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D’Youville recognized with 2021 Brick by Brick Award

D’Youville recognized with 2021 Brick by Brick Award

Buffalo, New York – August 9th, 2021 – D’Youville was recognized as the winner of the Collegiate category in Buffalo Business First’s Brick by Brick awards for the renovation of the fourth and fifth floors of its historic Koessler Administration Building.

The Business First Brick by Brick awards celebrate outstanding construction, development, and real estate projects in Western New York in a variety of categories, including retail, residential, education, medical, and renovations, among others. This year’s winners were announced July 29 in an event at Seneca One Tower.

The Koessler Administration Building (KAB) was built in 1872 and served as the home of Holy Angels Academy before the charter was granted to become D’Youville College in 1908. “The fourth floor renovation was designed to expose the original wood structure of the building and incorporate an open office concept with a variety of offices, conference rooms, and co-working spaces,” says Brian McNamara, director of design and construction. “The fifth floor rejuvenated what was previously an unusable attic storage space into a collaborative co-working lounge with beautiful views overlooking the city and Lake Erie.”

The fourth floor of KAB now houses offices and work spaces for institutional research and assessment, the business office, purchasing, institutional advancement, facilities management, talent, culture and human resources, President’s Council, and the President.

The KAB renovations were completed between April to October 2020, amidst the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The project’s architect was Silvestri Architects PC and general contractor was PAT Construction Management.

“These renovations are a critical part of D’Youville’s Master Planning Initiative and enabled the first floor of KAB to be vacated and renovated, as well,” says Jason MacLeod, PhD, associate vice president for operations and administration. “The ‘Front Door’ experience project currently underway will host the front-facing operations of admission and advancement offices, as well as a History Corridor telling the story of D’Youville.”

“We are extremely gratified that Business First has recognized the innovative work done on our campus to modernize and upgrade our facilities,” says Lorrie A. Clemo, PhD, D’Youville president. “In particular, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Brian McNamara, our director of design and construction, who personally oversaw the coordination of this award-winning project, as well as the countless employees in IT, maintenance, custodial, and campus safety which helped the concept become a reality.”