The largest construction project in UB’s history. The creation of a 21st-century “learning landscape” in the center of the university’s academic spine. The first major renovation in the School of Dental Medicine in 30 years.
All told, there are more than $400 million in construction jobs, large and small, taking place across UB. These capital projects range from the ongoing construction of the new building for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to upgrades of campus bathrooms and student laundry facilities.
Here are a few highlights of what’s taking shape this year.
With steel construction now complete, the permanent roof and more than 300 windows are being added to the new downtown building. Workers are also installing the school’s outer envelope, including a high-performance terra-cotta “skin” (samples pictured) manufactured locally by Boston Valley Terra Cotta. The project is on track for completion in 2017.
Panels made from terra cotta, an age-old building material, were custom manufactured for the outside of the UB medical school building by Buffalo-area Boston Valley Terra Cotta, one of the premier architectural terra cotta manufacturers in the country.
A view of the atrium from the building's second floor, looking toward downtown. The glass atrium will span seven of the building's eight floors. Photo: Douglas Levere
The dean's office provides fantastic views of Lake Erie, to the right, and downtown Buffalo. Photo: Douglas Levere
As the first phase of the Heart of the Campus project, the Oscar A. Silverman Library in Capen Hall has been transformed into a “learning landscape,” with rooms for individual and group study, high-tech classrooms, multimedia suites, and even a traditional “Grand Reading Room” and café. The 800-person space opened at the end of August.
The Grand Reading Room, with its rich oak woodwork, offers students a comfortable and inspiring place to study in silence.
An $11 million expansion project will double the size of the Preclinical Laboratory as part of the school’s first major renovation in 30 years. Another $11 million overhaul of the UB dental clinics—WNY’s largest oral health care center—is in the final planning stages.
The instructor’s station, located in the upcoming, expanded Preclinical Simulation Laboratory in the UB dental school. Image: UB School of Dental Medicine
Greatly improved teaching and patient care environments benefit generations of UB dental students, faculty and staff. Image: UB School of Dental Medicine
A mural depicting the city of Buffalo will be part of the expanded Preclinical Simulation Laboratory. Image: UB School of Dental Medicine
A new Operatory Predoctoral Clinic will be part of the historic $22 million investment in the dental school. Image: UB School of Dental Medicine
A redesigned wet lab is among the state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities that will comprise the expanded Preclinical Simulation Laboratory of the dental school. Image: UB School of Dental Medicine.