When will the new medical school be built?
Ground breaking for the new medical school is slated for fall
2013, with the school scheduled to open in early 2017.
The 500,000-square-foot building will be located at the corner
of Main and High streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,
adjacent to the new Conventus medical office building and the new
John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, both under
construction. The new medical school will also be nearby
UB’s new Clinical and Translational Research Center at 875
Ellicott St., located above the new Gates Vascular Institute.
What are the most recent steps that UB has taken to construct the medical school?
In April, the university publicly unveiled the dramatic design
for the medical school. The design was produced
by HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning
firm. The HOK team has worked closely with UB officials, the SUNY
Construction Fund and community groups to develop the design best
suited to the needs of the medical school while strengthening
connections with the surrounding community. The design process is
continuing and is expected to be completed in the next few
The signature feature of the new medical school is a
light-filled, six-story, glass atrium that joins the
building’s two L-shaped structures and includes connecting
bridges to adjacent buildings and a stairway that cascades down
from south to north.
The new school will be constructed on top of a new
Allen/Hospital Metro station, a fact that not only accentuates
community connections, but also promotes sustainable transportation
options, which will help the building achieve LEED gold
designation. A pedestrian passageway will extend through the
building between Main and Washington streets, leading to Allen
Street. To further promote alternative transportation modes, this
passageway is deliberately aligned with a proposed Allen Street
pedestrian extension from Washington to Michigan streets, which
will feature a bike share facility.
To make way for construction of the new medical school, the
university purchased four parcels of land. In November, UB
purchased the 0.26 acre (approximately 11,325 square feet) parcel
of land at 960 Washington St. UB also has a signed letter of
intent to buy the parking lot of the Roosevelt Apartments at 911
Main St. for $1.2 million. This parcel extends behind the Allen
Street Metro Rail station. The seller is Roosevelt Housing
Associates. Arrangements for alternative parking are part of
the acquisition of the property. This arrangement will
accommodate all 32 of the parking spaces currently available in the
In March, First Niagara gave to UB a 0.85-acre parcel of land at
973 Main St., appraised at approximately $2 million. The First
Niagara parcel completed the university’s land acquisition
for the site. To replace the First Niagara branch currently
located on the site, First Niagara will open a new bank branch on
the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In the meantime, a temporary
branch will be located at 1031 Main St., a property UB purchased in
May for $1.4 million.
Does the community have a voice in this project?
Yes. UB has held several public forums to get input on the
selection of the architect and on possible design directions. The
university will continue to engage with community members and
community leaders regarding this important project.
UB has formed a Community Advisory Group to provide a forum for
dialog with neighbors, businesses, residents and other
stakeholders, including representatives from the immediately
affected surrounding communities and adjacent neighboring
buildings. The feedback provided during this outreach has
been very beneficial to the design process.
How will adjacent communities benefit from construction of UB’s new medical school in downtown Buffalo?
The medical school project will provide better access to
construction, vending and purchasing opportunities created by
UB’s expansion on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
For example, UB has set ambitious goals for hiring minority- and
women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) for the medical school
project. The university expects to achieve 15 percent MWBE
participation in design contract work. UB also expects to
achieve 20 percent minority business enterprise (MBE) participation
and 10 percent WBE (women business enterprise) participation in
construction management contracts.
The relocation of UB’s medical school will bring more than
2,000 UB faculty, staff and students to downtown each day. In
the long run, this influx of people is expected to create new
retailing, vendor and service opportunities for companies and
businesspeople in the communities bordering the Buffalo Niagara
How much will moving the medical school cost?
It will cost $375 million to build the new medical school. The
sources of funds are:
|State Capital Appropriations
|Existing UB Capital Appropriations
||$50 million *
* Funds previously planned for deferred maintenance work in
Cary, Farber, and Sherman.
How is UB raising funds for the project?
The UB medical school will be paid for with several funding
sources; private philanthropy is one of them. $50 million is to be
raised from private sources -- gifts from individuals, foundations
and corporations. The medical school has organized a fundraising
steering committee, chaired by Jeremy Jacobs, Nancy Nielsen and Bob
Wilmers, to raise funds for this building, the CTRC and many other
medical school initiatives.
What is the plan for UB’s other two campuses, North and South?
This strategy strengthens all three of UB's campuses. We have a
campus master plan to guide us. The plans are optimal for all three
campuses, and make the most of each one’s resources and
What will happen to the UB South Campus?
UB remains committed to the South Campus, and that commitment is
not changing. After 2017, when the medical school moves downtown,
the plan is to move UB’s professional schools from the North
Campus to the South Campus. The plan for the South Campus is to
reinforce historic quadrangles, remove unsightly temporary
buildings, recover grand lawns from parking and revitalize
landscapes. Access to campus and way-finding will be improved with
new facilities for transit patrons and bicycle commuters, a
simplified campus loop road, an improved Bailey Avenue entrance and
better connections to the neighborhood.