Construction Watch: Roswell Crane is Up; Fourth in Downtown Area

Yet another tower crane can be seen swinging its majestic steel arm around downtown.  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, one of the oldest and most successful cancer institutions in the country, is constructing a 142,000 sq. ft. Clinical Sciences Center at Carlton and Michigan.

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The 11 story, $40 million addition will allocate space for an expanded chemo clinic and a patient education/survivorship center, which will help serve the growing needs of Roswell Park’s 31,000 annual patients and their families.  The Clinical Sciences Center will create 200 construction jobs and 340 long-term, full-time jobs.  The project is expected to be completed by Fall 2015.

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The Roswell crane kicks off yet another major development underway in the city, bringing the current number of tower cranes to four within the general downtown area.

Near the Roswell site, steel is rapidly rising on Conventus, a facility that will encompass over 300,000 sq. ft. of retail, medical, and research space (below).  Completion is set for Spring of 2015.

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2014 will see other cranes dotting the skyline.  This Spring the University at Buffalo will start work on their brand new Medical School at Main and High streets.  The $375 million, 540,000 sq. ft. complex is expected to open in Fall 2016.

Directly adjacent to Conventus is where Kaleida Health will build a new, state-of-the-art Women and Childrens hospital of Buffalo.  The 500,000 sq. ft. giant is being designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, one of the country’s top pediatric healthcare architects.

Head a little further downtown and Uniland is preparing to start demolition and construction of 250 Delaware Avenue, a 12-story structure and parking ramp housing the global headquarters of Delaware North Companies, along with a hotel, retail, and more office space.

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At the foot of Main Street, two giant tower cranes have started erecting steel on Terry Pegula’s 20-story HARBORCENTER complex; a one-of-kind, multipurpose facility with two NHL-sized hockey rinks, retail, restaurants, and a sizeable Marriott hotel.

There is also potential for the start of even more new construction along the waterfront as Ellicott Development has plans for “The Carlo” to be built on the edge of the Erie Basin Marina in Waterfront Village.

Lost count?  There is a potential for eight tower cranes in and around downtown later this year which is unprecedented for the region.

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39 comments
BuffaloBuck
BuffaloBuck

Wait!  Aren't we worried these cranes will harm flocks of birds that fly through this area?  Isn't that the reason the Peace Bridge design was squashed?  Good lord the liberals are slipping up!  You mean we WANT progress?  I'm amazed!

Jonnno
Jonnno

Buffalo's on the move ............

BeardedBuffalonian
BeardedBuffalonian

I literally get chills when thinking about these projects. I'm glad to be a City of Buffalo resident, but we need to move back to neighborhood schools, so we can retain more middle to upper class families.

JaFaFa
JaFaFa

The NCAA Basketball Tournament, a.k.a. "March Madness," is back in Buffalo March 20-22 and with it, hundreds visiting hoops fans, students and media. I hope the City, CVB, Erie Canal Harbor folks et. al., are able to capitalize on the cranes and ongoing progress through information and communications during the event. If nothing else, some form of information graphics at First Niagara Center highlighting what's new and what's to come. Buffalo will have a captive audience - let's show 'em what we're up to.

Buffalonian
Buffalonian

Now that we have tower cranes in Buffalo can we get rid of the Bills in Toronto series...  :)

PLEASE !

hockeyhips83
hockeyhips83

when the hell are the cranes for the new medical campus going to start swinging? how do 'they' expect to begin moving departments in 2016 when there are only a couple flatbeds with i-beams in the lot.

5to81allday
5to81allday

The Roswell expansion would be a great looking residential building near Canalside.  A touch of old brick to blend in with history, and a flash of glass to bring in natural light and great views.  A lot of these type of buildings in Battery Park City, NYC

bufforward
bufforward

I love it. The momentum, the buzz, the progress...call it what you want. The ball is rolling in the right direction now, lets hope things continue to evolve with complete streets, complimentary infill, etc., and that people follow into the city. Love it.

seven1six
seven1six

what's the over/under on how many years it takes for “The Carlo” to be built?

rubagreta
rubagreta

There are approximately 300 cranes in Toronto!  Of course Toronto is destroying itself, and may not be functioning in 20 years as the GTA adds 100,000 people annually.

