“How cool would that be to walk a wire across Niagara Falls!” Those were the thoughts of a young Nik Wallenda the first time he visited the Falls with his family while his parents were performing in Buffalo. Nik admits that might sound strange to most people, but being part of the seventh generation of Wallendas who continue in the family tradition, “It’s sort of in the blood,” he says.
Fast forward about 25 years. To make his longtime dream a reality, serious lobbying of US and Canadian officials began twenty months before the walk actually took place. The New York State Assembly passed a bill that granted a onetime anti-stunting law exemption early on in the process, however Ontario Canada’s Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) didn’t grant their approval until four months before the event.
On June 15, 2012, Nik Wallenda became the first person to perform a tightrope skywalk over Niagara Falls since 1896. His successful crossing was performed in front of nearly 200,000 spectators and millions of television viewers across the world. “All my attention is focused right there on that wire and nothing else,” Nik stated. “It’s me and that wire in our own world.”
A key factor in Wallenda’s success rested on finding the right contractor to install the cable: experts who possessed the resources and equipment to rig and stabilize an 1800-foot span of wire rope without the use of guy-wires. He found what he was looking for in NECA Contractor O’Connell Electric and the IBEW Local 1249 tradesmen who work for them.
Rail accounts for 19% of all statewide freight flows in Alabama. The Norfolk Southern Railway is a major U.S. freight railroad company that operates 21,500 route miles of track across 22 eastern states including more than 50% of Alabama’s Class I track.
In tandem with priorities and goals outlined in the Alabama Department of Transportation’s “Alabama Rail Plan”, Norfolk Southern’s modernization and expansion initiatives targeted three vertical lift bridges in Alabama and the Norfolk Southern Lake Pontchartrain Rolling Bascule Bridge in Louisiana, the longest rail bridge in the country at 5.8 miles, for upgrade, rehabilitation, and remote control operation. These four bridges are not only critical to Norfolk Southern’s transportation grid, they are integral to the management of Alabama’s nearly 1500 mile system of navigable inland waterways, part of a network connecting 24 states.
New York State Office of General Services put out a bid notice for installation of a comprehensive audio and video monitoring system at Albion Correctional Facility in Upstate, New York. With a history dating back to 1892, Albion is a medium security women’s prison run by the New York State Department of Correctional Services—one of six female facilities in the State.
Underground salt mining has been a profitable industry in Western New York for more than 150 years. Over the decades, a network of active mining operations in the region grew to encompass an area larger than Manhattan. In the early 1990s, a chain reaction of flooding forced the shutdown of these mines. Several years later, American Rock Salt purchased the mineral rights for 10,000 acres of undisturbed underground salt reserves along with 200 surface acres near Mount Morris, New York, for the establishment of a new mine. From the initial ground breaking, American Rock Salt mine took more than three years to build and was the first underground salt mine constructed in the U.S. since the 1950s. Today, it is the largest single producer of salt in the country, supplying nearly 10% of the nation’s total salt needs.
Casella Waste Systems owns and operates a methane gas-to-energy plant at their landfill operations in Angelica, New York—the company’s fourth LFGTE project. Energy East contracted with Casella to tap into this renewable energy power generating source. At full capacity the site is expected to produce 4.8 megawatts per hour of clean energy.
Anheuser-Busch produces five of the top ten best selling beers in the country, including Bud Light and Budweiser, number one and two, respectively. Modernization of the finishing cellar at their Baldwinsville, New York brewery was part of a $182 million investment the beer-maker committed to US operations for the year. The Baldwinsville brewery began production in 1983 and is one of 12 breweries Anheuser-Busch operates across the country. Situated on 370 acres, their largest US site, the brewery has an annual production capacity of more than eight million barrels.
Established in 1934, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) is responsible for the construction, rehabilitation, and modernization of low-income public housing within the City of Buffalo as well as all management and operations. Today, nearly 12,000 residents live among BMHA’s 27 developments. To help combat crime the Buffalo Police Department has established a dedicated Housing Unit consisting of 21 police officers to patrol, police, and manage security issues across all complexes. In turn, BMHA has committed to increase security measures which includes substantial investments in state-of-the-art closed-circuit television (CCTV) video surveillance systems at each site that will eventually be tied together at one centralized location.
