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Polar BearBuffalo Zoo Unveils New Polar Bear Exhibit

The Buffalo Zoo opened the much-anticipated Arctic Edge exhibit, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, to the public in September 2015. Foit-Albert Associates provided design and construction administration.

The Western New York community had been anticipating this moment ever since the Zoo broke ground for the new exhibit in February 2014. Zoo visitors can explore the 1.5 acre exhibit and see Luna the polar bear in her hew home. Luna's mother, Anana, will return to the Zoo to live in the new polar bear habitat, which features natrualistic landscaping and underwater viewing opportunities. In addition to Buffalo's beloved polar bears, Arctic Edge will also be home to Eurasian lynx, American blad eagles and Arctic wolves.

"It's been a long time in the making," said Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna Fernandes. "We know the community is looking forward to finally seeing the exhibit, but no one is more excited for the opening of Arctic Edge than we are."




Foit-Albert Botanical Gardens Growing HouseBotanical Gardens Update

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz gave an update on the $3 million renovation project at buildings 2 & 3 on the grounds of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. The project includes partial demolition, abatement and reconstruction of two of the historical greenhouse buildings on the grounds. Foit-Albert Associates is overseeing this work.





Andrew CoucheFoit-Albert Associates Announces Additions to Engineering Group

Andrew Couche has joined Foit-Albert Associates as a Junior Engineer. Mr. Couche recently received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His first assignment will be engineering support for the Erie County Sheriff's Office Shooting Range.



Carl P. Dimmig, Jr, PECarl P. Dimmig, Jr, PE, has also joined the Engineering Group at Foit-Albert Associates. Mr. Dimmig was most recently with the Erie County Department of Public Works and served as Senior Civil Engineer, Permit Engineer, Bridge Engineer, and Dam Safety Engineer. He brings over 40 years of experience and will provide engineering support. Mr. Dimmig holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana, and an Associate of Applied Science in Civil Technology from Erie County Technical Institute.


William O'HeronWilliam O'Heron has joined Foit-Albert Associates as an Engineering Technician. Mr. O'Heron has over 20 years of experience in preparing design and detail drawings using AutoCAD and Revit, and performing estimating and field measuring and surveying. He is currently working on the SUNY Delhi Retaining Wall project and the Erie County Sheriff's Office Shooting Range. Mr. O'Heron earned an Associate Degree in Drafting with specialization in Process Piping and Model Building from Alfred State College School of Vocational Studies.


UB School of Medicine Progress

Things are starting to take shape on the new 628,000 square foot University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building at Main and High Streets in Buffalo, NY. Here are photos of the construction progress for field reports that Foit-Albert is preparing on the project.

UB School of Medicine Progress


Photo credit: Robert Kirkham, Buffalo NewsNew York State Parks Projects

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo annouced that 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects, totaling $71.7 million, will be completed at 60 State parks and historic sites... including Foit-Albert's Niagara Falls State Park project, the new comfort station and ticketing building, as well as our work at Allegany State Park. Link to Buffalo News article.


Photo credit: Robert Kirkham, Buffalo News.

Erie Zoo Ribbon Cutting







Erie Zoo Ribbon Cutting

Erie Zoo officials and community leaders held an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11 to unveil the zoo's new $1.6 million cat exhibit. Foit-Albert Associates assisted with the renovation of the existing polar bear and lion exhibit into a new 3,600 square foot home for the zoo's Amur leopards and a pair of Canadian lynxes. Foit-Albert's Vice President of Architecture, Gwen A. Howard, RA, LEED AP, and David Marcoux, RA, provided design and construction administration for the project.

Jerry SentzGerard Sentz receives Distinguished Service Award

The Erie County Sheriff's Badge & Shield Club has awarded Foit-Albert's Gerard J. Sentz, PE, a Distinguished Service Award for his hard work and dedication with the Sheriff's Office Scientific Staff. Jerry volunteers for many civic duties including representing the ECSO at the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and coordinating the Scientific Staff with Child IDs at many events. Jerry's largest contribution is with the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post sponsored by the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Working with youth ages 14 to 21, he coordinates a program which involves cadets in community activities, teaches them the essentials of good citizenship, and gives them an introduction to potential careers in law enforcement. In the three years Jerry has been the Lead Advisor, the Boy Scouts have given the Post a Platinum rating and in competitions with other Posts, Post 505 has taken many awards including overall first place in 2014 in Western New York.