Planning and Reports
A number of studies have been conducted and planning reports issued since the formation of the Richardson Center Corporation. The first step in the planning process was completion of the Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel, Historic Structures and Cultural Landscape reports. These documents, along with community involvement, informed the Master Plan.
Historic Structures Report
The Historic Structures Report provides detailed documentary, graphic, and physical information about the property's history and existing conditions. The recommendations serve as a guide for the rehabilitation and assist in decision-making regarding historic features. The report was prepared by Goody Clancy in 2007.
Cultural Landscape Report
The Cultural Landscape Report documents the history, significance, and preservation treatment of the historic landscape by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and serves as a basis for decisions made about the future of the grounds. The report was prepared by Heritage Landscapes in 2007.
Master Plan and Generic Environmental Impact Statement
Developed throughout 2008 and 2009, the Master Plan assessed the Richardson Olmsted Complex buildings and site, adjacent neighborhoods and, with a strong public process, created a plan for long term development of the historic buildings and grounds. The Master Plan was prepared by Chan Krieger Sieniewicz (now NBBJ).
The Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) assessed the potential for significant environmental effects of the Master Plan (such as land use, traffic, air quality, noise, and cultural and historic resources), and identified potential mitigation measures.
Richardson Olmsted Complex Master Plan - Executive Summary
Richardson Olmsted Complex Master Plan - Full Report
Generic Environmental Impact Statement
Richardson Olmsted Complex Findings Statement, May 2011
Other Planning Reports
Buffalo Architecture Center: Richardson Center Corporation Institutional, Operational and Pre-Development Planning Report, December, 2011
Institutional development plan provides a guide for the phased creation and administration of the Buffalo Architecture Center. The team was led by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership in association with ConsultEcon, Inc.
Phase I Cultural Resources Survey, April 2011
Completed by Panamerican Consultants and reviewed by the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Preservation, the survey confirmed there were no archeological concerns, and re-landscaping of the South Lawn and relocation of the Parking Lot would have no adverse impact on cultural resources.
Urban Land Institute Advisory Panel, May 2007
Urban Land Institute (ULI) recommendations for reuse, rehabilitation, and redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex, provided a framework for guiding a reuse plan for the site.