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a utility serving approximately 300,000 electric and about 74,000 natural gas customers in an eight county area of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, including the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the capital district at Albany.
State of New York, Office of General Services put out renovation bids for Building 41, Central New York Psychiatric Center. The building is a 210 bed maximum security facility constructed and operated by the New York State Department of Mental Health.
Cohocton Wind is a 125MW wind farm sited across the hilltops of a designated agricultural district in New York State’s Finger Lakes Region. The $150 million project involved installation of 50 Clipper Liberty 2.5MW Wind Turbines, two substations, transmission lines, and access roads. Cohocton Wind is owned and operated by Canandaigua Power Partners, an LLC created by developer First Wind. The site provides enough energy to supply 50,000 homes in the Northeastern US.
Colgate University embarked on a $57.5 million expansion/renovation project. The endeavor combined full renovation of the existing 101,000 square foot Case Library building with a 51,000 square foot addition for its new Geyer Center for Information Technology, taking it from a four story structure to five.
Monroe County’s new O’Rorke Bridge was designed to be a landmark structure serving Rochester’s waterfront community on Lake Ontario. The four lane double leaf Scherzer rolling-lift bascule bridge spans 243 feet across the Genesee River, replacing the Stutson Street Bridge which served the area for over 70 years. Highway approach structures from east and west total 678 feet.
The Cornell Combined Heat and Power Project (CCHPP) is a significant capital improvement to Cornell's central heating plant. Currently, Cornell University purchases most of the electricity it uses, and generates heat principally through the combustion of coal. The CCHPP project will introduce two generator trains consisting of Combustion Turbines (CTs) with Heat Recovery Steam Generators (HRSGs), principally powered from natural gas, to allow the campus to use a combined heat and power system to generate electricity and heat the campus. The inclusion of these systems will fundamentally change the way the University operates its heat and power utilities.
Albany New York’s Empire State Plaza is a ninety-eight acre interconnected state governmental complex containing ten distinctive office buildings, including the marble-clad forty-four story Corning Tower, the tallest building in the state outside of New York City. The Plaza was constructed between 1960 and 1976 at a total cost of $1.7 billion. The Plaza is on the New York State Office of General Services’ (NYSOGS) short list for administering a $73.5 million capital program to upgrade and modernize electrical and mechanical systems at select state facilities across New York.
As part of the region’s Western Gateway Initiative the City of Rochester, Monroe County, and New York State embarked on a $38 million bridge replacement project involving the heavily travelled Interstate 490/Rochester Innerloop corridor. The City of Rochester wanted a “signature bridge” to define the area’s redevelopment program for this high profile crossing of the Genesee River. To achieve this, a 433 foot steel cable arch bridge was designed to span the river rising 100 feet above the water. The bridge is one of the widest steel three-rib true arch bridges in the world (130 feet). Decorative lighting arrangements were designed to give the bridge added aesthetic appeal.
The GM Powertrain Engine Plant in Tonawanda, New York is a key facet of General Motors’ manufacturing arsenal. It is one of the largest engine producing facilities in the world with over 3 million feet of floor space dedicated to the manufacture of several key lines for the company. Recently, $425 million was committed to bring manufacture of the Ecotec 2.4 Liter, four-cylinder engines to the plant, currently found in the critically acclaimed Chevrolet Malibu, an endeavor expected to create approximately 470 new jobs in the area. GM has invested $2.3 billion into their Tonawanda facility over the last decade with several additional lines being added in the next few years. Since operations began in 1938 the plant has churned-out nearly 75 million engines.
Global Crossing, a leading telecommunications company providing computer networking and IP solutions worldwide, built their new 90,000 square foot facility in Rochester, New York to consolidate regional operations. Construction provided for initial staffing of 500 professionals with additional space for expansion.
In conjunction with recent safety improvements, Greater Rochester International Airport completed an FAA runway upgrade project that involved installation of a new medium-intensity approach lighting system at the east end of runway 10/28.
Under a $17 million grant from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program, funding was made available for Greater Rochester International Airport (GRIA) to improve runway safety. The work involved construction of two new vehicle tunnels, addition and relocation of utilities and removal of obstructions on airport grounds to create a safety zone at the east end of runway 10/28.
