Buffalo Canalside Redevelopment
C&S was the prime design firm for the $20 million Buffalo Inner Harbor Canalside project, which transformed a blighted, unused area of prime waterfront into a tourist and resident destination. Phase 3A created a new public amenity near the waterfront, including waterways and public spaces with historically aligned canals and towpaths, Erie Canal-era bridges, and public spaces that support year-round activities. Canalside connects existing and new assets, including a naval museum, boardwalk, and sports arena. Numerous challenges included a very aggressive seven-month design schedule, difficult soil conditions, many levels of agency involvement, nearby critical infrastructure, and considerable historical research requirements. A primary combined city sewer overflow aligns directly with the new canals. Soil conditions were poor and not suitable as structural fill, so deep foundations and integral structural systems were needed support major structural elements, provide for build-out, and preserve features that could not be disturbed. The site is also beneath and partially within the right of way of an elevated section of Interstate 190.