The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Board of Directors launched the AK360 Campus Development and Expansion Project in 2014, a project intent on expanding and upgrading the original 1905 and 1962 expansion facilities. The proposed program for this approximately $180 million project consists of 43,500 SF of renovated space, 67,000 net SF of new space and a 60,000 SF / 100 space underground parking garage.
Working under contract with the New York City offices of Cooper Robertson and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Wendel has been a key member of the consultant team for several years, beginning with conceptual design in 2016. Wendel has provided team expertise in planning, permitting, NYS SEQR, and site development consisting of civil engineering, stormwater engineering including Green Infrastructure, landscape architecture, , and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy compliance.
Wendel worked with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (MVVA) during the conceptual, schematic, and design development phases.. Continuing into the construction documents phase, Wendel took over as the Landscape Architect of Record utilizing MVVA’s basis of design.
Navigating the permitting and review processes inherent in this project, Wendel proved to be a key player for permitting with the City of Buffalo, State and local agencies. Wendel’s in-house arborist services provided key assessment of existing parkland trees for compliance with the City of Buffalo Parks requirements. In addition, Wendel led the permitting effort that resulted in a Planned Unit Development (PUC) for the site during the SEQR process as well as providing support for New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) historical and archaeological reviews.
A groundbreaking ceremony for construction took place in November 2019. Construction completion is anticipated in the summer of 2022. Wendel continues to provide construction support services.