The Military Airport Program (MAP) uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian use. MAP is part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and provides a boost to civilian aviation capacity and capability. Griffiss International Airport, formerly Griffiss Air Force Base, is on the MAP project list and features a 12,000 foot long, 200 foot wide runway. Limited commercial activity makes this a niche airport for the general aviation community and a good “reliever” airport for Eastern New York State and New York City. To bring the facility up to FAA standards, this project was funded to upgrade the airport’s Navigation Aid Systems (NAVAIDS) to ensure safe and reliable operation as a civilian facility.
The Guaranty Building, in Buffalo, New York, is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking engineering, architectural design, and celebrity. It is heralded as one of the first modern skyscrapers, being constructed with an entirely steel frame. Designed by renowned American architect, Louis Sullivan, mentor to Frank Loyd Wright, the Guaranty Building embodies modernism with influences of Art Nouveau and the English Arts & Crafts movement. The twelve-floor structure exemplifies Sullivan’s creed that “form follows function” and is elaborately decorated with ornamental features inside and out; one of his trademarks. The Guaranty Building opened its doors in 1895.
Hodgson Russ Attorneys have been instrumental in preservation initiatives surrounding this National Historic Landmark for more than three decades. When the opportunity arose, the firm purchased the building as a means for consolidating their headquarter operations into one location. Recently, Hodgson Russ implemented an extensive renovation and restoration of the structure to both modernize the facility and ensure that the Guaranty Building remains a testament to past ingenuities and one of the nation’s great architectural treasures.
Howard Wind is a 51.25MW wind farm distributed across 5000 acres of farm land in Stueben County, New York. Power generated from the site’s 25 REPower 2.05 MW MM92 Turbines are being sold to NYSEG. The $100 million project was seven years in planning and development and is owned and operated by Everpower, a developer of large-scale utility grade wind projects. Standing 375 feet high, the REPower turbines will provide power equivalent for running 16,000 homes annually.
IBM was looking to upgrade the power backup systems for their 100,000 square foot customer data center facility in Greece, New York. A key aspect of the upgrade would be the installation and commissioning of a new emergency power distribution system to assure the facility would remain operational in the event of a power failure.
New York State's Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) completed an $8.5 million project to install an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) along a four mile section of Interstate 390 near Rochester, New York. I-390 is a busy arterial route serving the area. ITS is a national program aimed at using advanced information technologies to improve transportation efficiency and safety. NYSDOT will use the system to monitor traffic conditions and issue timely information to motorists regarding accidents, congestion, and work zones.
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson Company, is a leading solutions provider for transfusion medicine and clinical laboratories worldwide specializing in the screening of human blood and various chemical testing. Rochester, New York is home to research headquarters for the company as well as one of Ortho’s three manufacturing operations. The company was established in 1944 and currently employs more than 2,500 worldwide. Headquartered in Raritan, New Jersey, Ortho maintains multiple facilities across Europe and Asia as well as in Canada and Australia.
JP Morgan Chase embarked on a $20 million renovation of their Chase Tower office facility in downtown Rochester, New York. The purpose of the renovation was to consolidate 850 Chase employees in the 27 story, 427,000 square foot high rise. The upgrade would include refurbishment of office spaces, new electrical throughout, and state-of-the-art data and voice technology.
To meet growing demands, NYSEG needed to reinforce the electrical system capacity for Westchester County by installing a new sub transmission line that would connect the grid to a regional distribution substation.
AES Laurel Mountain is a 97.6 MW wind farm that stretches across 12.5 miles of the western ridge of the Allegheny Mountains in north central West Virginia. The $250 million project supplies power to the market via PJM Interconnection which services thirteen states across the northeastern U.S. The site’s 61 GE 1.6 wind turbines generate an electrical capacity capable of providing energy for approximately 14,000 homes. Featured at the heart of the wind farm is a 32 MW integrated battery based energy storage system. As the world’s largest lithium-ion battery farm, Laurel Mountain is capable of storing and sending energy in short bursts and adding to the regional grid’s overall stability.
Albany’s New York State Legislative Hearing Rooms recently underwent $5.2 million in renovations and upgrades. Located at the north end of the Empire State Plaza in the Legislative Office Building, the three hearing rooms are in use nearly year-round by both the Senate and Assembly as well as other state agencies.
