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Buffalo RiverWorks
On the site of GLF Elevator complex
339-389 Ganson St., Buffalo, NY

2014-2015 Photos

RiverWorks created:
2013-14
Projected completion: Fall, 2014, with the possibility of future expansion in coming years
Former site name:
GLF Elevator
Adaptive reuse:
Former GLF grain mill operation and will serve as a multi-purpose recreational and events center.

On this page, below:

Neighbors

RiverWorks

Ice Rinks

Indoor Event Center

"Medusa"

"Stonehenge"

"Six Pack" Silos


The 60,000 foot indoor event center will feature multiple bars & restaurants, a 5,000 person concert venue, theatrical productions, a 1,500 person banquet facility, and space for trade shows, corporate events, and conventions." - The Queen City Roller Girls Are Moving Downtown! (online July 2014)

"A partnership made up of Doug Swift, Earl Ketry, and John Williams are planning an entertainment complex for the Grange League Federation (GLF) elevator site at 327 Ganson Street.  Among the interesting uses are two ice rinks, indoor and outdoor concert venues, restaurants, bars, public access to the Buffalo River, and eventually a hotel... The rink complex and overall project has been designed to fit in with the area’s industrial heritage according to [Doug] Swift." - RiverWorks Project to Transform Ganson Street Site, pub. on Buffalo Rising on Oct. 31, 2013 (online July 2014)

Doug Swift is well known for his partnership with Howard Zemsky and Joe Petrella for developing the first condominiums building in downtown Buffalo, City Centre  (online July 2014), The Genesee  Gateway Historic District, the Larkin@ Exchange building and other sites in Larkinville.

"Earl Ketry, who now has several food venues downtown including Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, Pan American Grill, and hotel operations at Lofts on Pearl and Hotel at Lafayette, will be handling the restaurant and bar operations.  There will be three table-service restaurant areas with different food selections including one in the ‘six pack’ silo building.   There will also be seasonal food operations and five bar areas." - RiverWorks Project to Transform Ganson Street Site, pub. on Buffalo Rising on Oct. 31, 2013 (online July 2014)

Neighbors


Neighbors - July 2014 photo
 View from the Michigan Street Bridge, looking east.
Forefront: Buffalo River ... GLF/RiverWorks ...  Right/dark brick building: Great Northern Grain Elevator





Neighbors - July 2014 photo
View from the RiverWorks parking lot, looking west.
Far left (windows) background buildingGeneral Mills.
Center:  St. Mary's Cement Elevator.
Right: Michigan Street Bridge.
Right foreground:  Recently poured refrigerated ice rink.



Neighbors - July 2014 photo
 Looking north.
The stage and tents are part of River Fest Park ("Peg's Park") ... Forefront: One of the two refrigerated ice rinks is being constructed ... Not visible in this photo: the Buffalo River between River Works and River Fest Park


RiverWorks


July 2014 photo
 View from Ganson Street, looking toward north toward the Buffalo River.
Parking lot: There will be on-site parking for 500 vehicles in a parking area that will feature the first WNY privately constructed  bioswales to designed to manage water runoff.

Ice Rinks


July 2014 photo
 Two ice rinks being constructed as seen from the Michigan Street Bridge ...
Concrete poured June 2014 ...  Blue boxes are future sites for roof supports and mechanics ... The sides of the ice rinks will be left open.

This was the site of the 2014 Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament and several curling exhibitions.

"The rink facility will be used year round with hockey and curling during the winter and roller hockey, broomball or other activities during the summer.  The rink shed can also be converted to a concert area holding 5,000 people." - RiverWorks Project to Transform Ganson Street Site, pub. on Buffalo Rising on Oct. 31, 2013 (online July 2014)

"RiverWorks' two outdoor ice rinks will be covered by a metal pavilion with open sides to provide shelter while maintaining an outdoor feel. These ice rinks will play host for hockey leagues and events, curling leagues and events and figure skating practice and events in the winter. In the summer the concrete slabs of the rinks will be used for a variety of sporting and event program space including: roller hockey; roller derby; tennis; volleyball as well as concerts and events." - RiverWorks website (online July 2015)




July 2015 photo
Forefront: Refrigerated inks rinks have been constructed and a roof has been constructed over the two rinks ... Far left: The planned brewery will be housed in the grain silos with the Labatts Blue advertising ...




2015 photo
The rinks have been covered with a metal roof and rink sides have been constructed




Indoor Event Center


July 2014 photo
 Two buildings wills be combined into one larger venue for indoor events.

“[Doug] Swift and his partners, Jon Williams and Earl Ketry, will be converting a pair of grain storage warehouses into a 60,000-square-foot covered event center that will house the roller derby rink, several restaurants and easily handle as many as 2,000 people ... 'We’re not just about pond hockey or being an ice facility,' said Doug Swift, one of Buffalo RiverWorks developers. 'We’re creating a product that doesn't exist anywhere else in Buffalo.' " - James Fink,  Roller Derby to Help Buffalo RiverWorks Grow, pub. on May 13, 2014 in Buffalo Business First (online July 2014)

"The 60,000 foot indoor event center will feature multiple bars & restaurants, a 5,000 person concert venue, theatrical productions, a 1,500 person banquet facility, and space for trade shows, corporate events, and conventions." -  The Queen City Roller Girls Are Moving Downtown! (online July 2014)




July 2014 photo
 Looking toward the Buffalo River (north) ... All these grain storage warehouses will be covered and combined to create the indoor event center.



