University at Buffalo Holds Topping Off Ceremony for New Medical School Building
HOK’s design team joined university administrators on March 22 to celebrate the topping off of the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The downtown facility, scheduled to be completed in 2017, is expected to generate immediate and long-term economic benefits for Buffalo. Once open, the medical school building will bring 2,000 UB faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo daily, increasing population density in the heart of the city while providing opportunities for retail and housing development, incubators, research parks and other economic development opportunities.
“This milestone would never have been reached if it weren’t for the enthusiastic participation of a very broad range of constituents whose collaboration on this signals a dramatic turning point in the region,” said Michael Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
“We are building a physical and symbolic landmark on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, establishing the region’s first comprehensive academic medical center, transforming Buffalo into a destination for the best medical research, education and patient care.”
Now that steel construction is complete, the building’s permanent roof will be added. More than 300 windows are being installed, and starting this summer, workers will install the building’s outer envelope, including its terra cotta skin, which was chosen for the way it complements the region’s rich architectural heritage. The building design was produced by HOK, which was selected for the project by UB in 2012 after winning an international competition to develop the best design concepts for the new medical school building.
Once downtown, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will facilitate collaboration with physicians and scientists at UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center, the Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Buffalo General Medical Center and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.