Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation's planned medical office building at 1001 Main Street has a new design and new name: Conventus, Latin for 'coming together.' Remedial work on the now surface parking lot is getting underway at the Main and High property. The $98 million building will front Main Street and will be adjacent to the planned Women and Children's Hospital and across from the proposed UB Medical School.
Current plans call for a 300,000 sq.ft. building with two levels of underground parking and some retail space on the ground floor. The developer has decided against adding an extended stay or all-suites hotel component to the project but hasn't ruled out constructing a larger building if tenant demand warrants. Women and Children's Hospital outpatient surgery center and UBMD, a physicians group associated with the University at Buffalo, are anchoring the project.
"The building itself has evolved some and now has more metal panel on the exterior than the original version which had more glass," says Timothy Vaeth, Vice President of Development at Ciminelli. "This is a result of interior programming which warrants less glazing and more private interior space. We have also added a green roof to the project."
Overhead walkways will connect the building to the proposed UB Medical School on the south side of High Street as well as to the UB RIA building across Goodrich Street. It will also connect to the planned Women and Children's Hospital to the east. Kideney Architects is designing the building.
The building is expected to be open in 2015 and will be the largest privately-developed building in the medical campus as well as one of the largest single buildings undertaken by Ciminelli.
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