Campus Construction Watch

Those of you who like to see signs of construction progress in the form of structural steel, a drive from Canisius High School to D’Youville College should whet your appetite. It looks as if the buildings are neck in neck – top photo shows progress on the Canisius Math and Science Wing, while the bottom photo features the D’Youville’s academic building.

Comment on Canisius project left by AFdf in September:

I’m a Junior at CHS and although the additions probably won’t be
completed until a year after I graduate I’m glad that Canisius is
upgrading the campus. Space has been gradually getting tight around the
school as more and more students gravitate to this high school, so the
new wing and gym will be great for future classes. The design plans
look very appealing also, just as those for the field in West Seneca
(almost completed now). Both of these projects have captured the need
and spirit of the school. I can’t wait to see the results…

I tried to find a benign comment left on the last D’Youville post, but the thread was primarily a battle over whether the college’s expansion into the neighborhood was thoughtful or not. Both Canisius and D’Youville are landlocked. I still can’t believe that Canisius built an athletics field in West Seneca – I hear that they were looking at land owned by the Ambassador Bridge Group. Maybe they should have waited for that land to free up. Or maybe LaSalle Park could have been an option. As for D’Youville, I liked what Joshua had to say (last year) about reusing a building on Connecticut Street in the future:
  

Why don’t they (D’Youville) invest in old Horsefeathers building. #1, It is
already built, #2: It is already a part of the fabric of the
neighborhood. I would be most in favor of the immediate reuse of the Horsefeathers
building for classroom space. Plus there is also some parking next to
the building, so if DYC wanted to expand on the building or use it as
parking spots it is already readily available.

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Buffalo Rising
Buffalo Rising

Canisius High School Unveils New Field House

Canisius High School will introduce its new $15.5 million expansion to its family, friends and neighbors at the school's "Family Celebration," on Sunday, October 4.   A Mass will kick off the day at 10AM in the school's auditorium, with a contine...

Buffalo Rising
Buffalo Rising

Canisius High School Unveils New Field House

Canisius High School will introduce its new $15.5 million expansion to its family, friends and neighbors at the school's "Family Celebration," on Sunday, October 4.   A Mass will kick off the day at 10AM in the school's auditorium, with a contine...

jstraubinger
jstraubinger

Why is no one mentioning Canisius High School teaming up with its counterpart, Canisius College, several blocks away for an athletic field? Canisius College has been very aggressive in its expansion over the last 15 years and is moving towards Canisius High School in its expansion direction rather than away. Poor D'Youville has been forgotten in the post article discussion. Perhaps it's because none of its alumni or current student body reads BRO. My question about D'Youville concerns the generic "academic" building. Is this "academic" building the School of Pharmacy that D'Youville wants to build or is this a separate project and if so, where would D'Youville build the School of Pharmacy?

Heather
Heather

It is a shame that we have such a separation between public and private institutions because this would be a great opportunity to improve the Wiley Complex and All High Stadium. It would also increase the utilization of these facilities.

cookiemonster
cookiemonster

the gym is going in that new building off cleveland to the right of the blue doors. It will be an entire athletic complex.

Bumper - I just think it is a shame chs and the city of Buffalo couldnt find a place in the city. To me it is enviromentally irresposible and unfortunate for the city and school.

nb3004
nb3004

Its my understanding that the CHS aud is being restored because the gym is moving into the new building on Cleveland. Can someone please clarify?

NorthBuffRR
NorthBuffRR

I too graduated from CHS and hail from the northtowns - about a fifteen mintue drive from the West Seneca fields...

Canisius did look at the Tee 2 Green land a couple years back - but the price tag was too much (as the owner was trying to pay off shady investments bilking the elderly...)

I took a look - and did not see this underutilized land Steel refers to. Where might this be located?

Cookiemonster - you mention the city being organized "back then" - was this two years ago when they started building or three years back when the land was purchased? What has changed so considerably in recent times that would see the city "work something out" for Canisius? I would imagine their prospects for allies in City Hall were a little better when mayors with CHS connections were in office (Masiello, Griffin).

Having played on crappy fields at Delaware Park and ran on asphalt tracks out in South Buffalo, I think it is great that the current students will have an opportunity to participate in sports at a state of the art complex.

Now - let's get that auditorium restored...

cookiemonster
cookiemonster

I graduated from chs and am a doctoral student at dyc, and I love to see local catholic institutions grow and prosper. I disagree with chs on growing the athletic field in ws. The amount of gas and time that will be wasted is terrible. If the city was more organized back then, they would have definitly found land available closer to chs. Chs was always about BUFFALO, and representing the city well through high expectations, community service, and teaching young men to be men for others. They get just as many students from the northtowns and north bflo as they do from the southtowns. Bumperstickersdontwork - i disagree completly. That field should be in Buffalo, Buffalo has plenty of extra land if the city and Canisius worked something out. I am very disappointed about it but am glad CHS and DYC are strong-catholic institutions.

OnTheWagon
OnTheWagon

Maybe the field location is what the school and parents preferred.

But, doubt BRO enthusiasts even give any consideration to the fact that most students of canisius don't live in Buffalo.

Again, BRO enthusiasts perception of the way it is and others perception seem to vary.

Steel, I mean if there was land available and they didn't buy it / use it why do you think that is....just to save money?

STEEL
STEEL

2 blocks away are vast tracts of empty and underutilized property. Oh wait, that is on the other side of Main Street...never mind.

NorthBuffRR
NorthBuffRR

The price tag for an appropriate sized parcel in the city was prohibitive - and most of the land that the Ambassador Group has would require some amount of environmental remidation. The West Seneca spot is (for the most part) fairly central to the entire area Canisius draws from - a fifteen minute drive from most other suburbs and the city. As much as the school would love to be in the city, this was one of the only feasible options to upgrade the athletic facilities.

"not really, will allow these kids to see how their household staff live, keep em grounded."

Really? Household staff? Somebody must be a Joes' grad...

boozehound
boozehound

Clearly the West Seneca location was choosen for a reason. The school determined that West Seneca was the most central location for which its student population resides thus making it easier for parents to pick up their children from after school practices. Sorry but this one just makes sense...

buffbuff
buffbuff

not really, will allow these kids to see how their household staff live, keep em grounded.

jamesbflo
jamesbflo

seems odd for canisius to build a field in west seneca.

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