The Greater Rochester International Airport terminal entrance canopy project has earned a nod from the New York State Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
The Project of the Year Award recognized the “Gateway to Monroe County” project and the County of Monroe for its management of the recently completed $79 million airport renovation project.
“This renovation transformed the airport into a next-generation travel hub, enhancing our efforts to attract more jobs and investment to our community,” said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo in a statement. “I’m proud to have worked with our construction partners and trades unions to complete this project on-time and on-target. This award is a testament to incredible efforts of so many professionals who helped build our new airport, and it is my honor to accept it on their behalf.”
Monroe County and airport officials worked closely with chief engineering firms Passero Associates and CHA, construction manager LeChase Construction Services and more than 60 subcontractors and local unions, officials said.
The Project of the Year Award is given in recognition of “excellent collaboration by all participating organizations and the successful completion of a project.” The airport renovation project received the same award from the Genesee Valley Branch of the APWA in February.
The $79 million, two-year transformation of the Greater Rochester International Airport garnered a great deal of attention both during construction and following its completion last fall. This week the renovation earned the Project of the Year Award from the Genesee Valley Branch of the American Public Works Association.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, airport officials and project partners accepted the award at the APWA Genesee Valley Branch’s annual awards banquet Thursday.
“This renovation transformed the airport into a next generation travel hub, enhancing our efforts to attract more jobs and investment to our community,” Dinolfo said in a statement. “I’m proud to have worked with our construction partners and trade unions to complete this project on-time and on-target.”
The airport renovations began in 2016 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that Rochester had won the full $40 million it applied for as part of the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Competition. The original plan called for $63 million in funding, with $23 million coming from airport and county sources.
In the end, $25 million came from non-taxpayer funding from the Monroe County Airport Authority and $14 million came from the county. Another $400,000 was received in federal funding.
Monroe County and airport officials worked with engineering firms Passero Associates P.C. and CHA Consulting Inc., construction manager LeChase Construction Services LLC and more than 60 subcontractors and local trade unions, officials said.
The airport renovation included several upgrades. Many of the designs incorporate accessibility features, with a particular focus on the deaf and hearing-impaired community. Lighting and color play a role in the airport’s new design, with wayfinding that helps the flow of foot traffic and eases congestion and movement throughout the concourse.
The transformation included a wide-scale redesign of the airport’s terminal building to feature new shopping and dining options for travelers, including a “Taste of Rochester” restaurant and improved security measures.
A state-of-the-art canopy was designed to protect the roadway outside the terminal from snow and ice during the winter and provide protection for people waiting curbside. It features sustainable solar panels that can provide energy, a full, 40,000-gallon rainwater collection system for irrigation and landscaping during the summer, 24-hour security and LED lighting at night.
The award is given in recognition of “excellent collaboration by all participating organizations and the successful completion of a project.”
“This award is a testament to incredible efforts of so many professionals who helped build our new airport,” Dinolfo said.
Monroe County has allocated $32 million toward infrastructure improvements this year and plans to spend nearly $200 million through the next seven years.
The investment will create and sustain nearly 4,000 jobs over the funding period, officials said Thursday.
“Infrastructure projects are the building blocks of the modern economy,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said. “As we seek to incentivize businesses to relocate and expand here in Monroe County, it’s vital that we make public investments that match and complement our anticipated private investments. Roads, highways and bridges are an integral piece of commercial activity and we will continue to prioritize infrastructure improvements to help attract and retain local jobs for years to come.”
The funding will be allocated toward paving projects, highway rehabilitation, bridge maintenance and highway lighting/traffic projects. The county expects to spend at least $180 million through 2024.
Officials, citing an infrastructure study conducted by Duke University, said the investment will translate to an economic impact of more than $113 million in 2018.
“Whether we’re talking about our ongoing airport revitalization or our investments in roads and bridges, we want Monroe County to be a community where transportation is easy, convenient and encouraged,” Dinolfo said. “Infrastructure projects create jobs, facilitate economic development and help residents take advantage of all our region has to offer. This infrastructure investment is a win-win for more jobs and a strong quality of life in Monroe County.”
The 2018 infrastructure investment includes funding from both the state and federal government, with nearly two-thirds derived from the county’s Capital Improvement Program, approved by the County Legislature in December. The funding for future years is included in the new CIP Dinolfo proposed, which will be considered this year.
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