BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's downtown campus is
growing. By early February, nearly 100 UB employees who had been
based at various sites will have moved into new digs at the UB
Gateway (the former M. Wile building) at Goodell Street. The
historic structure is undergoing a $4 million renovation.
The Gateway's largest new tenant is the UB Department of Family
Medicine, the first department in the UB School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences to move downtown, as part of the university's
plan to improve regional health care and revitalize Buffalo's
economy by relocating the medical school to downtown Buffalo.
Other components of UB's move downtown include the new Clinical
and Translational Research Center within the UB-Kaleida Health
building under construction at Goodrich and Ellicott streets, a new
Educational Opportunity Center under construction next door to the
Gateway building, and a new medical school, which is expected to be
completed in 2016.
This week, the Department of Family Medicine finished moving 75
faculty members and staff into the UB Gateway from a cinderblock
building on the ECMC campus. Beginning Jan. 19, the Department of
Family Medicine can be reached at 816-7227.
"With the move of UB's Department of Family Medicine into the UB
Gateway building, we are taking another step in moving the UB
medical school to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, in closer
proximity to most of Buffalo's major hospitals and medical research
institutions," says Michael Cain, MD, vice president for health
sciences at UB and dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences. "The Department of Family Medicine also now will be
closer to the resources of UB's Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the new Clinical and
Translational Research Center under construction within the joint
UB-Kaleida Health building on the BNMC."
Thomas C. Rosenthal, MD, chair of the department, notes that the
unit's new home has some distinct advantages. "It's a nice, new,
modern facility on the downtown campus; it will allow for better
work flow in the department," he says.
In addition, the proximity to some of UB's most sophisticated IT
resources is a big asset. "One of the challenges we face in primary
care is that we work with so many different diagnoses and diseases
with our patients, it is often difficult to detect patterns,"
Rosenthal says. "In order to more readily see trends, we tend to do
a lot of research on large population databases. Being so close to
the facilities and expertise of the Center for Computational
Research in the UB Center of Excellence is going to provide a real
The UB Gateway building is part of the UB Downtown Gateway
Complex, which will consist of the Gateway and the four-story
Educational Opportunity Center building, expected to be complete in
spring of 2013; the buildings will be connected. The Gateway
Complex will form a cornerstone of UB's downtown campus, and will
provide the Buffalo Niagara community with greater access to UB's
academic and community programs, strengths and resources.
The overall goal of UB Gateway is to help enhance the quality of
life in Buffalo and surrounding communities. This is why Millard
Fillmore College's (MFC) administrative offices also moved last
month into the Gateway building, returning to its roots in downtown
Buffalo after nearly 60 years on UB's South Campus. Millard
Fillmore's current course and certificate programs will continue to
be offered primarily online and on UB's North and South
"MFC's move to the UB Downtown Gateway is significant to its
mission and to UB's commitment to serving citizens of Western New
York," said Larry R. Gingrich, associate dean of MFC, UB's college
for continuing education and academic outreach. "We look forward to
developing partnerships with business and organizations, and
launching new programs for continuing and professional
Over the next four to six weeks, additional units moving into
the UB Gateway include the UB School of Management's Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership, which helps local businesses grow and
prosper through leadership development and experiential learning,
and the Center for Educational Collaboration, a comprehensive joint
effort between UB and the Buffalo Public Schools to improve
academic outcomes for all of the district's students.
Existing tenants of the UB Gateway, some of whom are moving into
newly renovated space in the building, include the UB Regional
Institute, an interdisciplinary research and policy center applying
evidence-based analysis to issues affecting regions, the Office of
Economic Engagement, which provides resources and expertise to
assist local businesses and governments, and the administrative
offices of UBMD, the parent organization of the medical practices
of the UB medical school. UBMD represents more than 450 UB faculty
The Buffalo Employment Training Center and URS are the Gateway
building's non-UB tenants.
The historic UB Gateway structure forms the gateway to the
University at Buffalo's downtown campus and the nearby Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus. Home to the local clothing manufacturer, M.
Wile Co., from 1924 to 1964, this example of a "daylight factory"
is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building's
refurbished space, envisioned and developed by UB capital planning
and facilities units, preserves its historical character while
providing a highly functional space for its new tenants.