Historic Building Renovation

Lakeside Engineering performed a building condition assessment of the Historic Arcade Building located at 83 Fall Street, in Downtown Seneca Falls, NY to determine the condition of the building, conceptual drawing layout, and cost estimate in order to determine if it was feasible to renovate the building to a mixed use occupancy.  Once it was determined that it was feasible to convert the building to residential and commercial space, a detailed code review was performed using the Building Code of New York, Chapter 13 (Performance Compliance Method) to determine the life safety requirements.  A building envelope model was developed using the program COMcheck to determine the requirements needed to meet the New York State Energy Code.  Final construction drawings were developed and approvals were received from the Town Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Board, the Historic Society, and the Seneca County Code Enforcement Office.  Lakeside Engineering acted as the construction manager on the project, self-performing the work and overseeing the electrical and mechanical trades. 

The construction included a complete gut of the space down to the concrete floors and walls, new windows, spray-on foam insulation, complete renovation of the space, new electrical services, replacement of all plumbing and natural gas lines, new water services, and tile, hardwood, and carpeting flooring.  Each apartment is equipped with a high efficiency central air/heating system, washer/dryer, high efficiency hot water heater, dishwasher, high end cabinets and appliances. The life safety features designed and constructed in the building include a 1-hour and 2-hour fire separation between the spaces, a fully addressable fire alarm system with remote access, Knox-Box fire department access, fire extinguisher's throughout, secured building access, as well as a security camera system.









  New Window Installation                                                                                                                                                                                         Sheetrock Delivery











  Interior Framing (Walls & Ceilings)                                                                                                                                                             Electrical Rough-In












New Kitchen                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interior Finishes












Existing Building  - August 2013                                                                                                                                                                        The Arcade Building in 1920













  Proposed Rendering for the Historic Society Approval                                                                                                                   Finished Building - March 2014

Site Development

The Sauder's Store, Inc., located in Seneca Falls, NY is in the process of adding a 35,000 square foot addition to their store.  The new addition requires an expansion of their existing parking lot, new entrance, underground utilities, and site lighting.  Since the project disturbs more than 1-acre of land, a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required for this project including a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) permit.  Lakeside Engineering provided the complete site plan design, grading plan, the SWPPP, and detention pond design.  In addition, a traffic analysis was performed and site plan approvals and permitting were obtained from the Town of Seneca Fall, Seneca County, and the NYS DEC. The project is now under construction and Lakeside Engineering is providing the weekly stormwater inspections.  The project is being built by Hoover Building Specialists, LLC.










  Building Rendering                                                                                                                                                                                                 Site Plan

Lake House, Boat House, and Seawall

A private owner located on port Bay in Huron, NY is in the process of developing a piece of land on Port Bay adjacent to Lake Ontario.  The project consists of a lake house, two boat houses, retaining walls, and an adjoining dock/seawall.  Lakeside Engineering is providing the complete site plan design which includes the local planning board approvals, NYS DEC Permitting, US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) permitting, Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) Permitting, site grading, retaining wall design and temporary sheet piling design.  The next phase of the project will consist of soil borings, a geotechnical evaluation, final foundation and retaining wall design, site plan approval, and construction oversight.

  Site Rendering                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Site Plan

Code Review, Permitting, and Construction Drawings

Lakeside Engineering has performed multiple code reviews, energy analysis, and construction drawings for residential and commercial projects in order to receive a building permit.  The projects involve performing an energy analysis to model the building envelope to ensure they meet or exceed the New York State Energy Code using the program REScheck or COMcheck.  The projects then requires performing a detailed code review using the latest edition of the Building Code of New York State for any special requirements that must be met.  Once the code requirements are known, final construction drawings are developed so a building permit can be obtained.

Apartment Renovation                                                                                                     Commercial Kitchen Renovation                                                                                Commercial Storefront Renovation


Seawall Design

Private owners on Cayuga and Keuka Lakes were in need of a seawall to replace a deteriorated wall and another to control beach erosion.  Lakeside Engineering provided the necessary structural calculations to size the retaining walls, coordinated with the NYS DEC and local municipalities for the permitting, and developed construction drawings.  One wall was constructed of 6x6 pressure treated timbers with lateral supports and the other was constructed of steel soldier piles with 6x6 pressure treated wall timbers.

 Soldier Pile Retaining Wall                                                                                              Constructed Soldier Pile Wall                                                                                     Timber Seawall                                                                         

Septic System Design

Lakeside Engineering designed a commercial septic system for the Sauder's Store, Inc., located in Seneca Falls, NY.  The store is under construction for a 35,000 square foot expansion.  Due to poor draining soils a sand filter system with a modified absorption trench was designed.  A 1,000 gallon grease interceptor and 2,000 gallon septic tank with an effluent filter were required.  In addition, the grades at the site were not conducive for a gravity system.  An alternating Gould pump station was designed to convey the wastewater to the sand filters. 










  Sand Filter & Absorption Trench                                                                                                                                                                     Pump Station & Related Details


Cayuga Lake and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal










  Cayuga Lake Looking North from Ithaca                                                                                                                    Cayuga-Seneca Canal from Lakeside Engineering's Office