ARIG initially worked with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) to investigate a potential move to 95 Perry Street in Buffalo's Historic Cobblestone District in 2008. We provided schematic "test fits" to determine if the building would suit their workplace needs. This study informed the project planning when it resurfaced 5-years later.
ECIDA occupies approximately 7000 square feet on the 4th floor, subleased from the anchor tenant Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) located on the 5th floor with a connecting internal stairway. The agency has access to ESD’s common space including Lunch Room, Toilet Rooms and additional Meeting Rooms. Also located on the 4th floor and included in what is referred to as a "One Stop Shop" are BUDC (Buffalo Urban Development Corporation), ECHDC (Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation), ASI (Art Services Initiative) and NYPA (New York Power Authority) streamlining the local economic development delivery system.
When we began the design work in 2013 we found the space had been built-out approximately four years prior by others for potential future use. The space was a maze of 8'-0 high partitions coupled with 12' column spacing presenting a planning challenge. Our goal was to open the space up to create a bright, pleasant working environment within the established project budget.
ARIG provided space planning, interior design, material and finish selections, custom millwork design, FF+E, signage and plant procurement packages. A|r provided Owner's Representative and Architectural Services as a sub-consultant to ARIG.