Jamestown Gateway Train Station Receives Architecture Award

An award has been given to those involved in designing the Jamestown Gateway Train Station.

The architecture firm Wendel was awarded the American Institute of Architects Buffalo/WNY Chapter for design excellence in the historic preservation category. Mark Schlemmer, Jamestown Public Works Department senior civil engineer and lead engineer for the project, said he is proud to be a part of the renovations that were honored with this prestigious award.

”The whole team deserves a big pat on the back for it,” he said. ”Apparently, there was some stiff competition in the historic renovation category. The fact the train station won means a lot. It makes the effort worthwhile.”

Schlemmer said, if he had to pick one reason why the renovations at the train station won a design award, he would point to the attention to detail.

”Every corner and every piece that had historic significance we didn’t brush aside, we made sure this level of effort went into every aspect of the project,” he said. ”We attended to every last detail and fought all the battles, and, in the end, it gave us a successful project.”

A comment from the jury in the judging process also discussed the attention to detail in the train station’s renovations.

”The architect’s understanding of the structure … and the resultant space are clearly conveyed. The restrain and sensitivity utilized in the restoration of the station impart a superb community building for future generations,” the jury commented.

Schlemmer said he was first assigned to work on the project in 2008. He said then the renovations became his main focus until they were finished in 2012.

”It was a good four-year endeavor for me,” he said.

Schlemmer said Wendel was the lead architect for the project, with Foit-Albert Associates as the sub-architect. The general engineers for the project were Picone Construction Corp of Clarence; the electrical engineers were Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corporation of Jamestown; the plumbing engineers were MLP Plumbing & Mechanical of Cheektowaga; and the heating, ventilation and air conditioning engineers were Scobell Company Inc. of Erie, Pa.