Residential - Avant


About Avant

The challenge to reuse an obsolete federal building with “good bones” and create a progressive architectural statement in the heart of Buffalo’s Central Business District was mastered by Steiglitz Snyder Architects.

The Stieglitz team worked closely with Uniland to assure the best possible hotel, office and residential experiences under Avant’s shared roof.

Case Study: $85 million adaptive reuse of former federal office building

Green Commitment
Avant began a commitment to sustainable design with the largest recycling project of clean materials in Western New York history. Hundreds of tons of concrete, aluminum, glass and other materials were hauled away to create a pristine core of steel frame and concrete floor. Each design and construction decision has been carefully considered for enduring environmental value. Months were taken to investigate the most environmentally appropriate and functional glass for the curtain wall system, high-performance Low-E glass, that is now the building’s signature. The glass curtain wall structure represents a cost premium of more than 35 percent over traditional glass wall construction, but promised many decades of energy efficient livability.  The life cycle of the building and the livability for owners, tenants and guests are paramount to each decision made.

Avant brings the best of Buffalo to your doorstep in the heart of the government, legal, financial and entertainment districts. Located on several Metro Bus lines and only three blocks from a light rail station, Avant is easily accessible by public transportation. It is the ideal day-to-night destination with its proximity to the Theatre District, KeyBank Center, Coca-Cola Field, and Canalside, while the adjacent Chippewa Entertainment district offers an active social scene with dozens of quality restaurants and clubs.


  • Award of Excellence, NAIOP
  • Best Conversion, Hilton Worldwide
  • Project of the Year, Northeastern Economic Developers Association
  • Building of the Year, Business First Golden Brick Award
  • Building of the Year, Building Owner’s and Management Association
  • Environmental Excellence Award, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


How can I help?

Kellena Kane
Director of Development

Phone: 716.834.5000 Ext. 555

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