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Developers adapting designs for conversion projects

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With more and more older buildings being converted to housing, adaptive reuse of structures originally built as factories, warehouses or electrical substations, architects have to deal with noise issues.

Three development projects are dealing with this issue. Located along Niagara Street on the West Side, they are  very close to the Thruway and the Amtrak passenger train line.

Architect Steve Carmina says special window glass makes the difference.
"I'm not too concerned about it. With the way we have glazed it, that's going to do it. That's the weak point. We're not doing any further insulation or anything like that on the building," explained Carmina, who was was the architect on the conversion of a high-rise warehouse located near the Thruway and the Scajaquada. That project used special glass to reduce the noise from the nearby highways.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.