Savarino Companies

Watts Architecture & Engineering Officially Opens Downtown

Buffalo Rising


For some time, we at Buffalo Rising offices downtown have watched the building on the adjacent corner transform from an unoccupied eyesore to yet another one of downtown's hip, rustic office buildings.  The 5-story was renovated with the help of Savarino Construction, but the design and engineering was done in-house by Watts staffers.

Ed Watts' company was previously located in Amherst, but outgrew space demands.  After a comprehensive search for a sufficient location downtown, they settled on the building at 95 Perry St.  "Our new building satisfies all of our needs including parking as well as storage.  Employee response has been overwhelmingly positive," Watts said.  Watts' firm employs 75 people, including of a variety of specialty consultants, licensed engineers, registered architects, scientists, and technicians. 

Six of their staff are accredited by LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professionals.  Their environmental influence is evident in the building, which utilizes green technology.

The building itself is a former warehouse, a member of several buildings that were almost destroyed.  "We've put new wine in old bottles," stated Sam Savarino, President of Savarino Construction.  "These buildings were worth saving."  Certainly the Cobblestone District has improved vastly in just a few short years, and Savarino has been a big player in that improvement.

The $20 million project was completed with the help of Buffalo Place, and is now home to 300 employees among several companies in the building, including Empire State Development, First Niagara, and Key Community Investment Corporation.

In the past two years, downtown Buffalo has become the home to companies like Bluecross Blueshield, New Era Cap, and Labbatt Blue.  Moves like this act as a precedent for future businesses looking to settle in downtown.

Dan Fisher


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