Buffalo, New York
Owner: Anthony Baynes & Kent Frey
Project Value: $4.8 million
Completed: October 2011
Architect: Carmina Wood Morris
Size: 50,000 sq. ft.
In March 2010, the development partners of Anthony Baynes and Kent Frey purchased the four-story, 50,000 sq. ft., masonry structure that used to be recognized as the Robertson-Cataract Electric Co. building. Our team signed on as CM-at-Risk to make significant updates to create 26 residential lofts on the upper floor, 6,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on the ground floor and underground parking for 19 cars. The project was estimated at $4.3 million with completion by September 2011.
This circa-1916 building was previously occupied by the Corn Exchange, but then was vacant for several years. With that, the renovation and historic preservation came with its set of challenges. Our team began overseeing abatement needs and then proceeded to demolition. During this phase, unforeseen conditions revealed structural deficiencies from years of deterioration. Our team worked with the owner, architect and structural engineer to ensure the redesign options could be completed in a cost-effective manner, while being structurally sound.
In the end, all of the lofts were built embracing the high ceilings and large windows, and they all include hardwood flooring, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Some even have rooftop patios overlooking the downtown landscape. The renovation adhered to New York’s SHPO guidelines, with woodwork, windows, etc. Prior to completion, the owner also requested interior finish upgrades.
Throughout the course of the project with so many changes, our team managed the schedule and budget. Our team was able to complete the project only one month later and with a reasonable budget increase.