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School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Phase 1

Architectural rendering of proposed new SMBS building

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A major anchor of UB’s downtown presence, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in 2016.

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 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 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 580,000 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, The School of Medicine and the entire BNMC
• 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 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 more.

The SEQR Process

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 University at Buffalo 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 School of Medicine 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 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:

  • The Central Library of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries at 1 Lafayette Square in Downtown Buffalo
  • The Health Sciences Library in Abbott Hall on the South (Main Street) Campus

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Below is an archive of the Draft GEIS documents.