“Brick by Brick: Historic Renovation Finalists”

Read about some of the finalists in the annual Brick by Brick awards whose projects have honored Western New York’s heritage.


Project: The seventh floor is headquarters for BankOnBuffalo. The Electric Tower is one of Buffalo’s most recognizable landmarks and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1912, the building was acquired by Iskalo Development in 2004 which began a comprehensive renovation and restoration of the Electric Tower beginning in 2006. The seventh floor was the original executive floor for the Buffalo General Electric Co.

Address: 535 Washington St., Buffalo

Square footage: 15,430

Owner: Iskalo Electric Tower LLC

Developer/construction manager/architect: Iskalo Development Corp.

Engineers: IBC Engineering

HVAC: Greater Niagara

Electrical: Brady Electric

Other contractors: Superior General Contracting, Kelley Brothers, ABJ fire protection, Billone Mechanical, Universal Woodworks, Energsmart, DeSprit Marble and Tile

Timeline: August 2018-January 2019

Cost: $2 million

616 Niagara

Project: 616 Niagara is a gateway to downtown Niagara Falls. It is a 3-story, mixed-use project featuring commercial office space and 17 apartments. The ground floor is dedicated to Niagara University’s Niagara Global Tourism Institute and TReC, a business incubator. The 616 Niagara residential apartments are the first high-quality, market-rate rental units to be developed in Niagara Falls in many years.

Address: 616 Niagara St., Niagara Falls

Square footage: 33,700

Developer: TM Montante Development

Owner: 7th and Niagara Holdings LLC

General contractor/construction manager: Montante Construction

Architect: HHL Architects

Structural engineers: Tredo Engineers

Civil engineers: Advanced Design Group

HVAC: Heatwave Heating & Cooling

Electrical: Hildreth Electric

Other contractors: D.V. Brown & Associates Inc., Preservation Studios, Phillips Lytle LLP

Timeline: December 2018-December 2019

Cost: $5.5 million

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