Trico Lot Project Continues ‘Greening’ of Medical Campus

The “Trico Lot” at the southern end of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) is going green.  A bio-retention facility is being constructed at the three-acre lot, along with landscaping and new lighting.  It is one of several projects by the BNMC to increase sustainability as well as improve access and increase public safety.
Construction started last week on a rain garden at the south end of the Trico parking lot along Goodell Street between N. Oak and Ellicott streets.  The rain garden, or bio-retention facility, is designed to address sanitary sewer infiltration of sediment and surface pollutants prevalent in surface water leaving the asphalt parking lot. This bio-retention facility will be one of the largest in WNY and will mitigate the impact of the significant amounts of rainwater discharging off the nearly 3 acres of impervious surface. 

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“We are impounding and infiltrating the storm water runoff from this large 3.5 acre parking lot,” says Dave Majewski, owner of Sustainable Resources Group of Buffalo, hired to construct the improvements.  ”Rather than simply letting the water infiltrate and then releasing the runoff, we are retaining it with the additional objective of putting this valuable resource back in to the water table.”
The complex biological filtration processes, cell design and engineering, combined with the initial filtering system, will purify the runoff before it gets to the water table.  It has been designed to handle a 1.2 inch rain event.
“[BNMC project manager] Mark McGovern and the BNMC should be commended here for taking the necessary steps in improving our environment and watersheds,” adds Majewski.  ”They are a genuine leader. This project will meet or exceed the new upcoming Green Code standards relative to storm water runoff management in parking lots. More developments need to follow what the BNMC is doing here.”

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Parking lot lighting is also being upgraded by CIR Electrical Construction Corp.  Existing wooden poles and lights are being removed and will be replaced with a galvanized steel pole mounted on a concrete foundation. The new lot lighting will not be connected to the electric grid and luminaires will be powered by a 220 watt solar panel and 5 foot tall 1,000 watt generator vertical wind turbine. Foundations for the lighting project are scheduled this week. Lumisolaire is the licensee of the technology in the lighting system. OSC of Buffalo is manufacturing the solar bed. 
 
The parking lot project will also have the added benefit of aesthetic appeal via the planting of hundreds of site specific perennials and dozens of trees. 
The lot improvements follow the six Electric Vehicle charging stations that were installed there last November, currently the most used of the 21 BNMC installed across the campus. In addition, phase one of Ellicott Park is now complete and phase two has been awarded by the City. 
Construction on the lot is expected to be finished next spring.
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Nearby, a bike storage facility (above) is under construction on the corner of Ellicott and North Oak Streets. Approximately 20 bicycle commuters will be able to securely access and lock their bikes inside the new facility without having to worry about theft, vandalism or inclement weather.
The bike facility will be completed by the end of the year and will open early next year. The BNMC has partnered with GO Bike Buffalo on the construction and management of this bike commuter amenity, funded through the Federal Transit Authority. 
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13 comments
Nickel City Joe
Nickel City Joe

I can't speak to whether the medical campus needs more parking - but in the minds of BNMC folks parking is a critical issue as they expand the campus. Keep in mind, it isn't easy to raise money for parking - no foundation or governor wants to hang its name on a parking garage.

Also, a reused Trico building forces BNMC to expand its Innovation Center onto the surface parking lot. So, not only is Trico now competing with BNMC for parking, but the surface lot is reduced.

This is part of the calculus that is killing Trico. We need to ask ourselves - are we satisfied with a public entity demolishing a historic structure because it wants that building's parking. I say no - and we should demand a full reuse RFP for Trico and let private developers get to work.

JSmith
JSmith

Well said. A giant block-sized parking lot like this is inherently not "green".

But "build a parking garage"? They just built a 2000 car garage about four blocks from here. Run some circulating shuttles to the various medical campus buildings if necessary, but isn't that enough parking for a while?

Nickel City Joe
Nickel City Joe

The ethical thing to do with this parking lot isn't to green it. The ethical thing would be to include the parking in an RFP for the full reuse of the TRICO building.

BNMC, UB, Roswell, and Kaleida's decision to separate the the historic building from its parking makes the building much less viable, and may doom it. It is sad that the campus' voracious need for parking pushes us down this path. Build a parking garage, offer a reasonable reuse RFP for the building, and stop dressing up (in green) these poor decisions.

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

Hey BNMC: use the mid-century modern gas station canopy from Steel's article today to cover the bike parking! Mucho hipness resulteth.

"Realist"
"Realist"

Point of clarification Informed one- If the concrete is as contaminated as a lot of the demo mongers have claimed, it will go to a hazardous waste disposal site, aka a landfill.

Buffaloian
Buffaloian

It may be cleaner when it is being recycled but it is a major CO2 producer when raw stone is initially heated and crushed prior to creating the cement for the concrete so saying it's one of the greenest is pushing it :)

Rand503
Rand503

Glad that they are thinking this way. It's about time.

I go to visit tech parks in China on a regular basis, and they are much further ahead than we are. When they build a tech park, it's for one or two million people, and includes at least a couple of brand new universities at 50,000 students each.

When they build this parks, it always amazed people that the very first thing put in after they complete the roads is the landscaping. I'm not talking about the usual twigs we get here that die off after two years. No, in China they plant double rows of 15 feet high trees, and put in bushes underneath. THEN they start with the construction process.

The point is that by the time the construction is done, you have a dense thick avenue of trees and bushes that make the street seems like it's in a forest.

Additionally, all street lighting is solar generated and all buildings meet or exceed LEED standards. All roads must have a dedicated bike lane that is separate from the car lanes for safety.

We aren't quite at their level, but I'm glad to see that this is aiming for it.

old school
old school

I used to work and park in this lot for years. Is the a mandatory amount of handicapped spots that need to be alloted? In the last image the lot looks full except for 7+ spots in the front. Just kinda caught my eye. Can they cover and use these spots if they are not warranted?

We went to the light show at Roswell on Saturday and everyone commented on this area being the place to be.

MEG
MEG

An expensive and inconsequential but pretty project for the BNMC portfolio - while Trico rots (even if concrete is recycled, the costs and environmental impact of demolition is huge + then the cost in dollars and energy for new construction). Preservation is sustainable for our environment and our economy (more jobs created per rehabilitation project than new construction).

informedone
informedone

Point of clarification Puma- concrete doesn't go to landfills anymore. It gets recycled into usable materials. One aspect (among many) that makes concrete one of the greenest building materials!

grad94
grad94

very excited about the bike storage facility! will 20 cyclists get a key? a swipe card? a passcode? once inside, how are bikes secured so that no one can make off with all the bikes?

Mike Puma
Mike Puma

Very excited for this as well. Hopefully this bike shelter will encourage others to be built throughout the city. On another note, I hope the BNMC realizes that the greenest thing they can do for the campus is to reuse what they already have rather than send it to the landfill (Trico #1). As the saying goes, the greenest building is the one that is already built.

informedone
informedone

What an exciting series of projects!! Can't wait to see the finished products, very leading edge!

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