Adaptive Reuse of Richardson Includes Hospitality and Cultural Venues
Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center are at the heart of the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Richardson Olmsted Campus and are expected to play a vital role in Western New York’s attraction as a cultural tourism destination. Both venues will occupy the iconic Towers Building and its two flanking structures.
Hotel Henry, Urban Resort Conference Center, is the cornerstone development of the Richardson Olmsted Campus, with a culinary experience at 100 Acres, The Kitchens at Hotel Henry. Both the 88-room hotel and urban resort conference center, designed to accommodate groups of 50-500 people, will be operated by InnVest Lodging, a Buffalo-headquartered company widely known for operating The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, a boutique hotel in the city.
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 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. Tenancies for SUNY Buffalo State and other compatible not-for-profit and arts and cultural uses are being considered.
The design and construction team for this project is made up of the following: