The University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday, October 15,2013 at Main and High streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
During the groundbreaking ceremony on the BNMC representatives of the university; public officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; and community members hailed the project as a milestone in UB’s history and in the city’s efforts to revitlaize itself as a destination for world-class health care.
The new downtown medical school is a vital component of the university’s UB 2020 plan – it’s a breakthrough plan in the university’s history and in the city’s efforts to reinvent itself as a destination for world-class health care.
The 540,000 sq. ft. complex will attract outstanding scientists, physician-scientists, clinicians and medical students – creating 100 new faculty positions and increasing the class size of its medical school from 140 to 180 students. The new school will also meet the growing needs for innovative, high quality, high-demand medical care in Western New York.
The new complex, designed by architects HOK (Helmuth, Obata & Kassabaum), will have a light-filled, seven-story glass atrium connected by the two L-shaped structures, and will include spaces for spaces for laboratories, education facilities and collaboration. The space will also include advanced simulation centers for general patient care, surgical and robotic surgery training, and state-of-the art laboratory space.
The medical school is expected to transform Western New York into a major destination for innovative medical care and research and be a major contributor to 3,000-plus new jobs on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. The $375 million facility is projected to open in Fall 2016.
University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Layout:
Floors 1-2: medical education, community corridor, public outreach programs (such as the UB Mini Medical School) and NFTA-Metro rail station
Floors 3-5: state-of-the-art research facilities
Floors 3-7: administrative offices, academic departments
Floor 6: Behling Simulation Center, Clinical Competency Center and dean’s suite
Floor 7: gross anatomy lab, surgical skills and robotic surgery