Foit-Albert Associates chosen for Riviera Theatre Expansion Project

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Award Winning Local Architecture Firm to Design Regionally Significant Project

North Tonawanda, (Buffalo) NY – (6.14.2016) The Historic Riviera Theatre and Performing Arts Center has selected award winning “Foit-Albert Associates” to design the regionally significant Riviera Theatre Expansion and Development Project that will set the stage for future generations to enjoy.

Foit-Albert Associates will design a 23,000 square-foot addition in the rear of the theatre on a fully remediated brownfield site that will enable the Riviera Theatre to increase the number and type of events it offers. The project increases accessibility, includes general upgrades that will benefit patrons and performers, positively influences the Theatre’s economic impact on the downtown and region and establishes new and sustainable revenue sources for the Theatre.

“We are excited to move forward with an architectural partner with extensive experience in the design of new buildings and the restoration of existing facilities that will help us set the stage for an expansion that not only functions and looks great, but also compliments our history and community,” said Gary J. Rouleau, Riviera Theatre Co-Director.

“Following an extensive process to select a qualified architect was very important to us. We were very impressed with the available talent of architects here in Western New York (and beyond) who submitted proposals. We are confident that Foit-Albert Associates is the right firm to partner with the Riviera Theatre as we set the stage for our expansion,” said Jim Pritchard, Riviera Theatre Co-Director.

“We are very excited to be part of this important, regionally significant project and look forward to enhancing and strengthening this beautiful historic theatre,” said Gwen Howard, Foit-Albert Associates Vice President of Architecture.

The Riviera Theatre “Set The Stage” Expansion and Development Project includes:

  • “Black Box Theatre” flexible event space for more and diverse shows and community and educational events;
  • Flexible corporate/private event space;
  • Concession/merchandise space for new and existing facility;
  • Elevator and new ADA compliant bathrooms for patrons and visitors;
  • New dressing rooms, showers and wash facilities for performers;
  • New lobby area with educational and local historical space;
  • New ground level box office, staff office and conference room space;
  • Additional critically needed storage space.

“Set The Stage” Capital Campaign Total Project Goal:

$6.1 Million

Current Funding Raised: $1.35 Million (including $1.2 Million Western New York Regional Economic Development Council award.)


Design Completion: Fall 2016

Construction: When fully funded (Estimated Fall 2017)

Impact of the Riviera Expansion Project: 

*(Camoin Associates Economic Impact Study)

  • Up to 250 events per year;
  • Up to 150,000 visitors annually;
  • $653,000 in new local economic impact annually;
  • 14 new jobs into the local economy annually;
  • Riviera’s new positive total annual economic impact will be over $4 million annually!

(Riviera Theatre currently has an annual $3 million positive economic impact to the WNY Region.)

 Regional Priority Project:

  • Western New York Regional Economic Development Council;
  • Buffalo-Niagara Partnership;
  • Lumber City Development Corp.;
  • City of North Tonawanda.


About Foit-Albert Associates:269ceebb2be07f49a4528f58ef1aafc6

Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying, P.C., is an award-winning multidisciplinary architecture, engineering, environmental, and land surveying consulting firm with offices in Buffalo, Albany, Briarcliff Manor and New York City, New York.

Foit-Albert Associates was founded in 1977 with the notion that every project is unique and represents a manifestation of the vision and mission of each client. For several decades, Foit-Albert Associates has approached each new project with an open mind and strong desire to create the best possible results for its customers. This client-centered approach focuses on the mission of the client, the vision and expectations of the project and the collaborative process which inspires creative concepts that exceed expectations.

The result is a vast portfolio of award-winning projects. More importantly, these projects have improved the way people do business, the way they view their community and the way they live their lives. As a firm, Foit-Albert Associates strives to place importance on even the smallest of details in order to achieve outstanding results. Whether the job is redesigning a bridge, building a new facility, designing renovations to existing spaces or providing a land survey in challenging elements, Foit-Albert Associates dedicates its attention to the customer and its wealth of experience to make the process seamless.

Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering and Surveying, P.C. is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).

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Built in 1926 and listed on the National and State registers of historic places, the Riviera Theatre is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve and maintain the Historic Riviera Theatre and the Mighty WurliTzer Organ and to promote the performing arts.