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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday afternoon, a number of city, state and local government officials came together with Kleinhans Music Hall board members to announce the start of $18 million worth of infrastructure work.

It’s part of a $21 million capital campaign to restore and maintain Kleinhans — the Buffalo landmark known for performances by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and numerous other musicians.

BPO Conductor JoAnn Falletta was there, along with Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Kleinhans Director Daniel Hart says the support they’ve received has “transformed this effort from a dream to a reality.”

“Speaking for our Kleinhans Board of Directors, we believe the most important thing we can is to preserve and enhance the building so it can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come,” Hart said. “This day represents a true milestone to that end.”

Governor Kathy Hochul’s office said the building is in need of numerous improvements inside and out. These include those in the categories of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, doors and the roof. The goal of this project is to accomplish the following, the Governor’s office said:

  • “Completion of an entirely new roof (current is 40 years old). 
  • New central steam boiler/vacuum condensate return system upgrade to efficient modular steam boilers.  Makeup water systems will be purchased and installed. 
  • Upgrade heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. Major equipment components and control systems will require replacement: New exhaust fans and ducts; steam traps throughout; front end BMS controllers; main auditorium HVAC; Livingston Hall and basement air handling units. 
  • Life safety/energy efficiency. Update fire systems and smoke detectors; install new fall protection above the ceiling over the stage; door access and security system will be replaced throughout the facility; exterior lighting will be upgraded (parking lot, north and south canopies), interior lighting will be upgraded in all areas for energy efficiency. 
  • General building system. A new liner for the reflecting pool will be installed. Windows will be replaced. Painting and plastering throughout will be scheduled throughout the project timeline.”

“For the past 82 years, Kleinhans Music Hall has been a jewel in Buffalo’s world-class cultural and architectural portfolio, but it is showing its physical age and it’s time for major updates,” Mayor Brown said. “I thank Governor Hochul and the Empire State Development Corporation for New York State’s generous contribution to the $21 million renovation project that is now underway. Since 2016, my administration invested more than $2.6 million to maintain this City-owned treasure, and we are proud to contribute $2.2 million to this project which will safeguard this magnificent facility for future generations to enjoy.”

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