Elemental Architecture

Elemental Architecture

New York, NY


Buffalo Harbor Gateway Center

The Buffalo Harbor State Park Gateway Center will be a new facility conceived as a ‘demonstration’ next-generation structure featuring a 21,000 square-foot canopy with a photovoltaic array. The Gateway Center is designed to meet Passive Haus standards and will be net-energy-positive; it will be capable of generating sufficient electricity to ‘island’ itself and other park amenities during an extreme heat event.

The Gateway Center will be a trailhead of the New York’s Empire State Trail - a continuous 750-mile route spanning from New York City to Canada and Buffalo to Albany. When completed in 2020, it will be the longest multi-use state trail in the United States. The Gateway Center will be the featured site of the Buffalo trailhead and will be both a kickoff and end destination for tourists and travelers to Buffalo.

The complex includes offices, a police station, year-round and seasonal comfort stations & indoor and outdoor meeting spaces - all residing beneath the solar canopy providing shade for visitors while generating power. While the facility will be grid-connected, and it will include battery storage that will allow it to be “islanded”  during peak demand times as well as during black/brownouts.

The project is in Design Development.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Buffalo, NY, US
Firm Role: Architect