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Media Advisory: UB to Unveil Plans to Construct New Building Downtown

Release Date: May 21, 2009

The University at Buffalo will announce plans to build a new home in downtown Buffalo for its Educational Opportunity Center at an unveiling to be held at 11 a.m. Friday (May 22) in the parking lot of the former M. Wile building at 77 Goodell St., Buffalo.

Speakers will include Assembly Member Crystal Peoples, Deputy Mayor Donna Brown and UB President John B. Simpson.

When completed, the four-story, environmentally friendly EOC building will be connected by an atrium to the former M. Wile building, which will become a new center for UB's academic and outreach services to the community. The two buildings will form the UB Downtown Gateway Complex.

The EOC provides disenfranchised urban community members with innovative academic programs that prepare them for higher education and vocational training. The new building will enhance the EOC's ability to serve the community by locating it side-by-side with UB programs to address unemployment and quality-of-life issues in Buffalo.

The new EOC building and M. Wile building renovation project advance the UB 2020 strategic plan's focus on increasing the university's presence in downtown Buffalo.

Media arrangements: John DellaContrada in the UB Office of University Communications at 645-5000 ext. 1409, and onsite at 361-3006.

Interviews with participants will be made available after the announcement.

Media Contact Information

John DellaContrada
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations
Tel: 716-645-4601 (mobile: 716-361-3006)
dellacon@buffalo.edu
Twitter: @UBNewsSource