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Ground broken on New UB medical school
BUFFALO - Ground was broken on Tuesday for the University of Buffalo’s $375 million state-of-the-art medical school building. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, UB’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical is a milestone project in the university’s history and in the city’s efforts to reinvent itself as a destination for world-class health care. The eight-story, 540,000-square-foot building is the first project to be funded under the NYSUNY2020 Challenge Grant program, a hallmark initiative put in place by the Governor in 2011 to incentivize bottom-up, individualized, long-term economic development plans on SUNY campuses and the surrounding communities.
“Today’s groundbreaking of a new medical school here at the University of Buffalo is yet another demonstration of the state’s commitment to revitalizing Western New York and bring Buffalo back stronger than ever before,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “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 NYSUNY2020 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.”
The new medical school will provide a greatly enhanced clinical education for UB medical students through state-of-the-art research and simulation laboratories and through synergies with Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) partners. It will produce new research leading to advances in medical treatments and technologies, and create opportunities to grow the region’s emerging biomedical industry. The surrounding neighborhood will benefit with access to clinics, availability of hundreds of new jobs and an overall revitalization of the area.
The medical school project is the largest individual construction project in the university’s 167 years and is a critical step in the UB 2020 plan to pursue research addressing critical societal needs, provide students with transformative educational experiences and further engage with local and global communities.
With a new medical school, UB will hire 100 new medical faculty and grow the size of its medical school class from 140 to 180 students. This influx of new UB medical talent will provide the region with access to additional clinical specialties and state-of-the-art health care.
“Buffalo continues to grow stronger and today’s groundbreaking for the University at Buffalo’s new $375 million medical school further proves it,” said Mayor Byron Brown. “Governor Cuomo’s support for this project will help usher in a new era of high quality medical education and health care in Buffalo. Bringing the new medical school to downtown’s rapidly growing medical campus makes good economic development sense. It will make our city a more attractive and competitive place for people to get medical education, greatly improve access to health care in the region - particularly for low income and underserved residents - and bring thousands of people to downtown Buffalo on a daily basis, strengthening the core of our city.”
“This groundbreaking is a pivotal moment for UB and our region,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi. “The new medical school embodies all the core elements of the UB 2020 vision—advancing research and discovery that respond to the critical issues we face in the 21st century world, preparing our students to be global leaders in this world, and engaging even more effectively with our broader communities. Moving the medical school downtown will help us realize our university’s vision of excellence by advancing patient care, creating new medical discoveries, providing a world-class medical education, and helping revitalize downtown Buffalo.”
Features of the building include a light-filled, seven-story glass atrium that joins the building’s two L-shaped structures and a terra-cotta and rainscreen façade. 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.
The downtown medical school will be constructed on top of a new Allen/Hospital Metro station to insure community connections and promote sustainable transportation options.
The transit station and the building’s connecting bridges to hospitals and other health care facilities will make navigating the medical school to and from the BNMC partner institutions more convenient and efficient. Clinical education, patient care and research will be tremendously strengthened as a result of the school’s new location on the BNMC.
The new medical school will bring an additional 2,000 faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo, acting as a significant generator of economic growth and opportunity as well as urban vitality.