LPCiminelli Construction Inc. has been awarded a bid from the State University of New York Construction Fund for the first of three construction phases on the University at Buffalo's new $375 million School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building.
The $51.3 million bid beat out competitors from Rochester and Bohemia, N.Y., and paves the way for excavation, foundations and structural steel work to begin this summer.
UB President Satish Tripathi verified the news at Monday's UB Council meeting. Ciminelli officials have been forthright in their strategy to capitalize on the growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and the company has a stake in nearly every recent or proposed new building.
The second phase will likely be put out to bid this spring with a contractor chosen in the fall, and will include construction of the building's facade, roof and interior and all the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.
Phase three will include furniture, fixtures and equipment for labs and other facilities.
The new 500,000-square-foot building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is expected to open in the fall 2016. It is coinciding with a major increase in medical students - to 180 from 140 per annual incoming class - and an influx of new faculty and staff, to 850 from 715.
In other news from the UB Council:
• Nancy Wells, the university's vice president for development and alumni relations, gave an update on various fundraising efforts regarding the medical school. UB has raised about half of its $50 million target for private fundraising to support construction of the medical school. That is part of a broader $200 million fundraising goal to support the medical school, for which it has raised $115.1 million.
She also said that the $30 million campaign to support UB's School of Law is up to roughly $21.5 million.
• The newly constructed $26 million Educational Opportunity Center on Ellicott Street downtown, will be named in honor of former New York State Assemblyman Arthur Eve.