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DOUGLAS DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF PUBLIC TOURS AT SENECA ONE

Seneca One welcomes the public into the tower for a comprehensive look inside WNY’s tallest building! 

BUFFALO, NY , April 21 –  Seneca One will open the doors to small, socially distant, and enthusiastic tour groups to explore the nearly completed 1.4 million square foot complex from top to bottom. Buffalonians who have been viewing the development and progress from a distance on the news and in the paper can now register for a tour and come see everything for themselves. 

This tour offers the chance to see Buffalo like you have never seen it before while at the same time learning about what is to come at WNY’s tallest building. 

The 1.5 hour tour will include a trip to the 38th floor featuring 360 degree views of WNY and Canada, and then a trip down the tower with stops at various technology spaces as well as a comprehensive look into the forthcoming amenities, retail options, and event spaces. At each stop, a Douglas Development representative will provide insight regarding the history and future of each space. 

Public Tour Schedule 

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM 

Saturdays at 12:00 PM 

RSVP at senecaonebuffalo.com 

The tour of Seneca One goes into great depth about the building’s history as well the vision for the years to come. Our guests will see what a $186M redevelopment looks like starting with the best view of Buffalo there is: over 500 feet up in the sky.  Learning about the technology aspect of Seneca One is almost like peeling back the curtain and taking a sneak peek into the future of Buffalo.” said Sean Heidinger, Director of Business Development for Douglas Development. 

While individual RSVPs are mandatory to participate in the public tours, Seneca One is also welcoming in group tours which are perfect for corporate outings, family visits, etc. Tours require masks to be worn at all times. The tours do not include any of M&T’s spaces and Seneca One asks that you wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Public Tours Return to Seneca One

DOUGLAS DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF PUBLIC TOURS AT SENECA ONE

Seneca One welcomes the public into the tower for a comprehensive look inside WNY’s tallest building!

BUFFALO, NY , April 21 –  Seneca One will open the doors to small, socially distant, and enthusiastic tour groups to explore the nearly completed 1.4 million square foot complex from top to bottom. Buffalonians who have been viewing the development and progress from a distance on the news and in the paper can now register for a tour and come see everything for themselves. 

This tour offers the chance to see Buffalo like you have never seen it before while at the same time learning about what is to come at WNY’s tallest building. 

The 1.5 hour tour will include a trip to the 38th floor featuring 360 degree views of WNY and Canada, and then a trip down the tower with stops at various technology spaces as well as a comprehensive look into the forthcoming amenities, retail options, and event spaces. At each stop, a Douglas Development representative will provide insight regarding the history and future of each space. 

Public Tour Schedule 

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM 

Saturdays at 12:00 PM 

RSVP at senecaonebuffalo.com 

All Ages!

The tour of Seneca One goes into great depth about the building’s history as well the vision for the years to come. Our guests will see what a $186M redevelopment looks like starting with the best view of Buffalo there is: over 500 feet up in the sky.  Learning about the technology aspect of Seneca One is almost like peeling back the curtain and taking a sneak peek into the future of Buffalo.” said Sean Heidinger, Director of Business Development for Douglas Development. 

While individual RSVPs are mandatory to participate in the public tours, Seneca One is also welcoming in group tours which are perfect for corporate outings, family visits, etc. Tours require masks to be worn at all times. The tours do not include any of M&T’s spaces and Seneca One asks that you wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. 

Seneca One, at 1 Seneca Street, is Douglas Jemal’s $186M mixed use redevelopment of One Seneca Tower, now the home to over 100 apartments, M&T Bank’s technology hub, 43North, Odoo, Serendipity Labs, Quarter Deck Athletics, and much more. 

…So You’re Coming to Seneca One

Slowly but surely, you’ve been watching the Buffalo skyline’s tallest building, Seneca One, slowly transform from a distant memory into a living, breathing, mixed use facility with 24/7 activity and a tech-focused community. 

This 1.4M square foot monstrosity, formerly known as One HSBC Center, and before that was known as Marine Midland Center, stands 529 feet tall, has 38 floors, hosts over 100 apartments and is welcoming a diverse workforce that is growing by the day. 

Seneca One is now ‘open for business’, which means that one way or another you may be heading downtown to 1 Seneca Street in the near future and your first question is going to be: “where do I park?!?!” 

