HHL Architects was commissioned by the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets to prepare an Architectural/Structural Conditions Study for the Colonel Ward Pumping Station Complex located in Lasalle Park. The focus of the study was to assess structural concerns and exterior masonry building facade and roofing deficiencies for all buildings. Survey and evaluation of existing facility conditions along with recommendations for repair, replacement or restoration comprise a prioritized, five-year capital plan and implementation schedule. The study will be used as a means for identifying critical repairs and is intended to serve as a guide for planning and prioritization of capital improvement and maintenance projects. Critical roof and chimney alterations were completed in 2009 – 2010.
The Colonel Ward Complex consists of the original engine house pumping station building constructed in 1907, the water treatment facility and the high service pump station. When the pumping station was completed in 1921 it was the largest facility of its kind in the country. The historic significance of the facility has been recognized locally and at the state level where it is eligible to be listed on the State Registry of Historic Places.