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.
With over two decades of leadership experience, Frank 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. 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. Significant high-tech laboratory, clinical, office and research space for tenants such as AMRI, Athenex, Kaleida Health and UBMD.
Frank is deeply committed to the community and education. In the past, he has co-founded events and fundraising for: Dr. Lawrence D. Jacobs; education efforts such as the Bison Fund and Say Yes to Education; and the Healing Arts Initiative, which will provide pediatric patients and families physical, mental and emotional healing through cultural collaboration at Oishei Children’s Hospital. As a supporter of STEM initiatives and sustainability in the AEC industry, he has presented to students and inspired them to consider a career in construction.