Wendel provided structural engineering services for the redevelopment of Avant Tower in Buffalo, NY. The former Federal “Dulski” office building is a steel-framed, 15-story structure built in 1971 that has been renovated for reuse. A basement parking garage, below the surrounding plaza, covers the entire city-block site. It currently houses a mixture of tenants, including hotel, office, and residential space.
Wendel’s structural work included the review, investigation, and analysis of the following tasks and project plan issues:
- Structural analysis of the existing building, including proposed renovations, for current NYS Building Code provisions.
- Removal of the existing precast cladding and replacement with a new glass skin.
- Interior space redevelopment of floors 3-15 for a mixed use, including hotel, office, and residential.
- Interior space redevelopment of the 2nd floor, including removal of a portion of the existing structure to provide an area of 2-story high space, meeting rooms, and a fitness suite containing a pool, spa, and exercise room.
- Interior space redevelopment of the 1st floor, including kitchen, dining, storage, and back-of-house space.
- New 2-story, lobby addition on the south side of the building.
- New floor space cantilevered from the east building face on floors 3-15.
- Existing plaza deck modifications for a new access drive from Delaware Avenue to West Huron.
- Convert original 1 ½ story 15th floor mechanical penthouse into condominiums including a 2nd story loft area.