Fisher Associates was engaged by the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning to provide State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) consulting services in support of the proposed Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) Building at the Erie Community College North Campus in the town of Amherst, Erie County, New York.
The Buffalo Bills of the National Football League have negotiated an agreement to continue leasing 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 includes three new structures: a team retail store, an operations building, a commisary building and expansion of the training facilities. Site improvements include 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 are included. There will be no change to the seating capacity of the stadium.
Fisher associates, working with the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning, prepared a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) that analyzed the impacts that may be associated with the adoption of the Buffalo Consolidated Development Framework (Commonly called the “Buffalo Green Code”). Through years of planning that encouraged sustainable and sensitive redevelopment of the City of Buffalo, the DGEIS examined a new city-wide land use plan, local waterfront revitalization plan, homestead plan, three brownfield opportunity area redevelopment plans, and a new place-based and form-based zoning code entitled the “Unified Development Ordinance”. As part of the DGEIS, Fisher prepared a build-out analysis and a transportation analysis. In addition, Fisher assisted with reviewing and addresses hundreds of public comments received regarding the DGEIS for the preparation of the Final GEIS.
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.
This study was an outgrowth of Upstate’s Strategic Plan which had stated goals for enhancing their competitive position as a leader in academic training, medicine and research. The campus facilities play a major role in recruiting and retaining students, staff, faculty and researchers. It was also a stated goal of Upstate to improve the pedestrian environment for students, staff, patients and visitors. Equally important was the goal to create a clear and identifiable campus character and image.
ECC Stem Building
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Buffalo Green Code DGEIS
SUNY Upstate Medical
Environmental Impact Assessment Projects