Last summer, Ralph Wilson Stadium had a complete makeover.
The $130 stadium renovations -- a project that included new scoreboards, high definition broadcast for TV, renovated concessions, bathrooms, handicap accessibility, and locker room to name a few -- won the Business First "Brick by Brick" Award this June.
"Brick by Brick" is a high-profile evening that brought together the commercial real estate industry from big-time developers, architects, contractors, engineers and more.
This program recognized finalists in categories of real estate, construction and development in the Buffalo Niagara region. The winners in each category were announced during the ceremony at Buffalo RiverWorks.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the stadium renovation was that it took only seven months.
"A project like that should take a year and a half," Joe Frandina, Director of Construction Management, said. "It was great undertaking, funded by three parties the state, the county, and the Buffalo Bills. Each put into the pot. It was designed by Populous from Kansas City. A lot of local architects and engineers were involved. More importantly a crew of men and women from this region that worked through a terrible winter, double digit negative wind chills, all through the hot summers of July. They stayed with it and got it done. Without their help and the funding, this project would have never happened."
There are plenty who rightfully share in this well-deserved honor.
"We are proud of our accomplishments and the stadium every year generates more history," Fradina said.