Well, we’re here to walk you through it! 

Because we’re in Buffalo, most guests of ours are going to be inclined to drive to Seneca One, and that’s fine, but before you hop in your car to head downtown, please consider getting to us by any of the following transportation options:

  1. NFTA Rail – Please get off at the Seneca Street Station which is a 30 second walk to SO.
  2. NFTA Bus – Please get off at the Washington Street Station which is a 30 second walk to SO.
  3. Reddy Bikeshare
  4. Walk or Ride a Bike
  5. Carpool with Friends
  6. Coming from out of town? Buffalo’s brand new AMTRAK station is directly behind Seneca One.

Parking at Seneca One 

Now that you’ve decided to drive to Seneca One, there are many parking options. More than most people think!   While there is always street parking to be found around the perimeter of Seneca One, we do have one ramp that we highly recommend to our visitors: Seneca One Ramp at 50 Exchange Street. The cost is no more than $5 for the entire day, is very safe, and contains a bridge directly to Seneca One.

Once you pull in and take a ticket, we recommend heading directly to the third level where you will have a close spot to the bridge to Seneca One. If you do not park on the third level, use the elevator to get there and the entrance to the bridge is located directly to your right.

Now that you have crossed the bridge to Seneca One, head to your right through the garden/plaza (future beer garden).

Once you pass the retail building on the plaza, turn left towards the East and West Entrances which are on opposite sides of Main Street.

You can enter at either the East or West Entrance and take the escalator to the lobby level which is the gateway to anything and everything at Seneca One. If the escalators are undergoing routine maintenance, the elevator to the lobby level is located behind the escalator.

Once you make it to the lobby level, you’re in the right place! Please check in with security or give your contact a call to let them know you’ve arrived!

Welcome to Seneca One

Extended! LIVE JAZZ LUNCH SERIES WITH VIN D

Due to overwhelming success, we’re BACK with an extended live jazz lunch series!

Enjoy a safe and socially-distant lunch in Seneca One’s Food Hall while local jazz musicians perform live!

Seneca One has teamed up with local musician, Vin Derosa of Vitamin D, to offer a live jazz lunch series in the SO Food Hall for all to enjoy. The series will boast a safe and socially distant environment with an eclectic selection of food offerings and some of the best live jazz in the city of Buffalo.

Live Jazz Lunch Series Schedule

Wednesday, March 31st from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, April 14th from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, April 28th from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

The SO Food Hall is open daily, Monday – Friday, from 8 AM – 2 PM and offers a large selection of lunch and breakfast options from the SO grill, build-a-bowl station, wood-fired pizza oven, soups, and daily Chef specials. The Blend, offering shakes and Blend Bars, will also be participating in this event series! The Food Hall is open to the public and the team at Seneca One is eager to make the space a downtown lunch destination. There will also be grab and go snacks, salads, and much more available for those on the move!

For those interested in attending the live jazz series, the event is free and reservations are not required. There will be ample seating throughout the Food Hall as well as the rest of the lobby for everyone to enjoy. You can access the SO Food Hall by entering the building at Main and Seneca St. Where the NFTA Rail goes underneath Seneca One, there are escalators up to the lobby on both sides of Main St.

* All current Covid-19 restrictions will be enforced and taken very seriously during the Live Jazz Lunch Series. Please plan to socially distance, wear a mask, and seat no more than ten people per table.

“We’re very excited to welcome the public into Seneca One and the SO Food Hall to enjoy lunch, live jazz, and sweeping views of downtown Buffalo right from their seats at lunch” said Sean Heidinger, Director of Business Development at Douglas Development Corporation, “this is just the first of many creative efforts to establish Seneca One as a downtown lunch destination in WNY.”

BUFFALO NAVAL PARK SETS SAIL ON $1,000,000 CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE SULLIVANS DOUGLAS JEMAL COMMITS TO LEADING EFFORT

Press or Donation Contact: Sean Heidinger at sheidinger@douglasdev.com or 716-207-8908

BUFFALO, NY – In collaboration with Douglas Jemal, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park has officially launched the largest fundraising campaign in the 40 year history of the Park. With a goal of $1,000,000, Save The Sullivans is set to raise the money needed to make permanent repairs to the hull of the USS The Sullivans.

