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Oishei Children’s Hospital taking shape

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Project name: Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Address: 818 Ellicott St.

Developer: Kaleida Health

Cost: $267 million

Government assistance: $35 million from New York State, plus Federal Housing Administration insurance on $120 million loan

Description: Construction of new 12-story, 183-bed freestanding hospital on Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to replace aging facility on Bryant Street

Completion date: November 2017

Lowdown: The new home for the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is now halfway finished, as construction crews push to get the entire $267 million facility completed by the planned opening in November 2017.

Kaleida Health is building the new facility to replace the aging campus on Bryant Street in the Elmwood Village.

The new 183-bed building, designed to right-size and consolidate the hospital’s operations for its current and future needs, is part of a wave of construction on the medical campus that includes three new complexes that are central to officials’ goals of encouraging collaboration in research and medical care. The 410,000-square-foot hospital will be connected with Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s Conventus building and have direct links to Buffalo General Medical Center, which in turn links to the Gates Vascular Institute and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The Conventus building will link with the new University at Buffalo Jacobs Medical School.

Designed by Boston-based architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch and built by Turner Construction Co., the Children’s Hospital had originally been $240 million until changes and additions to the plan in 2014 raised the cost by nearly $30 million. Funding includes $20.3 million from the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, $3.8 million from Kaleida, $45.7 million in fundraising, $35 million from the state, a $44 million equipment loan and a $120 million federally insured construction loan. Workers broke ground in fall 2014, and topped off the steel on Dec. 7, 2015. In all, construction will last about 34 months.