Designed by renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson, with landscape design by Frederick Olmstead, this sprawling complex originally opened in 1880 as the state-of-the-art Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. In 1927, the campus was reduced by half for the construction of Buffalo State College. By the early 1970s, its final patients relocated to a new facility, beginning the deterioration and eventual abandonment of this once-majestic asset. In 1973, the Complex was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1986, it was named a National Historic Landmark, one of only 2,500 such landmarks in the nation.

In 2006, this historic treasure was saved by then-Governor George Pataki, beginning a rehabilitation project that transformed the site into a hotel and conference center, with a third of the building space devoted to an architecture center. This project is slated for completion in 2016. To achieve these goals, LP Ciminelli turned to U&S Services to deliver a modern energy management system tailored for late 19th-century buildings.

The integration of the Inncom Hotel Management System with the StruxureWare Building Operations Systems (SBO) by Schneider Electric delivers the most sophisticated guest room environmental controls available today. Each of the 88 rooms in this hotel and its urban resort conference center delivers granular temperature and humidity controls, delivering the finest in comfort for patrons and staff alike. The powerful reporting capabilities of SBO allows the owners tremendous insight into energy usage, identifying key areas of savings that keep utility costs down without sacrificing the “human” experience.

After years of neglect, this local treasure has returned to use and is considered an example of the recent resurgence of Buffalo.


  • Guest Room Controls
  • Hotel Management Integration
  • Integrated Building Management System (BMS)
  • Schneider Electric – Andover Controls Direct Digital Control (DDC) System
  • Smart Digital Thermostats with Onboard PIR Motion Detector