Project Description

Meeco Sullivan Awarded New York State Park Systems Largest Marina Contract Ever

Warwick, NY—Meeco Sullivan has been awarded one of the largest contracts ever in 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 will make it the largest full-service marina in the New York State Parks System with 1063 slips.

Safe Harbor Development, the operator of Lake Erie Marina, will replace all of its existing floating docks and walkways.  The new docks will be constructed of 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 project will also include:

  • 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

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.

Meeco Sullivan was awarded the contract in March 2016 and was one of four companies interviewed for the project.  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.”

Meeco Sullivan’s sales, design and engineering teams worked closely with Mr. Campbell 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 will be an integral part of the marina design to withstand the extreme temperature changes and water flow conditions while maintaining a clean, aesthetic look to the new docks. Meeco Sullivan handled all aspects of the design, engineering and production of the floating structures and local contractors will handle the installation of the docks and utilities.

Removal of the old seasonal docks will begin at the end of the 2016 boating season and the new permanent docks will immediately begin going on the water with work continuing through the fall and winter months so the new marina is ready to open for the spring 2017 season.