Savarino Companies

Construction Watch: New Windows Appear on 500 Seneca

Buffalo Rising


With a corner of new windows (sans mullions) and exterior lighting, the first clear signs of work at 500 Seneca Street are visible.  Savarino Companies and FFZ Holdings are creating offices and cultural and business incubator space in the former F.N. Burt Company plant located just west of the Larkin District. 

The revamped 500 Seneca Street building will hold 195,000 square feet of unique Class A office space and 110,000 square feet of dedicated below market space for community and/or cultural organizations. 

Two tenants have agreed to anchor the complex.  Frontier Industrial Services and Frontier Group of Companies will relocate their headquarters from much smaller offices at 26 Mississippi Street to 60,450 sq.ft. of space at 500 Seneca.   The building will also house the BCOME Buffalo job training program in 22,000 sq.ft.

The primary entrance to the complex will be located on the western end of the building closest to downtown.  It will feature a three-story lobby.  There will be two courtyards in the building.  One at the eastern end of the block will span all six floors and be open air.  It will be an amenity for the building’s tenants and help bring additional natural light into the building’s office floors.   A second courtyard on the western end of the block will be enclosed and run from the third to the sixth floor .  A cafeteria is planned for the third floor with seating available in the atrium.

Offices will feature loft-style finishes with large exterior windows.  Balconies are planned for the western façade facing downtown and can be added elsewhere if tenants desire them.  Architectural firm Chaintreuil Jensen Stark is designing the project.  Preservation Studios is handling the tax credit certification work. 





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