Buffalo, NY (WBEN) – The Erie Canal Port Development Corporation (ECHDC) approved several contractors at a meeting last Monday to advance the previously announced Wilkeson Point Improvement Project in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.
“Today, we have approved a construction contract for the general contractor, site contractor, electrical and mechanical to build a permanent food and beverage facility and public toilets at Wilkeson Point,” said Mark Wendell, senior director of design at ECHDC. told WBEN on Monday. “For the last couple of years, we have been providing shipping containers to provide limited food and beverages to the public. Space.”
According to ECHDC, the overall plan includes additional visitor safety measures, such as moving parking lots off the water, moving them away from sidewalks on the property, and installing new outdoor seating areas within patios or beach settings. It is said to be included.
The new design requires the existing paths on the site to be relocated and elevated near the water’s edge. A new food service building with restrooms and storage for the operations management team and a new outdoor seating area within a patio or beach setting. All new utilities will be pulled into the new buildings and grounds via the adjacent grounds from Boulevard Fuhrmann. The landscape of the site will be improved by planting natural species to create meadows, grasslands and pollinator fields.
“I think we’re just building on the success that Wilkeson has had over the years,” said Wendell.
Wendell said the project is expected to begin construction after Labor Day, with a budget of more than $11 million.
The ECHDC Board has approved ECHDC to enter into the following agreements:
– Javen Construction Company, Inc. Not to exceed $3,875,000, including contingencies for general construction work. Javen Construction’s scope of services includes new steel framing, steel framing preparation and painting, metal stud framing and wallboarding, building enclosures, interior finishes, and some site work adjacent to the building.
– to Mark Cerrone, Inc. not to exceed $5,886,500, including contingency for site works; Mark Cerrone’s range of services includes cleaning existing pavements, setting site parameters, excavating for site utilities, installing landscaping and fencing materials, new surface sidewalks and driveways, and site enclosures.
– To Frey Electric Construction Corporation, Inc. an amount not to exceed $1,897,000, including contingency for electrical work. Frey Electric’s scope of service includes wiring of new power service from Fuhrmann Boulevard to the Wilkeson Pointe site, distribution of power service within the Wilkeson Pointe site, exterior lighting and other electrical connections for equipment installed by other contractors. It is included. Not to exceed $407,000 including contingency for MKS Plumbing Corporation machine construction.
– MKS Plumbing’s scope of services includes routing new mechanical and plumbing services from Fuhlman Boulevard to the new Wilkeson Point building, wiring gas and water on the Wilkeson Point site, and wiring mechanical systems in enclosed buildings. installation, and installation of all equipment. plumbing fixtures.
Wendell said he hopes to complete the project by the end of 2024.
I asked for an update on other construction projects underway in the Outer Harbor. For example, a new event pavilion is starting to take shape and will open next year, or construction is blocking part of the sidewalk. All of these updates can be found in the player below.