BUFFALO CENTRAL TERMINAL WILL SPORT BRIGHTER LOOK FOLLOWING RESTORATION WORK THIS WEEK
Refurbished floors and replaced sconces will be unveiled at Hard Hat Tours in May
BUFFALO, NY – May 13, 2013 – A brighter look will greet visitors to the former rail terminal following a couple of projects planned for this week.
The terrazzo floors of Buffalo’s Central Terminal will shine once again courtesy of a local facility services company.
Pro2 Facility Services will thoroughly clean the 90 year old floor in the main concourse and apply a special restorative process to one section that will return Pro the shine that hasn’t been seen in decades.
“The 30,000 square foot terminal’s terrazzo will be machine cleaned, which will uncover the unique design lost over the years due to oxidation,” states Ken Casseri, CEO of Pro2, “the floor’s brass caning will be highlighted while the aggregate colors that once glistened will re-appear . What will really be dramatic, though, is the visitors’
entrance, where we will apply a product that will completely make the floor come back to its Roaring ‘20’s splendor!”
Casseri’s company is donating the services to the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, caretaker, owner and restorer of the iconic building.
Coinciding with the floor rejuvenation will be the installation of six new replication sconces. Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 71 Retirees have been working on the lighting fixtures that were removed fromthe building during its devastating abandonment in the 1990’s.
“These same men were nominated by Buffalo’s Young Preservationists and will be honored with a Preservation Award for their skill and work on these fixtures on May 31st at Kleinhans Music Hall. We will install the sconces Saturday, May 18th and hope to have them lit in time for our inaugural Hard Hat Tours starting Sunday, May 19th,” explains Terminal Corporation Executive Director Marilyn Rodgers. “Between the Main Concourse terrazzo being cleaned and groomed, the entrance lobby terrazzo reconditioned by Pro Squared, the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 71 Retirees replication of six additional Main Concourse sconces, and our Building Committee installing the sconces, visitors will witness even more of what travelers from the 30’s saw when they stepped foot inside our beloved Terminal,” concludes Ms. Rodgers.
Buffalo Central Terminal Hard Hat Tours are scheduled on May 19, June 2, June 9, July 14, and September 15 and last about one hour with overlapping tours between 11am– 4pm each day. Hard Hat Tours will vary from date to date and the visitor will be able to view behind-the-scenes renovations and work as it progresses throughout the season. All visitors must wear hard hats in the building during these tours andmay wear their own Hard Hats if desired. Hard Hats were donated by Emedco and Allied Building Supplies. If the visitor desires to purchase their hard hat at the end of the tour for $25 they will receive a 100% tax deductible donation of $25. Hard Hat Tour Tickets may be purchased in advance by going to http://hardhattours.bpt.me/.
Pro2 Facility Services is headquartered at 1780 Wehrle Drive, Suite 102 in Williamsville, NY. Their phone number is (716) 810-0200. Their website is www.prosquaredfacilityservices.com