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Oishei Children's Hospital nears completion

Construction of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is more than 90 percent complete and remains on schedule to open in November, Kaleida Health officials said Thursday.

Interior construction of the new $270 million facility on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including installation and testing of the mechanical and electrical systems, is nearly complete. Ground was broken in October 2014 and the exterior completed in late 2016.

A hallway on the third floor at the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital, which is 90 percent complete. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Recent construction milestones include the completion all operating rooms, elevators and floors eight through 12, where the mother-baby unit, pediatric intensive-care unit, medical-surgical units and hematology/oncology unit reside.

“Now that the interior is nearly complete, it is exciting to see the countless hours of time and effort poured into creating a one-of-a-kind, child-friendly space finally take shape,” Allegra Jaros, president of Women & Children’s Hospital, said in a statement.

Turner Construction Co. is the construction manager for the project. The construction status report also noted that all sidewalks, landscaping, driveways and Epoxy floors are 90 percent complete; and the first floor, including main lobby and emergency department lobby spaces, is 85 percent complete.

Carpenter Jeff Phillips works on ceiling tiles at a nurses station on the mother-baby unit on the eighth floor at the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Upcoming milestones include completion and certification of the helipad in July, the installation of the roof garden, and the removal of the trailers and site fencing in August.

How do you move a children's hospital? With plenty of practice.

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