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Brick by Brick: Collegiate winner and finalists

By Awards, News
Donna Collins
July 29, 2021

Each year, Buffalo Business First honors the best in real estate, construction and development in Western New York. The UB Autonomy Center was selected as a finalist in the Collegiate Category.

UB Autonomy Center

Project: This is an enclosed drone-testing facility where University at Buffalo professors, students and partners can conduct experiments on uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs). The experiments on the UAVs will be used in research on autonomous technology, sensors and surveillance, small parcel delivery, logistics and drone fleets. The research facility, dubbed SOAR (Structure for Outdoor Autonomy Research), is 120 by 200 feet and 86 feet tall, and is believed to be the third largest outdoor-enclosed drone-testing facility in the nation. The Autonomy Center will place UB at the forefront of research and education and will aid in the advance of cutting-edge solutions that can improve everything from commerce and national security to emergency response and agriculture.

Address: Sprague Road (UB North-Crofts Lot), Getzville

Square footage: 24,000

Owner: University at Buffalo

Architect/engineers: DiDonato Associates Engineering & Architecture PC

General contractor: Rodriguez Construction Group Inc.

Other contractors: Gorilla Netting, Buffalo Drilling Co., Woodsmith Fence

Timeline: June-Oct. 2020

Cost: $825,000

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By Awards

Our East Spring Street Rehabilitation project has been collecting a few awards lately.  This street improvement project involved the use of “green infrastructure” design elements such as bioretention planters, permeable pavement, and a vegetated “green wall” to assist with decreasing the storm water runoff from the roadway into Glen Falls Park in Williamsville, New York.  As part of the overall rehabilitation and development of the old Water Mill area, DiDonato is proud to have been a part of this successful project for the Village.  See our Project Gallery section for more detailed information on this project.

Recent awards include:

  • APWA NY Chapter | 2017 Project of the Year Award – Environment
  • APWA WNY Chapter | 2017 Project of the Year Award – Environment
  • Erie County Environmental Management Council | Environmental Excellence Award