Update on UB medical school move

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 7:13 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Dan Miner

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October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 16, 2012 at 7:13 AM EDT

Design plans are progressing for the University at Buffalo medical school's much-anticipated move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. HOK is designing the proposed $375 million School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences facility at the corner of Main and High streets. Click here for some of HOK's preliminary concepts.

November is a big month for the project, as UB administrators will review different design concept options and choose the best one for HOK to fully develop. Following is a statement from Dr. Michael Cain, dean of UB's medical school:

"Working with HOK we have finalized (March 2012-August 2012) the program space requirements for phase 1 of the project. We are now working with HOK to develop design concepts (September 2012-November 2012) to see models that best incorporate the school's programs operationally, functionally, and efficiently. In November we will review these design concept options, select the best one, and HOK will then fully develop the best design concept into final architectural plans. Ground breaking will be next summer. We are on track to have the school open for the August 2016 entering class."

UB has long sought to relocate its medical school from the South campus to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo. Plans moved forward last year when the university secured $35 million in state funding as part of the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program Act passed in June 2011. If it succeeds, it expects some 1,200 students, faculty and staff to move to the medical campus.

A UB spokeswoman said other aspects of the move, such as the hiring of more faculty members and siting for the project (which is expected to involve some property purchases), are still being worked out.

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