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Inside Look: Catholic Health Administrative Center

Approximately 150 tradesmen are working to finish Catholic Health’s new administrative center at the corner of Oak and Genesee streets, a primary entryway into downtown. Seven hundred employees will begin occupying the building in mid-July.

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The $43 million building is six stories with 140,000 sq.ft. of space. It was designed by Stieglitz Snyder Architects and will be leased to Catholic Health through the owners, Uniland Development Company. Uniland Construction Corp. is the general contractor.

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The main entrance to the building with a two-story lobby faces the Oak and Genesee corner. There will be a ground floor fitness center available to building employees along with a cafeteria and a chapel. The new facility will feature a wide range of environmentally-friendly features and high-efficiency systems in an effort to achieve LEED certification.

The first and second floors connect to a four-story 850-space parking garage that has just started construction on the north side of the office building (below).

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Upstairs, workers are installing drywall, suspended ceilings, computer infrastructure, and carpeting.

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“Interior work is seventy percent done,” says Uniland project manager Dennis Steszewski, confident that Uniland will be turning the building over to Catholic Health on time in July. “It’s going quick. A floor can look fairly unfinished one day and later in the week be ready for furniture.”

On the upper floors, the office space is open and airy, pre-cubicle. The show stopper is the views of downtown, Medical Campus, and city.

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The project has proven to be a catalyst for the neighborhood. Marco’s Italian Deli is leasing the corner space in Genesee Gateway across the street. Rocco Termini has just started work on Dog e Style, a restaurant that is being constructed using shipping containers at 128 Genesee. The development team behind the renovation of 112 Genesee Street is seeking a restaurant tenant for the three story building. And at the corner of Oak and Genesee Street, Fred LoFaso is seeking a restaurant tenant for a brick one-story brick building adjacent to the Dog e Style site.

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With work winding down at the site, I asked Steszewski what project he’d be working on next, hoping to hear “Gates Circle.” No dice. “250 Delaware,” he answered.

Get Connected: Uniland Development Company, 716.834.5000

Written by WCPerspective

WCPerspective

Buffalo and development junkie currently exiled in California.

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