Schenectady County

Golub site taking shape on Nott St.

The largest Class A office building under construction in the Capital Region, the sprawling Golub Co

The largest Class A office building under construction in the Capital Region, the sprawling Golub Corp. headquarters, is starting to take shape on Nott Street.

David Buicko, chief operating officer for the Galesi Group, said work to prepare the building pad is two to three weeks ahead of schedule. He expects phase one of the work, the installation of water and sewer lines and other improvements, to be completed by Aug. 1. Phase two will involve erection of steel to frame the 240,000-square-foot, six-story building, Buicko said. The Galesi Group owns the site and will lease the building to Golub, which operates the Price Chopper supermarket chain.

Once completed, the $22 million office building will house at least 720 employees; they are transferring there from the company’s current headquarters in the Rotterdam Industrial Park. Golub plans to convert this building into warehouse space to aid in its expansion plans.

Golub scouted several sites within Schenectady County and elsewhere before settling on the 9.3-acre brownfield site, once home to a Big N store and to Alco before that. Galesi had planned to build several buildings on the site, two of which were to house the Schenectady YMCA and Union Graduate College. Both are relocating to other sites in the city.

Buicko said the city should benefit greatly when the massive headquarters building opens in late 2009. “It will have a huge impact on downtown. With all those people working there, they will be using services in Schenectady, whether it’s restaurants, drug stores, you name it,” he said.

Golub plans to add sidewalks on Nott Street and Peek Street to tie the site to other city venues, such as Little Italy on North Jay Street. Its also plans to make the building and site as ecologically friendly as possible, officials said.

The headquarters will feature energy-efficient features and technology, including a stormwater treatment system to avoid sending salt and oil into the Mohawk River through the city’s stormwater pipes. Trees will frame the site and windows will be used to catch every ray of sunlight possible, reducing the need for artificial light. Golub is partnering with the state Energy Research and Development Authority to create the state-of-the-art building.

The Galesi Group is using grants from the state brownfield program to clean up the site. “This is a poster child of what is right about the state’s brownfield law,” Buicko said. “It is the first brownfield project in Region 4 [of the state Department of Environmental Conservation].”

Buicko said Galesi would never had been able to clean up the site without the state grants. “It wouldn’t have been done. This is the only way it makes sense economically to do the project,” he said.

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