UB Hosts Ceremonial Groundbreaking on New Medical School

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

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October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Governor Andrew Cuomo, alongside state and local dignitaries, put the first shovels into the ground to mark the official start to construction on the brand new University at Buffalo Medical School.

A transfer deal for the land was completed back in March, clearing the way for shovels in the ground beginning Tuesday morning.

"By bringing the best to Buffalo, we can expect tremendous results in treatment studies and approached to care all patients," Medical School Dean Dr. Michael Cain said back in March.

UB's current medical school is located on the South Campus. The new location brings students right next to the future Children's Hospital and steps from Buffalo General and Roswell Park.

With a new school comes improvements to technology and research capabilities. But there is also an expansion when it comes to enrollment. Currently only 715 students can be accommodated in the med school. Once the new one is complete, that number will rise to 850.

The target date for completion of the new school is fall of 2016.