Adaptive Reuse of Richardson Includes Hospitality and Cultural Venues
A hotel and conference center and the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo are at the heart of the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Richardson Olmsted Campus and will play a vital role in Western New York’s attraction as a cultural tourism destination. Both venues occupy the iconic Towers Building and its two flanking structures.
The re-greening of the South Lawn of the Olmsted-Vaux landscape was completed in 2013. Additional landscaping adjustments and a new northern roadway created a second entry to the campus. In addition, buildings comprising the rest of the Richardson have undergone stabilization.
Construction began in October 2014 and was completed at the end of 2016, supported by state funds and historic tax credits. The result is a unique hospitality site that will bring economic benefits to the region, including 500 construction jobs, 75 permanent jobs and direct sales and sales tax revenue.
The design and construction team for this project is made up of the following: