As President and Founder of Arc Building Partners, Frank L. Ciminelli II is both the visionary and the orchestrator behind the company’s unique approach. His ability to weave together construction, development and finance is the driving force behind Arc’s ability to elevate above the role and value traditionally offered by construction management firms. Arc’s track record of delivering successful outcomes at every stage of a project is a direct result of the exceptional team Frank has assembled and leads. From initial planning to preconstruction to operations, Frank leads by leveraging the talent of Arc’s greatest asset, its people, and maximizing technological innovations to empower the team with the tools necessary to be successful.
Frank was born into a third-generation construction family, and with over two decades of leadership experience, he has earned an irrefutable reputation for overseeing the successful delivery of some of the most complex, fast-track and large-scale projects in the region. In 2001, Frank moved home to Buffalo to work in the gaming and hospitality sector, delivering projects totaling more than $1 billion. Frank has maintained a relationship with the Buffalo Bills organization for more than a decade, delivering several renovation and new construction projects to the owners and campus. From club renovations, to the ADPRO Sports Performance and Science addition, Frank’s expertise has helped turn the campus into a state-of-the-art facility. Similarly, Frank organized all efforts for the Resorts World Catskills expansion in Thompson, NY. This $500 million expansion brought a modern casino and resort to the Catskills region of New York. The team, coordinated by Frank, delivered a best-in-class product on time and within budget.
One of his largest accomplishments, Frank led the integrated project delivery effort on an 88-acre parcel to transform it from a Brownfield site to one of the largest photovoltaic solar panel manufacturing plants in the world – all in just over 20 months. As one of the most ambitious endeavors in South Buffalo’s history, his team oversaw a 1.2 million sq. ft. manufacturing plant and R&D center. Adept at stakeholder management, Frank coordinated the team for this endeavor to ensure the planning, design and construction delivered state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge infrastructure. Frank was integral to the success of the Conventus Center for Collaborative Medicine building. The core, shell and finished lobby earned LEED Platinum, as well as the Excellence in Office Development Award from the Urban Land Institute. This development project is a seven-story, 350,000 sq. ft. building with two levels of below-grade parking, and significant high-tech laboratory, clinical, office and research space for tenants such as AMRI, Athenex, Kaleida Health and UBMD.
Frank is deeply committed and passionate about supporting education, cultural arts and healthcare organizations in the communities in which he works and lives. He has been involved with key events such as the Jog for the Jake, in honor of Dr. Lawrence D. Jacobs, to benefit the Jacobs Neurological Institute and education efforts such as the Buffalo Prep and Bison Fund. As a supporter of STEM initiatives and sustainability in the AEC industry, Frank has presented to students and inspired them to consider a career in construction. As a proponent of local arts, he has served as Co-Chair for the Burchfield Penney Art Center Gala, and contributed to the creation of the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital Healing Arts Initiative, which was created from his family’s personal experience with their son. OCH Healing Arts was created to bring peace to pediatric patients, families and employees by bringing art, music and cultural programming into a hospital setting. His family also began collecting blankets for pediatric patients after his son was out of the hospital, which inspired State Senator Kennedy’s creation of the WarmUPWNY blanket drive - a community-wide blanket drive to help comfort a child during their stay in the hospital.