Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Announces LEED Certification of Innovation Center

For immediate release Thursday, April 21, 2011


Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Announces LEED Certification of Innovation Center

Former Trico Products Corp. Building is First LEED Core & Shell Project in NYS Outside of New York City

WHAT: The announcement of LEED certification of the Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This successful example of adaptive reuse – it is part of the former Trico Products Corp. complex – is the first LEED Core and Shell project in New York State outside of New York City. Twenty-four companies currently reside in this multi-tenant building on Ellicott just north of Goodell Street on the BNMC.

Join members of the BNMC project team and other special guests for brief remarks regarding this renovation, including the LEED score; the unveiling of the LEED plaque; tours of the building; and a celebration.  Refreshments will be served.

Speakers include:

Patrick J. Whalen, Chief Operating Officer, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.

John Daly, Principal, Trautman Associates

Kenneth Shoetz, Vice President of Regional Offices, NYS Empire State

Development Corporation

Dennis Elsenbeck, Regional Executive of Energy Solutions, National Grid

Timothy Vaeth, Vice President of Development, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council – a not-for-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

WHEN:                 Thursday, April 21st at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:               Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center, 4th floor

                                    640 Ellicott Street

Buffalo, NY

On the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (Parking available in the lot directly across the street, just north of Goodell)

For more information, contact Kari Bonaro, BNMC at kbonaro@bnmc-old.local, 716.218.7157 or 202.904.7034

About the Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott Street

The Thomas R. Beecher, Jr.  Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott Street is a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building with a collaborative environment designed to foster innovation and creativity among companies seeking to be a part of the thriving Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  Currently 24 public and private companies reside in the Innovation Center. The facility is an example of adaptive reuse—once part of the Trico Products Corp. complex—and boasts a newly renovated lobby, core and shell, conference rooms and rest rooms.  Solar panels were installed through a grant from NYSERDA to reduce the building’s energy consumption.

The Innovation Center has received funding through New York State’s Upstate Regional Blueprint Fund Grant, RestoreNY, National Grid, the John R. Oishei Foundation, NYSERDA, and the U.S. Small Business Administration through a grant secured by Congressman Brian Higgins.

About the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is a consortium of the region’s premier health care, life sciences research, and medical education institutions, all located on 120 acres in downtown Buffalo, New York. The BNMC is dedicated to the cultivation of a world-class medical campus for clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship. BNMC member institutions are the University at Buffalo, Kaleida Health, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, Buffalo Medical Group, Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, Olmsted Center for Sight, Upstate New York Transplant Services, and the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.

The BNMC has:

  • 4.5 million square feet of existing research, clinical, and support space today
  • More than two million square feet currently or soon to be under construction, equaling an investment of $500 million in public and private funding.
  • 8,500 people working on the Medical Campus today, a number that will rise to nearly 12,000 in the next few years.
  • More than one million patients and visitors annually.
  • Nine major institutions and more than 30 public and private life sciences companies are located on the BNMC.