The Genesee Waterways Center, or GWC, is home to multiple competitive and recreational rowing programs and clubs, but lacks the appropriate facility to properly house and cater to its patrons and visitors. Rowing is an activity that values discipline and teamwork and has evolved into a sport that welcomes all those who are interested in joining. The GWC is located in Rochester, NY’s Genesee Valley Park which brings many recreational visitors past or through the boathouse. GWC wants to provide the opportunity for all those interested, but faces three major problems: a disconnection with its surroundings, lack of a facility that can properly accommodate its patrons and visitors, and polluted water with excess algae for those who row.

Clean water is vital to the environmental and social health of a community. This thesis investigates the Genesee Waterways Center boathouse redesign to address the shortcomings of the existing facility to one that can properly accommodate its many programs and members, connect it to its surrounding site, and incorporate a water filtration system to participate in Rochester’s educational efforts to clean and restore the Genesee River and weave it back into the fabric of the city. The goal of this re-design is to create a more accessible riverfront that energizes the area, restores the habitat and wildlife, unifies recreational opportunities, and enhances a variety of activities to elevate a sense of community.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Genesee Waterways Center; Boathouses--Remodeling--New York (State)--Rochester; Boathouses--New York (State)--Rochester--Design; Rowing--Environmental aspects; Water quality management--Genesee River (Pa. and N.Y.)

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)


Dennis A. Andrejko

Advisor/Committee Member

Callie Babbitt

Advisor/Committee Member

Nana-Yaw Andoh


RIT – Main Campus

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