Featured Project: SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Ground was broken in October 2013 for a new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on the campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Gilbane LiRo Joint Venture is providing construction management services.
The building, designed by HOK, will be one of the largest constructed in Buffalo in several decades. A light-filled, seven-story glass atrium joins the building's two L-shaped structures. In addition to state-of-the-art research laboratories and classrooms, the new building will house advanced simulation centers for general patient care and surgical and robotic surgery training.
Built directly over the new Allen/Hospital Metro station, the site promotes the use of mass transportation. Upper level bridges leading to adjacent hospitals and other health care facilities will provide streamlined access and promote communication within the medical complex. The building facade consists of a high-performance terra cotta rain screen and a glass curtain wall system that brings daylight into the building interior. These key assets, in addition to other sustainability features, will help the project meet a targeted LEED Gold designation.
The new complex, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, will bring additional faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo, acting as a significant generator of economic growth and opportunity, and will provide the region with access to additional clinical specialties and state-of-the-art health care.
"Today's groundbreaking for a new medical school here at the University at Buffalo is yet another demonstration of the state's commitment to revitalizing Western New York and bringing Buffalo back stronger than ever before," said Governor Andrew Cuomo at the October 15, 2013 groundbreaking ceremony. "The Western New York region is becoming one of the nation's premier locations for health and medical sciences, and this new school will play a central role in bringing the best and brightest medical students, teachers, researchers and doctors here to Buffalo. In 2011, we launched the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program because we believed that universities like UB could serve as a hub for job creation, economic growth and community revitalization. With today's groundbreaking, we are continuing to see this vision become a reality."