Binghamton University developed a research complex on a parcel off the Vestal Parkway, adjacent to the campus. The Smart Energy Building is the fourth building on the site and is a 95,000 square foot building used for physics and chemistry research related to smart energy. The building has office space, undergraduate space, graduate space, small amount of class room, teaching labs, and research space related to physics and chemistry. Fisher Associate is a team member and provided Landscape Architecture, Structural, Geotechnical and Site Engineering services for this project.
The building incorporated several innovative design features such as micro turbines to generate a portion of electricity used within the building.
Upstate University Community Campus is a medical campus in Syracuse, New York serving the Central New York community. The character for the Community General campus is typical of many hospitals in the medical landscape, surrounded by a vast area of pavement/parking lot and highly impacted by vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns. Fisher was tasked to complete a campus wide masterplan and included three key components; Understanding Key Issues / Design Discovery, Design Recommendations and Implementation Strategies.
Understanding these patterns led to the design referrals for site improvements. Design Recommendations examined desired site improvements, safety, access and circulation enhancements. This section also included a pallet of site design elements. Specific items and site furniture, such as benches, site lighting, landscaping and paving materials were recommended to offer a consistent design vocabulary and establish a character specific to Upstate’s Community Campus.
The Buffalo Bills of the National Football League have negotiated an agreement to continue leasing New Era Field (formally Ralph Wilson Stadium) from Erie County for another ten year term. The County agreed to extensive improvements to the stadium as part of the lease agreement. Fisher Associates was hired with the design team to complete an environmental assessment (SEQR) for the proposed stadium improvements. Fisher Associates worked with the project architects (Populous), the Buffalo Bills and Erie County to determine the actions, assess impacts and write the negative declaration for Erie County Legislature approval.
The project included three new structures: a team retail store, an operations building, a commissary building and expansion of the training facilities. Site improvements included a reduction of existing parking, new entrance gates, and new stairs and ramps at the west end of the stadium offering a new, safer transition for patrons to access the main concourse level. Other interior and critical maintenance improvements were included. There was no changes to the seating capacity of the stadium.
To achieve the community’s vision of creating a waterfront destination for recreation, tourism and cultural attractions, strong pedestrian connections between downtown and the waterfront must be developed. Shoreline infrastructure improvements are also necessary to restore the natural land and water interface and mitigate shoreline erosion.
The Access Improvements are being developed in six phases. The overall project extends from the Ramada Inn and Long Point Pier northernly past Castle Creek, to the Boat Launch and east to the border with Seneca Lake State Park.
Phase I - 3 created a waterfront destination accommodating large numbers of people and provide strong pedestrian connections between downtown and the lake.
Fisher Associates employed the best practices from the disciplines of ecology, hydrology, landscape architecture and marine engineering incorporating and the latest in green infrastructure while creating a beautiful and accessible waterfront for local and regional use.
SUNY Fredonia desires to construct new student housing facility on campus that embodies unique feel and context of the campus. Fisher Associates joined the design team to help achieve their goals. Fisher provided civil engineering design for the site layout, landscape architecture, site utilities and stormwater management facilities. This included the design of a new sanitary pump station and approximately 700 feet of sanitary forcemain on campus. A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) was developed to meet the requirements of the General Permit for stormwater discharges. We also prepared construction contract documents, including plans and specifications, and construction cost estimates. Fisher Associates also assisted DASNY staff with preparation of SEQR documents. Our other services included survey and topographic mapping of the project area. Total estimated construction cost for the project is $27M.
SUNY Fredonia’s Williams Center is the considered the campus living room for student planning events, meetings, or enjoying discretionary time. This $10M renovation included a patio outside
the building’s new Tim Horton’s cafe, providing an outdoor space for students and visitors. Landscaping improvements included a patio design that enhanced the space with pavers, sidewalks, improved pedestrian accessibility, an upgraded entrance, lighting, and landscaping. We prepared concept sketches and final design, selected the plant materials, prepared the grading plan, and supported the preparation of construction documents.
Fisher Associates was selected by Upstate Medical University to prepare a campus wide site renovation and improvement program. This is a multi-phased program
to address needed renovations and improvements to the exterior areas of the main hospital and university campus in Syracuse. The Exterior Site and Safety Improvement master plan was completed in February of 2014 and addresses land use and open space, wayfinding, signage and branding; parking and circulation, utility infrastructure; landscape renovations and improvements. The plan recommends a sequence for implementation with short, mid and long term improvements. The design recommendations also incorporate Onondaga County’s “Save the Rain” program goals. Sustainable design, green infrastructure practices and use of recycled materials have been recommended for all areas on the campus and within the public right-of-way.