USS The Sullivans (DD-537) a 78-year old Fletcher-Class destroyer that saw action in World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War is a major attraction at The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park. USS The Sullivans is named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers who, serving together on the light cruiser USS Juneau, were all killed in action on its sinking around November 13, 1942. The ship was christened by the fallen brothers’ mother, Alleta Sullivan, and is a National Historic Landmark. It holds a special place in our nation’s military history and a special place on the Buffalo Waterfront.

“Decades of harsh weather in Buffalo have taken a toll on the ship. The severely weakened hull was recently compromised below the waterline and the ship began taking on water.” commented Paul Marzello, president and CEO for the Buffalo Naval Park. “A full bow-to-stern survey of the ship’s hull was conducted and an engineered plan developed for the necessary repairs. It involves applying a two-part epoxy coating to the entire hull below the waterline and the installation of a cathodic protection system that will prevent further corrosion of the USS The Sullivans, the USS Little Rock and the USS Croaker.”

Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development has volunteered to act as campaign captain of Save the Sullivans. “It is an honor for me to be a part of the effort to preserve this ship and honor the service and sacrifice of the Sullivan brothers.” commented Jemal.

The official launch of the Save the Sullivans campaign will be marked by a private fundraiser hosted by Jemal on St. Patrick’s Day at the Naval Park. The invitation-only event will be the first major push toward raising the $1,000,000.

Sullivan’s Brewing is also jumping on-board the campaign effort. Michael Meade, a Buffalo native and CEO of the Kilkenney, Ireland based brewery, was instrumental in bringing Sullivan’s to North America and launching in Buffalo a few years ago. “Buffalo is a second home for Sullivan’s. When we heard about the need to save the USS The Sullivans, it was a natural for us to get involved and help.” commented Meade. A team from Sullivan’s including brand ambassador and voice of the Buffalo Bills John Murphy will be on hand at the Jemal fundraiser pouring Sullivan’s for guests.

Calling all Sullivans. In an effort to draw in more participation to the Save The Sullivans campaign, the Naval Park is asking all people with the last name Sullivan to contribute to the effort by making a $5.00 donation.

Contributions to the Save the Sullivans campaign can be made securely online at SAVETHESULLIVANS.ORG or by mailing to Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, ATTN: Save the Sullivans, One Naval Cove, Buffalo, New York, 14202, or by calling the park directly at 716-847-1773, EXT 10.

Contact: Sean Heidinger at sheidinger@douglasdev.com or 716-207-8908

About Douglas Development Corporation 

For three decades, Douglas Development Corporation has garnered redevelopment successes in the District of Columbia, as well as in suburban Virginia and Maryland. Douglas Development has earned a reputation for revitalizing underdeveloped, emerging areas and continues to win praise from local government authorities, community members, neighbors, and the real estate community at large.

Founder and President Douglas Jemal established Douglas Development in 1985. While the company remains a privately operated and family-owned and controlled company, it has since grown into a fully integrated real estate company with over 100 employees, expanding to New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

With a current portfolio of more than 14 million leasable square feet and more than 5 million square feet of developable real estate in the pipeline, Douglas Development is well-established as one of the most dominant and successful real estate developers in the Washington Metropolitan area. Learn more at www.douglasdevelopment.com

About the Buffalo and Erie County Military & Naval Park

In 1976, the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and a group of community supporters gathered together to create a non-profit organization in order to submit a request to the U.S. Navy for a decommissioned naval vessel as part of a waterfront development plan.

The Navy granted their request, and in 1977, donated a destroyer and a guided missile cruiser to the City of Buffalo. After two years of fundraising and restoration, the newly formed organization opened to the public on July 4, 1979. In subsequent years The Park has added substantially to its collection of military artifacts.

The current collection includes a Fletcher-Class Destroyer, USS The Sullivans (DD-537), named after the five Sullivan brothers who died aboard ship while serving on the USS Juneau in 1942; the only Cleveland-Class Light Cruiser left in existence, USS Little Rock (CL-92/CLG-4/CG-4); Gato-Class submarine, USS Croaker (SS/SSK/AGSS/IXSS-246); Vietnam-era PTF-17 boat; UH-1 Huey Helicopter; Nike Hercules Missile and launcher; M-41 Walker Bulldog Tank; F101 Voodoo Jet, and much more.

