Uniland Development Co.'s Main Street Centre project was one of 20 award winners in Buildings magazine's annual modernization awards competition.
Renovation of the former Sears building at 1901 Main St. was one of 12 projects to receive honorable mention in the nationwide competition. Eight additional projects were singled out as modernization award recipients.
"We're very pleased just to make honorble mention," said Anthony D'Auria, Uniland's marketing manager. About 60 projects from around the country were entered in the competition.
Uniland's two-year, $16 million renovation of the old Sears building began in the fall of 1986. All work was done to the specifications of the current tenant, Blue Cross of Western New York.
In addition to renovating the three-story, 264,000-square-foot building, an attached three-level parking ramp also was totally refurbished.
Two in-state projects won awards. Albany International's corporate headquarters and the Union Theological Seminary's Hastings Hall in New York were first place winners.