Historical Adaptive Reuse of Former C.W. Miller Livery Building to Buffalo Public School

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McGuire Development spearheaded development of the new Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management (“BSCAH”). Located in the former 5- story C.W. Miller Livery building on W. Huron Street, situated in Buffalo’s Hospitality Corridor and in the heart of the central business district, the concept involved renovation of the historic Miller Livery building, a National Register of Historic Places, into a multi-purpose commercial facility which brings vibrancy and economic investment to this critical central neighborhood. The Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management builds upon the existing culinary school programs by adding hospitality and hotel management disciplines. The new facility accommodates rapidly growing interest in the Buffalo Public School’s hospitality programs.

The addition and expansion of educational programs is a major asset to the Downtown Buffalo community and surrounding neighborhoods. Designed for approximately 500 students, the programing includes a full academic High School, working commercial training kitchens, a full restaurant with dining open to the public, bakery, retail shop, and full gymnasium addition built over the parking area.

“We are very proud of this incredibly successful project. The project team assembled was diligent and met the challenge of short turnaround expectations with budgetary restraints. A well rounded project team was a great support to the McGuire Vision, Budget, and Timeline: VBT Process, which ultimately provided BPS with a fantastic new educational facility under budget.” –David Von Derau, President and Chief Operating Officer, McGuire Development Company

The overall project timeline for BSCAH began in June of 2018 and wrapped for occupancy in December 2019. McGuire Development’s role in this project delivered the new Buffalo School of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management on time and under budget.

Project Team:

  • Emerson Huron, LLC- Owner/Developer
  • Buffalo Construction Consultants- Construction Manager
  • M/E Engineers, Petrilli Structural- Engineers
  • Kideney Architects- Architects

“An excellent experience on the ownership/design/construction management team pulling together for the success of the project. Extremely proud and grateful to have been a part of this.” –Raymond Bednarski, Principal, Kideney Architects

“One of my favorite parts of the project is the history of the building, the story of its original construction, and the appreciation of the craftsmanship throughout the structure. Also, the view from the 6th floor is outstanding!.” –Mark Wendling, Project Superintendent, Buffalo Public Schools

At McGuire, we turn your vision into your new real estate destination through a flexible, collaborative team environment who understand the challenges in executing a project that meets immediate needs, as well as accommodating for the future. The well versed in-house team at McGuire ensures the project feasibility, long-term flexibility, financial considerations, and end-user needs have been identified and addressed.

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  • delivering successful completion of project on time and under project budget
  • designing for a high school facility and unique education program
  • brownfield clean-up rehabilitation
  • achieving code compliance within a historic structure
  • managing complex funding sources
  • and balancing a large project team & stakeholder group
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