Featured Project: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University of Buffalo
As part of a joint venture, LiRo provided construction management services for a new medical education facility that will significantly expand and integrate the University's current staff and functions at its downtown location within the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, a consortium of medical service providers.
Construction of the new seven-story building was accomplished within a restricted urban site bounded on three sides by city streets and immediately adjacent on the fourth side to an existing occupied residential building. Further increasing the logistical challenges of the project was the presence of an existing subway station on site that was required to stay open and operational throughout the construction process.
Designed to the latest state-of-the-art medical education and research standards, the building houses medical school general academic and community outreach programs, such as the UB mini-medical school and other public health initiatives, on the lower two floors. Floors three through five house 150,000 square feet of state-of-the-art modular research laboratories, including UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center. The upper two floors incorporate some of the most advanced medical education facilities in the nation, such as a simulation centers for patient care, surgical skills and robotic surgery.
The building facade consists of a high-performance rain screen and a glass curtainwall system that brings daylight into the building interior. In addition to other sustainability features, these features will help the project meet a targeted LEED gold designation.
The new complex, serving as a regional economic catalyst, brings additional faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo, acting as a significant generator of economic growth and opportunity, and provides the region with access to additional clinical specialties and state-of-the-art health care.