Public Meeting to Review Plans for the New Ambulatory Care Building Named Conventus

Released: 1/21/2013
At the request of the City of Buffalo Planning Board, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have scheduled a meeting to update any surrounding residents, business persons or others interested in plans for the Conventus building to be constructed at 1001 Main Street in Buffalo.  Conventus will house the ambulatory care center for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo as a tenant.

The meeting will be an ‘open house’ style event with project plans and representatives will be available to answer questions.  The meeting will be held this Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the BuffaloNiagaraMedicalCampusInnovationCenter, 640 Ellicott Street in Buffalo.

Ciminelli Real Estate is the developer of the building it named Conventus.  Conventus is an approximately 287,000 sq. ft. medical office building fronting Main Street, between High & Goodrich that will be connected by bridge to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Construction of the ambulatory care center will begin after site remediation in 2012 with a timeline for construction completion of 18 months. Ciminelli Real Estate is proposing to build approximately 500,000 sq. ft. of environmentally friendly medical office space (including underground parking), 85,000 sq. ft. of which will be Women & Children’s Hospital space. The ambulatory care center will serve children and adults.

The ambulatory site location is a “Brownfield site” due to contamination from a petroleum leak that occurred at a gas station previously located on the corner of Main and High streets. Ciminelli Real Estate and Kaleida Health have voluntarily entered into the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfield Cleanup Program to remediate the site.

Crews have begun work on that remediation, including excavation of the petroleum contaminated soils. It is important to note that this is safe and not a hazardous site, although there will be an odor of petroleum in the air during remediation. However, in accordance with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Ciminelli Real Estate is required to – and will – follow a Community Air Monitoring Plan.

For more information about the physician-led plans for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC), please go online at www.wchob.org/bnmc

This web site includes the most current update on plans for the new hospital and ambulatory care center along with an overview of these projects, of the physician-led steering committee and its vision and goals, and conceptual renderings.

It also provides a detailed approach to this project taken by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, one of the country's top pediatric healthcare architects selected to design the new, state-of-the-art and free-standing Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.