It's official. Construction of the $270 million John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is 85 percent complete and on schedule to open in November.
After breaking ground in October 2014, the last of the building’s physical structure – consisting of steel columns and beams, a metal deck and reinforced concrete floors – is wrapped up, Kaleida Health officials announced.
Hospital officials have released a time lapse video documenting the 12-story building’s construction. The time lapse video along with an assortment of other videos recapping the hospital’s progress are featured at www.ChildrensIsMoving.com/media/videos.
Interior construction, including drywall, studs and ceilings, as well as mechanical and electrical systems, continues at the facility at 818 Ellicott St. on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
“As we kick off this monumental year for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, we are excited to round the corner with construction and remain on track to move in November,” Allegra Jaros, president of Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, said in a statement. “With every beam erected and floor poured, we are one step closer to continuing the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo’s 125-year legacy of bringing the best comprehensive, pediatric care to the women and children of Western New York.”
Turner Construction Company is construction manager for the project. Recent construction highlights include the Emergency Department's trauma rooms, along with the installation of a medical boom metal support system. The boom consists of a mechanical arm hanging from the center of the ceiling, providing medical gas, power and vacuum capabilities for emergency procedures.
The new hospital will be linked on the medical campus with Buffalo General, the Gates Vascular Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the new University at Buffalo Medical School. With 12 floors and 185 beds, the hospital is one of 43 free-standing children’s hospitals in the country.