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Encorus Group has been working as a sub-consultant to Mott-MacDonald for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) at the DL&W terminal station. The metro station, originally built in 1917, served as a main-line terminal before being converted into office and maintenance space for the NFTA.  The overall goal of the project is to turn the former DL&W Trainshed into a public, multi-use destination while promoting increased Metro ridership and creating an enhanced rider experience.  The new light rail metro stop will replace the old “events platform” at the foot of Main Street, and encourage public use of the historic building.

Encorus Group has provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design for the project. The age and condition of the building necessitated the modernization of electrical, fire alarm, lighting, heating, and plumbing systems, snow melt systems, programming development, and code requirement analysis.  This was a complex task, as maintaining the historic character of the building as much as possible has been an important aspect of the project since its inception.

The heating and cooling requirements throughout public access areas were evaluated and the existing fire suppression systems were modified and extended to support the updated occupancy and intended use. The electrical and fire protection systems were also evaluated in accordance with NFPA 70, 72, and 130, along with NYS Building Code. A new stair tower was added to improve ingress and egress to the building, and a portion of the building’s lower level was transformed into a new station platform. The station is expected to be operational by late 2024.

Read more about the project here: NFTA continues work along South Park Ave. on DL&W Terminal (