City Planners Get Look At New Children's Hospital

July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:57 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by James Fink

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July 18, 2012 Updated Jul 18, 2012 at 6:57 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY - Construction on the new home for Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo could start within the next year as conceptual renderings were unveiled of the proposed 10-story building that will serve as one of the key anchors in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The Buffalo Planning Board got its first look at the proposed 430,000-square-foot facility, planned for the corner of Ellicott and High streets - just across from Buffalo General Hospital. The board will begin a more intense review when it meets on July 31. Planning board approval is one of several Kaleida Health needs before construction can begin.

Tentative plans call for the new hospital to open by mid-2015.

The final cost will be determined once all the plans are finalized. Kaleida, at the same time, is beginning the review process that help determine the fate of the current Women & Children's Hospital on Bryant Street.

"This is an exciting time for everyone associated with Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo as we plan for a new, state-of-the-art and free-standing hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus," said Dr. Teresa Quattrin, professor of Pediatrics and chairperson of the University at Buffalo's Department of Pediatrics, and Pediatrician-in-Chief, Chief, Division of Endocrinology-Diabetes, Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. "Of course, we have a beautiful new building to look forward to, but also and more importantly, one that will deliver the best possible care available for women and children throughout Western New York and beyond."

The Physician Strategic Planning Committee and the architect, Boston-based Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott, have been working during the past few months to vet clinical planning, program design, building massing and access issues. Along with the physician committee, 26 user groups have held more than 150 planning meetings for the project, all unified in the goal of producing a plan for new ambulatory space and a new hospital.

"With this physician-led project, we will be helping transform the delivery of pediatric healthcare for future generations of children in Buffalo." said Uma Ramanathan, Shepley Bulfinch's principal for the project.

Earlier this year, the Buffalo Planning Board approved the hospital's environmental impact statement (EIS). Official site plan approval for the inpatient tower project is the next milestone Kaleida needs before construction can begin.

In the coming weeks, the hospital will officially submit its Certificate of Need with the New York State Department of Health.

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