ImissBuffalo
ImissBuffalo

Just read my user name. That's all I have to say.

I moved from buffalo to nyc 3 years ago. I cannot believe what has happened since I left. It's everything I wanted and it's everything the city deserves. I can't wait 30 years from now when buffalo is one of America's great city's and say to my kids, this place was nothing and now it's something amazing because people realize the potential and the importance and the beauty. That's why I fell in love with this city. I grew up in east aurora and didn't know buffalo at all. J moved there after college and I couldn't believe what was in my back yard my entire life. I moved to buffalo and fell in love with the city. Not because I was born here but just because it is such an amazing place

LouisTully
LouisTully

@BuffaloBuck  I can't believe that comment got a like before anyone let you know you're an idiot.

No_Illusions
No_Illusions

@JaFaFa 

Even better if all these projects were completed by then.

I'm hoping that there are just as many large projects going on in 5 years as there is now.

LouisTully
LouisTully

@JaFaFa Particularly given the improvement from previous years where visitors had to endure everything from a boarded up eyesore - Donovan Building - to having nowhere to eat.  I hope food trucks will be allowed to help serve the masses between games.

Regionalist
Regionalist

@Buffalonian All Ralph Wilson wanted was cranes... not a Super Bowl... cranes... he should be able to get rid of the series lol.  Though I have been to Toronto for the series before and yeah it's as bad as people say it is, but it is fun

LouisTully
LouisTully

@hockeyhips83  I assume you mean the medical schooL?  Because there's already two cranes up on the campus itself.  It isn't a specific date and time, but I'm sure you noticed this in the piece above:

"This Spring the University at Buffalo will start work on their brand new Medical School at Main and High streets."

Have you been following Harborcenter?  Their timeframe from groundbreaking to completion is about 2 years.  The timeframe for this project worries you more?

buffalorr
buffalorr

hockeyhips833--and that lot is now just a staging area for the medical building now going up across the street.

The governor and all kinds of dignitaries were here last fall for the groundbreaking of the school with the usual speeches and photo-ops.

I thought they'd be ready to go since they held that but as someone else on this site said they still hadn't even awarded the construction contracts yet.

flexme
flexme

It will be built as soon as he finished Court Street. Neither of which are on their web site as upcoming projects

flexme
flexme

Please provide a source for your 300 cranes as it is not true.

BeardedBuffalonian
BeardedBuffalonian

@ImissBuffalo

Great comment! 5 years ago if I would have told anyone in Buffalo that the Lafayette, Statler, Greystone and Fairmont Creamery were all renovated, with another billion dollars of development coming down the pike, people would have thought I was crazy. Guess what though, it's happening :-) 

Buffalonian4Life
Buffalonian4Life

Yeaaa I didn't want to sound tooooo optimistic lol! I guess I should have left it as 'the oldest' and left out 'successful' because I wouldn't call the most successful (which is where 'one of' came in when I threw both of those descriptions together), but you're 100% accurate that it is in fact the oldest CI in the country, if not the world!

BuffaloBuck
BuffaloBuck

Please explain why you think I'm an idiot.

BeardedBuffalonian
BeardedBuffalonian

@LouisTully @JaFaFa

I forgot about the food trucks! I think it would be amazing to see them line the Canalside district. Those trucks would make a killing.

OldFirstWard
OldFirstWard

@LouisTully

Those parking ramps sure look sexy down there.  Can't wait to try them out.  Although, you probably have drive up ten ramps past all the "reserved" spots to find an open spot.

micahh64
micahh64

@WIGS

MSKCC may have been founded earlier, but it was was founded as a cancer treatment hospital, while RPCI was founded first as a cancer research hospital. 

buffaloroam
buffaloroam

@BuffaloBuck  

I think jerk, troll or something more insulting would be more appropriate rather than idiot. 

brownteeth
brownteeth

@OldFirstWard@LouisTullySuch a tragedy, we've already lost far too many surface lots in the last year.  When will the local leaders realize once these lots are gone there's no going back?!

flexme
flexme

You doubled the number and used old data. This is 2014, how many are there now?

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