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Metro Rail Station Repairs: Delavan Station

By News
Robert J. McCarthy
December 1st, 2021

Today the Buffalo News published a great article about the many improvements the NFTA is making to their facilities.  The article, written by Robert J. McCarthy, highlighted a number of repairs aimed at improving the facility’s visual appeal and utility.  One of our projects at Delavan Station was featured in the article.

Delavan Station: New Escalators and Panels

Delavan Station

Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News

DiDonato provided design and consulting services for Delavan Station, which consisted of newly refurbished escalators and panel replacements.  We are also designing the liner replacement at the University Station!  DiDonato has worked with the NFTA for over 35 years and we are excited to see how they further improve their public facilities.

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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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DiDonato Provides Design Services for UB Outdoor Drone Facility

By News

As part of our Term Agreement with SUNY at Buffalo, DiDonato provided design services for a 3.5 million cubic foot netted enclosure to cover approximately the 59,000 SF parking lot next to Crofts Hall on the North Campus.

Design included foundations, poles, and netting. Our Team also provided soil borings and on-site soil and concrete testing services; prepared construction documentation; assisted with evaluating bids; reviewed project submittals; and normal site investigations and inspections. DiDonato provided guidance on regulatory requirements and assisted in the submittal of required documentation, including to FAA and NYSDEC.

The structure is being used to perform research for Autonomous Drones.

To see the facility, click here