In an attempt by state government to become more visible and transparent to the average citizen, a key aspect of the renovations involved incorporating numerous technological upgrades and advancements. The new audiovisual systems allow for digital projection of material on large format monitors for the audience and legislators as well as for enhanced television and radio transmission.
Several aspects of the renovation project were driven by Federal and State mandates. The the Legislative Office Building was constructed in the early 1970s with the Hearing Rooms receiving their last major upgrade more than three decades ago. Seating capacity between the three hearing rooms totals nine hundred.
Bliss Wind Farm, a 100.5 megawatt wind power generation site, was the first of several wind farms recently developed in the Greater Niagra Region of Upstate New York. The site features 67 GE 1.5 megawatt turbines and represents a $200 million investment in clean, renewable energy funded by G.E. Energy Services and operated by Noble Environmental Power.
The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge is a 1-1/2-mile cable suspension bridge spanning the Saint Lawrence Seaway that links the north-central border of New York State with Canada. The bridge is a vital international conduit for the transportation of persons and goods and connects much needed economic development projects for the region on either side of the border. Built in 1960, the Ogdensburg Bridge had recently been categorized as a structurally deficient surface transportation asset. Pursuant to New York State’s adopted Transportation Master Plan for 2030 the bridge was targeted for rehabilitation in order to “achieve a state of good repair” and to ensure the bridge’s longterm viability. The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority partnered with the New York State Department of Transportation to implement the $48 million rehabilitation project. Work included replacement of all main span bridge decking, structural steel floor beams and stringers, raised concrete safety walks, and bridge railing systems across both approach spans and the main suspension spans.
In keeping with their mission and commitment to provide the best available healthcare services to all individuals in their community and region, Lourdes Hospital recently launched a three-year, $70 million expansion and update project designed to bring in new and advanced technologies, state-of-the-art department upgrades, as well as improve their outpatient service package.
Lourdes Hospital had its start as a twenty-five bed facility in a Binghamton, New York mansion purchased by area residents in 1925. Administered by Daughters of Charity (now Ascension Health), the hospital has been known for its groundbreaking service offerings over the past eight-and-a-half decades, being first to provide a recovery room, intensive care unit, and hospice to New York State’s Southern Tier region as well as cancer center and electrodiagnostic laboratory.
“Run a Red Light? Expect a Photo Finish.” That was the title of a campaign launched by the City of Rochester in advance of installing red light enforcement cameras across 50 intersections. The initiative was implemented to help decrease the number of red light running accidents as well as generate additional revenue for the City. The program required State Senate legislative approval along with the Governor’s signature to be adopted. Rochester was the first municipality in Upstate New York to implement such a program. The City partnered with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., an industry leader with 20 years experience building, operating, and managing digital red light and speed enforcement systems. Redflex holds contracts with over 250 cities across the U.S. as well as numerous statewide programs.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Applied Science and Technology Building is the campus’s first green certified structure. At $10.6 million the contemporary 43,000 square foot facility was designed to meet LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). CAST was awarded Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Designed to be 66 percent more efficient than a typical building, The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is a multidisciplinary academic facility situated on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. The mission of GIS is to undertake world class education and research missions in sustainability.
Inside of GIS, academic and research programs focus on sustainable production, sustainable energy, sustainable mobility, and ecologically friendly information technology systems.
Cutting edge technology has been incorporated into every inch of the 84,000 square foot building. Solar panels span the roof from end to end and three wind turbines tower above the entrance. The facility was designed to exceed LEED Platinum, the highest standard that can be achieved. The building’s primary energy source is a fuel cell that produces 400 kilowatts of continuous electric power. Heat generated from the fuel cell is also used to heat this and other buildings on campus.
The micro grid system takes energy from multiple sources, including the wind turbines and solar panels, and stores it in a battery bank to provide 50 kilowatt hours of power for some of the building’s lights and electrical outlets.
Energy East (formerly Rochester Gas & Electric) provides electricity to over 350,000 customers in a region centered around the City of Rochester in Upstate New York. With industry deregulation, Energy East shifted its focus from power generation to power distribution. In decommissioning a major generating station in Rochester, the company needed to update and improve transmission/distribution facilities as it brought outside power into the area.
