Quick Facts

Location: Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Main and High Streets, Buffalo, N.Y.

People: 2,000-plus faculty, staff and students

Square feet: 628,000

Floors: eight, including a seven-story central atrium

Cost: $375 million


  • create a modern, world-class medical school as a key component of a regional, comprehensive medical community
  • attract outstanding scientists, physician-scientists, clinicians and medical students
  • meet the growing needs for innovative, high quality, high-demand medical care in Western New York and beyond
  • pioneer new medical treatments and technologies, working with prestigious clinical and research partner institutions
  • obtain LEED-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification

Building Features

  • light-filled, seven-story glass atrium
  • interconnected spaces for laboratories, education facilities and collaboration
  • terra-cotta and glass rainscreen façade
  • state-of-the art laboratory space
  • advanced simulation centers for general patient care, surgical and robotic surgery training

Connective Features

  • sky bridges to Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus buildings
  • pedestrian passageway through building to other Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus buildings
  • integration of new NFTA-Metro Allen/Hospital station and adjacent bus stops


Floors 1-2: medical education, community corridor, public outreach programs (such as the UB Mini Medical School) and NFTA-Metro rail station

Floors 3-5: state-of-the-art research facilities

Floors 3-7: administrative offices, academic departments

Floor 6: Behling Simulation Center, Clinical Competency Center and dean’s suite 

Floor 7: gross anatomy lab, surgical skills and robotic surgery


Opening: 2017

Groundbreaking: October 15, 2013

Design unveiled: April 10, 2013

Medical School Expansion

  • 100 new faculty positions by 2016
  • 30 percent increase in medical school class size (40 additional MD students/year)

Construction and Design

Architect: HOK, winner of international competition

Minority/Women Participation Goals:

  • 15 percent (design contract work)
  • 20 percent minority and 10 percent women (construction management contracts)

Land Acquisition

  • 960 Washington St. - 0.26 acre
  • 911 Main St. - parking lot
  • 973 Main St. - 0.85 acre (donation from First Niagara Financial Group)

Expected Community Impact

  • transform Western New York into a major destination for innovative medical care and research
  • major contributor to 3,000-plus new jobs on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus
  • spin-off biotech companies
  • new retail, vendor and service opportunities in adjacent neighborhoods

Diverse Funding Sources

State Capital Appropriations $35 million
Existing UB Capital Appropriations
(funds previously planned for deferred maintenance work in Cary, Farber, and Sherman)
$50 million
(individual, foundation and corporate)
$50 million
SMBS Reserves $25 million
Bond Financing $215 million
Total $375 million

UB Fundraising Efforts

  • $50 million from private gifts
  • fundraising steering committee chaired by Jeremy Jacobs, Nancy Nielsen and Bob Wilmers