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Designers discuss ECC science facility

The architects and the engineers are meeting this morning to find out about the planned new science building at ECC North.

The $30 million project has been somewhat controversial because there was a push to force the project to the City Campus, perhaps near the Medical Campus. The college went ahead with the North Campus plan and the building will open for classes in 2017.

The engineers and architects meeting today are supposed to have a plan submitted by the end of the month. The Dormitory Authority is managing the actual planning and construction and will pick the winning plan, with the designing taking a year. Then, there will be two years of construction.

College Chief Administrative and Financial Officer Bill Reuter says the planned site is just open space today.

"We have all $30 million secured for the project," Reuter said. "The next phase of our college-wide assessment in development is to look at opportunities within the city campus."

There will also be a major roofing job on the campus, at its largest structure,  the B Building. The campus recovery follows years of deferred maintenance.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.