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Park School to start work on new science building in August

The Park School of Buffalo plans to start construction on its new science center in August now that the project has received final approval from the Amherst Planning Board.

The private institution in 2015 unveiled plans for the Knopp-Hailpern Science Center, named in honor of the late math teachers Jacky Knopp and Raoul Hailpern.

The Park School filed detailed plans with the town in April for a 10,800-square-foot science building, which would be built at the school's 33-acre campus at 4625 Harlem Road. A notable feature is a man-made, recirculating stream that connects the center to a pond, serving environmental and educational missions. The stream was one of several changes that boosted the cost to an estimated $3.8 million.

Recirculating stream, pond now part of Park School science building project

The Planning Board on Thursday approved Park School's site plan application. Carolyn Hoyt Stevens, Park School's director of development, said the school has put the project out to bid. If work begins in August, the science center could open by fall 2018.

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