A tower crane has been erected at the heart of the burgeoning Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Looming over the surrounding cityscape, the crane represents ongoing progress on Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation’s
new six-story $100 million, 300,000-square-foot medical office building dubbed “Conventus
.” The building will house clinical, practical and medical research space creating over 100 new jobs for this ever-developing section of the Queen City.
The building will also include two levels of underground parking along with some ground floor retail space. Women and Children’s Hospital outpatient surgery center and UBMD, a physicians group associated with the University at Buffalo, are anchoring the project.
Conventus is located on the edge of upstate New York’s fastest growing district where numerous projects have, are, or will be in the pipeline for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The campus has seen a flurry of construction of late. Projects planned or recently completed include:
- The University at Buffalo’s brand new state-of-the-art Medical School and light rail station
- The new 14-story John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
- Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s 11-story expansion
- UB Educational Opportunity Center
- A potential second innovation center anchored by Albany Molecular Research Inc.
- Catholic Health’s new regional headquarters (edge of campus)
This list does not include other projects on the campus which have recently been completed, including the brand new state-of-the-art $300 million Gates Vascular Institute, the High-Point Senior Center, as well as the construction of the largest parking ramp in the city, among several other smaller projects.
It is important to note that the Medical Campus is not the only area dotted with cranes. Down by the Inner Harbor, construction is wrapping up on the conversion of the former Donovan State Office Building into a Marriott hotel and office space for law firm Phillips Lytle.
Across from the Donovan is the Webster Block where cranes already dot the site but will soon make way for two massive tower cranes which will appear at the site in just a few short months. In Waterfront Village, Ellicott Development could have its The Carlo project underway next year.
Move a little to the north in the heart of the Central Business District and you’ll find the Tishman Building conversion with heavy equipment surrounds the 20-story high-rise where interior work is well underway.
And, perhaps one of the most heated stories on the Western New York development beat is the potential construction of a brand new tower at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa Street where Delaware North Companies is said to be looking to move its headquarters.
Cranes have an impact on a city’s ima
ge. They are a symbol of progress and confidence in a community. Today Buffalo is undergoing considerable redevelopment – the most in decades. Could these mean that we have finally turned the corner?