The Park is the largest inland naval park in the country. Western New York is home to one of the largest concentrations of military veterans in the United States making The Park a popular attraction as well as a center of pride with this stakeholder group.

 

SENECA ONE LAUNCHES LIVE JAZZ LUNCH SERIES WITH LOCAL MUSICIANS

Enjoy a safe and socially-distant lunch in Seneca One’s Food Hall while local jazz musicians perform live! 

BUFFALO, NY , February 1 – Seneca One has teamed up with local musician, Vin Derosa of Vitamin D, to offer a live jazz lunch series in the SO Food Hall for all to enjoy. The series will boast a safe and socially distant environment with an eclectic selection of food offerings and some of the best live jazz in the city of Buffalo. 

Live Jazz Lunch Series Schedule

Wednesday, February 3rd from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, February 17th from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, March 3rd from 11:30 AM – 2 PM

The SO Food Hall is open daily, Monday – Friday, from 8 AM – 2 PM and offers a large selection of lunch and breakfast options from the SO grill, build-a-bowl station, wood-fired pizza oven, soups, and daily Chef specials. The Blend, offering shakes and Blend Bars, will also be participating in this event series! The Food Hall is open to the public and the team at Seneca One is eager to make the space a downtown lunch destination. There will also be grab and go snacks, salads, and much more available for those on the move! 

For those interested in attending the live jazz series, the event is free and reservations are not required. There will be ample seating throughout the Food Hall as well as the rest of the lobby for everyone to enjoy. You can access the SO Food Hall by entering the building at Main and Seneca St. Where the NFTA Rail goes underneath Seneca One, there are escalators up to the lobby on both sides of Main St. 

* All current Covid-19 restrictions will be enforced and taken very seriously during the Live Jazz Lunch Series. Please plan to socially distance, wear a mask, and seat no more than ten people per table. 

“We’re very excited to welcome the public into Seneca One and the SO Food Hall to enjoy lunch, live jazz, and sweeping views of downtown Buffalo right from their seats at lunch” said Sean Heidinger, Director of Business Development at Douglas Development Corporation, “this is just the first of many creative efforts to establish Seneca One as a downtown lunch destination in WNY.”

 

 

Other Half Brewing Company Returns This Saturday

OTHER HALF BREWING COMPANY HOSTING POP UP SALE AT SENECA ONE FOR SECOND WEEKEND IN A ROW DUE TO OVERWHELMING SUCCESS

Sale to feature extremely limited edition beer in cans and bottles only available at Seneca One!

BUFFALO, NY , January 28 – Other Half Brewing Company, one of the most sought after craft brewing brands on the east coast, will be popping up at Seneca One in downtown Buffalo for the second Saturday in a row. The sale will begin promptly at 11 AM and will press on until all beer is sold out. Last Saturday, hundreds of people stood in the cold for hours to get their hands on beers that are normally not available in WNY.

The pop up will take place at Main and Seneca Streets unless wind forces the team to call an audible and move to a new location on the Seneca One footprint. Other Half has announced that over fifteen beers will be available this Saturday and encourage everyone to get there early to guarantee their purchase.

“We were absolutely blown away by the amount of people that showed up to support Other Half Brewing Company this past weekend in Buffalo. It was an unbelievable portrayal of Buffalo’s true colors when they showed up at Seneca One and saw over a hundred people waiting in the freezing cold for hours. The line was cheering when the truck arrived.” said Sean Heidinger, Director of Business Development at Douglas Development Corporation,  “We did see some beer lovers leave empty-handed, unfortunately, so we’re back this Saturday with even more beer and a lively, yet cold, environment for all to enjoy.”

The sale this Saturday is take-out only so the beers cannot be enjoyed on site but the Seneca One team has hinted that they are working on an outdoor environment at Seneca One for the spring and summer of 2021.

Other Half Brewing Company was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 2014. Other Half also has locations in Bloomfield, New York in the Finger Lakes and Washington D.C.

