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UB’s $375 million medical school at Main and High streets will feature state-of-the-art facilities for medical training and laboratory research.

Construction Set to Begin on UB’s New Downtown Medical School

Published March 7, 2014

The initial construction contract has been awarded for the University at Buffalo’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, bringing the state-of-the-art project one step closer to reality.

The eight-story, 540,000-square-foot building — the largest individual construction project in UB’s 167-year history — is set for completion in late 2016.

As the lowest of three bidders, LPCiminelli will complete phase one under a contract worth approximately $52 million with the State University of New York (SUNY) Construction Fund.

The eight-story, 540,000-square-foot building — the largest individual construction project in UB’s 167-year history — is set for completion in late 2016. It will anchor the Main and High street corner of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus near the heart of downtown Buffalo.

Phase One Focus is Structural Work

Beginning this spring, LPCiminelli will complete excavation and foundation work and erect the building’s steel framework.

Subsequent phases, yet to be bid, will cover work on the building’s façade, roof, interior, furniture, fixtures and equipment, including state-of-the-art equipment for labs and medical education facilities.

Under its approved plan to involve minority-owned businesses (at a participation rate of 13.2 percent) and women-owned businesses (at a participation rate of 12.3 percent), LPCiminelli expects to exceed both SUNY and federal goals in these areas.

New Medical School Fosters Health Care Destination

The new medical school will allow the university to achieve crucial components of its UB 2020 strategic plan, including:

  • creating a world-class medical school
  • attracting outstanding researchers, students, clinicians and physician-scientists
  • transforming Western New York into a major destination for innovative medical care, medical education and research

The $375 million project will be funded with both private and state sources, including a NYSUNY Challenge Grant authorized by NYSUNY 2020 legislation signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.