Toronto – The Urban Land Institute has recognized the Diamond Schmitt Architects-designed Delaware North Building in Buffalo, NY with an award for Excellence in Mixed-Use Development in New York state.
The 12-storey glass-walled structure by Uniland Development Company anchors and animates a key downtown intersection with class A office space, a Westin Hotel, retail activity and a restaurant.
“This building acknowledges Buffalo’s rich architectural heritage and combines an historic terra cotta building on site with 21st-century design, which includes an ellipitical façade, providing a new landmark for the downtown,” said Donald Schmitt, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
The LEED registered 330,000 square foot building features a two-storey biofilter living plant wall in the lobby, a courtyard, and a roof terrace for the anchor tenant, global hospitality and food service provider Delaware North Company. Other design features include an upper floor double-height lobby with panoramic views across the city and Lake Erie.
Taking inspiration from the existing heritage characteristics in the vicinity, the facade from floors two through five incorporate modern terracotta cladding to create a visual bridge between the historic buildings and contemporary urban fabric. The curvilinear façade that rounds the intersection of Delaware and Chippewa Streets also references the previous two-storey building on this site.
“This is an incredible honour, especially considering the project that we were up against,” said Michael Montante, Uniland vice president. “I interpret this as a sign that we are doing projects in Buffalo that are to scale for our community while making an economic and environmental impact.”
The ULI Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding development projects in the private, public, and non-profit sectors that best exemplify ULI’s commitment to responsible land use and creating sustainable, thriving communities.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto. Informed by urbanism, driven by design, the firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, residential and commercial buildings, research and academic facilities. Current projects include the design for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City; the restoration of Ottawa’s heritage Government Conference Centre to include the interim home of the Canadian Senate; the transformation of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; and the new campus for Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.