The proposed Mixed-Use Sustainable Rehabilitation Project for People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) will involve the conversion and substantial renovation of the vacant former Buffalo Public School #77. Stieglitz Snyder Architecture worked with PUSH and NYC based Hester Street Collaborative to solicit community participation into the design process. The final outcome are 30 affordable apartments for seniors on the 2nd and 3rd floors; and mixed-use, not-for-profit commercial and community oriented neighborhood hub on the first floor which includes renting the auditorium to a local community-based theater company, offices for PUSH staff, and maintaining the gymnasium for a variety of recreational activities.
Green building-wide design will include a green roof system for senior residents, building-wide window replacement, a Heat Recovery Unit, construction waste management and disposal for salvaging and recycling of nonhazardous demolition and construction waste. New rooftop photo-voltaic panels will serve the commercial and community spaces. The project will meet the requirements of the NYSERDA Low-Rise Residential New Construction program and the Energy star Certified Homes, and Enterprise Green Communities.
The project will be financed through NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR), State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), NYSERDA, and PUSH/BNSC’s capital monies.