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A Cutting-Edge Medical Campus as a Downtown Hub

University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Buffalo, New York, USA

“The big picture is that it lets us start to transform a medical culture into one that achieves excellence from internal collaboration instead of from competition.”

Michael E. Cain, MD
Dean, University at Buffalo School of Medicine
The Buffalo News

The University at Buffalo’s state-of-the-art medical school and integrated transit station is the anchor for a vibrant mixed-use district in downtown Buffalo.

The eight-story Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus brings 2,000 UB faculty, staff and students to downtown Buffalo each day.

The design features two L-shaped structures linked by a six-story, light-filled glass atrium – the building’s main interior “avenue.” The design, which targets LEED Gold certification, features a high-performance terra-cotta rain screen and a glass curtain wall system that brings daylight deep inside the building. The NFTA Allen Street transit hub on the medical school’s ground floor provides convenient mass transit access, furthering the development of a sustainable, vibrant community.

To bring together academia and research, the design sandwiches the three research floors between the more public parts of the medical education program on the lower floors and the more specialized, pedagogical components, such as the human anatomy suite, on the upper floors. A common atrium and second-floor “piano nobile,” or principal level, fosters collaboration between educators, researchers and the greater Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus community.

Faculty, researchers and students have clinical responsibilities on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, which will be physically connected to the medical school by an enclosed bridge. By providing opportunities for learning, researching and credentialing for a variety of medical practitioners, the building creates a true academic medical campus.

The project “is more than a spectacular building,” said Nancy Nielsen, MD, a member of the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Campaign Steering Committee. “The medical school is in the middle of a community. This is Buffalo at its best. It is going to rejuvenate downtown. It is going to serve people who need healthcare.”


LEED-NC Gold anticipated


600,000 sq. ft. / 55,742 sq. m.


Building Enclosure
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning
Urban Design


Terra cotta panels forming the high-performance building skin


6 January 2018
“UB Medical School Is Designed for a New Way of Training Doctors”
The Buffalo News

1 January 2018
“UB’s New Medical School”
Buffalo Spree

12 December 2017
“University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Opens”
HOK News

5 March 2017
“UB Prepares to Debut Its $375 Million Showpiece of a Medical School”
The Buffalo News

18 November 2016
“Terra Cotta Facade for New Medical School Building”
University at Buffalo News

12 May 2016
“Construction Watch: Medical School”
Buffalo Rising