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Batavia-based firm awarded contracts for Bills projects

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:06 am

A Batavia-based company has been awarded contracts for two projects for the Buffalo Bills.

Manning Squires Henning has done work for the Bills in the past, according to Ryann Bouchard, public relations coordinator for the company.

The two new initiatives include the development of a 12,500-square-foot operations building and a 33,000-square-foot commissary building that will be located outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. These new projects continue a relationship between Manning Squires Hennig and the Bills, which started in 1995 when MSH was contracted to build the team’s main practice facility, the Ralph Wilson Field House, Bouchard said.

In this new contract, MSH will be responsible for the execution of trade work and the oversight of trade subcontractors throughout the entire course of the two projects. Buffalo-based LPCiminelli will serve as the construction manager for both building initiatives, Bouchard indicated in a press release Wednesday.

MSH’s development of the operations facility includes building the foundation, drilling of caissons, a slab on grade and a complete pre-engineered metal building. Once finished, the building will be used for storage of team maintenance vehicles, along with employee offices. MSH began construction Sept. 9 and expects it to be completed by the end of January, 2014.

MSH’s work on the commissary facility project involves foundations, poured walls, a metal building shell and enclosure. This construction began Sept. 29 and is expected to be completed by Jan. 27. The building will be used mainly by Buffalo-based Delaware North Companies, which serves as lead concessions vendor for Ralph Wilson Stadium.

“We are extremely proud to be working with the Buffalo Bills on these two important building projects,” said Gary Squires, president of Manning Squires Hennig. “The Bills have been an integral part of the Western New York community since 1960. Having also been founded around the same time, 1958, MSH is pleased to help the team enhance and expand its facilities to better serve their fans.”

A challenge faced by MSH on this project is the two new buildings are being constructed during the heart of the football season, meaning work must constantly adjust around the Bills’ organization’s busy schedule, Squires said.

“We pride ourselves on client-centric customer service and working within our clients’ unique requirements,” he said. “With team practices taking place nearly every day of the week, and more than 70,000 fans arriving at the stadium multiple times during the timeline of these two projects, these are perfect examples of our ability to be flexible.”

MSH employs nearly 150 workers across Western New York, including Rochester and the Finger Lakes, and has 50 employees based in Buffalo.

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