Goal: Our goal is to build an innovative, sustainable environment that promotes a culture of wellness and inspires our community to greatness.
Smart Growth, Responsible Building
The BNMC works closely with member institutions and Campus partners to adhere to smart growth principles and to build responsibly. Our Campus Master Plan, created in 2003 and updated in 2010 ensures that Campus growth is managed collaboratively with consideration for employees, visitors and neighbors, particularly as many projects are underway at one time.
The BNMC manages the Campus transportation system, including construction of a new parking garage that will double capacity on the site of previous facility at Ellicott and North Streets. We also invest in and manage real estate that supports private sector growth and attraction.
BNMC has also made a commitment to green infrastructure to minimize environmental impact, including: building one of the largest bioretention facilities in WNY near the gateway to our Campus; installing 21 electric vehicle charging stations on Campus in 2011; and installing a 25kW solar array on the Innovation Center.
- BNMC developed the Innovation Center in 2010 and currently owns and operates it as the region’s largest business incubator with 108,000 sq. ft. of space and housing nearly 100 companies and more than 500 employees.
- In 2015, we partnered with New York State to renovate a Main Street building for Buffalo Manufacturing Works, an advanced manufacturing hub, bringing innovative manufacturing technology, prototyping ability and new jobs to previously underutilized corner of the Campus.
- We secured $8.4 million in federal, state and local grants to enhance streetscapes and public spaces on and around Campus, including improved lighting, landscaping, bike storage and physical improvement designed to increase safety, encourage healthy lifestyles and to create an inviting, pedestrian-friendly environment.
- We also secured $6.8 million in federal, state and city funding to improve pedestrian access and streetscape design to connect the Allentown neighborhood and the Medical Campus.
- We worked with the City of Buffalo and Kaleida Health to ensure that the $1M in funding from the sale of Goodrich Street Garage went directly into supporting infrastructure improvements on Carlton Street in the Fruit Belt neighborhood.
- BNMC helped coordinate the planning and development of the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine, under construction on Main Street that will include a state-of-the-art Metro Rail station within the building, allowing visitors to enter and exit through the Medical School lobby.
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