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Conventus Project Receives 2016 Platinum ACEC Engineering Excellence Award

ConventusACECPanelCiminelli Real Estate Corporation, on behalf of owners Conventus Partners, LLC, and the C&S Companies are proud to announce that the Conventus project was honored with a Platinum Award by the American Council of Engineering Companies, New York Chapter in their annual Engineering Excellence competition. ACEC is the voice of America’s engineering industry. The more than 5,500 firms comprising the council’s membership are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation’s economy, and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life.

Conventus is a 350,000-square-foot, $110 million center for collaborative medicine located at the northern gateway of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in Buffalo, New York. Home to clinical, research, and medical office space, Conventus will connect to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the new University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, both currently under construction. It has also achieved LEED Platinum for Core and Shell status, one of only three such buildings in all of New York State.

“We are extremely proud of this extraordinary facility,” said Paul F. Ciminelli, president of Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, the project’s developer. “We were able to achieve our goal of bringing together the clinical, educational and research components that exist on the Medical Campus. Conventus has truly lived up to its name which, in Latin, means “coming together.”

C&S Companies led and directed remedial efforts, providing environmental and civil engineering design for the project. The project site had extensive soil and groundwater contamination. Because of the depth of the contamination and the unique geology of the site, remediation efforts over the prior twenty years were met with limited success, preventing the site from reaching its highest development potential. Through the NYSDEC Brownfield Cleanup Program, the development team committed significant resources and time to address the contamination sources, which extended more than 40 feet below the ground.

Nearly 6,700 truckloads (136,358 tons) of soil material were removed from this site for treatment, disposal, or use as clean fill elsewhere. Saturated running sands destabilized the deep excavation. The project team developed an innovative method of deep excavation in “cells” to control the excavation integrity. This unique deep excavation technique was the single most important factor in the project’s success, exceeding remediation goals, stabilizing 30% of the below grade soil conditions to allow construction of the parking garage and building, and saving money and schedule.