A major anchor of UB’s downtown presence, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in 2017.
One of the signature gestures of the Comprehesive Plan is the realization of the Downtown Campus as a new home for the Health Sciences schools. The next step in this process is the relocation of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).
The goal is to bring together the three components of medical education, bio-medical research and patient care into one physical location in Western New York, the creation of a true Academic Medical Campus. This integrated program will place emphasis on patient outcomes, foster advancements in medical education and will provide the setting for new breakthroughs in medical research. The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is poised to grow in student enrollment, faculty and staff. With a new home to facilitate its ambitious plans for the future, the School will continue to be a flagship institution for the University at Buffalo.
The project is planned to be approximately 628,000 GSF and will hold the Dean’s administrative functions, biomedical education, basic science departmental space and most of their research and faculty. The new SMBS is being designed with the following priorities in mind:
• Create a “front door” to UB, SMBS and the
• Emphasis on student learning environment both formal and informal
• Emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration among departments
• Create an environment which supports high level funded research
UB is dedicated to design excellence of the built environment
and is committed to ensuring that the building meets sustainability
goals and positively contribute to the campus experience. The new
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will be a
signature building for the Downtown Campus and the entire
University. The architecture of the new building will represent the
university’s aspirations for the Downtown Campus to be a
world class Health Sciences Campus. Read
The Findings Statement (link to the document below) was prepared
by the State University Construction Fund (SUCF), acting as Lead
Agency relating to the review of the Jacobs School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences project, pursuant to the New York State
Environmental Quality Review Act. This Findings Statement
represents the conclusion of the environmental review for the
proposed project. It draws upon matters set forth in the SEQR
record, including the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS),
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and public comments
recieved during the public comment period.
The EIS (consisting of the DEIS and FEIS) for the Jacobs School
of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Project is complete. Involved
and interested agencies, faculty, staff and students, as well as
the public were invited to participate in the SEQR process through
a public scoping meeting held Oct. 22, 2012 to solicit comments on
the draft scope of work for the DEIS. The final scoping document
was then finished on Dec. 20 2012 and subsequently used to generate
the DEIS below.
Once the DEIS was completed, a 30 day public comment period was
held. This closed on July 8th 2013. The University at Buffalo then
held a public hearing on June 25th 2013 in the UB Gateway Building located at 77 Goodell Street in downtown Buffalo.
Comments received during this period and from the meeting were used
in the creation of the FEIS. Copies of both of the DEIS and FEIS
can be downloaded using the links below and hard copies are also
available in the following two locations:
Below is an archive of the Draft GEIS documents.
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