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Buffalo Museum of Science’s Restorations and Improvements for their New Observatory

Historic restorations and improvements for the Buffalo Museum of Science’s new rooftop observatory are well underway. Work is being performed by General Contractor Picone Construction, which is updating the rotating dome’s functionality, while creating ADA-compliant access to the observatory and aerospace studio. When all is said and done, Buffalo will once again be home to a magnificent gem of an astronomical telescope, housed at the Kellogg Observatory.

The amount of work that is going into this restoration project is monumental. Construction work includes… get ready for this… reconstruction and re-installation of observation dome, masonry repointing, re-roofing, select demolition, precast architectural concrete, historic brick unit masonry repair, historic terra-cotta unit masonry repair and repointing, masonry, structural steel framing, historic decorative metal repair, steel decking, metal pan stairs, pipe and tube railings, glazed decorative metal railings, carpentry, composite decking, sheathing, thermal insulation, exterior insulation and finish system, water barriers, vapor retarders, metal composite wall panels, roof specialties, intumescent fireproofing, penetration firestopping, joint sealants, hollow metal doors and frames, access doors and frames, aluminum-framed entrances and storefronts, glazed aluminum curtain walls, glazing, gypsum board shaft wall assemblies, non-structural metal framing, gypsum board shaft wall assemblies, ceramic tiling, resilient wall base and accessories, resilient tile flooring, exterior painting, interior painting, limited-use-limited-application elevators, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical!

The cost of the project is estimated at $2.5 million. 

Rounding out the restoration team is HHL Architects (Architect of Record) and RP Oakhill Building Company Inc (Construction Manager). 

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  • G Orty

    Ok um, thanks for sharing the spec book contents… Sounds like someone was pretty bored this morning.

    • G Orty

      p.s. Exterior Insulation and Finish System = EIFS = Dryvit. How are you on board with this???

    • Michael Jarosz

      EXACTLY!!!!!
      I am an architect, and that laundry list reads like every construction estimator’s takeoff I have ever seen. That’s what it takes to build a commercial building for public access. Nothing special here. Ever wonder where construction cost overruns come from? Somebody’s list was incomplete.
      As for Dryvit, the large firm I was with for 25 years (and the firm’s lawyers) would not allow us to use the stuff — not even for temporary barriers.

  • Jill

    you left out the other big parts – complete restoration and renewal of the historic telescope (to modern usage) and an elevator that goes all the way to the roof. As part of the Buffalo Astronomical Association that has had sun and star gazing events on the roof, the elevator is a massive improvement. If you don’t think so, try carrying 40 to 50 lbs of telescope equipment up those circular stairs so that the public can see the stars and planets.

    • G Orty

      JWST it ain’t, but what a great improvement for the community!

    • Jill

      And the new dome is going to be Stainless Steel.