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20 March 2017

HOK-Designed University at Buffalo Medical School Nears Completion

University of Buffalo School of Medicine

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

“It is the largest construction project in UB’s history. It is also, UB says, the largest building dedicated to medical education presently under construction in the United States.”

“Inside the new University at Buffalo building on Main Street is a mammoth glass atrium capped by seven skylights and filled with temporary scaffolding holding tradesmen working from dawn to dusk five days a week, and sometimes Saturdays. The workers are adding the interior details of the $375 million Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Main and Allen streets. The eight-floor building, now 75 percent complete, will open later this year to house an expanding UB medical school.”

“The building will have more educational space than the school’s current home on UB’s South Campus, as well as advance simulation centers for patient care and updated laboratories. But its design and location—with with its terra cotta exterior, glass atrium and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus address—is part of a wider university strategy for attracting new doctors to the medical school.”

“‘The atrium was always to be the showcase,’ said Jennifer A. Kuhn, UB project manager. ‘The architect called it the piano nobile.’”

“Outside, workers have been placing terra cotta panels on the building like pieces of a puzzle fitting into place. By late summer, 27,646 of the panels will form a high-performance ‘skin’ of the new building. The building’s seven-story atrium is also underway. It will feature 650 ribbon-glass panels made up of 19,000 square feet of glass along the perimeter, as well as a glass rainscreen facade.”

December 2016 time-lapse video

Buffalo News