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City of Rochester Public Market Expansion and Renovation, Phases 1 & 2

Parul Dubey on April 9, 2019 - in Buildings, Land Development, News, Projects

The City of Rochester, New York, initially enlisted T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) to prepare the Master Plan for the comprehensive renovation and expansion of Rochester’s Public Market Wintershed facility. The Public Market is a year-round bustle of activity on nine acres in the heart of the city. It enjoys national acclaim; it was voted “America’s Favorite Farmer’s Market,” has operated on the same site since 1905, and attracts more than 1.5 million shoppers each year.

The Market was comprised of the market office and public restroom facility, Shed A, Shed C, and the Wintershed facility, a 10,457-square-foot indoor area of vendor stalls. The Wintershed facility did not adequately meet vendor needs, public usage, or current building code. The project vision was to increase the number of vendors, create multiple aisles and kiosks aimed to improve customer traffic, enable varied storefront capability for indoor/outdoor use as the seasons dictate, and incorporate code-approved restroom, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system improvements.

TYLI secured one of the foremost public market experts in the county and led the renovation effort. TYLI’s initial contract covered the project from program development through schematic design phase. Responsibilities included a condition survey and report/market analysis of the existing Wintershed facility; site evaluation, survey, and plan development of the site; preparation of State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) documentation; and assistance in obtaining environmental approvals.

Once the Master Plan was complete, the City of Rochester enlisted TYLI to implement its award-winning efforts. The first step was to develop a new linear, open Shed D and replace the existing Wintershed with a new, enclosed, year-round use building (Shed B). Shed B is the first completely new building at the Market in more than 40 years. It presents a clean, modern architectural style that complements and enhances the collection of historic and utilitarian buildings of the Market complex.

Project Highlights:

  • TYLI developed Shed D to match the visual aesthetic of the adjacent outdoor vendor sheds.
  • Shed B provides flexible space for an assortment of vendors. It has utility support for wholesale meat and fish vendors, as well as prepared food operations. Innovative operable glass doors allow the vendor activity to extend out into the Market Plaza in good weather. The new building houses expanded, fully accessible restroom facilities to serve the Market as a whole.
  • The design carefully incorporated phasing considerations and detailed planning for construction access and activity, which allowed the Market to remain operational and retain vendors throughout the construction process.
  • TYLI provided full, multi-disciplinary services, including civil, structural, architectural, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design.
  • TYLI also provided construction administration services, which included submittal review, RFI (requests for information) response, status meetings, pay application review, and punch list inspection.

Mayor’s Award, 2018
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Rochester Chapter
Design Excellence Award, 2018
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Rochester Chapter
Design Excellence Award, 2013
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Rochester Chapter
Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice, 2012
American Planning Association (APA)
New York Upstate Chapter
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