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Capital Region Welcome Center

Commissioning service for the new construction of a tourist center off the New York Thruway

  • 11K

    Square Feet

  • $25M

    Construction Value

  • New Baltimore, New York

    New Baltimore, New York

Evaluating and documenting the progress of installation throughout the construction phase

This new welcome center needed a creative solution to shoe-horn it into a constrained site, maintain traffic safety, and create an aesthetically pleasing design—while highlighting the many special tourist attractions of New York’s Capital Region. Our contribution? Stantec Commissioning was contracted to undertake the functional testing of major mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. These systems included boilers, hydronic pumps, rooftop units, and cabinet unit heaters along with VAV terminal units, exhaust fans, and ductless split systems. Our engineers, architects, and designers collaborated closely with the New York State Thruway Authority and other stakeholders on the project.

The new Capital Region Welcome Center leads to one of the most unique regions in the state, not only because of Albany’s grand, palatial 19th- century state capital building, but also because of Saratoga’s famous racetrack and performing arts center. Modern-day attractions are reflected in the building, as is the area’s history going back to the 1600s and Dutch West India Company’s Fort Orange.

Combining charging stations for electric cars, a motorcycle shelter, parking, and a music-themed play area—and integrated solar panels that minimize use of electricity—with the regional showcases, the new welcome center successfully achieves the goal of encouraging travelers to discover the wonders of the Capital Region. 

At a Glance

  • New York State Thruway Authority
Meet Our Team

Chris Carter, Associate, Structural Engineer

My structural design skills and my bridge inspection skills go hand-in-hand; one informs the other, enhancing my work on all projects.
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Robert Cartwright , Senior Principal, Transportation

I get a great deal of satisfaction from matching our project staff to the client’s specific needs, ensuring successful, quality projects.
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Bruce Cohen, Principal

I am energized by working with like-minded people who are dedicated to getting the job done in an efficient and professional manner.

Matthew Conley, Associate

I love being able to develop creative solutions to clients’ problems, whether on smaller local jobs or larger state projects.

Thomas Hammerberg, Landscape Architect

In our work, you get to be a designer and quite often an end user. Enhancing and beautifying our communities is what landscape architects do.

Barbara Nazarewicz, Project Manager

I love taking the chaotic tangle of divergent stakeholder needs and transform them into one beautiful ribbon.

Greg Schworm, Associate, Mechanical Engineer

Nothing is more satisfying than entering a building I commissioned and knowing I played a role in getting it built, tuned, and operating.
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Lisa Westrick, Principal, Transportation

I’m passionate about solving problems and balancing the puzzle of how to best meet the needs, and wish list, of a client and the community.

Chris Carter

Associate, Structural Engineer

Robert Cartwright

Senior Principal, Transportation

Bruce Cohen


Matthew Conley


Thomas Hammerberg

Landscape Architect

Barbara Nazarewicz

Project Manager

Greg Schworm

Associate, Mechanical Engineer

Lisa Westrick

Principal, Transportation

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