Another day, another tower crane in Buffalo.
In what has become a refreshingly common sight across the city, workers Thursday were assembling the final piece of a tower crane that will help build 250 Delaware Ave., a Uniland Development Co. project that will become the new corporate headquarters of Delaware North Cos.
Completion of the 270-foot-tall red crane, which was brought here from Ohio, marks a milestone in the development of the 12-story, 330,000-square-foot office building, said Jill A. Pawlik, Uniland’s senior marketing manager. With the crane complete, steel placement is set to begin next week. Work on the building’s core and shell is due to start in March 2015.
Delaware North plans to begin moving in during August 2015, and the five-level parking ramp should be finished by October 2015, Pawlik said.
The project, whose total value is about $110 million, is on a 2-acre site between Delaware and South Elmwood avenues, north of West Chippewa Street. Along with Delaware North, the complex will contain additional office space, a hotel and retail space.
The 120-room hotel is expected to open in early 2016; the brand has not been finalized, Pawlik said.
“What’s important about this project is the transformation of this very important city intersection,” she said. “The corner of Delaware and Chippewa is going to be transformed, and I think the community’s going to be better for it.”
On average, about 25 workers are on the job per day at the construction site, she said.
Tower cranes have dominated the sky at projects in the city including HarborCenter, the Conventus building, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.