Seneca One, at 1 Seneca Street, is Douglas Jemal’s $150M mixed use redevelopment of One Seneca Tower, now the home to over 100 apartments, M&T Bank’s technology hub, 43North, Serendipity Labs, and various technology tenants.

Below are the first three of many beers to be announced for this Saturday: 

FLeXin’ on 5&20 Imperial IPA (10.0%) Celebrate the beauty of the Finger Lakes with this Galaxy, Citra Cryo, Simcoe Cryo, Sabro and Ekuanot jammed imperial IPA. $22 per 4 pack

Triple Multi-Chroma Imperial IPA (10%) The mash up of 6 of our favorite Chroma series single hops into one beast of a beer. Jammed with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, Nelson, Motueka and Simcoe. $20 per 4 pack.

Panna e Fragole Imperial Honey Strawberry Cream IPA (8.0%) Brewed with strawberry puree and whole New York strawberries, raw orange blossom honey from upstate NY, spelt, oats and then hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Huell Melon. $20 per 4 pack.

 

What exactly is a tech hub?

Let’s start with the basics.  A tech hub is a community that promotes innovation for technology-based companies.  The collection of like-minded individuals working in various business sectors but focused on the use of technology creates a unique environment where individuals, ideas and the companies that support both can thrive.  A tech hub can cover a large geographic area – you may be familiar with the Silicon Valley in California, but just as often, tech hubs are found in single buildings or clusters of buildings as is the case here in Buffalo, NY with Seneca One.  Tech hubs like Seneca One are unique in that they offer the same benefits of geographically dispersed hubs but condense the activity, which increases the potential for meetings, collaborations, and general camaraderie among tech-minded employees.

How did it start? While Buffalo, NY may not have a reputation as a tech hub city (yet!), there are core areas of our city that are home to buildings or collections of buildings that intentionally attract tech talent.  In the case of Seneca One, the introduction of the newly created technology division of M&T Bank as the anchor tenant of the project has helped to attract other tech-focused and entrepreneurial businesses.  M&T Bank, under the leadership of tech industry icon Michael Wisler, realized from the onset that choosing Seneca One was an important step on the pathway to success.  The very tangible ability to attract the best of the best in terms of tech industry minds, working in close proximity to others facing the same challenges in their work, and building community has proven to produce exciting results.  This notion continues to drive interest in the project both regionally and nationally.  Of course, first-class amenities, a mix of apartments and office, unique community events, proximity to transit, the promise of exciting retail outlets, and the massive scale of the overall redevelopment doesn’t hurt.  Sensing the excitement, a host of new tenants signed on immediately following M&T Bank’s tech division.  Most notably, 43North, an organization that works to attract and retain high-growth startups in Buffalo through an annual $5M startup competition, relocated to office space at Seneca One, ensuring they were at the epicenter of this emerging community.

Where do we go from here?  The best answer is, up.  The future for tech hubs in secondary markets like Buffalo, NY is promising.  The pandemic is increasing the pace of a trend that sees the largest tech companies considering their options.  We’re not just talking about square footage or at-home workforces here.  What’s really at the heart of the issue is the fact that these are companies that thrive on the community they create; the very fabric of tech hubs is the benefit of creating these communities.  The young, diverse, and talented workforce found in Buffalo has been recognized by the tech industry and they are responding with real excitement to the companies that call Seneca One home.  A fulfilling career, a sense of community, and  the ability to maintain roots in the city they call home is very powerful and a real asset to companies looking at relocating to the region.  It is also the backbone of tech growth when you consider the constant exposure to ideas, investors and thought leaders that comes with the hub concept and the community it creates.  Aside from these obvious benefits, beyond the walls of their offices they’re driven to understand living costs, access to transportation, cultural connections, and more which support their workforce.  It’s clear that Buffalo, NY is a natural fit on all of these fronts, with Seneca One serving as ambassador to the thriving tech world.

Here’s what you need to know.  Occupying over 1.4 million square feet in downtown Buffalo, Seneca One is poised to play a major role in reestablishing our community as a thriving waterfront city and deserving destination. Our remarkable footprint includes restaurants, retailers, residences, and businesses – all paired with an unmatched view and buzzing atmosphere. With over 100 apartments at the base of the building, thousands of people working in the tower, eateries that serve into the evening, and a diverse workforce of more than 2,000 people working together to establish our region as a destination for entrepreneurs, innovation, talent, and investments, Seneca One is buzzing 24/7.  Other highlights include column-free floor plates, incredible 360-degree views with natural lighting, destination elevators, and fully landscaped outdoor areas.  Key tenants include M&T Bank tech group, Odoo, Lighthouse Technology, 43North, and Serendipity Labs.

