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Building Update: Roswell Park’s Clinical Sciences Center

Building Update is a regular feature highlighting progress on development projects throughout the region.

Project name: Clinical Sciences Center

Address: Carlton Street at Michigan Avenue

Developer: Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Cost: $50.5 million

Description: New 11-story facility for patient clinical care, research and support programs.

Completion date: First phase starts opening May 2016

Lowdown: Construction crews are finalizing details of Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s new Clinical Sciences Center, which is slated to open in phases on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Center starting in May.

The first clinical spaces in the building are scheduled to open to the public in late May, after equipment and furnishings are moved to those floors over the next few weeks. Additional programs and occupants will begin moving in gradually over the spring and summer, with the building fully occupied by the end of the summer.

Roswell Park built the 11-story, 142,000-square foot facility to house patient clinical care services, research functions and support programs. It will include an expanded Chemotherapy Clinic and Clinical Research Services Clinic that will bolster the hospital’s current chemo-infusion space while giving patients a skyline view. It will feature new centers dedicated to cancer survivorship and supportive or palliative care. And it will house the hospital’s Women’s Health Center, including services related to breast cancer, gynecologic cancers and breast imaging.

The new $50.5 million building, which is built beside another building and is connected directly to the main hospital by connecting bridges, will also include academic and administrative offices for doctors and translational researchers.

The first phase of the project, which began in September 2013, involved construction of the “core and shell” of the building and completion of five floors. The second phase finished work on the remaining six floors. The project, which involved $30.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits and $32.5 million in philanthropic donations, was designed by FXFowle Architects, and run by LeChase Construction.