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Major Milestone in Construction

Last beam of steel raised

Dean Michael E. Cain joins in the celebration as the last of 7,459 beams for the eight-story structure is hoisted into place.

Dean Michael E. Cain joins in the celebration as the last of 7,459 beams for the eight-story structure is hoisted into place.

On March 22, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated a major milestone in the construction of its new downtown medical school building: the signing and raising of one of the structure’s final steel beams.

The beam put in place during the topping out ceremony represented the final piece of more than 7,200 tons of steel used in framing the massive building at Washington and High streets.

Speakers at the Topping Out ceremony included New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo; UB President Satish K. Tripathi; Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB; Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman of Delaware North and chairman of the UB Council; and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

“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,” Dean Cain told a large gathering.

The 628,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2017.

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