BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Central Branch of the Buffalo and Erie
County Public Library will host an exhibition of work by four elite
international architectural teams produced for the competition to
design the new downtown University at Buffalo School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences.
The exhibition, on the main floor of the library, will run May
25 to June 8, but will be closed on Memorial Day. The library is
open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 8
p.m. on Thursdays.
The UB medical school will be the largest new building to be
constructed in Buffalo in decades and is expected to anchor a
world-class medical campus on par with those in Cleveland and
The exhibition will help initiate the next phase of the design
process, which includes gathering opinions and suggestions on the
project from the general public and other stakeholders, including
faculty and staff members, students and neighbors.
The design concepts on exhibit will be used to help produce a
final design for the new UB medical school.
Visitors to the exhibition will be invited to fill out and
submit comment forms that will be available onsite. The public also
is asked to offer comments and suggestions by emailing email@example.com.
Input from all sources will inform and guide the development of
the final design by the firm that won the competition, HOK, a major
global architecture, interiors, engineering, planning and
consulting firm known in particular for sustainable and
More information on the design competition, the winning
architectural team and what this $375 million construction project
will mean to the UB school of medicine, the City of Buffalo, the
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the residents of this region is
available at http://www.buffalo.edu/ub2020/building_ub.
Mary Jean Jakubowski, director of the Buffalo and Erie County
Public Library System, said, "Having the display here at the
library offers a very exciting opportunity for the public to
participate in the design and planning process of the new medical
"Not only does it offer information and access to wonderful
changes that are happening right here in our community," she said,
"but when visitors stand where the displays will be, and look out
the window, they will be looking right up the medical corridor.
That, I think, will make it easy for visitors to envision just
where the new building will be."
Each presentation in the exhibition includes floor plans,
drawings, elevations, models and other material employed in the
design experiments prepared by four finalist teams: HOK, Grimshaw
and Davis Brody Bond, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Cannon
Design, and Rafael Vinoly Architects with Foit-Albert
Robert Shibley, dean of the UB School of Architecture and
Planning, and head of the committee that selected HOK to design the
UB medical school, emphasized that the proposals presented to the
selection committee and here, to the general public, are not
intended to represent the finished building.
"Instead we required them to explore architectural possibilities
for the building, from how it might meet the ground to the kinds of
learning environments and public spaces it could create," he
The proposals therefore present many exciting ways to address a
complex and important set of design challenges provoked in part by
the location of the project at Main Street near Allen Street.
Shibley pointed out that the building will serve as a gateway to
downtown and the front door of UB and Buffalo Niagara Medical
Campus, and has the potential to offer a seamless connection to the
surrounding Allentown and Fruit Belt neighborhoods.