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Beauty Mark Cerrone Inc. helps beautify community with Fargo Avenue Reconstruction project Story by Kevin D. Porter Photos courtesy of Mark Cerrone, Inc.


32 September October 2012


oads are the pathways to new experiences and the routes to destinations. Mark Cerrone Inc. recently helped sweeten the ride with the reconstruction of one of Buffalo, N.Y.’s oldest streets — Fargo Avenue. “It was a full depth reconstruction and redesign of the street,” said George Churakos, vice president at Mark Cerrone, Inc., the successful low-bidder on the municipal project sponsored by the City of Buffalo. The firm’s scope of work on the Fargo Avenue Reconstruction included the replacement of utility, water and sewer lines, as well as street beautification and landscape improvements. Formed in 1999, Mark Cerrone Inc. is a New York-based diversified contracting group dedicated to delivering high-caliber construction services. In 2003, the firm ventured from the residential sector into more commercial projects and widened its scope to include abatement, demolition, utilities, roads, landscaping and streetscapes. The purpose of the reconstruction project was to enable safer traffic flow for vehicles and pedestrians and to create greener, more aestheti-

cally pleasing walkable areas in Buffalo’s West Side. Efforts for reconstruction were focused along a heavily traveled route that extends from Porter Avenue to Connecticut Street and interfaces with D’Youville College — an independent coeducational institution — via a traffic circle at the entrance to the campus library. Mark Cerrone Inc. created the roundabout and landscaped it with retaining walls, light standards and decorative benches. The firm operated under tight work and time constraints. “We had to work hard to minimize the inconvenience of construction in the middle of a college campus. Most work had to be completed by the close of school in May and the start of school in August,” Churakos said. “We were able to meet those time constraints.” They also maintained access to the street as much as possible while work was ongoing. “We were able to maintain a single lane of traffic during all of the construction.” However, one challenge emerged. A separate street project in progress along Fargo Avenue presented a coordination issue. With both projects operating under their own design criteria, there

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