Buffalo’s Lake Erie Marina–NY Park System’s Largest Marina Completed on Schedule

1063 slips range in size from 24′ to 50′

Buffalo, NY– In March of 2016 Meeco Sullivan was awarded one of the largest contracts ever by the New York State Parks System. The City of Buffalo Inner Harbor Development Corporation’s plans for revising and reconfiguring the existing Lake Erie Marina made it the largest full service marina in the New York State Parks System with 1063 slips. Meeco Sullivan delivered over 148 tractor trailer loads of docks on schedule from its McAlester, OK facility so the marina could be ready for its scheduled Spring 2017 opening.  

Safe Harbor Development, the operator of Lake Erie Marina, replaced all of the existing floating docks and walkways with Meeco Sullivan’s galvanized steel frame system with composite decking and encapsulated flotation and will include slip sizes from 11′ x 24′ to 20′ x 50′ along with 30′, 34′ and 40′ slips to accommodate the most popular boat sizes in the area. The Lake Erie Marina also included:
A new fuel pier and courtesy docks with ADA accessibility
  • Modern fueling stations and a new ship store
  • A new PWC dock
  • A newly renovated full service restaurant
  • A newly renovated onsite Operations, Management and Boater Services office
  • A new 400 ft. wind and wave attenuator to protect fueling and courtesy slips at the mouth of the harbor

Meeco Sullivan’s sales, design and engineering teams worked closely with Safe Harbor Development to achieve maximum space utilization while providing the most functional, updated slip sizes and amenities available at any marina in the region. Since all of the new floating dock systems will be permanent, incorporating the right anchoring system was a major part of the design effort. A chain and cable anchoring system with driven piles beneath the water was an integral part of the marina design to withstand the extreme temperature changes and water flow conditions while maintaining a clean, aesthetic look. Meeco Sullivan handled all aspects of the design, engineering and production of the floating structures and local contractors handled the installation of the docks and utilities.

Floating docks were constructed of Meeco Sullivan’s galvanized steel frame truss system with composite decking


This is one of the first major inter-coastal waterfront revitalization projects for the city of Buffalo, NY where private development monies are being used to bring new commerce to a rapidly changing and revamped city economy but was spurred by Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan.
 Darby Campbell, President and Owner of Safe Harbor Development commented that “The city of Buffalo is very excited about this new marina and how it will contribute to both the Buffalo revitalization efforts and local economy as well as the quality of life for Buffalo residents who love the water. We chose Meeco Sullivan because of their experience, the quality of their design and their ability to produce a project of this size and deliver it on time and on budget.”