For more information or to tour Seneca One, please contact Kyle Ciminelli, Executive Managing Director at Newmark Ciminelli at 716 631 8000.

Live Downtown! Why your next move should be to the apartments at SO

Seneca One is a Community, Not a Complex.

New With A View

Seneca One boasts 115 stellar new apartment units—from studios to three bedrooms—completed in 2018.  While the building has history, the apartments are fresh. Units feature all of the top of the line amenities you want in luxury living, stainless steel appliances, in-home washer and dryer, and more. 

Everything you’d need is inside, and you also have a great view of everything there is to offer outside through massive windows! Apartments have views of iconic downtown spots like Canalside, Pearl Street, Lake Erie, Seneca One Plaza, and Sahlen Field!

People with Passion

Everyone who lives and works at Seneca One is committed to downtown Buffalo’s resurgence. Current tenants were drawn to the building because it is a one of a kind option in a city they love. With shared spaces from the fitness center to outdoor seating areas, you can turn your neighbors into connections and lifelong friends. 

Plus, some of Buffalo’s most exciting companies call Seneca One home. Hang out in the lobby and you can network with Buffalonians from companies like Odoo, 43North, M&T Bank, Lighthouse Technology Services, Douglas Development, and more! 

Douglas Development Cares

The Douglas Vision and the entire Douglas Development team are dedicated to building a community at Seneca One, not just filling apartments. The team is working to create an inclusive environment with a  melting pot of tenants. 

Plus, Douglas Development gives back to the community! In November, they partnered with M&T Bank to give away 500 turkeys to Western New York families in need a few days before Thanksgiving. 

“Like our partners at M&T Bank, Douglas Development and the team at Seneca One are committed to giving back to the community, and with the difficulties this year has brought, helping our neighbors is more important than ever,” Douglas Jemal, principal of Douglas Development, told Channel 7 news in regards to the giveaway. 

Events for Everyone

While the pandemic has slowed down our chances to gather lately, Seneca One is ready to host nonstop events for networking and socializing when it’s safe to get together. There are events to suit everyone. Residential Happy Hours? Check. Professional Mixers? You got it! Comedy nights? Get ready to bring out your inner Jerry Seinfeld. When the Bills make it to the Super Bowl? Seneca One will be hosting the watch party. 

For residents only, one of the most fun and unique events at Seneca One is the Seneca One Space Club! Join Western New York’s most exclusive group of amateur astronomers as they star gaze from the roof of Seneca One!

Live, Work, Play!

When that highly anticipated snow storm hits, you won’t even have to leave the building! Seneca One is set with everything you need to live, work, and play downtown. 

Have a furry friend to bring along? Units are pet friendly, and a dog park is coming soon! Like to keep things moving? There is a 24-hour state of the art fitness studio (and Seneca One is dedicated to fit and healthy living). 

Plus the building has onsite food and drink, with more to come! Stop by the Food Hall for a quick lunch, or grab a post-workout protein shake from The Blend

Interested in starting your next adventure downtown at Seneca One? Check out this site for more info, and then send a note to residential manager Samantha Soltis, ssoltis@douglasdev.com.

Talkin’ Tech with Nick Kosinski of Odoo

Talkin’ Tech is a series where the Douglas Development team chat with some of the movers and shakers of Buffalo’s tech and start-up scene to get their insight into how the city has evolved and is continuing to evolve in those spaces. 

Check out our chat with Nick Kosinski, Director of East Coast operations at Odoo. 

Describe Odoo in 1-2 sentences: 

Odoo is an integrated suite of business management applications. 

What do you do for Odoo?

I oversee Odoo’s East Coast operations, so that includes everything from Sales, Professional Services, Support, Technical, etc. 

How did you end up in (or back in) Buffalo? 

