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D’Youville College continues to expand its Porter Avenue campus with work beginning on its newest academic building around the corner on Niagara Street.

The former Gateway-Longview building at 605 Niagara St., between Jersey Street and Prospect Avenue, will be remade into the college’s new $20 million Art, Sciences and Education Building.

Opening is scheduled for August 2015.

D’Youville in 2012 purchased the 60,000-square-foot building on the city’s West Side, but concerns raised by the neighborhood and preservationists led to five design changes before a consensus was reached on the appearance of the project, explained Edward P. Cogan, associate vice president for operations and construction.

A 25,000-square-foot section of the building bordering Jersey Street will be gutted and renovated, Cogan said.

The brick facade on the original center section also will remain, but the rest of the building will be demolished to make way for a four-story addition, Cogan said.

“I’m pleased we will be saving the brick facade of the original keystone building located in the center of the multi-sectioned complex that had been constructed in stages throughout the first half of the 20th century,” Cogan said.

“This original facade will be integrated into the formal Niagara Street entrance of the new building as part of our efforts to retain the original architectural character of the building, as well as complementing the historic structures in the neighborhood,” Cogan said.

When completed, the 85,000-square-foot academic building will house classrooms, offices and computer laboratories to accommodate the school’s growth in enrollment and programs over the past decade, said D’Youville spokesman John Bray.

The project team includes Uniland Development, Stieglitz Snyder Architecture and M/E Engineering.

In addition, D’Youville will soon begin work on a new $5 million artificial turf athletic field to be used by its soccer, softball and lacrosse teams, Cogan said. It’s the first time the college will have its own athletic fields.

The more than three-acre site, which will include a 4,000-square-foot locker room facility, is bordered by Porter Avenue, Fourth Street, Jersey Street and the Niagara Thruway.

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