Spring, 2015 photo
A roof is connecting the buildings to be combined to create the indoor event center ...

"The interior space at RiverWorks will hold: a 5,000 person art, entertainment and concert venue; the first permanent, purpose built, flat track roller derby track in the world; a martial arts dojo; four bars; a restaurant and a concession food area; locker rooms for sports leagues; restrooms and a kitchen. This 60,000 sq. ft. space in the main building can also be converted to use for any event, including but not limited to: concerts, banquets, weddings, corporate events of all kinds, sports tournaments, festivals, trade shows, conventions, art demonstrations and non-for-profit fundraiser events." - RiverWorks website (online July 2015)




July, 2015 photo
The center infill section has created one large indoor event center





Artist rendering of a Queen City Roller Girls game in in the indoor event center.  Illustration courtesy of Queen City Roller Girls, reprinted from The Queen City Roller Girls Are Moving Downtown! (online July 2014)




July 2015 photo
Indoor event center ... Note roller derby painted track ... Polished concrete floor




July 2015 photo
Indoor event center




July 2015 photo
Indoor event center




July 2015 photo
Indoor event center




July 2015 photo
Indoor event center





July 2015 photo
Indoor event center




July 2014 photo
 The Buffalo River and a pedestrian walkway front the event center.

“ 'There is an existing 720 feet long concrete wharf that will be improved upon and there will be public access along the riverfront including boat docks,' says Swift.  'Long-term, we’d like to work with neighboring properties to extend the waterfront walkway.  We believe this site can be a catalyst for the river corridor while not disturbing our existing manufacturing neighbors.  The character of the river is changing towards a more recreational use but we want to fit in.' ” - RiverWorks Project to Transform Ganson Street Site, pub. on Buffalo Rising on Oct. 31, 2013 (online July 2014)




July 2015 photo
 
Pedestrian walkway and new dock at the end of  the event center




July 2015 photo
Indoor event center





July 2015 photo
 
Pedestrian walkway at the end of the event center



"Medusa" Site - Future Outdoor Patios


July 2014 photo
View north.
Far left: "Stonehenge"
Background: GLF Grain Elevator may be adaptively reused as a hotel in the future.
Silos in foreground: the southern end of the "Medusa" area.



July 2014 photo
"Medusa" is the area where a prior silo complex stood ...  What remains are partially demolished concrete piers with twisted steel rebar reinforcements sticking out, reminding some of the snake hair that the Sicilian mythological creature Medusa possessed. Medusa is the national symbol of Sicily and is depicted on the cornice of the Ellicott Square building.

At south end of "Medusa" are partially demolished silos shown above ... Some hopper remains are in the silos ... Ar right, the large gray hopper (?) on the ground  may become part of the entrance and a logo for RiverWorks .

Background left, on Ganson Street: Great Northern Grain Elevator



July 2014 photo
Second story steel hoppers may be kept in the RiverWorks repurposed building.



July 2014 photo



July 2014 photo
Hopper(?) may adorn the entrance to RiverWorks.



July 2014 photo
Looking north to the planned "Six pack" brewery ...  Note the columns at left.



July 2014 photo
The steel rebar originally used as reinforcement for the concrete will be turned into creative ornamentation for tables and other objects under current planning.



July 2014 photo

"Medusa's hair"


"Stonehenge"


July 2014 photo
Looking NW ... At the northern end of "Medusa," toward the Buffalo River,  is "Stonehenge":   the one story plus  remains of a demolished grain elevator which is slated to become an outdoor  barbecue area  ... Background silos at right are the planned  "Sic pack" silos which will house a brewery.



July 2014 photo
"Stonehenge" ...  Coming soon: barbecue pits.
Note the curved wall:  the remains of a round silo ... Note the hanging, rusted steel:  the remains of the steel hopper at the bottom of the silo ... Note the dangling steel rebar: the rebar reinforced the concrete.



July 2014 photo
The plan is to use the rebar in a creative way.



"Six Pack" Silos


July 2014 photo
Foreground: "Medusa" ... One story plus building: "Stonehenge" ... Background silos: "Six Pack" planned brewery ...

"Finally, RiverWorks is planning and designing the first ever fully functioning brewery to be retrofit into an existing grain silo. The former GLF Grain Silo will house the RiverWorks‘ brewery, that will use direct tank-to-tap lines for the three interior bars as well as a fourth bar located in the silo itself, situated directly next to the RiverWorks Beer Garden, which will be constructed amongst the foundational remnants of another former grain silo." - RiverWorks website (online July 2015)




July 2014 photo



July 2014 photo
Inside "Six Pack"



July 2014 photo
 Inside "Six Pack"




"Six Pack" Silos - 2015 photo




Special thanks to Project Assistant Mgr.  Daniel Swift for his cooperation

Photos and their arrangement 2014 Chuck LaChiusa
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