I started at Odoo in 2015 in New York City. I was selling for Odoo there, and I got pretty involved and interested in the technical side of the product and branched out. While selling, I continued to learn more and more, and I got involved in some of the different areas of the business. That passion and underlying interest has allowed me to seek out an opportunity to grow with the company  and ultimately establish an East Coast office. 

We have an office of about 550 in Belgium today, and 250 in San Francisco. When establishing an East Coast office, the company wasn’t interested in having it in New York City, primarily due to saturation of the market. In New York City, there are thousands of technology companies we would have had to compete with from an employment standpoint, a compensation standpoint, relevance standpoint. We saw that there were some more interesting tier two cities that possessed the resources we would need to be successful, such as student population, general cost of doing business, culture, geographical location. For those reasons, we decided to go against the grain, think outside the New York City box, and we found Buffalo and moved into Seneca One. I jumped on the opportunity to come back here. 

After growing up in Buffalo, moving away, and then coming back here, what has surprised you the most about the tech/start-up scene in Buffalo?

I think it’s both surprising and unsurprising. Everyone kind of has an idea of Buffalo being a city of good neighbors, a city that has a lot of camaraderie. Buffalo is full of people that see themselves as a community. A sort of underdog mentality blankets all of that. I knew that growing up here, of course. When I worked in tech in New York for some time it was very much a competitive space. When I came back here to Buffalo, it was kind of the opposite of that. It was an environment where the person standing next to you, the one standing behind you, the one in front of you, are all interested in seeing you grow, and you are interested in seeing them grow. I think that mentality is rooted in the theory that a rising tide lifts all boats. I think that is the most compelling and interesting facet of the tech scene here in Buffalo. It’s amazing to see how people work together and to see how people know that they need to come together to make a shift as a community. People work towards a common objective. They collaborate. They cooperate. It’s not just surprising, but it really reminds me to be proud of where I am from and to work that much harder to make a shift happen. 

Obviously it is a unique year, and we are starting to see a lot of companies rethink their operations. How do you think COVID has impacted how companies will choose where to be located and set-up their offices?

Obviously COVID is a nightmare, and we all look forward to the day when it’s behind us. When it comes to long-term impacts, a lot of people are looking through the lens of the individual employee, like this is an opportunity for employees to work remotely, to never go into an office again, to work from the beach. While that is obviously true and the right move for some companies, it definitely won’t be the case for most. Big companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook are buying up commercial real estate and betting against the idea of remote-only moving forward. 

Looking through the lens of the employer and the ability to scale a team and deliver services remotely provides a different perspective. I think that the long-term impact will be that companies no longer need to be in cities like New York, Seattle, or San Francisco in order to deliver quality services across the continent or even the globe. For that reason, they will look elsewhere for their offices and headquarters I suspect. Obviously there are other factors, like access to resources, that need to be considered, but companies will definitely be looking for ways to save where they can. The simple reason that remote-only work isn’t here to stay is that the collaborative impact of being in the office, especially in the tech space where oftentimes the products are complex and there are steep learning curves, cannot be optimized with work-from-home. Remote work can create huge costs of both money and time for companies trying to rapidly create a culture, scale up operations, and more. We don’t yet have the technology to fully replicate in-office collaboration for remote work, in my opinion. 

What’s the best thing about working in Seneca One? 

We’ve been in Seneca One since early September. The best thing is the collaboration, being able to buzz down the elevator and see familiar faces who work at different companies like M&T Bank and 43North. Being able to see people, chat with them, exchange ideas with them, learn from them, and having them be able to learn things from us has a tremendous impact on the evolution of what we’re trying to create both here at Seneca One and in the Buffalo community more broadly. 

What Greg Baker, Sean Heidinger, Sam Soltis, and the Douglas Development team are doing is really working. It’s really a long-term plan. It’s incredible to watch them show up day in and day out to realize this great Seneca One vision . It’s an incredible project and everyone is really involved in the community. It’s more than just a building.  

Is Odoo currently hiring?

Odoo is absolutely hiring. We are hiring for Account Executives at the moment. If you are someone who is interested in technology and helping businesses operate more efficiently, then by all means reach out. 

What Buffalo food did you miss the most when you were living in New York City?

LaNova pizza with blue cheese, specifically from the one on Main. With charred pepperonis for sure.