.) on the campus with the integration of new gas fi red boilers that were in operation prior to any removals.
The second stage included the physical restoration and replacement of exterior building components including the load bearing dolomite exterior stone walls, flat roof, copper detailing, slate roof and the removal and replacement of the existing steel framed windows.