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Spring 2010

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Three campuses one vision Aerial view of the Oval, a grand new lawn at the crossroads of the North Campus, Putnam Plaza and the Lee Road “Main Street.”

Three campuses–one vision

Story by Arthur Page

In conjunction with implementation of its UB 2020 strategic plan, the University at Buffalo has developed a comprehensive physical plan to guide the growth and transformation of its North and South campuses and create a new Academic Health Center on its Downtown Campus.

UB 2020 calls for UB, already the largest and most comprehensive campus in the State University of New York, to grow by 40 percent, increasing enrollment by 10,000 and faculty and staff ranks by more than 6,700. Physically, UB will grow within the borders of its North and South campuses, and expand its presence in downtown.

Explore “Building UB,” the historic master plan that will guide UB’s growth. Preview what UB’s campuses will look like at buffalo.edu/buildingUB

“Building UB,” unveiled in October 2009, calls for three distinctive campus environments tailored to their respective suburban, urban and downtown settings, better connecting the campuses with one another and integrating them with their surrounding neighborhoods.

It calls for the North Campus in Amherst, which already has seven million square feet of built space, to become more welcoming and more sustainable as it continues to be the intellectual core of the university, housing arts and sciences, engineering and management.

The South Campus on Main Street in North Buffalo, a Western New York landmark that dates back to the 1920s, will be restored as a classic American collegiate campus and a center for inter–professional education, bringing together the disciplines of law, education, social work, and architecture and planning.

The Downtown Campus will marry medical education with clinical care and health sciences research in partnership with Buffalo Niagara’s pre-eminent hospitals and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Long–range, the plan calls for UB’s Academic Health Center and the five health sciences schools that constitute it to relocate to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where UB had its beginnings as a medical school 164 years ago.

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