Niagara Gazette — LEWISTON — The Power Vista will soon be receiving some significant upgrades.
The New York Power Authority announced Thursday plans to invest more than $13 million in the modernization of its three hydroelectric project visitors centers, including Lewiston’s Power Vista.
The comprehensive redesign and reconstruction will incorporate the latest hands-on interactive technologies and include large touch screens, multimedia and exhibit connectivity to the Internet.
Similar projects will be undertaken at the Niagara Power Vista Visitors Center in Lewiston, the Frank S. McCullough Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center in Massena and the Blenheim-Gilboa (B-G) Visitors Center in North Blenheim.
Power authority officials said the three facilities drew nearly 200,000 visitors last year, as key tourist attractions for those parts of the state. In addition to their exhibits and displays on energy and authority power programs and customers, the facilities are community centers for special events, such as wildlife festivals, antique car shows, and Fourth of July and Halloween celebrations, and for wide-ranging civic activities.
On Thursday, the NYPA Board of Trustees approved a multi-million dollar competitively bid contract award to Hadley Exhibits, Inc., a Buffalo firm, to develop content and detailed designs for the fabrication and installation of the new exhibits. The award followed a previously approved contract authorization with another New York firm that conducted preliminary engineering work for the new exhibits and of other additions and modifications to the facilities that have a significant element of NYPA staff involvement.
“The planned upgrades of our Niagara Power Vista and two other upstate visitors centers are the latest examples of the importance that the Power Authority places on being an integral member of the communities where our hydroelectric plants are located,” said John R. Koelmel, NYPA chairman. “I am particularly pleased that a highly qualified Buffalo firm, Hadley Exhibits, has been chosen to oversee the improvements. The three visitors centers will benefit from the company’s demonstrated expertise.”