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Weather Shield Helps Preserves Historic Nature of Downtown Buffalo

3/31/2016 7:24:19 PM

Our recent Market Spotlight on Buffalo, NY, highlighted the renaissance taking place there in the past several years. Weather Shield Windows & Doors and its dealer partner, B&L Wholesale Supply, have enjoyed the opportunity to maintain the architectural authenticity of several restored buildings on the National Historic Register and to preserve the historic feel of Buffalo’s downtown business district through new construction projects.  Weather Shield products are featured in several new and restored buildings bringing renewed vitality to the market.

Hotel @ the Lafayette
One of the earliest renovation projects in the city’s rebirth, the Hotel @ the Lafayette, delivered a masterful upgrade to this stately building constructed in 1904. The mixed-use project on Lafayette Square, just a stone’s throw from Coca-Cola Field, now includes a boutique hotel with 57 unique rooms, a brewery, three restaurants, a coffee roaster and espresso bar, several retailers and 92 loft-style apartments. Weather Shield Premium Series windows were an integral part of the renovation, helping the project attain tax credits for its historic preservation. The 6’ tall hung windows, surrounded by striking radius transoms and sidelites at the street level, draw abundant natural light into the living and retail spaces.

500 Seneca Street
About a mile to the east of the Lafayette is the Hydraulics District and 500 Seneca, two buildings constructed in 1901 and 1927 to house a what was once the largest box manufacturer in the world. The buildings sat vacant for several years until Buffalo-based real estate investors and developers Frontier Development and Savarino Companies purchased the property in 2010 to rehabilitate it into a bustling mixed-use facility. Today, the historically preserved project features a multi-story atrium with beautiful green space, 300,000 square feet for Class A offices and cultural space, and 106 living units marketed as the Hydraulics Lofts. The lofts feature high ceilings, older wood-framed portions, exposed brick walls, and new Weather Shield Premium Series direct set and awning windows with simulated divided lites to emulate the original factory windows. Specified in jet black exteriors and interiors, the windows represent the industrial heritage of the buildings to a “T.”

The Sinclair
Also now underway in the Central Business District is the $15-million renovation of The Sinclair, a 1909-circa building that once housed milliner Sinclair Rooney & Co. and typewriter manufacturer Remington-Rand. Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. worked with CJS Architects to adapt the 6-story warehouse into office, retail and commercial space in 12,000-square-feet on the first floor, and 45 market-rate apartments on the upper floors. Again, Weather Shield Premium Series windows played a critical role in maintaining the project’s eligibility for historic tax credits. Premium Series monumental double hung windows with white interiors and historic window lifts in matte black make an unmistakably sophisticated statement. The project is expected to open this spring.

The Planing Mill
The Planing Mill gained its shape through three additions to the original building constructed in 1878. Now on the Historic Register, the building has been transformed from the home of E.M. Hager & Co. construction and millwork company into a mixed use space with living units and office space. Exposed brick and high ceilings found throughout the office and residential spaces lend character to everyday life. The 22 one and two-bedroom loft apartments on the second and third floors also feature Weather Shield Premium Series double hung windows with simulated divided lites. Tenants in the Class A office space on the first floor enjoy tremendous visibility and daylight thanks to the large Premium Series picture windows and transoms. Located in the Central Business District, the Planing Mill is conveniently located for people who want to enjoy an urban lifestyle with easy walking, biking or access to public transportation to commute within downtown or the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical campus.

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