Completed in 2008 the Dunkirk Boardwalk Market is a multi-tenant, tourist-friendly commercial establishment located on the City of Dunkirk pier. With picturesque Chadwick Bay as a backdrop, Harrington Sandberg created a 4,200 square foot, New England-influenced design that incorporates eight tenant spaces and a Commons area, all accessible along a covered 1,700 square foot, 160 foot long boardwalk.
The wood-framed structure, with standing seam metal roof and widow's walk balustrade at the peak, features the interplay of various architectural elements such as dormers, gables, a variety of siding styles, colors and fenestration that allow each tenant space to reflect a unique appeal yet maintain a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing overall appearance. Many of the materials, such as the composite decking manufactured of recycled plastic and wood fiber, renewable resource structural materials, well insulated shell, etc., feature environmentally friendly green benefits in regards to sustainability. Inside, the exposed wood trusses and natural light lend an airy and spacious feel to the relatively small tenant spaces.
The central Commons area includes restroom facilities, ATM services, tourist and promotional information and exhibits.
The building was integrated with the topography of the site so that the gentle sloping grades down to the lake permit both handicapped accessibility at the upper end, and terraced steps to grade at the elevated portions. Site work includes ample parking to accommodate vehicles with boat trailers and is bordered by a stamped asphalt walkway adjacent to the boardwalk, patterned and pigmented to resemble brick paving. Lighting and signage were carefully designed to complement the style of the building and evoke the simplicity and charm of an old seaside town.
The Dunkirk Boardwalk Market has generated considerable enthusiasm in the City and surrounding region and has quickly become a point of interest and destination along the City's waterfront and the greater New York State Seaway Trail.