When Energy East (formerly Rochester Gas & Electric) shifted its focus in Upstate New York from power generation to power distribution it had to shut down a major power generating station in Rochester. To replace the station’s electrical generating capacity, the company needed new and updated transmission/distribution facilities to serve the area. A major piece of the project was to test and commission new and upgraded substations without interrupting power to customers.
Located in Salamanca, New York, Seneca Allegany features an 11-story luxury hotel with three restaurants, an indoor pool, spa, and salon in addition to their 68,000 square foot casino floor space with 2,235 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. The Seneca Nation plans to continue developing the Allegany complex into a premier resort destination in the region featuring world-class gaming and hotel operations.
Upon entering into the Nation-State Gaming Compact with the State of New York the Seneca’s quickly purchased land in Salamanca and constructed a temporary 48,000 square-foot casino. Upon its opening the Seneca’s moved immediately into phase 2 of the project which involved construction of a permanent gaming facility with 212 room hotel and 8-level parking garage.
The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel features a 26-story luxury hotel (the largest in New York State outside of Manhattan), nine restaurants, buffets, and cafes, 4200 modern slot machines, over 100 gaming tables, more than 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, and a high-capacity events center. The resort has quickly become an Eastern Great Lakes, Western New York destination icon.
Seneca Niagara had its genesis as the former Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center. Immediately upon entering into a 14-year gaming compact with the State of New York, the Seneca Nation of Indians embarked on $80 million in modifications to the existing structure to bring the new casino up and online. Soon after, plans were announced to expand the casino and build a 605-room luxury hotel on the site. In preparation for the expansion a new powerhouse was built on property adjacent to the casino also owned by the Seneca’s.
Steel Winds was among the first successfully implemented urban commercial wind farms in the U.S. That combined with the fact that the plant was part of New York State’s DEC Brownfield Cleanup Program, Buffalo’s wind power facility truly stands out as one of a kind.
State and federal governments continue to pass initiatives that offer developers incentives for building large-scale renewable energy projects on previously disturbed land. Dubbed Steel Winds II, power generation capacity at the current facility was increased to 35 MW with the introduction of six additional Clipper Liberty Wind Turbines. Libertys are impressive structures that feature 325-foot towers with 110-foot blades that are capable of generating 2.5 MW of electricity.
South of Buffalo, New York, on an abandoned Bethlehem Steel plant site, eight 2.5MW Clipper wind turbines are producing power for the New York State Independent System Operator grid. Called “Steel Winds”, it was a $40 million clean energy project developed and owned jointly by BQ Energy and UPC Wind. The wind turbines (the largest manufactured in the U.S.) can produce 57,000 MW-Hours of electricity a year with the power sold both to individual companies and utilities. Steel Winds is said to be the largest U.S. wind farm developed in an urban setting and the first sited on the shores of Lake Erie.
Since beginning passenger transportation services in 1989, Stewart International Airport has received federal and state funding for numerous upgrades and improvements including funding under the FAA’s Military Airport Program (MAP) that supports capital improvements to help convert former military airports for civilian use. Stewart’s latest airport improvement project, the rehabilitation of their Weather Instrument Power Circuit (WIP), also received FAA funding.
Stewart International Airport is situated on 2,400 acres, just 60 miles north of New York City. The airport operates two runways, one measuring 11,817 feet in length, the other 6,004 feet.
Stewart began as a West Point cadet training airfield in 1939 before becoming Stewart Air Force Base in 1948. Deactivated from military service in 1970, it wasn’t until 1989 that commercial airlines were beginning to provide regular passenger service to and from Stewart. In 2007, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey purchased the facility committing to a ten-year, $500 million capital improvement expansion program. In addition to Stewart International, The Port Authority also manages operations at John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International Airports.
Syracuse City Schools initiated a major consolidation program aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing costs across the district’s 45 schools. A key component of this effort included a $6 million contract to consolidate all school communications systems.
The 6 story, 235,000 square foot Syracuse University Life Sciences Building was the largest project undertaken in the university’s history at a cost of $110 million. The massive structure was integrated with the existing Center for Science and Technology Building via a four story glass atrium that joined them.
To meet power requirements for the new 235,000 square foot Life Sciences Building, as well as other projects in planning, the electrical distribution system for Syracuse University’s entire north campus needed to be upgraded.
