Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition

Winning Design Proposal to be Awarded $100,000, Second Place to be Awarded $50,000 and Third Place to be Awarded $25,000

May 13, 2019

Participants Can Submit Their Ideas Through June 28 at 3 p.m. Here

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the submission period for the Buffalo Skyway Corridor Competition is now open. The competition challenges individuals or teams representing the nation's top urban designers, economists, planners, and architects to reimagine the corridor, help define a clear vision for the City of Buffalo's waterfront, inform the direction for investment in placemaking and deliver economic development opportunities. After reviewing the Request for Submissions, participants can submit ideas here.

"Buffalo is one of the great urban success stories in this country, and it's been a remarkable turnaround," Governor Cuomo said. "We want to continue that momentum, and the Buffalo waterfront has always been one of the great assets as the potential for growth opportunities. We have realized it through Canalside and we want to do more. So we are asking the best minds in the country - planners, designers, community groups - to give us ideas to revitalize the Skyway. The request for submissions will go out today and I think it will elicit a number of proposals, and there will be a community participation process, and then we will pick a winner."

"Like so many who grew up in Western New York, I've seen the remarkable transformation of Buffalo's waterfront which for so long seemed like an impossible achievement," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With more visitors making their way to Canalside and the Outer Harbor, Buffalo needs to reimagine the skyway for the future. This competition will harness new ideas for the transportation needs of today and tomorrow. I look forward to seeing bold and creative possibilities for a new vision for our waterfront."

Participants will be challenged to share solutions that could be implemented with a degree of affordability, feasibility and technical achievability, particularly with regard to accommodating anticipated traffic. The winning design proposal will be awarded a $100,000 prize, second place will be awarded $50,000 and third place will be awarded $25,000.

Read the complete press release here.