Frequently Asked Questions
Published April 10, 2013
The new medical school will help the university achieve
objectives critical to the UB 2020 strategic plan: creation of a
world-class medical school; recruitment of outstanding scientists,
physician-scientists and clinicians to the university; and
transformation of the region into a major destination for
innovative medical care and research.
A new medical school will:
Ground breaking for the new medical school is slated for fall
2013, with the school scheduled to open in August 2016.
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.
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 months.
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 three 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 Roosevelt lot.
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.
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.
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 Medical Campus.
It will cost $375 million to build the new medical school. The sources of funds are:
Total: $375 million
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.
The McCarley property will not be used in the construction of UB’s medical school. The medical school’s relocation is focused on parcels on Main and High streets.
The McCarley property is important to UB because of its proximity to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, downtown health-care facilities and other life-sciences partners in downtown Buffalo.
The university plans to use the property for educational purposes, consistent with its master plan, which calls for the relocation of UB’s health-related programs to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus area. A major emphasis of UB’s plan is ensuring that the university’s growth is beneficial to the communities that border its three campuses, including the downtown campus.
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 locations.
UB remains committed to the South Campus, and that commitment is not changing. After 2016, 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.
If you have additional questions, please contact:
Office of Community Relations
UB Gateway Building
77 Goodell St. #201
Buffalo, NY 14203