Target is the second largest discount retailer in the United States. With more than 1770 stores across 49 states and up to 100 new store openings annually, Target maintains a unified, focused approach to retail facility operations and infrastructure management. Target keeps information and communications technology systems current through regular store upgrades, renovations, and maintenance. In addition to ensuring continued efficiency of store operations, these modernization measures promote the Target brand by delivering contemporary, state-of-the-art technological interfaces at every consumer touchpoint to help maximize the overall customer experience.
The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer. They own and operate nearly 2000 warehouse-designed stores worldwide that average 105,000 square feet of floor space. The company established its maintenance and store upgrade program to ensure each facility received the necessary regular maintenance, upgrades, and modernization services to keep them current and safe. Geographically, qualified contractors were screened and certified to perform maintenance, upgrade, and renovation services at The Home Depot stores. Additionally, contractors are on call for emergency service and repairs when such situations arise.
Time Warner’s regional electrical facilities needed major upgrading to accommodate business growth and assure uninterrupted quality service to customers. The project was deemed ‘mission critical’—success being vital to the company’s goals and objectives in the region.
Turning Stone Resort & Casino, a top-five tourist destination in New York State, recently embarked on a $308 million expansion project. The project included three new structures featuring a twenty-story, 200,000 square foot, 287 room casino hotel, a 5000-seat multipurpose event center, and a 22,000 square foot Winter Garden entry way connecting the two structures.
United Refining Company (URC) is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum and derived products. URC’s Warren, Pennsylvania facility produces several grades of unleaded gasoline and asphalt, diesel fuel, kerosene, various industrial fuels, heating oil, liquified petroleum gas, and propane. Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the refinery processes approximately 70,000 barrels of oil every day.
URC markets and distributes its products across 375 wholly owned and operated retail outlets in Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, and Northeast Ohio. The locations range from service station/convenience stores to truck stops, restaurants, and garages under the brands Kwik Fill, Red Apple Food Marts, and Country Fair.
In addition to ongoing service, maintenance, and project work, United Refining implements turnaround/shutdowns at the Warren facility once every three years to perform plant-wide maintenance and upgrades of equipment and systems and to modify their processes and procedures in accordance with government mandates.
With a student enrollment of nearly 29,000, the University at Buffalo (UB) is the largest public university in the Northeastern United States. As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the school hosts home football and soccer games as well as track and field events at UB Stadium. Current televising of NCAA football games in High Definition (HD) required greater illumination of the playing field than the original stadium lights could deliver necessitating the rental of additional lights. Concerned about energy efficiency and operating costs of the existing lighting system, UB approved a permanent lighting upgrade for the stadium. In addition to facilitating HD television broadcasts the new eco-friendly stadium lighting system is reported to be saving the university $70,000 in energy costs annually. This aligns with the school’s energy conservation and green building goals outlined under the UB Green initiative.
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is the Greater Rochester region’s largest employer with 20,000 employees and an annual operating budget of nearly $2 billion. URMC is comprised of several academic and health care delivery institutions that include The School of Medicine and Dentistry, Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, and School of Nursing. The Center is one of the country’s top academic medical institutions with research funding ranking within the top 25% nationally for its School of Medicine and 12th highest on the list for its School of Nursing. The combined square-footage of URMC facilities exceeds 8 million.
Vernon Downs race track first opened its doors for the harness racing season of 1953. The track holds a prestigious place in the rich history of the sport, known for competitiveness and its fast miles, once coined “Home of the Miracle Mile” after the legendary, Adios Harry, set a world-record time at the track that stood for 18 years. More recently Vernon Downs has expanded its offerings to include hotel accommodations with a casino as well as event center operations to offset the slow decline in racing and to become more competitive in the region. Now coined a “racino”, this latest endeavor undertaken was an $8.1 million renovation and expansion project to upgrade and enlarge the complex’s event center.
Developer Noble Environmental Power, sells the electric power generated at the Wethersfield Wind Farm into the New York power market as well as renewable energy credits to green energy marketers. The wind park has 84 General Electric 1.5MW wind turbines capable of producing 126MW of power. The wind farm’s substation steps-up the 34,500 voltage to 230KV for transmission while the switchyard connects the wind farm’s power to New York State Gas & Electric’s 230KV utility grid via a ring bus configuration.