Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, one of the area's largest environmental services firm, is planning a relocation and major expansion.
CRA, which plans to grow its local work force from 80 to 110 staffers over the next two years, will move its Buffalo operations to a new office building which Uniland Development Co. is constructing at 285 Delaware Ave. The environmental firm will establish the Delaware Avenue site as headquarters for its U.S. Design Services when the building is completed this summer.
"Our firm has maintained a long-term commitment to the City of Buffalo, and this move will reinforce that commitment for many years to come, while allowing us to continue to grow and expand our business," said Bryan Smith, CRA vice president and manager of its municipal engineering operations in Western New York.
Mayor Byron W. Brown applauded the company's decision to grow in the city.
"Not only is CRA staying in Buffalo, but the company is also expanding its operations, and perhaps most importantly, the Buffalo office becomes a national headquarters of a major corporation," Brown said.
CRA is currently located at 268 Main St. in downtown Buffalo. In making the move to Delaware Avenue, and leasing the entire, 22,000-square-foot top floor of the new building, the firm will nearly double its work space.
Bill Denicki, vice president and manager of CRA's industrial plant engineering and design group, said the added space will allow the firm to bring several disciplines to one location.
"The expanded, single-floor location will improve our ability to provide multi-discipline engineering services to our local clients in the chemical industry such as OxyChem, Olin and Durez, in addition to our public and private sector clients throughout the country.
With the signing of CRA as a tenant, Uniland has completely leased four floors of its new 115,000-square-foot, five story building.
M&T Bank, which is leasing three floors at 285 Delaware Ave., is the building's anchor tenant. The Amherst developer is looking to attract a mix of office and retail tenants to the as-yet, unleased first floor of the complex.
CRA will maintain operations at 2055 Niagara Falls Blvd., in Niagara Falls. That location supports the company's environmental, solid waste, stack emissions testing and field services groups, as well as administrative, human resources and accounting services. The firm's Western New York employee rosters totals nearly 200.
Originally established in 1976 to service the Love Canal remediation project, CRA now serves a diverse range of clients from virtually every business sector. Headquartered in Waterloo, Ont., CRA operates worldwide, employing 2,300 out of 70 offices in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Current CRA projects in the Buffalo area include: the $20 million rehabilitation of the City of Buffalo's water filtration plant, water quality facilities for the Erie Canal Harbor's historic Commercial Slip, and public water system expansions in the Towns of Aurora and Colden.