Published August 10, 2015
The 250-foot tower crane at the corner of Main and High streets will help erect the steel for the final four floors of the University at Buffalo’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Construction on the fourth and fifth floors should begin by Labor Day and should be near completion by the end of the year.
By this winter, much of the structure will be enclosed, and work will continue on the interior, said William J. Mahoney, vice president for LPCiminelli, general contractor for the new medical school.
When it opens in August 2017, the 628,000-square-foot building will hold 2,000 students, faculty and staff and contain state-of-the-art laboratory and simulation training centers.
A light-filled, seven-story glass atrium will run through the building’s center. The terra cotta and glass rainscreen facade will protect the building from precipitation.
Inside the structure, the NFTA-Metro Allen/Hospital station will allow comfortable access to transportation all year long.
“The tower crane's commanding presence at the construction site is a symbol of the very positive changes that UB’s new medical school building will bring to Buffalo’s skyline,” said Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school.
The second floor of the structure will directly connect to the Conventus medical building — a 350,000-square-foot center for collaborative medicine — which will connect to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital.
The sky bridges will bring together the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and make it easier for students, faculty and patients to navigate the campus.