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UB is partnering with Kaleida Health on a new downtown facility.
Changing Campus Landscape
Story by Arthur Page
UB IS MOVING FORWARD with more than $350 million in construction and renovation projects in the first phase of a dramatic physical transformation on a scale not seen since the North Campus was built in Amherst during the 1970s. Funded by New York State during previous years’ budget cycles, with additional support from private donors, the work includes four major construction projects that are physical manifestations of the ongoing implementation of the UB 2020 strategic plan.
A new engineering building is set for the North Campus.
Ground was broken on August 3 for a 10-story building being constructed by UB and Kaleida Health, a public-private endeavor advancing UB’s plans to expand its academic and clinical health sciences programs in downtown Buffalo. Located next to Buffalo General Hospital, the facility, opening in late 2011, will bring together Kaleida Health physicians and UB researchers. It will house UB’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research and a UB Bioscience Incubator, as well as Kaleida Health’s global vascular institute.
Ground will be broken next summer for EOC's new home.
Also planned for the Downtown Campus is a new home for UB’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), which provides educational job training, college preparation and related support services to economically and academically disadvantaged populations in Western New York. Groundbreaking is slated for next summer. When completed, it will be connected by an atrium to the former M. Wile building to form the UB Downtown Gateway Complex at 77 Goodell St., providing the Buffalo-Niagara community with greater access to UB’s academic and community programs and resources.
Kapoor Hall will open in 2012 on the South Campus.
To be constructed on the North Campus is a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory building for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ground was broken in April for the new home for UB Engineering’s departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering. It is slated for completion in 2011.
Slated to open in 2012 is Kapoor Hall on the South Campus, a new home for the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which will be the first UB professional school to relocate back to the City of Buffalo since construction of the North Campus. Named for John N. Kapoor, PhD ’72, a visionary leader in the pharmaceutical industry, the facility will provide state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for programs in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences.
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