Architects begin evaluation of H.H. Richardson Complex: The Richardson Center Corporation selects national firm for first step in reuse and rehabilitation of National Historic Landmark
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Buffalo, NY – The Richardson Center Corporation has engaged the nationally recognized architecture and engineering team of Goody Clancy and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger to develop a Historic Structures Report for the H.H. Richardson Complex and Olmsted grounds. An important first step in the development of major sites of cultural heritage, a Historic Structures Report provides documentary and physical information about a property’s history and existing condition that serves as a guide during restoration and adaptive reuse.
Following the recommendations made by an Urban Land Institute panel in May 2007, the Richardson Center Corporation acted decisively in soliciting proposals from historic preservation specialists for the next step. The international importance of the Richardson Olmsted Complex drew the attention of over two dozen firms from across the country. The team of Goody Clancy and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, selected in a competitive process, includes historians, preservation and landscape architects, and forensic and structural engineers. Over the next few months the Complex will be the focus of intensive evaluation and documentation by professionals who specialize in the treatment of landmark historic buildings. In addition to the involvement of national and international experts, the process for the Historic Structures Report will include interviews and workshops with community stakeholders, regional experts and the general public.
Jean Carroon, Principal Preservation Architect for Goody Clancy, expressed the delight of the entire team in having been selected. “The Historic Structures Report is the foundation for all future work in the redevelopment of a historic building and we’re thrilled to lead such an important part of this wonderful project.”
“We have a project of national significance and consequently we attracted firms from throughout the country. Buffalo's historic architecture is well known and highly regarded throughout the preservation community. The opportunity to work on a H.H Richardson designed national historic landmark is a major draw, clearly.” stated Clinton E. Brown, head of the Corporation's selection committee.
The board of the Richardson Center Corporation (RCC) was appointed in July, 2006 by Governor Pataki to chart the future course of the rehabilitation of the historic former hospital designed by noted American architect H. H. Richardson and grounds designed by noted American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The RCC Board includes Stanford Lipsey, Chairman; Howard Zemsky, Vice Chairman; Paul Hojnacki, Treasurer; Commissioner Carol Ash, Clinton Brown; Paul Ciminelli; Christopher Greene, Esq.; Eva Hassett; Muriel Howard, PhD; and Richard Tobe.
Goody Clancy is a 100 person design firm based in Boston, Massachusetts that has led the restoration of five H. H. Richardson buildings, including Trinity Church in the City of Boston. The firms work on buildings such as Faneuil Hall, the Bunker Hill Monument and the Massachusetts State House have been honored with National Preservation Honor Awards, the United Nations World Habitat Award and the Federal Design Achievement Award.
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, with offices in four states including New York, is a 300 person consulting engineering firm that focuses on structural investigation and building envelope integrity. The firm has led the design team addressing repair and restoration of The New York State Capitol Building, an H. H. Richardson and Leopold Eidlitz design.