For project owners both new and experienced, assembling a team of designers and constructers to complete a project can be daunting. The unexperienced owner may not know where to begin, and the experienced owner likely has memories of the tedium and frustration that come with managing separate design and construction entities working on a single …Read More
We are celebrating our newly renovated headquarters at Centerpointe Corporate Park, Williamsville, New York. We recently moved into the second floor of 375 Essjay Road, the largest building in the Centerpointe complex, occupying 37,000 square feet. Operations in the new headquarters began on March 23, 2015.
As we continues to grow and expand, the need for a larger and updated facility conducive to the firm’s operations emerged. Adding 22 employees in 2014, the firm is now over 200 employees strong nation-wide. The emphasis of Wendel’s new office space is productivity, sustainability and enhancing the “Wendel Experience.”
“We wanted to re-use an existing building, not construct a new one,” said Stewart Haney, president and CEO of Wendel. “We thought it best to find something already in Amherst’s inventory and this building works perfectly.” Wendel is targeting LEED certification for its new headquarters. The design incorporated many sustainable elements in addition to the building rehabilitation, including LED lighting, responsive daylighting, reclaimed wood, water conservation measures and sustainable sourcing of materials.
“Centerpointe is a great fit for Wendel and we’re so pleased to have them here with us,” said Paul F. Ciminelli, President and CEO of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, owners and managers of Centerpointe. “Both of our firms have a strong commitment to sustainability, and Wendel has designed their new offices to exemplify that commitment. It’s beautiful space.”
New Office will Support Continued Growth in Engineering Discipline and Energy Market
Announcing the opening of our newest office at 100 Chestnut Street, Suite 1110 in downtown Rochester, New York. The office will support growing market needs for increased civil, electrical, and structural engineering work, as well as energy efficiency services.
The regional expansion represents Wendel’s commitment to Rochester and the surrounding community. Joining the Wendel team are Rochester native Chris LaManna, P.E., and Case Smeenk, P.E. Tim Dietrich, CEM, CMVP, a senior energy engineer for Wendel and a Rochester native, will lead the energy efficiency expansion in the Rochester office. The company has also boosted its staff with additional engineering support and has immediate plans for additional hires.
“Our team is excited about the growth we are experiencing in Upstate New York,” said Stewart Haney, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Wendel. “Wendel’s Rochester presence will provide our clients with better access and allow us to increase our capabilities in the strategic areas that align with our current and future growth plans.”
The Engineering News Record awarded Wendel a Best Projects Award of Merit for the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino project in the Sports/Entertainment category. The project was chosen from just under 60 entries submitted for the New York competition.
The casino project incorporated unprecedented standards for steel reuse after the casino’s half-built skeleton stood dormant in the unpredictable and tumultuous Western New York weather for four years. Innovative thinking and determination to deliver the highest level of quality to the client while saving time and money were key elements to the project’s success. Seeing an opportunity to contribute to the future value of engineering, Wendel wrote the book for standards of steel exposed to the elements beyond the typical construction timeframe of six months with input from the American Institute of Steel Construction.
This project was also part of a greater development initiative for the Inner Harbor District of the City of Buffalo. This area is currently experiencing more than $1 billion worth of ongoing construction and the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is one of the anchoring elements aiding with eastern expansion of this rapidly growing urban environment.