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Conventus building is finalist for state award in development excellence

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s Conventus office building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has been named a finalist for the Urban Land Institute New York’s 2016 Awards for Excellence in Development – the only development project in the state outside of New York City to make the list.

ULI has presented such awards globally for years, but the organization’s New York chapter unveiled the new awards for the first time this year to recognize “exemplary land use projects in New York that raise the bar for development, design, planning and sustainability,” according to the group’s announcement. The 14 finalists in six categories are a “cross section of industry leaders across residential, commercial, mixed-use and civic space development,” the announcement said.

“Our first-ever finalists are a truly diverse group of New York real estate industry leaders who are advancing innovation in development,” said Robert C. Lieber, chairman of the institute in New York. “As creativity and sustainability are becoming more important than ever for overall success, these trailblazing projects are providing a model for both local counterparts and developers across the world.”

The seven-story Conventus building, which includes 350,000 square feet of space aboveground and two floors of 300 parking spaces underground, will house research and office space for Kaleida Health, UBMD and the state’s medical innovation hub anchored by AMRI and Athenex, as well as some retail space on the ground floor. The $110 million Class A facility, designed by Kideney Architects, will be directly connected to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the new University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, both under construction.

Conventus, 1001 Main St. at High Street, is competing in the office development category against 4 World Trade Center and 7 Bryant Park in New York. The winners chosen by 12 judges will be announced March 10.

“These are significant, world-class projects we are competing with,” said Paul F. Ciminelli, the developer’s president and CEO. “To be named a finalist among them speaks not only to the talents of our project team, but to the momentum that the City of Buffalo and all of the institutions on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus have collectively created. It’s an incredible honor.”