BUFFALO, NY – On July 19, a group of intrepid bike riders braved the wind and rain for a 22-mile round trip on the Shoreline Trail. This inaugural bike ride was to test and highlight the new shoreline trail signage and wayfinding system starting at Mile Post Zero at Buffalo’s Inner Harbor north to Gateway Park in Tonawanda along the Erie Canal.
Key stakeholders who assisted in the planning, design and development of the signage led the way to Gateway Park where they met with the Honorable Robert G. Ortt, Mayor of the City of North Tonawanda and the former Mayor Ron Pilozzi, officials representing Governor Cuomo and members of the local press.
Led by Principal-in-Charge Mark Misretta, Wendel’s planners and landscape architects, in association with Synegraphics, are designing the signage and wayfinding system that will eventually guide bike riders and walkers along 75 miles of waterfront stretching from Evangola State Park in the southern end of Erie County to Fort Niagara State Park at the north end of Niagara County.
This collaborative project enhances the beauty of the trail with informative signage indicating historic sites, directions and highlights the neighborhoods for each portion of the trail.
The bike ride celebrates the completion of Phase I. Pictured above - Tim Trabold from the GBNRTC, Niagara River Greenway Chairman Greg Stevens, Developer Doug Swift, Sam Hoyt, Interim Chair of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and Mark Mistretta, Wendel.
We are excited to announce that Wendel Energy Services has made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the third time. Only a tiny fraction of the nation’s companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth, particularly in the difficult economic environment of the past few years. A big thanks to all of who have worked so hard to make this a possibility. Congratulations!
WENDEL COMMITS TO INCREASED SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CLIENTS AND COMMUNITIES. Earth Day 2014 celebrated the launch of the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable. The SBR is a network of 30 companies and organizations who have joined together to collaborate and build a culture of sustainability and improve business practices. As a founding member, Wendel commits to becoming a thriving and resilient business by establishing and implementing a Sustainability Plan that achieves specific goals with an overall objective to reduce the severity of global climate change. Wendel pledges to:
• Reduce waste and pollution
• Protect our waterways
• Optimize use of energy and materials
• Invest in our communities
Led by Aliesa Adelman, Wendel’s Sustainable Design Coordinator and Board member of Vision Long Island, Wendel participated in the second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale on April 4, 2014. The summit was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles.
Stepping away from Long Island, Wendel’s Sr. Landscape Architect Dean Gowen, one of the speakers, examined “Complete Streets” through the unique Ohio Street Reconstruction project in Buffalo. The project will be a beautiful tree-lined riverfront parkway linking Downtown Buffalo and the Erie Canal Harbor areas with the vast waterfront lands of the Outer Harbor, while providing improved multimodal access.
The design of the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino was featured in the April issue of Modern Steel Construction Magazine. The article, authored by Wendel Structural Engineer Craig Alexander, SE, PE, LEED AP, highlights the project’s innovative steel reuse applications, as well as its challenging path to completion. After being partially constructed and then put on hold for four years, Buffalo, NY can finally celebrate its first world-class gaming facility. Wendel’s structural engineers developed standards that allowed for reuse of the rusted erected steel. Read the entire article (starting on page 44).
Wendel’s own Andrew Cocina co-authored an article in West Virginia Construction News, the official magazine of The Contractors Association of West Virginia. The January/February issue featured the article entitled “West Virginia Businesses Provide Funding for Public Infrastructure.” In the article Andy and co-author Bill Elswick, founder of Elswick & Associates, discuss the benefits of energy performance contracting for West Virginia’s private industry and public entities. Follow the link to read the entire article: http://www.cawv.org/site/publisher/files/January-February%202014-web(1).pdf
Wendel is pleased to announce that Dean W. Gowen, Registered Landscape Architect, will lead our Urban Planning and Design initiatives. With over 28 years of experience, Dean brings an innovative and sustainable focus to urban projects. We recently relocated our entire Landscape Architectural staff to of the Electric Tower to supplement the staff of civil and transportation engineers already in the Tower. The move represents Wendel’s dedication to the City of Buffalo and its residents. It is important to us to improve the communities we live, work and play in one project at a time.
Wendel is joining forces with client Phoenix Public Transit to present at the APTA Bus and Paratransit Conference this week in Kansas City, MO. Kini Knudson, PE, Deputy Director, Facilities Division from Phoenix Public Transit and Daniel Marinaro, AIA NCARB, Project Director, Southeast Region from Wendel, will co-present on the recently completed Bus Maintenance Facility in Phoenix, AZ. The presentation, entitled “Staging and Phasing: Managing a Complex Bus Maintenance Facility Renovation,” explores the complex scope of the project and how its challenges were successfully overcome.
Wendel is happy to continue to serve the best interests of the communities in which we live, work and play. To that end, we are pleased to announce we were chosen to be part of the Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms for another year. Moving up 8 spots from last year, Wendel ranked 352 for 2014. For the full listing: http://enr.construction.com/toplists/Top-Design-Firms/301-400.asp
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted the first ever Transportation Summit in Buffalo. Leaders at the national and state levels came to Buffalo to discuss the importance of investment in our transportation infrastructure. The summit discussions focused on the present state of transportation project funding, creative means of increasing funding for transportation projects, gaining more local control over projects, and ways to make project delivery more efficient and cost effective. Wendel participants included: Michael Leydecker (pictured), Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership Transportation Committee; Muffett Mauche George, Don Gray and Susan Sherwood. Wendel was happy to sponsor such an important community event.
The Town of Islip in Downstate New York has replaced 15,000 street lights as part of a $6.1 million New York Power Authority effort to reduce energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions. Wendel led the project for Islip; upgrading to more energy efficient lighting, “which means cleaner air in our communities,” said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA President and CEO in a recent “Newsday” article. To read the full article: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/islip-installs-thousands-of-energy-efficient-street-lights-1.8023700?firstfree=yes
At Wendel we believe in helping our clients switch to alternative fuel sources that boost the economy, reduce harmful emissions, create more U.S. jobs and reduce foreign oil purchases. Metro Bus is a great example of such. On Friday, May 16, they held the official ribbon cutting for their new CNG facility in St. Cloud, MN. Wendel provided a wide range of design and construction management services for the facility that includes private and public fueling stations and a new aesthetic canopy facing the interstate. Scott Neal, Principal at Wendel, was a speaker at the ribbon cutting ceremony.