Queen City Landing
Queen City Landing is a conceptual business community conceived by Trautman Associates that transforms an historic pier overlooking Lake Erie into a 21st century tree-lined plaza with an emphasis on sustainability, quality of life and connectivity, located within the heart of Buffalo’s developing Outer Harbor.
The plaza was designed to create a landscaped, pedestrian-friendly environment and the centerpiece is a new 1 million SF state-of-the-art LEED Platinum office building with functional, flexible floors offering extraordinary views of the lake and city, and universal access to abundant natural light.
The building is organized into four distinct wings of various floor plate sizes, which breaks down the building’s massing and creates a variety of connected neighborhoods. At the heart of the building is a five-story tall atrium that connects the four wings and maximizes the penetration of daylight into the building.
The building and site were designed to follow the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Taking advantage of the site’s unique location, while incorporating creative ways to utilize the site’s natural surroundings, would allow the project to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
Innovative sustainable design features include geothermal systems for heating and cooling; solar, wind, and wave action from the lake to provide alternative energies; underground cisterns to capture storm water run-off in an integrated irrigation and gray water flushing system; and vegetated roofs to temper solar gain and reduce storm water runoff.
This proposed project reclaims an old industrial brownfield in the aim of revitalizing commercial development with the amenities of waterfront access and accessibility to the central business district.