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Construction manager sought for Northland Corridor hub

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will issue a “request for qualifications” in early June to find a construction manager to oversee the renovation of 683 Northland Ave. and the development of the Western New York Workforce Training Center as part of the Northland Corridor economic development project.

The project calls for the training center – including a facility for clean energy and another for advanced manufacturing – to occupy 100,000 square feet of the larger 235,000-square-foot industrial building, on 7.3 acres. The rest of the space will be made available for light industrial or small business tenants.

In turn, that building will effectively anchor the overall light industrial Northland hub, which is located on about 35 acres of land that BUDC purchased. The hub includes about a dozen properties, with 700,000 square feet of vacant building space, much of which will be demolished or renovated for new tenants.

BUDC, which is overseeing the $38 million initiative as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program, wants an “at-risk” manager who would be part of the construction project team from the beginning, including the design phase, because of the size and complexity of the project. The cost-plus-a-fee contract would include a guaranteed maximum price for the work that would include the construction manager’s costs, a profit of no more than 6 percent of the construction cost, a contingency amount and site overhead. Any expenses exceeding the maximum would be absorbed by the private firm.

Officials hope to hire the manager by August. The facility is slated to open in late 2017.